Anthology [Reissue]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The release of the Rick James Anthology completes a set of James best-ofs at various price points. 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rick James is a discount-priced album, Ultimate Collection is a full-priced single-disc set, and Anthology is a two-and-a-half-hour, two-CD version of the Rick James story. Eighteen of the 23 Top 40 R&B hits that James scored between 1978 and 1988 are included the most notable omission is the 1985 R&B Top Ten and pop chart entry "Can't Stop" from the movie Beverly Hills Cop along with some key album tracks, two of them, "Fire and Desire" and "Happy," duets with James prot?g?e Teena Marie. His other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The release of the Rick James Anthology completes a set of James best-ofs at various price points. 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rick James is a discount-priced album, Ultimate Collection is a full-priced single-disc set, and Anthology is a two-and-a-half-hour, two-CD version of the Rick James story. Eighteen of the 23 Top 40 R&B hits that James scored between 1978 and 1988 are included the most notable omission is the 1985 R&B Top Ten and pop chart entry "Can't Stop" from the movie Beverly Hills Cop along with some key album tracks, two of them, "Fire and Desire" and "Happy," duets with James protégée Teena Marie. His other collaborators include Smokey Robinson "Ebony Eyes" and the Temptations with a 12" remix of "Standing on the Top" that runs nearly ten minutes. Included for the first time on a James compilation is his final major hit, "Loosey's Rap," featuring Roxanne Shanté, which appeared originally on Reprise Records in 1988. James' influence on popular music remains apparent on these tracks, largely in his grooves -- the rhythm pattern on "Give It to Me Baby" was borrowed by Michael Jackson for "Thriller," for example, and of course MC Hammer created "U Can't Touch This" by rapping over the musical track of "Super Freak" -- but also in his unabashedly lascivious lyrical content. "I led the life I was singing about in my songs," James tells David Ritz in the excellent liner notes, and that may help explain why he had such a hard time in the 1990s. But the best of his '70s and '80s material is to be found here. [Motown reissued a two-CD edition in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602527022451
  • Catalog Number: 001282502
  • Sales rank: 27,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You and I (8:04)
  2. 2 Mary Jane (4:56)
  3. 3 Hollywood (7:23)
  4. 4 Bustin' Out (On Funk) (5:20)
  5. 5 Fire It Up (4:02)
  6. 6 Love Gun (5:45)
  7. 7 Come into My Life (7:14)
  8. 8 When Love Is Gone (7:36)
  9. 9 Big Time (6:26)
  10. 10 Island Lady (4:10)
  11. 11 Give It to Me Baby (4:09)
  12. 12 Super Freak (3:25)
  13. 13 Fire and Desire (7:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dance Wit' Me (7:18)
  2. 2 Standing on the Top - The Temptations (9:57)
  3. 3 Hard to Get (4:07)
  4. 4 Happy (5:31)
  5. 5 69 Times (4:13)
  6. 6 My Love (2:55)
  7. 7 U Bring the Freak Out (4:03)
  8. 8 Cold Blooded (5:57)
  9. 9 Ebony Eyes (5:04)
  10. 10 P.I.M.P. the S.I.M.P. (4:32)
  11. 11 17 (4:11)
  12. 12 Glow (5:42)
  13. 13 Moon Child (4:19)
  14. 14 Sweet and Sexy Thing (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick James Primary Artist, Multi Instruments
Roxanne Shanté Track Performer
Teena Marie Track Performer
Smokey Robinson Track Performer
The Temptations Track Performer
Roy Ayers Vibes, Soloist
John Ervin Trombone, Soloist
Grandmaster Flash Track Performer
Daniel LeMelle Saxophone, Soloist
John McFee Guitar, Soloist
Roy Poper Trumpet, Soloist
Cheryl Dunlap Voices
Randy Dunlap Voices
Technical Credits
Rick James Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, rhythm track, Instrumentation
Teena Marie Duet
Reggie Andrews String Arrangements
Leroy Burgess Composer
Peter Cardinali Horn Arrangements
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Daniel LeMelle Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Benny Medina Executive Producer
Alonzo Miller Composer, Executive Producer
Art Stewart Producer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
James Calloway Composer
Sonny Davenport Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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