Greatest Hits [Sony]

Greatest Hits [Sony]

4.5 2
by Nancy Wilson
Over the last four decades, Nancy Wilson has perfected a hybrid of pop, jazz, and R&B vocalizing that has profoundly influenced such musical godchildren as Regina Belle, Anita Baker, and Phyllis Hyman. GREATEST HITS collects the best of Wilson's Columbia recordings, from "The Two of Us," a 1984 collaboration with pianist Ramsey Lewis, to "Hello Like Before" from 1997


Over the last four decades, Nancy Wilson has perfected a hybrid of pop, jazz, and R&B vocalizing that has profoundly influenced such musical godchildren as Regina Belle, Anita Baker, and Phyllis Hyman. GREATEST HITS collects the best of Wilson's Columbia recordings, from "The Two of Us," a 1984 collaboration with pianist Ramsey Lewis, to "Hello Like Before" from 1997. This 16-song anthology also includes two early gems: Wilson's first major-label recording, "Guess Who I Saw Today," (1960), as well as her first hit, "Save Your Love For Me," a 1962 collaboration with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. Chock-full of treasure, GREATEST HITS showcases Wilson's warm and earthy alto -- which can instantly transform itself from a sob to a scream -- on such romantic musings as "Love Won't Let Me Wait," "I Can't Make You Love Me"; Stephen Sondheim's "Loving You," sung with Peabo Bryson; and "When October Goes," a Johnny Mercer lyric set to music by Barry Manilow. This disc is a perfect opportunity to rediscover one of America's most accomplished song stylists.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A "greatest hits" album, a concept pioneered by Columbia Records, is usually thought of as a compilation containing the single recordings by an artist that scored on the charts. In that sense, one might wonder what business Columbia had releasing a Nancy Wilson album called Greatest Hits since, in her 12-year tenure with the label, she had only placed four singles on the R&B charts, none of which reached the top half of the list. Those four recordings, "Love Won't Let Me Wait," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "Do You Still Dream About Me," and "Don't Ask My Neighbors," lead off the collection, and there is a previously unreleased "after hours mix" of "I Can't Make You Love Me" at the end. In between, there are two recordings that originally appeared on Capitol Records, Wilson's label from 1960 to 1980, one of which, "Save Your Love For Me" (accompanied by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet), was her initial R&B chart hit. The rest of the tracks are drawn from Wilson's Columbia albums of the 1980s and '90s, and they include: "Wish You Were Here," a duet with James Ingram; Stephen Sondheim's "Loving You," a duet with Peabo Bryson; "The Two Of Us," from the album of that title, which was co-billed to Ramsey Lewis; and "Forbidden Lover," a duet with Carl Anderson. It all adds up to a compilation of lush, jazz-tinged R&B love songs expressively rendered by Wilson. It just doesn't add up to a greatest hits album.

Product Details

Release Date:


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nancy Wilson   Primary Artist
Philip Bailey   Background Vocals
Daryl Coley   Vocals
Carl Anderson   Track Performer
Peabo Bryson   Track Performer
James Ingram   Track Performer
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Louis Hayes   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Billy May   Conductor
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Ramsey Lewis   Track Performer,Piano (Grand)
Murray Adler   Strings
Tadaomi Anai   Percussion
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Larry Ball   Bass
Brenton Banks   Strings
Vassal Benford   Piano
Brian Blade   Drums
Norman Carr   Strings
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Stanley Clarke   Sitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Bonnie Douglas   Strings
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Vernon D. Fails   Keyboards
Charles Fearing   Guitar
André Fischer   Drums
Ronald Folsom   Strings
Sherree Ford-Payne   Background Vocals
Don Freeman   Keyboards
Ray Fuller   Guitar
James Getzoff   Strings
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Catherine Gotthoffer   Strings
Ed Greene   Drums
Mike Harvey   Background Vocals
Jeanette Hawes   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Brian James   Acoustic Guitar
Robert Jerald   Keyboards
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Roland Kato   Strings
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Piano
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Janet Lakatos   Strings
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Wayne Linsey   Keyboards
Mine Matsuki   Background Vocals
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Christian McBride   Bass
David McMurray   Saxophone
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michael J. Powell   Guitar,Percussion
Eric Rehl   Keyboards
Masahiko Satoh   Synthesizer,Conductor,Keyboards
Paul Shure   Strings
Ira Siegel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Kenji Takamizu   Bass
Yuichi Togashiki   Drums
Turner   Bass
Wanda Vaughn   Background Vocals
Kayoko Wada   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Piano
Etsuko Yamakawa   Background Vocals
Michael Hart Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
KC Porter   Keyboards
Randy Jackson   Bass,Keyboards
Ron Otis   Drums
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Miguel Gutierrez   Conga
Bill Hughes   Strings
Chris Ermacoff   Strings
Karen Jones   Strings

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Producer
Pat Coil   Orchestral Overdubs
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Eddie Arkin   Arranger,Producer
L. Smokey Bates   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Artie Butler   Composer
George Butler   Executive Producer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Producer
Stanley Clarke   Producer
Benny Diggs   Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
André Fischer   Producer
Miles Goodman   Producer
Ken Hirsch   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kiyoski Itoh   Producer
Robert Jerald   Producer,drum programming
Joseph Joubert   Composer
Sami McKinney   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Michael J. Powell   Producer
Ian Prince   Arranger,Programming
Masahiko Satoh   Arranger
Skip Scarborough   Arranger,Producer
Jolyon Skinner   Composer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Tom Morgan   Producer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
KC Porter   Arranger,Producer
Randy Jackson   Producer
Yukio Morisaki   Executive Producer
Tsuyoshi Takayanagi   Composer
Norman Martin   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Greatest Hits [Sony] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Keeping with the Nancy Wilson tradition, Nancy Wilson Greatest Hits are just another example, of why Nancy is the last voice of The Golden Era. The Album which, is a compilation of Nancy's association with Columbia Records further validates why this supreme Song Stylist still dazzles us.. While it can be argued that these songs were not neccessarily top hits, it does demonstrate that we still have in our presence a true singer of songs. This Greatest hit collections contains some of the best song writting from, Loving You(duet/w Pebo Bryson) by Stephen Soundheim to When October Goes, Lyrics, by the late Johnny Mercer. Our Great Lady of Song takes us on a Journey with not only some of the best writers in the music Industry, but a voice that changes from soft and tantilizing to quicksilver and full of emotion. Listen as this Great Lady Of Song lifts us off the ground and sends us soaring through the clouds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago