Best: 1991-2004

Best: 1991-2004

by Seal
     
 

Reusing the cover from his 1994 self-titled release -- as opposed to his 1991 or 2003 self-titled releases -- 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 ofSee more details below

Overview

Reusing the cover from his 1994 self-titled release -- as opposed to his 1991 or 2003 self-titled releases -- 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/bonus-DVD edition. 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 Seal fans would be cheating themselves if they passed on it. The DVD includes ten videos and the 5.1 surround mixes of both CDs.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624888222
catalogNumber:
4888

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Crazy  -  Seal
  2. Kiss from a Rose  -  Seal
  3. Killer  -  Seal
  4. Prayer for the Dying  -  Seal
  5. Waiting for You  -  Seal
  6. Don't Cry  -  Seal
  7. My Vision  -  Jakatta
  8. Love's Divine  -  Seal
  9. Walk on By  -  Seal
  10. Get It Together  -  Seal
  11. Fly Like an Eagle  -  Seal
  12. Lips Like Sugar  -  Seal
  13. Human Beings  -  Seal
  14. Future Love Paradise  -  Seal

Disc 2

  1. Bring It On  -  Seal
  2. Killer  -  Seal
  3. Crazy  -  Seal
  4. Colour  -  Seal
  5. Kiss from a Rose  -  Seal
  6. Prayer for the Dying  -  Seal
  7. Love's Divine  -  Seal
  8. Get It Together  -  Seal
  9. Just Like You Said  -  Seal
  10. Touch  -  Seal
  11. Waiting for You  -  Seal
  12. Don't Cry  -  Seal
  13. Walk on By  -  Seal

Disc 3

  1. Crazy  -  Seal
  2. Kiss from a Rose  -  Seal
  3. Killer  -  Seal
  4. Prayer for the Dying  -  Seal
  5. Waiting for You  -  Seal
  6. Don't Cry  -  Seal
  7. My Vision  -  Jakatta
  8. Love's Divine  -  Seal
  9. Walk on By  -  Seal
  10. Get It Together  -  Seal
  11. Fly Like an Eagle  -  Seal
  12. Lips Like Sugar  -  Seal
  13. Human Beings  -  Seal
  14. Future Love Paradise  -  Seal
  15. Bring It On  -  Seal
  16. Killer  -  Seal
  17. Crazy  -  Seal
  18. Colour  -  Seal
  19. Kiss from a Rose  -  Seal
  20. Prayer for the Dying  -  Seal
  21. Love's Divine  -  Seal
  22. Get It Together  -  Seal
  23. Just Like You Said  -  Seal
  24. Touch  -  Seal
  25. Waiting for You  -  Seal
  26. Don't Cry  -  Seal
  27. Walk on By  -  Seal
  28. Crazy  -  Seal
  29. Killer  -  Seal
  30. Future Love Paradise  -  Seal
  31. Prayer for the Dying  -  Seal
  32. Don't Cry  -  Seal
  33. Human Beings  -  Seal
  34. Waiting for You  -  Seal
  35. Get It Together  -  Seal
  36. Love's Divine  -  Seal
  37. Walk on By  -  Seal

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seal   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Piccolo Bass
Steve Churchyard   Horn Engineer
Deron Johnson   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Vibes,Pump Organ
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar,Autoharp,Marimbas
Ramy Antoun   Percussion,Drums,Box
Michele Chiavarini   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Seal   Composer,Executive Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Craig Anderson   Authoring
Chris Bruce   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Spencer Chrislu   Authoring
Richard Chycki   Digital Editing
Lisa Coleman   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer
Nicholas Hexum   Producer,Vocal Producer
Trevor Horn   Producer,Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
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
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer
Gus Isidore   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Rashad Smith   Producer
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Wayne Isham   Director
Ron Mohrhoff   Video Producer
Jill Sinclair   Executive Producer
Adam Tinley   Composer
Christos Demetriou   Horn Arrangements
Ramy Antoun   Contributor
Pablo Munguia   Vocal Producer
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Francis Lawrence   Director
Robert Orton   Engineer
Ric Salmon   Composer
Sara Cumings   Graphic Design
Meiert Avis   Director
Paul Boyd   Director
Jeremy Barrett   Video Producer
Jay "Buju" Blatch   Digital Editing
Michael Cahn   Video Producer
Seal Henry Samuel   Composer

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