Best: 1991-2004

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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....
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624888222
  • Catalog Number: 4888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy (5:56)
  2. 2 Kiss from a Rose (4:48)
  3. 3 Killer (6:23)
  4. 4 Prayer for the Dying (5:30)
  5. 5 Waiting for You (3:43)
  6. 6 Don't Cry (6:19)
  7. 7 My Vision - Jakatta (3:44)
  8. 8 Love's Divine (4:38)
  9. 9 Walk on By (3:18)
  10. 10 Get It Together (3:58)
  11. 11 Fly Like an Eagle (4:14)
  12. 12 Lips Like Sugar (5:02)
  13. 13 Human Beings (4:35)
  14. 14 Future Love Paradise (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bring It On (4:46)
  2. 2 Killer (5:39)
  3. 3 Crazy (4:04)
  4. 4 Colour (5:34)
  5. 5 Kiss from a Rose (5:25)
  6. 6 Prayer for the Dying (5:19)
  7. 7 Love's Divine (4:45)
  8. 8 Get It Together (4:36)
  9. 9 Just Like You Said (5:13)
  10. 10 Touch (6:03)
  11. 11 Waiting for You (3:51)
  12. 12 Don't Cry (6:27)
  13. 13 Walk on By (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Crazy
  2. 2 Kiss from a Rose
  3. 3 Killer
  4. 4 Prayer for the Dying
  5. 5 Waiting for You
  6. 6 Don't Cry
  7. 7 My Vision - Jakatta
  8. 8 Love's Divine
  9. 9 Walk on By
  10. 10 Get It Together
  11. 11 Fly Like an Eagle
  12. 12 Lips Like Sugar
  13. 13 Human Beings
  14. 14 Future Love Paradise
  15. 15 Bring It On
  16. 16 Killer
  17. 17 Crazy
  18. 18 Colour
  19. 19 Kiss from a Rose
  20. 20 Prayer for the Dying
  21. 21 Love's Divine
  22. 22 Get It Together
  23. 23 Just Like You Said
  24. 24 Touch
  25. 25 Waiting for You
  26. 26 Don't Cry
  27. 27 Walk on By
  28. 28 Crazy
  29. 29 Killer
  30. 30 Future Love Paradise
  31. 31 Prayer for the Dying
  32. 32 Don't Cry
  33. 33 Human Beings
  34. 34 Waiting for You
  35. 35 Get It Together
  36. 36 Love's Divine
  37. 37 Walk on By
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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
Les 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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