PLAYLIST: The Very Best of Rick Springfield


Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Springfield

Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Springfield is a compilation album by Rick Springfield, released by RCA Records in 2008. Springfield began his recording career in the late 1960s and he had some success in the United States in the 70’s with his album Beginnings and the single “Speak to the Sky” in 1972. He would continue to record and release new music for the rest of the decade; yet, his musical career would not take off again until 1981 with the release of his first RCA album Working Class Dog. The single “Jessie’s Girl” from that album would give Springfield his first number one single in the U.S. and he would also win a Grammy Award for that song.

Rick’s success would continue throughout the 80’s with albums such as Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet (1982) that contained the singles “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “What Kind of Fool Am I”, and 1983’s Living in Oz with the hits “Affair of the Heart” and “Human Touch”. 1984 would see Rick Springfield star in the film Hard to Hold and the accompanying soundtrack album would include the songs “Love Somebody” and “Don’t Walk Away”. In the mid-80’s, Rick stated that he “started dealing with serious spiritual issues” and he began to write more about them in his music. His 1985 release Tao with the singles “State of the Heart” and “Celebrate Youth” saw Rick moving in a more mature and spiritual direction. His 1988 album Rock of Life would be his last album of the new material in the 1980s.

This compilation contains the hit singles Rick Springfield released from 1981 through 1988. That period included some of Rick’s most successful years on the charts.

Writing for Allmusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, “As the title suggests, this 14-track compilation focuses entirely on Springfield’s ’80s work … and it does a good job of rounding up the biggest singles … listeners will find this to be a first-rate overview of Springfield’s popular peak.”

Track listing

“Jessie’s Girl” (Rick Springfield) – 3:15
“I’ve Done Everything For You” (Sammy Hagar) – 3:19
“Love Is Alright Tonight” (45 version) (Rick Springfield) – 3:23
“Don’t Talk To Strangers” (Rick Springfield) – 2:59
“What Kind Of Fool Am I” (Rick Springfield) – 3:21
“I Get Excited” (Rick Springfield) – 2:34
“Affair Of The Heart (45 version) (Rick Springfield, Danny Tate, Blaise Tosti) – 3:50
“Human Touch” (45 version) (Rick Springfield) – 3:58
“Love Somebody” (Rick Springfield) – 3:35
“Don’t Walk Away” (45 version) (Rick Springfield) – 3:41
“Bop Til You Drop” (45 version) (Rick Springfield) – 4:01
“State Of The Heart” (Eric McCusker, Rick Springfield, Tim Pierce) – 4:04
“Celebrate Youth” (Rick Springfield) – 3:55
“Rock Of Life” (Rick Springfield) – 3:52

Production notes

“Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You”
Produced by Keith Olsen
“Love Is Alright Tonight”
Produced by Rick Springfield and Bill Drescher
From the RCA album Working Class Dog AFL1-3697 (1981)
“Don’t Talk to Strangers”, What Kind of Fool Am I” and “I Get Excited”
Produced by Keith Olsen
From the RCA album Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet AFL1-4125 (1982)
“Affair of the Heart” and “Human Touch”
Produced by Rick Springfield and Bill Drescher
From the RCA album Living in Oz AFL1-4660 (1983)
“Love Somebody”, “Don’t Walk Away” and “Bop ‘Til You Drop”
Produced by Rick Springfield and Bill Drescher
From the RCA album Hard to Hold AFL1-4935 (1984)
“State of the Heart” and “Celebrate Youth”
Produced by Rick Springfield and Bill Drescher
From the RCA album Tao AFL1-5370 (1985)
“Rock of Life”
Produced by Keith Olsen & Rick Springfield
From the Album Rock of Life RCA 6620-2-R (1988)