Jack Johnson & Friends: The Best of Kokua Festival

Jack Johnson & Friends: The Best of Kokua Festival

by Jack Johnson


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Jack Johnson is such a big deal in his native Hawaii that whatever guests he hires to appear on his Kokua Festival can follow his rules. At the very least, he's gotten Jackson Browne to rewrite part of "Take It Easy," giving the "Winslow Arizona" verse a distinctly island spin. This is the most overt display of deference on Jack Johnson & Friend: The Best of Kokua Festival but it's hardly the only moment where Johnson is clearly the Big Kahuna, nor is Browne the biggest star here. Eddie Vedder stops by, along with many other rockers and guitar strummers of all stripes, and there is a sense of communal good times that's palpable and often ingratiating, even to those who don't quite cotton to Johnson's notion of surf-n-sun good times. Even here, where he is quite clearly the ringleader, Johnson remains an affable but not forceful presence on record: Browne, Vedder, Willie Nelson, even Dave Matthews and Ben Harper, all easily overpower him. And yet there's no question that this is his party: his sweet, accommodating nature is evident throughout these cuts, so much so that they may elicit a smile from the sour doubters who've never found a reason to like his studio records.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527993034
catalogNumber: 001674702
Rank: 250009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Johnson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Jackson Browne   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Harper   Vocals,Weissenborn
Ziggy Marley   Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Vedder   Guitar,Vocals
G. Love   Harmonica
Ernie Cruz   Tambourine,Vocals
Ozomatli   Percussion,Horn,Tres
Merlo Podlewski   Bass,Percussion
Salaam Tillman   Percussion
Adam Topol   Percussion,Drums
Boom Gaspar   Wurlitzer
Jake Shimabukuro   Ukulele
Zach Gill   Piano,Vocals,Melodica,Wurlitzer
John Cruz   Guitar,Vocals
Paula Fuga   Vocals
Girlas   Percussion,Vocals
Kawika Kahiapo   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Ini Kamoze   Composer
Ziggy Marley   Composer
Stephen Marley   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Robert Russell   Composer
Paul Huston   Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer
Robert Carranza   Engineer
Jack Johnson   Composer,Track Selection
John Cruz   Composer
Emmett Malloy   Track Selection
Jim Russi   Cover Photo
Michael Pollock   Engineer
Dan Nakamura   Composer
Kim Johnson   Art Direction,Paintings,Track Selection
Lokelani Cochrane   Graphic Design

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Jack Johnson & Friends: The Best of Kokua Festival 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Jack with some nice vocals by others. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was I would have preferred no audience.