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Greatest Hits 1986-2004

Greatest Hits 1986-2004

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by Amy Grant
     
 
Arguably Christian music's biggest and most influential female star, Amy Grant recently celebrated more than 25 years in the music business. But an official retrospective-at least one since 1990's Collection -- has been lacking. That gap has been filled with Greatest Hits 1986-2004, a 19-track collection that covers the period of Grant's greatest

Overview

Arguably Christian music's biggest and most influential female star, Amy Grant recently celebrated more than 25 years in the music business. But an official retrospective-at least one since 1990's Collection -- has been lacking. That gap has been filled with Greatest Hits 1986-2004, a 19-track collection that covers the period of Grant's greatest commercial success, and also her most musically expansive one. While some of Grant's earliest efforts could today sound quaint, the tracks offered here all resonate powerfully. From the potent faith message of "Lead Me On" to the lighthearted bubblegum of "Baby, Baby" to a solid message anthem like "That's What Love Is For," Grant proves herself to be an artist of enduring talent. Musically, Grant has frequently been paired with some of the industry's best male voices; thankfully, Greatest Hits features many of those moments: "The Next Time I Fall," with Peter Cetera; "House of Love," with husband Vince Gill; and a wonderful previously unreleased duet with Keb' Mo', "Come Be With Me." While the years have seen Grant mature from highly polished pop to a more acoustic singer-songwriter sound, the journey has clearly been a delightful one.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It may be hard to believe, but A&M/UTV's 2004 release Greatest Hits 1986-2004 is the first compilation of Amy Grant's to be released since 1986's The Collection. In that time, she went from CCM to secular pop music and back again, scoring several big hits in the late '80s and early '90s. Appropriately, that era dominates Greatest Hits, with a great majority of the album hailing from 1988-1994; in fact, nearly half of her biggest album, 1991's Heart in Motion, is here. Some of this material is religious, including the previously unreleased opener, "The Water," but most of this sounds and feels like adult contemporary pop of the time, which shouldn't be surprising because songs like "Baby Baby" and the Peter Cetera duet "The Next Time I Fall" defined the sound of the mainstream pop sound of the turn of the decade. While the production of this music is undoubtedly dated -- the keyboard bass, synthesized backing, and surface gloss pin it to the year, if not very month, of release -- it nevertheless has aged surprisingly well for two reasons. First, the songs featured on Greatest Hits were constructed with genuine skill, from the writing to the production; even if the sound of the record is dated, that popcraft means they're still appealing, years after their release. Second, Grant is a very appealing singer. Not only does she have a warm, sweet voice that enlivens these highly polished productions, but she has a charming, everywoman persona that makes them easily relatable. Her strengths are most apparent on those hits from 1988-1994 that make for the bulk of the album, but the revelation of Greatest Hits is that she produced a consistently enjoyable body of work, with the late-'90s/early-2000s work and the new songs holding their own with the better-known material. And that's what makes Greatest Hits 1986-2004 not only a good portrait of Grant, it makes it one of the best adult contemporary pop albums of its kind. [Initial pressings of Greatest Hits 1986-2004 contain a bonus disc with remixes of "Every Heartbeat," "That's What Love Is For," "I Will Remember You," and "House of Love."]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498637227
catalogNumber:
000341502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
David Lindley   Lap Steel Guitar,Soloist,Musician
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ,Musician
Sam Bacco   Percussion,Musician
Steve Brewster   Drums,Musician
Gordon Kennedy   Electric Guitar,Musician
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar,Musician
Tommy Sims   Bass,Musician
Keb' Mo'   Dobro,Musician,Vocal Harmony
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Gary Chapman   Composer
Christopher Peacock   Composer
Keith Thomas   Composer,Producer,Remix Arrangement
Jay Gruska   Composer
Daniel Abraham   Producer
Greg Barnhill   Composer
Peter Cetera   Duet
Jennifer Cooke   Executive Producer
Vince Gill   Duet
Paul Gordon   Composer
Kenny Greenberg   Composer
Sean Hosein   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer
Michelle Lewis   Composer
Dan Marnien   Engineer
Phil Nicolo   Remixing
Michael Omartian   Composer,Producer
William Owsley   Composer
Justin Peters   Composer
John Richards   Producer,Remixing
Keb' Mo'   Remixing
Mark Muller   Composer
Eric Sarafin   Producer,Remixing
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Dillon O'Brian   Composer
Mark Mazzetti   Producer,Remixing,Remix Consultant
Norman Jean Roy   Cover Photo
Tim Snow   Composer
Dane DeVillier   Composer
Ed Cash   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Wally Wilson   Composer
Jimmy Scott   Composer
Mark Johnson   Remixing

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