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John Doe The Best Of John Doe: This Far

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John Doe The Best Of John Doe: This Far on 180g 2LP + CD + Download

First Ever Best Of Album!

John Doe is much more likely to look ahead to what's next, rather than fixate on the past even a past as storied and influential as his own. Part scrapbook, part roadmap, Yep Roc's The Best of John Doe: This Far guides listeners through Doe's solo catalog, encompassing nearly a quarter century and highlighting songs from nine records on six different labels. Doe says of the album, “I wanted to convey the idea of the best: this far. This is not ‘I’m done, I’m over, this is the best I’m ever gonna do.’ This is more like a celebration of the not-so-distant past.”

Sequenced non-chronologically, The Best of John Doe: This Far was compiled with four vinyl sides in mind. (“Side three is the quiet side,” Doe offers). There was no formula - these are simply Doe’s favorite moments including in-concert staples, pivotal collaborations, personal milestones and even a pair of unreleased reexaminations of songs from his past. The album boasts such guest artists as Kathleen Edwards, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Grant-Lee Phillips, Dave Grohl, Don Was, Smokey Harmel and Dave Alvin among many more.

Of making the album, Doe comments, “When you look backwards, you just end up thinking ‘I wish I could write that song again - that was a good one.’ You gotta keep going forward. But, within the past five years or so, I’ve begun to realize some of the advantages of reflection. It’s always shocking to see how far you’ve gone and how close it is to where you started. The trick is to be more at home with what’s real, and not what you want reality to be.”

John Doe is a founding member of the seminal L.A. punk rock outfit X and the country spin-off band The Knitters. Doe’s solo career began with 1990’s Meet John Doe, followed by Kissingsohard (1995), For the Rest of Us (1998), Freedom Is... (2000), Dim Stars Bright Sky (2002), Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet (2005), For the Best of Us (extended version in 2006), A Year in the Wilderness (2007), Country Club (a collaboration with The Sadies in 2009), A Day at the Pass (a collaboration with Jill Sobule in 2011) and, most recently, Keeper (2011).

John Doe The Best Of John Doe - This Far Track Listing:

LP1
1.  Telephone By The Bed
2.  A Step Outside
3.  The Golden State
4.  Catch Me
5.  Take# 52
6.  This Loving Thing
7.  Hwy 5
8.  Safety
9.  Love Knows
10. Never Enough
11. Poor Girl
12. Forever For You

LP2
1.  This Far
2.  Twin Brother
3.  7 Holes
4.  Worried Brow
5.  Faraway (From the North Country)
6.  A Grain of Salt
7.  Beat-Up World
8.  Dying To Get Home
9.  Hotel Ghost
10. Tragedy By Definition
11. Darling Underdog
12. Sueltame
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1. Telephone By The Bed
2. A Step Outside
3. The Golden State
4. Catch Me
5. Take# 52
6. This Loving Thing
7. Hwy 5
8. Safety
9. Love Knows
10. Never Enough
11. Poor Girl
12. Forever For You


LP2
1. This Far
2. Twin Brother
3. 7 Holes
4. Worried Brow
5. Faraway (From the North Country)
6. A Grain of Salt
7. Beat-Up World
8. Dying To Get Home
9. Hotel Ghost
10. Tragedy By Definition
11. Darling Underdog
12. Sueltame

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