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Album Review

The Very Best of David Wilcox is drawn from only the second, third, and fourth albums of a singer/songwriter who had recorded eight albums by the time of its release, which should give a good idea of its completeness. Wilcox signed to A&M Records in 1989 after issuing his debut album, Nightshift Watchman, himself, and he made three albums for the label before being cut loose in 1994 after failing to sell records in sufficiently large numbers to justify a big record contract. This 20-track compilation of that five-year period in his career includes seven cuts from his six-figure-selling second album and A&M debut, How Did You Find Me Here, six from its follow-up, Home Again, and appropriately, only four from the troubled third collection, Big Horizon (plus, ironically, one of the recordings from the first version of that album, which A&M rejected at the time). The choices are good, and they emphasize the consistency of Wilcox's work. Two bonuses spice things up: "Johnny's Camaro" (later featured on the 1996 live set East Asheville Hardware) and "Daddy's Money" (first heard on Nightshift Watchman) are presented in live versions drawn from A&M promotional discs. Both are humorous songs that reveal Wilcox's wit and satiric bite, talents not much on display in the more serious and sometimes oh-so-sensitive songs on his studio recordings. There are plenty of equally impressive tunes on later albums released on Koch and Vanguard, but the novice should get a good idea of Wilcox's style on this album, even if it doesn't actually span his career.

Customer Reviews

I listen to it at least a couple times a month

It's like watching this guy's mind in lyrics, and it's great. He sings about things that are so intrinsic to the human experience, but seldom talked about. That, in combination with a great voice, unique acoustic guitar tunings, and lots of creativity have made this by far my favorite artist, and i don't say that lightly. This cd's a great place to start, but i've yet to listen to one of his CDs that i wasn't hit by. My favorites on this cd, though i actually like all of them: -Strong Chemistry -That's What the Lonely is for -Break in the Cup


I don't many of David's songs, but I do have "Chet Baker's Unsung Swan Song" and it is excellent! I highly recommend it.

Asheville, NC artistry at its finest

David Wilcox has been crafting artisan-quality music since the 1980's. He became a legend in Asheville, NC, and its environs with songs like "Gone to Santa Fe" and "Nightshift Watchman". Sadly, iTunes does not carry his first (and best) album, Nightshift Watchman, but hopefully they will some day. In the meantime, enjoy accoustic gems like the chuckle-worthy live remake of "Daddy's Money", "Rusty Old American Dream" and "That's What the Lonely Is For".


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

A warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism are combined with a unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk sensibilities and an intimate stage persona by singer/songwriter David Wilcox. Often compared to James Taylor and John Martyn, Wilcox has built a solid fan base for his well-crafted folk-pop tunes. Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in...
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