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Collection of His Greatest Hits
     

A Collection of His Greatest Hits

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by Babyface
 

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As a producer, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has transformed the sound of modern pop and R&B with his hummable hooks and subtle melodies -- everyone from Madonna ("Take a Bow") to Whitney Houston ("Im Your Baby Tonight") to Eric Clapton ("Change the World") has enlisted his hit-making

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As a producer, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has transformed the sound of modern pop and R&B with his hummable hooks and subtle melodies -- everyone from Madonna ("Take a Bow") to Whitney Houston ("Im Your Baby Tonight") to Eric Clapton ("Change the World") has enlisted his hit-making services. And as a business-savvy record label executive, Edmonds helped launch the platinum-selling careers of Toni Braxton and TLC. In addition to his impressive songwriting and production credits, however, Babyface is also an accomplished, Grammy award-winning artist with a string of Top 40 hits including the sexy, saxophone-spiked groove "For the Cool in You," the sentimental acoustic guitar ballad "When Can I See You," and the moving, anti-domestic abuse duet with Stevie Wonder, "How Come, How Long." This classy Collection of His Greatest Hits is a necessity for any member of Face's loyal female fanbase, whom the sensitive balladeer has wooed with the romantic sentiments of the seductive "Whip Appeal," the faithful pledge "Never Keeping Secrets," and the "I'll buy your clothes and pay your rent" promises of "Soon As I Get Home." Not many men can live up to the standard of perfection set by the irresistible Babyface, but at least this tender lover helps keep the dream alive. Tracy E. Hopkins

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
As can be expected with a Babyface retrospective, the songs are top notch and the production is excellent. At his peak in the mid-'90s, Babyface was arguably the American music industry's hottest producer/songwriter. He also established himself as a top-rate balladeer, as evidenced by the songs on this selection. "Everytime I Close My Eyes," "Never Keeping Secrets," and "When Can I See You" are quintessential slow jam Babyface. His up-tempo numbers, such as "It's No Crime" and the Shalamar cover, "This Is for the Lover in You," are just as engaging. However, despite the inclusion of some of his best ballads and up-tempo hits, this album suffers from several glaring omissions, and leaves one hoping for a more complete product, or at least a second volume to complement what's lacking in this one. Glaring omissions include two hits from his Tender Lover album, those being "My Kinda Girl" and the title track. Incidentally, both those songs were remixed (and greatly improved) when released as singles, so their inclusion on this hits package would have been a huge bonus for the singer's fans. Other omissions include his hit duet with Pebbles, "Love Makes Things Happen," his hit duet with Toni Braxton, "Give U My Heart," early singles "Mary Mack" and "Lovers," later singles "And Our Feelings" and "Rock Bottom," as well as his har- to-find duet with Lisa Stansfield, "Dream Away," and his Top Ten hit with protégé Jon B., "Someone to Love." Omitting those songs in favor of non-hit album tracks such as "Soon as I Get Home" seems a tad bewildering. For completists, this collection is thoroughly lacking, but for the casual listener, it's a pleasure nonetheless. As a final note, two new songs are included, "When Men Grow Old" and "Reason for Breathing," as well as a live, unplugged version of a hit he wrote for Eric Clapton, "Change the World."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998513228
catalogNumber:
85132

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Babyface   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Howard Hewett   Background Vocals
Jody Watley   Background Vocals
Kenny G   Saxophone
Gerald Albright   Tenor Saxophone
Marc Nelson   Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Shanice   Background Vocals
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Mariah Carey   Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Track Performer
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Melvin Edmonds   Background Vocals
Reggie Griffin   Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals
Larry Jackson   Saxophone
Wayne Linsey   Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
L.A. Reid   Percussion,Drums
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Bo Watson   Keyboards
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Kevin Roberson   Bass Guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Lynn Linsey   Background Vocals
Beverly Crowder   Background Vocals
Kevon Edmonds   Background Vocals
Rock   Percussion
Jeffrey Daniels   Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming,Executive Producer
Bill Meyers   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Keith Andes   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mariah Carey   Vocal Arrangements
Jon Gass   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
LL Cool J   Producer
Donald Parks   Programming
L.A. Reid   Producer,drum programming
David Rideau   Engineer
Thom Russo   Engineer
Mike Scott   Engineer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Joshua Thompson   Producer
Jim "Z" Zumpano   Engineer
Ramon Hervey   Executive Producer
Bryce Wilson   drum programming
Joe Thomas   Producer
Novak   Art Direction
Marc Bennett   Art Direction

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A Collection of His Greatest Hits 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the greatest hits!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love great song with great lyrics and vocals look no futher. From ''This is for the Cool'' to ''when Men Grow Old'' this album is packed with ALL HIS HITS. GO ON BABYFACE!!!