Born Daniel Grayling Fogelberg on August 13, 1951, in
Peoria, Illinois, USA; died December 16, 2007, Maine, USA.
Before embarking on solo career, played in The Clan (played
only Beatles songs at backyard
parties and street
dances) and The Coachmen (folk-rock, R&B, and soul).
in 1974 with Illinois-based band Fool's Gold.
What can be said about Dan Fogelberg, who is probably my
single most important
musical influence, that hasn't already been said. I listen to a lot of
but I must say that Dan Fogelberg is my all-time overall favorite
Frequently categorized as only a "soft-rocker", Dan Fogelberg can wail
guitar with the best of them (if you don't believe me, check out his
in "The River" (from his first album, "Home Free") and "Ghosts"
(from "The Innocent Age"). If you've only heard his hits
on the radio, you're missing out on some great music, since most of his
best material never appeared on popular radio. As a songwriter he
no equal, consistently penning some of the most beautiful ballads and
songs that I've ever heard. I've bought every one of his albums,
I urge you to do likewise...the music is timeless.
Thanks, Dan, for the music and the memories!
Free" (1972) - Contains the beautiful anthem "To the Morning", along with many
other great tunes.
(1974) - Single: "Part of the Plan" - Way back in 1974 when I
never heard of Dan Fogelberg, a good friend loaned me his first two
albums. I liked the first one, but it was this one, "Souvenirs" that really blew
me away. Every single cut on this album is great (something I
to expect from him on each subsequent album, and was never
from the hit single "Part of the Plan" through the lovely
ballads "Changing Horses", "Souvenirs", and "Song from
Mountain", through the rocker "As the Raven Flies".
there's even a bluegrass tune, "Morning Sky", featuring Joe
This album is an absolute masterpiece. I loved this album so much
I bought several copies to give to my friends for Christmas that year
that they could also discover what I had found. If you already
this album, you know what I'm talking about; if you don't, go buy
won't be disappointed.
Angel" (1975) - More great stuff...favorites are "Aspen/These
Days", "Old Tennessee" (later recorded by Fool's Gold), "Next Time", "Man
in the Mirror/Below the Surface", and "The Last Nail".
But, like all his other albums, there's simply not a weak cut to be
Lands" (1977) - I've heard that this album was the result
moving to the Rocky Mountains, and that the lofty environment elevated
songcrafting. Another great album. Flutist Tim Weisberg
makes a guest appearance on this album. Favorites include: "Netherlands/Once
Upon a Time", "Promises Made", "Scarecrow's Dream", "Sketches",
and "False Faces".
Sons of Different Mothers" (1978) - This jazzy duet album
with flutist Tim Weisberg was a departure from Dan's usual material,
but still managed to generate a rockin' hit, "The Power of Gold".
"Paris Nocturne" (primarily a
piano tune, but enhanced by Weisberg's flute
work) is alone worth the price of the album.
(1979) - Singles: "Heart Hotels", "Longer" - Favorite
are "Tullamore Dew/Phoenix", "Gypsy Wind", and "Along
Innocent Age" (1981) - Singles: "Same Old Lang Syne",
"Leader of the Band", "Hard to Say", "Run for the Roses"
- This double-CD set is my favorite Fogelberg album. It's also my
"desert island disc"...the album that I would choose if I had to choose
only one album
to listen to. I never get tired of it. Loads of great songs
many significant guest artists add to the musical variety, but leave no
that it's still unmistakably Dan's album. If you don't own it,
should buy this immediately! Music doesn't get any better than
and Walls" (1984) - Singles: "The Language of Love",
"Believe in Me" - Contains a couple of my favorite Fogelberg
the epic dark "Tucson, Arizona (Gazette)", and "Sweet
(and the Traveling Salesman)".
Country Snows" (1985) - This is Dan's bluegrass album and I
love it, although I've always felt that that the bluegrass instruments
should have been pulled forward in the mix for more prominence.
Features great pickin' by Herb Pedersen,
Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman,
Chris Hillman, Al Perkins,
Charlie McCoy, Russ Kunkel, Emory Gordy,
Jr., Jim Buchanan, Jerry Douglas, David Briggs,
Vince Gill, Michael Hanna, and Doc Watson.
(1987) - Single: "Lonely in Love" - Dan's R&B divorce
album. This was the first album I ever bought on CD (previously I
had bought only vinyl LPs), and I purchased it before I even had a CD
player (hopeful, wasn't I?). Favorites are "Lonely in Love"
and "She Don't Look Back".
Wild Places" (1990) - Single: "Rhythm of the Rain"
(the first single released by Dan that he did not write) - This is the
of Dan's two environmental albums (the second being "River of Souls").
Favorite cuts include "Aurora Nova/The Wild Places", "Forefathers",
"Bones in the Sky", "The Spirit Trail", and "Ever On".
Fogelberg Live: Greetings From the West" (1991) - Dan's
live album, and it's a good one. Also released on VHS
videocassette. The double-CD set contains a couple of new tracks,
the bluesy "Road Beneath My Wheels" and "A Cry in the Forest".
All in all, a great performance that no Fogelberg fan will want to be
of Souls" (1993) - Single: "Magic Every Moment" - This is
the second of Dan's environmental albums. Favorite cuts are "The
Minstrel", "A Love Like This", and "A Voice for Peace".
Resemblance Whatsoever" (1995) - Followup to 1978's duet
album with flutist Tim Weisberg, "Twin
Sons of Different Mothers", this album takes up where the
other one left off and if you liked it you'll like this one. More
same great stuff.
First Christmas Morning" (1999)
Old, New, Borrowed, and Some Blues" (live) (2000)
Circle" (2003) - A return to Dan's style in the late 1970s,
this album features all new material with lots of acoustic guitar.
The album sounds like it could have been recorded right after "Nether
Lands". Most of the songs are Fogelberg compositions,
with the exception of "Earth Anthem" and the beautifully-done Gene
Clark song "Full Circle". An all-around great album
a must-have for Fogelberg fans.
The Music of Dan Fogelberg from 1972-1997" (1997) - 4-CD
set spanning Fogelberg's entire career. Of the various
compilations/"greatest hits" packages, this is really the only one that
I'd recommend...the others simply don't have enough of his music and
only feature the radio hits (meaning you miss out on many of his best
songs). The box set is nice, containing an booklet with
historical information and comments from Dan about each
of the songs included in the anthology. All of the previously
released material has been remastered and sounds great. In
are two previously released songs that were formerly available only on
"Greatest Hits" package ("Make Love Stay" and "Missing
a nice song that was only available as the B-side of the "Same Old
Syne" single ("Hearts and Crafts"), and even a few new songs
("Don't Lose Heart", "Mountains to the Sea", "Democracy",
and "Song for a Carpenter"). This is the only compilation
containing the necessary
breadth of material to do Fogelberg's work justice, and it's the one to
Very Best Of Dan Fogelberg" (2001)
Buy all of Dan Fogelberg's albums! If you can't do this,
then settle for the 4-CD box set "Portrait:
The Music of Dan Fogelberg from 1972-1997", since it's the
only compilation that contains enough of his music (but be
forewarned...you can't get too much and you'll likely find yourself
going back and purchasing his other albums anyway after hearing the
great music on this box set!). This will be some of the best
money you've ever spent on music.
Take me back to the
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