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Baby Come to Me: The Best of Regina Belle

Baby Come to Me: The Best of Regina Belle

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by Regina Belle

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Regina Belle stands as one of the most underrated R&B singers to emerge in the late '80s. This collection is an adequate retrospective of the singer, although a couple of her key singles, "Please Be Mine" and her first duet with Peabo Bryson, "Without You," were left off in favor of a few non-hits. However, the collection clocks in at


Regina Belle stands as one of the most underrated R&B singers to emerge in the late '80s. This collection is an adequate retrospective of the singer, although a couple of her key singles, "Please Be Mine" and her first duet with Peabo Bryson, "Without You," were left off in favor of a few non-hits. However, the collection clocks in at nearly 74 minutes, and the songs are featured in their full-length versions (most of them averaging five minutes in length, two over seven), so therefore this CD is nearly filled to capacity. Belle is a singer of sophisticated, jazz-infused quiet storm R&B, similar at times to Anita Baker, Oleta Adams, and Phyllis Hyman. She shines brightest on her signature song "Baby Come to Me." Other highlights on this set include the equally satisfying "So Many Tears" (complete with exquisite saxophone solos), the gorgeous "If I Could" (which should have been a much bigger hit than it was), her take on Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO," the Dianne Warren-penned "All I Want Is Forever" (with James "J.T." Taylor), and her biggest hit to date, "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," again with Peabo Bryson. There is not too much information on the singer or the songs in terms of liner notes, but at least the chart positions of her hits are included. Save for the two omissions, this set provides a good representation of the singer's best work, and it will have to do until the day when a more complete, two-disc retrospective is issued.

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Performance Credits

Regina Belle   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peabo Bryson   Track Performer
Gerald LeVert   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
James "J.T." Taylor   Track Performer
Barry White   Track Performer
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Bob Malach   Saxophone
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
Dexter Wansel   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Murray Adler   Strings
Pablo Batista   Percussion
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Cynthia Biggs   Background Vocals
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Daryl Burgee   Percussion,Drums
Chris Camozzi   Guitar
Randy Cantor   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Mayra Casales   Percussion
Ronald Clark   Strings
Greg Conway   Cymbals
Lawrence Cottrell   Background Vocals
Curtis Dowd   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Clare Fischer   Conductor
Denzil Foster   Keyboards
Pamela Goldsmith   Strings
Charlene Holloway   Background Vocals
Annette Hardeman   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Skyler Jett   Background Vocals
Ron Jennings   Guitar
Melisa Kary   Background Vocals
Ren Klyce   Sampling,fairlight
Michael Landau   Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Yolanda Lee   Background Vocals
James K. Lloyd   Synthesizer,Piano
Manny López   Guitar
Thomas McElroy   Keyboards
Lester Mendez   Synthesizer
Carolyn Mitchell   Background Vocals
Edwin Nicholas   Drums,Keyboards
Don Palmer   Strings
Billy Patterson   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Eric Rehl   Synthesizer
Morris Repass   Strings
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Donald Robinson   Piano
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Tony Santoro   Guitar
Rafael Solano   Percussion
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Premik Russell Tubbs   Saxophone
Francine Walsh   Strings
Buddy Williams   Cymbals
Eric Williams   Background Vocals
Clifford Adams   Trombone
Walter Afanasieff   Bass,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Synclavier Guitar
Nate Phillips   Bass
Emma Kummrow   Concert Master
Byron Williams   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Sam Peakes   Saxophone
Deborah Dukes   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gerald LeVert   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Nikki Giovanni   Liner Notes
Michael Allaire   Engineer
Glenn Barratt   Engineer
Bernard Belle   Arranger
Regina Belle   Arranger
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Gary Cirimelli   Synclavier Programming
Steve Counter   Engineer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Jack Faith   String Arrangements
Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
Denzil Foster   Producer,drum programming
David Frazier   Engineer
Ron Kerber   Horn Arrangements
Ren Klyce   Synclavier Programming
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Nick Martinelli   Producer
Thomas McElroy   drum programming
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer
Edwin Nicholas   Programming,Producer
Jack Perry   Engineer
Eric Rehl   Programming
Bruce Weeden   Engineer
Honest James Young   Arranger
Mitchell Cohen   Executive Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Producer,drum programming,Synthesizer Arrangements,Rhythm Programming
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ron A. Shaffer   Engineer
Eddie Gip Noble   Composer

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Baby Come to Me: The Best of Regina Belle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Regina Belle shot to fame in 1989 with her single, 'Baby Come To Me' -- from her album "Stay With Me" -- which was a perfect example of the jazz-tinged soul-pop balladry which she had been recording since the mid 1980's. The title of this 'best of ' collection was also Belle's worldwide hit single. The material featured here has been selected from her Columbia/Sony four studio albums which were recorded between 1987 and 1995. With her own sophisticated brand of romantic soul, the acclaimed vocalist was one of the most popular contemporary singers of the eighties and nineties. Once hailed as a female Luther Vandross, or as the less commercial side of Anita Baker, besides soul, her singing has roots in jazz and classic pop and she has Oscar and Grammy awards to her name. This 'Best of' features a collection of the finest songs from all her albums including the platinum award winning smash 'A Whole New World'. When Regina Belle wraps her velvety voice around a love song, the embrace is everlasting. From a jazz whisper to a soulful serenade to a gospel shout, the gentle comforts of hope and faith are never far away. Regina has soothed us with such standards as " Baby Come To Me" and " Make It Like It Was" and "If I Could". Her dynamic duets with Peabo Bryson, Barry White and James "J.T." Taylor are also featured here. They are stirring reminders that Regina has always been consistent, engaging, stylish and innovative. Never boring or derivative. Please, listen also to her latest, unmissable masterpiece "LAZY AFTERNOON".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago