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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Joe Jackson

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Editors’ Notes

While this is a less expansive collection than the Greatest Hits anthology, it covers the same crucial territory and includes all of Jackson's biggest tunes. From the scrappy new wave iconoclasm of "Sunday Papers" to the swing-jazz detour of "Jumpin' Jive" and the melodic, piano-based pop balladry of "Breaking Us in Two," it's fascinating to follow the stylistic turns the mercurial Jackson made over just a few years. By the time you get to the almost Springsteen-esque drama that's the coda of "Be My Number Two" and the unabashed nostalgia of "Home Town," it's obvious that one of Jackson's most valuable traits was always his musical restlessness.

Customer Reviews

Joe Jackson - A great sampling.

This pretty well covers all the styles of Joe J. Upbeat and melochaly at the same time. Just listen to the depth of the lyrics and you see why he's a 20th century master. Once you listen to this you'll want to seek out some other albums of his. There are some lesser known songs out there that will blow you away.

Overcoming his innate cynicism

Joe Jackson creates an uplifting, lushly produced song. What a talented man. Enjoy

Biography

Born: August 11, 1954 in Burton-upon-Trent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In his 1999 memoir, A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage, Joe Jackson writes approvingly of George Gershwin as a musician who kept one foot in the popular and one in the classical realms of music. Like Gershwin, Jackson possesses a restless musical imagination that has found him straddling musical genres unapologetically, disinclined to pick one style and stick to it. The word "chameleon" often crops up in descriptions of him, but Jackson prefers to be thought of as "eclectic." Is he the Joe...
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