American Idol Greatest Moments

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Those still suffering without their weekly dose of American Idol will find comfort in this disc, featuring songs by the reality talent show's ten finalists. As on the TV program, the performances are hit-or-miss, but on record, even dull-as-dishwater crooners Jim "cry baby" Verraros's soul-lite cover of the Commodores' "Easy" and Backstreet Boys reject A. J. Gill's bland rendering of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" boast enough spark to escape a tongue-lashing by smarmy Brit judge Simon. While belly- and cleavage-baring rocker chicks Nikki McKibbin and Ryan Starr provide entertaining karaoke queen contributions, the disc will, one hopes, give maximum exposure...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Those still suffering without their weekly dose of American Idol will find comfort in this disc, featuring songs by the reality talent show's ten finalists. As on the TV program, the performances are hit-or-miss, but on record, even dull-as-dishwater crooners Jim "cry baby" Verraros's soul-lite cover of the Commodores' "Easy" and Backstreet Boys reject A. J. Gill's bland rendering of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" boast enough spark to escape a tongue-lashing by smarmy Brit judge Simon. While belly- and cleavage-baring rocker chicks Nikki McKibbin and Ryan Starr provide entertaining karaoke queen contributions, the disc will, one hopes, give maximum exposure to more deserving finalists such as Tamyra "Move Over, Whitney Houston" Gray and heartthrob runner-up Justin Guarini, who check in with spine-tingling renditions of Luther Vandross's "A House Is Not a Home" and Oleta Adams's "Get Here," respectively. And who can forget the ultimate American Idol, Kelly Clarkson? Well, no one, because the kitschy collection includes four songs by the champ -- including the perky Texan's No. 1 single, "A Moment like This," and her powerhouse rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman." Clarkson may be the sole winner, but all of the participants have big dreams. And thanks to American Idol's Greatest Moments and its supporting national tour, these wannabes can extend their time in the spotlight longer than the usual 15 minutes.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Arriving as soon as possible after the phenomenal success of Fox's American Idol: The Search for a Superstar and just before the American Idol national tour begins, American Idol: Greatest Moments collects some of the ten semi-finalists' definitive performances from the series. Though it's strange for any of these singers to appear on a greatest-hits collection before the winner, Kelly Clarkson, even released her debut album, it isn't all that surprising -- with the tremendous amount of exposure the show attracted, even the most marginally talented semi-finalists still have a few minutes of fame left. As with the show itself, where each of the performers got more or less an equal shot at proving their talent, American Idol: Greatest Moments is relatively democratic: The winner and runner-up, Clarkson and Justin Guarini, get two songs apiece, the rest of the final ten each get one song, and the album closes with an ensemble number, the lackluster rendition of "California Dreamin'" all ten finalists performed on American Idol's final episode. Though democracy is an admirable trait in other ways of American life, in American Idol: Greatest Moments it does some of the more talented semi-finalists a disservice; while it's nice to commemorate Jim, AJ, and EJ's tenures on the show with their versions of "Easy," "I'll Be," and "My Cherie Amour," respectively, it also would've been nice to hear more from some of the more memorable contestants, particularly Tamyra Gray, whose "A House Is Not a Home" was one of the show's highlights but then, nearly every time she sang it was a highlight, and Christina Christian, whose cool, languid style -- represented here by "Ain't No Sunshine" -- just didn't translate well in a contest designed to discover the next Whitney Houston or Justin Timberlake. Some of the selections are also somewhat questionable: Nikki's performance of "Piece of My Heart" is adequate, but doesn't showcase her voice as well as her version of "I'm the Only One" did just a few weeks later. As usual, Guarini and Clarkson sound polished and professional on their signature songs, "Get Here" and "Respect." However, starting the album out with their performances means the album tends to go downhill from there. Craftily, American Idol: Greatest Moments doesn't feature Clarkson or Guarini's renditions of the official American Idol songs, "Before Your Love" or "A Moment Like This" -- you'll have to pick up their respective albums for those. Overall, the collection is definitely a product of the show that inspired it, which will doubtlessly please the fans of the newly minted pop stars on it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636814148
  • Catalog Number: 68141

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman by Kelly Clarkson
  2. 2 Respect by Kelly Clarkson
  3. 3 For Once In My Life by Justin Guarini
  4. 4 Get Here by Justin Guarini
  5. 5 Piece Of My Heart by Nikki McKibbin
  6. 6 A House Is Not a Home by Tamyra Gray
  7. 7 Lately by RJ Helton
  8. 8 Ain't No Sunshine by Christina Christian
  9. 9 If You Really Love Me by Ryan Star
  10. 10 My Cherie Amour by A.J. Gill
  11. 11 I'll Be by E.J. Day
  12. 12 Easy by Jim Verraros
  13. 13 California Dreamin' by The Finalists
  14. 14 A Moment Like This (Bonus Track) by Kelly Clarkson
  15. 15 Before Your Love (Bonus Track) by Kelly Clarkson
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Clarkson Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent

    this album is great. tamyras song house is not a home is great. but ryan starr is so good!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wild about Idol

    10 stars if possible! Kelly and Justin and the rest, it can't get any better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Voices!

