Greatest Hits: Straight Up!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's kind of shocking to realize that it took Virgin and Paula Abdul six full seasons of American Idol to capitalize on her resurgence of fame, but they finally got around to exploiting her back catalog with the release of the 18-track Greatest Hits: Straight Up! in May 2007, just as the sixth season was about to draw to a close. It is what it says it is: a collection of her greatest hits, all 13 of her Billboard charting singles, plus five other album tracks. Of these, not all of them are huge hits and some aren't even that familiar. Abdul peaked early, with all of her biggest and best hits arriving on her 1988 debut, Forever Your Girl, which contained "Forever...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's kind of shocking to realize that it took Virgin and Paula Abdul six full seasons of American Idol to capitalize on her resurgence of fame, but they finally got around to exploiting her back catalog with the release of the 18-track Greatest Hits: Straight Up! in May 2007, just as the sixth season was about to draw to a close. It is what it says it is: a collection of her greatest hits, all 13 of her Billboard charting singles, plus five other album tracks. Of these, not all of them are huge hits and some aren't even that familiar. Abdul peaked early, with all of her biggest and best hits arriving on her 1988 debut, Forever Your Girl, which contained "Forever Your Girl," "Straight Up," "Cold Hearted," "The Way You Love Me," "Knocked Out," and "Opposites Attact," all of which are here, along with "One or the Other," also featured here. That means that Straight Up! has seven of the ten tracks from Forever Your Girl, a pretty high ratio, but it's only right that it dominates this hits compilation, because these are the songs that Abdul's fame was built upon. After that debut, her decline in popularity was pretty swift: her 1991 sophomore set, Spellbound, had four hits in "Rush, Rush," "The Promise of a New Day," "Blowing Kisses in the Wind," and "Vibeology," but none of them were as big or memorable as the singles from the debut, and when Straight Up! works its way toward them, it starts to loose momentum, just as Abdul's career did. She stumbled through 1995's Head Over Heels, as she tried to modernize her eternally chipper dance-pop, before disappearing from the spotlight until American Idol. Straight Up! charts this career arc -- minus the career revival, since she hasn't recorded a comeback album, after all -- with accuracy, generously sampling from all three albums, and if the selections from Forever Your Girl are undeniably still the highlights (and the reason to get this set) there are a couple of surprises along with the way, including how "The Promise of a New Day" and "Vibeology" stand as bright, colorful time capsules of early-'90s dance-pop and how slinky and seductive 1995's "My Love for Real" is. These aren't enough to offer a revisionist take on Abdul's recording career -- this hits set doesn't smash conventional wisdom, it cements it -- but as a summary of her years as a pop star, Greatest Hits: Straight Up! is as good as any hits disc ever could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094639052721
  • Catalog Number: 90527
  • Sales rank: 28,387

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paula Abdul Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Paula Abdul Composer
Babyface Producer, Audio Production, Composer
St. Paul Arranger
Lafayette Carthon Remixing, Audio Production
Keith Cohen Producer, Audio Production
Howard Hersh Arranger, Composer, Producer
Howie Tee Composer
Rhett Lawrence Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Oliver Leiber Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Iki Levy Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jon Lind Producer
Peter Lord Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Peter Mokran Remixing, Audio Production
Daryl Simmons Composer
V. Jeffrey Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Sandra St. Victor Composer
Curtis "Fitz" Williams Arranger, Producer
Elliot Wolff Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Duncan Pain Composer
Bryan Abrams Composer
Mark Calderon Composer
Kevin Thornton Composer
Sam Watters Composer
Crystal Bernard Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Robb Boldt Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
L.A. Audio Production
Curtis Williams Audio Production
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Howie Hersh Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun dance pop all throughout!

    This is much, much better than the 2000 Virgin Records release of before. It has a strong helping of 18 songs! And there's one funky high energy dance number after another with Forever, Straight, Cold, The Way That You Love Me and Knocked Out on the first 5! One or The Other was a track I played the most outside of the other hits from her 1988 debut and I'm glad it's on here! The '91 and '95 hits are still sharp here, especially Rush Rush, Promise, My Love Is For Real and If I Was Your Girl. Bend Time Back Around from the 90210 soundtrack album is another nifty dance number as well as Ain't Never with Color Me Badd. Paula's voice can get squeaky at times, but it compliments these high energy songs. I think that her being a judge on American Idol makes us respect her music a lot more with this updated collection. It is a fun and consistent dance pop album and she even gave Janet Jackson some stiff competition in '89 and '90 with her hits! A fun aerobic workout if there ever was one, with sweat all covered on your shirt after all that dancing to these high energy numbers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great CD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you like paula abdul's spell bound , then you'll love this CD !!! it's got more songs that are upbeat and the whole CD has a fun rhythm to each song!!!!!! It's definitely a dance hit!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted April 24, 2009

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