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Even the vocal contribution by Sir Mick Jagger doesn't elevate the album beyond mediocre Cabaret.

Jumping Jack Flash! Did you know that Mick Jagger had a brother? No, neither did I. However, on the evidence of this album, it's become increasingly understandable why that is.

Chris Jagger is seven years junior to his globally famous, multi-millionaire, peer of the realm sibling, but to give him some credit he certainly hasn't used his brother as an influential leverage to develop and further his career. In fact, Jagger Jnr has, over six decades, developed into a jack-of-all-trades, becoming more than adequately proficient in the domains of theatre, cinema, journalism, clothes design and, of course, within the music business. As the title of this sixteen track opus would suggest, this is a compilation of his best work to date, and with more than ten albums to choose from (both as a solo artist and from his two bands – Chris Jagger's Atcha! and Chris Jagger's Acoustic Roots) you would think the content would be relatively strong. Sadly, to these ears, it's definitely lacking in both power and panache.



'All The Best' encompasses varying styles of music, including fundamental fifties/sixties Rock 'n' Roll, through variants of Country and Blues, to antiquated Americana. Yes, there are a few songs that are catchy, up-tempo and to some degree noteworthy, however, the vast majority are average, lacklustre compositions that do very little to impress. As with any album that I'm allocated to review, I've listened to it many times, and whilst I hear oddments of artists like Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dave Edmunds, Mungo Jerry, early Status Quo and, believe it or not, Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs, there isn't any material here that equals or surpasses any of said artist's work.

The songs that are worthy of mention are 'Law Against It', 'Avalon Girls', 'On The Road', 'Got Me (Where You Want Me)', and 'Fire'. At least these select few tunes have some vibrancy and invite you to toe-tap along. I must mention that while the musicianship on display throughout the album is tight, more than competent and professional, the overall feel is one of turgidity – even the vocal contribution by Sir Mick Jagger ('Concertina Jack' and 'DJ Blues') doesn't elevate the album beyond mediocre Cabaret.

Even if laced with brown sugar, this really isn't my cup of tea and no matter how many times I listen to this album, one thing is regrettably clear... I can't get no satisfaction!

Dave Crompton

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