    Amy (angel122688@yahoo.com) said "how could they have recorded 4 songs before the Idol was chosen?" and that Miss Kelly is a fake. Well, she isn't. They went in the studio and the TOP FOUR recorded their singles early -- before the finale. The winner's would be relased. So chill! Anyway, this CD is great! There are a couple things that I think could be a little better, but overall great! BTW, if you don't like what I said, either email me or deal with it! And yes, I met them at a meet and greet in LA!! They were great and I've got the pictures and autographs to prove it! So there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    American Idol Just Won the Greatest Moments

    This CD is soooooooooooooo awesome. I listened to it about 100 times!!!! They got the right tunes and beats. You'll be dancing to it every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    American Idol CD

    I really enjoyed the new take on this CD by the American Idol finalists. While all the tracks are pretty good, Nikki McKibbin's version of 'Piece of my Heart' was a little lackluster compared to the live version. A better choice may have been her cover of 'I'm the Only One," which was probably her best performance on the show. Also the cover of 'California Dreaming' was better on the show. There are good songs by Jim Verraros, and EJ Day, but the better songs were from Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, AJ Gil, Tamyra Gray, and Ryan Starr, while the two stand out tracks were 'Ain't no Sunshine' but Christina Christian, and 'Lately' but RJ Helton. Overall, an enjoyable listen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I knew who should have been the winner!

    Justin is the most unusual singer I have seen in a long time. He will go far, and should have been our first American Idol! He is unique and I love his hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    I think that this is a really great album and one of the best purchases I've ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's Up With This?

    I love this cd and all the singers but why is RJ Helton singing Lately on the cd twice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!!!!!!!!

    I really enjoyed this CD almost as much as I enjoyed watching the search for the American Idol week after week on tv. This CD features songs sang by the top ten finalists as well as Kellys two new singles. Its an amazing compilation, I reccomend it to those that like to hear strong vocals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE AMERICAN IDOL

    Hi, american idol is da best show ever, and the cd rocks too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "AI: Greatest Moments"

    If you were one of the millions that watched "American Idol" from the beginning or just from a spot in the middle. You knew that it was a close shot. This CD AI: Greatest Moments has the top ten finalists at their best performing the better of the songs that they performed on the hit show. It kind of shorted my expectations because I thought that it would have a live vibe to it. But otherwise, I love the album and listen to it whenever I get a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    American idol

    If you liked the show youll like the album. the album brings back memories of the show when they sang together as a group and as an individual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    American Idol's Greatest?

    I knew from the start Kelly would win! Just becaue she is well..so awesome! And Christina Christian should have made it further than Nikki! Nikki is so awfull! Kelly also needs more songs on the CD. But all and all it's pretty good, I would recommend it for American Idol fans everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fan in CONNECTICUT

    All 16 tracks on the American Idol Greatest Moments CD are wonderful. How often can one say that about a CD purchase? These young men and women have amazing voices. I'm hooked. It'll be interesting to follow all these singers' careers. I'm anxious to hear more, more, more; and I'm hoping to view the American Idol VHS or DVD soon!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    10 American Idols

    I rushed out to buy the compilation CD and was amazed at the professional quality of every song. Justin is by far my fav and he didn't disappoint. Tamayra's rendition of "A House Is Not A Home" raised goosebumps up and down my arms. Every track is a hit for me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    american idol

    this cd rox!!! the american idol show does too!! if you don't get this cd, you're missin out!!!!!!!! kelly clarkson has an amazin voice! once i get this cd, it'll be my ultimate favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Singers deserve 5 stars!

    These ten finalists from American Idol are a group of very talented people. Kelly Clarkson has an amazing voice as do the other nine. I would definently recommend this music- it will put you in a great mood and who wouldn't enjoy these people's wonderful gifts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I think everyone was a great singer in this competition, but I am still dissapointed Kelly won. Tamyra was the best. All of them had special talents. The album is a hit. I hope they all succeed in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They've Got It Goin' On

    The show was amazing(except for justin's afro) and so are the songs on this cd. This is a must to have,so go out and buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Justin My American Idol

    I loved this album. I watch American Idol week after week and was excited to get the greastest moment. Everyone did a great job but the stand out is Justin Guarini. "Get Here" is beautiful he puts is heart and soul into this song. It is breath taking. "For Once in My Life" Makes me want to get up and Dance. I can not wait to hear more from him in the future. There are 3 artisit I like on the Album Justin, Kelly and Tamrya.

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