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March 10th, 2014

May Release Date Announced for New John Doe Album – The Best of John Doe: This Far


We’re thrilled to announce a May 20th release date for John Doe’s upcoming compilation album, The Best of John Doe: This FarCompiled by Doe himself, the album guides listeners through the acclaimed songwriter’s solo catalog, encompassing nearly a quarter century. 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 features guest musicians Kathleen Edwards, Aimee Mann, Neko Case and Grant-Lee Phillips.

Of making this 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).

Throughout his career he has garnered worldwide acclaim. The Los Angeles Times says of his work “Doe beautifully balances a rocker’s heart and a poet’s soul,” while American Songwriter praises, “…a winning platter of ‘60s inspired rock with a singer-songwriter twist.” Doe’s most recent release is 2011’s Keeper.

1. Telephone By The Bed
2. A Step Outside
3. The Golden State
4. Catch Me
5. Take 52
6. Highway 5
7. Safety
8. Love Knows
9. Never Enough
10. Poor Girl
11. Forever For You
12.This Far
13. Twin Brother
14. 7 Holes
15. Worried Brow
16. Faraway (From the North Country)
17. a grain of salt
18. Beat-Up World
19. Dying To Get Home
20. Tragedy By Definition

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