Gonna Take a Miracle: The Best of Deniece Williams

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This 16-track, 72-and-a-half-minute compilation contains Deniece Williams' two number one pop/R&B hits, "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" a duet with Johnny Mathis, as well as her remake of "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," an R&B number one and Top Ten pop hit, and "Free," which just missed the top of the R&B chart and made the pop Top 40. Otherwise, the collection is somewhat idiosyncratic, compilation producer Leo Sacks' idea of Williams' best, rather than her greatest hits. Her success on the R&B singles chart, where she scored 18 Top 40 hits, is shortchanged, as the set fails to contain such major R&B hits as "Never ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This 16-track, 72-and-a-half-minute compilation contains Deniece Williams' two number one pop/R&B hits, "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" a duet with Johnny Mathis, as well as her remake of "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," an R&B number one and Top Ten pop hit, and "Free," which just missed the top of the R&B chart and made the pop Top 40. Otherwise, the collection is somewhat idiosyncratic, compilation producer Leo Sacks' idea of Williams' best, rather than her greatest hits. Her success on the R&B singles chart, where she scored 18 Top 40 hits, is shortchanged, as the set fails to contain such major R&B hits as "Never Say Never" and "You're All I Need to Get By." At the same time, Sacks finds room for the eight-minute album track "If You Don't Believe" and Williams' early gospel composition "God Is Amazing." Such tracks serve to emphasize the diversity in Williams' catalog, but R&B fans may find the set wanting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1996
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646483923
  • Catalog Number: 64839
  • Sales rank: 23,237

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deniece Williams Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Philip Bailey Background Vocals
Johnny Mathis Track Performer
Michael Harris Trumpet
Maurice White Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Dorothy Ashby Harp
George Duke Keyboards
Richard Elliot Lyricon
Victor Feldman Background Vocals, Vibraslap, Vibes
Plas Johnson French Horn, Woodwind
Lee Oskar Harmonica
Azar Lawrence Trombone, Trumpet
Ray Pizzi French Horn, Woodwind
Tommy Vig Percussion, Drums
David Foster Keyboards
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
Gene Page Conductor
David T. Walker Guitar
Michael Sembello Guitar
Randall Aldcroft Trombone, Trumpet
Jeanne Ashby Harp
Bob Babbitt Bass, Percussion
Michael Baird Percussion, Drums
Mike Baird Percussion, Drums
Sidney Barnes Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Thom Bell Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
George Bohannon Trombone, Trumpet
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Ollie E. Brown Percussion, Drums
Carl Carwell Background Vocals
Dyanne Chandler Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Background Vocals, Vibraslap, Vibes
Charles Collins Percussion, Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Drums
Don Renaldo Strings, Horn
Larry Dunn Keyboards
Nathan East Bass, Percussion
Scott Edwards Bass
Bobby Eli Guitar
Alan Estes Percussion, Drums
Larry Farrow Keyboards
Charles Fearing Guitar
Russell Ferrante Keyboards
Chuck Findley Trumpet
David Garibaldi Percussion, Drums
Bill Green Woodwind
Ed Greene Percussion, Drums
Terry Harrington French Horn, Woodwind
John Heitmann French Horn, Woodwind
Carl Helm Background Vocals
Marlo Henderson Guitar
David Hungate Bass, Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Joseph B. Jefferson Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass
Ricky Lawson Percussion, Drums
Charles Loper Trombone, Trumpet
Steve Lukather Guitar
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Timothy May Guitar
Al McKay Guitar
George Merrill Keyboards, Background Vocals
Sidney Muldrow French Horn
Don Myrick Trombone, Trumpet
Bill Neale Guitar, Conductor, Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar, Background Vocals
George Patterson Trombone, Trumpet
Jerry Peters Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Sylvester Rivers Keyboards
Gale Robinson French Horn
Marilyn Robinson French Horn
John Rowin Guitar
Shannon Rubicam Background Vocals
Michel Rubini Keyboards
Louis Satterfield Trombone, Trumpet
Denny Seiwell Percussion, Drums
Ed Shay Percussion, Drums
David Sheilds Bass
Sheridon Stokes Woodwind
Larry Washington Percussion, Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Woodwind
Verdine White Bass, Vocals
Andrew Woolfolk Trombone, Trumpet
Leland Sklar Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Freddie White Percussion, Drums
Nathan Watts Bass, Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion, Drums
Alan Robinson French Horn
Technical Credits
Deniece Williams Composer, Producer
Maurice White Producer
George Duke Producer
David Foster Composer, Producer
Gene Page Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Peter Chaikin Engineer
Dirk Devlin Engineer
Warren Dewey Engineer
Jay Gallagher Engineer
David Garibaldi Contributor
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Mitch Gibson Engineer
Jack Gold Producer
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Steve Hodge Engineer
George Massenburg Engineer
Don Murray Engineer
Bill Neale Arranger, Producer
Ray Parker Jr. Producer
Ed Penney Composer
Jerry Peters Producer
Sylvester Rivers rhythm arrangement
Dean Rod Engineer
Jack Rouben Engineer
Charles Stepney Producer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Tom Tom 84 Horn Arrangements
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Larry Washington Executive Producer
Fritz Baskett Composer
Mike Tarsia Engineer, Contributor
John Vallins Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Tony Sellari Artwork, Art Direction
Murray Dvorkin Engineer
Viriginia Prescott Liner Notes
Nat Kipner Composer
Rob Parsons Composer
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