Best: 1991-2004

Best: 1991-2004

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by Seal
     
 

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Reusing the cover from his 1994 self-titled release -- as opposed to his 1991 or 2003 self-titled release -- makes Seal's discography all the more confusing, but that's the only mistake made on this glorious collection. Seal's partnership with producer Trevor Horn has yielded some of the most elegantly soulful and richly textured pop music of the

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Reusing the cover from his 1994 self-titled release -- as opposed to his 1991 or 2003 self-titled release -- makes Seal's discography all the more confusing, but that's the only mistake made on this glorious collection. Seal's partnership with producer Trevor Horn has yielded some of the most elegantly soulful and richly textured pop music of the preceding 20 years. Best: 1991-2004 picks and chooses from their output perfectly, orders it in a way that makes sense, and remembers a couple compilation and soundtrack appearances to make itself worthwhile for Seal's faithful. If you've owned a radio at sometime in the past two decades, a quarter of the disc will be familiar. But radio's compressed delivery of "Crazy," "Kiss From a Rose," and others don't do these grand songs justice; plus, anytime you can put a Trevor Horn production on the headphones is a rewarding experience. The songs from the lesser Seal IV come off much stronger in these surroundings, and the inclusion of a bunch of album tracks you forgot about but shouldn't have speaks to the compilers' keen understanding of Seal's career. The new recording of Bacharach-David's "Walk On By" is sweet, fair, and no disappointment, but it's Seal's take on Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" or Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" that proves him an great interpreter of other's tunes and able to shine without Horn's help (the positive and empowering "My Vision" is the third and final track without Horn). The greatness of Seal's first two albums keeps the collection from being "the only Seal CD you'll ever need." Instead, Best: 1991-2004 is a fantastic overview of a hit-or-miss artist that soars when he's got the right material. This is all the right material and an unquestionable success. [As good as the regular edition is, Best: 1991-2004 was also released in an even better bonus-disc edition with a gold cover. The extra CD contains wonderful acoustic renditions of the singer's best, newly recorded in the studio and once again helmed by Horn. Seal's performance equals any of his regular recordings, but it's the clever and inspired arrangements that really make the difference. That "Crazy"'s staccato synth line is played by a marimba is just one of the surprises that works; plus, the intimacy and warmness of the entire disc is yet another victory for Horn. The acoustic disc would be four-star on its own, and any Seal fan would be cheating themself if they pass on it.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624894322
catalogNumber:
48943

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seal   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mikey Dread   Vocals
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Piccolo Bass
David Campbell   Strings
Deron Johnson   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Vibes,Pump Organ,Hammond B3
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar,Autoharp,Marimbas
Soulshock   Musician
Christos Demetriou   Horn
Ramy Antoun   Percussion,Drums,Wood Box
Michele Chiavarini   Keyboards
Jakatta   Vocals

Technical Credits

Seal   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Chris Bruce   Composer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lisa Coleman   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Nicholas Hexum   Producer,Vocal Producer
Trevor Horn   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Wendy Melvoin   Composer
Steve Miller   Composer
Thomas Newman   Composer
Pattinson   Composer
Carmen Rizzo   Composer
Will Sergeant   Composer
Chad Sexton   Producer
Soulshock   Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Guy Sigsworth   Composer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Pete de Freitas   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer
Gus Isidore   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Rashad Smith   Producer
John O'Donnell   Engineer
Jill Sinclair   Executive Producer
Adam Tinley   Composer
Christos Demetriou   Horn Arrangements
Pablo Munguia   Vocal Producer
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Robert Orton   Engineer
Ric Salmon   Composer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Christella Demetriou   Horn Arrangements
Seal Henry Samuel   Composer

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Best: 1991-2004 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
vickib43 More than 1 year ago
I haven't been excited by an album or performer for a long time. But I'm excited about both. Melodious, stimulating and lots of soul comes through. This album is worth listening too over and over again. Hurley, MS
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a grand CD collection from Seal! I absolutely love the acoustic CD!! He has real talent. I was a little bit disappointed that the tracks, "The Beginning" and "Heavenly" weren't included in this set. Other than that, I was EXTREMELY impressed at the old (on acoustic) and NEW favorites that were included, especially tracks like "Walk on By". I'll bet that they sound even better live!! Ally Ski
jungle_jeannie More than 1 year ago
I like Seal's Kiss from a Rose, but when I heard the Acoustic Version, I felt I just had to get this CD. I thought I really liked his Acoustic Versions in Disc 2, but when I listened to his Originals on Disc 1, I found I really, really, really like Seal's music! Great CD's ~what a fantastic deal ~so glad I got it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago