Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years

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All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
When former Miss America/Penthouse poser Vanessa Williams picked up a microphone in 1988 with The Right Stuff, her managers did the business-smart, and expected, thing: They buried her beneath a coat of glossy production and dancefloor beeps and bips to disguise whatever vocal shortcomings this walking mannequin might have. But a funny thing happened within a few years. It turned out that Williams, when given the right material, could actually sing. And when handed torch songs that emphasized her natural slow burn -- like on the glorious ballad "Save the Best for Last" -- Williams was a genuinely sexy and capable performer. Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years gathers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
When former Miss America/Penthouse poser Vanessa Williams picked up a microphone in 1988 with The Right Stuff, her managers did the business-smart, and expected, thing: They buried her beneath a coat of glossy production and dancefloor beeps and bips to disguise whatever vocal shortcomings this walking mannequin might have. But a funny thing happened within a few years. It turned out that Williams, when given the right material, could actually sing. And when handed torch songs that emphasized her natural slow burn -- like on the glorious ballad "Save the Best for Last" -- Williams was a genuinely sexy and capable performer. Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years gathers the biggest 13 songs from her first decade. The club tunes are generic and could be served just as well by anyone, but the finest tunes here "Save the Best for Last," "Love Is," and "Colors of the Wind" are smoldering slices of R&B that certify Williams is more than just a pretty face.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453827127
  • Catalog Number: 538271
  • Sales rank: 4,252

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Williams Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Keyboards
Ada Dyer Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Gary Taylor Vocals, Multi Instruments
Hubert Laws Flute
Rachelle Ferrell Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Phil Madeira Hammond Organ
Brian McKnight Background Vocals
Ronn Huff Conductor
Keith Thomas Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards
Michael Brown Loops
Duane Benjamin Trombone
Chuckii Booker Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Daryl Burgee Percussion
Debbie Cole Background Vocals
Carol Coleman Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Steve Crawford Choir, Chorus
Lori Fulton Background Vocals
Trevor Gale Keyboards
Kenni Hairston Keyboards
Chris Harris Choir, Chorus
Juno Hoo Voices
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Keith John Background Vocals
Robert Johnson Choir, Chorus
Kipper Jones Vocals, Background Vocals
Will Lee Bass
Scott Mayo Saxophone
Valerie Mayo Background Vocals
Fred McFarlane Bass, Keyboards
Jerry McPherson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
MeShell NdegeOcello Bass, Vocals
Michael Mellett Choir, Chorus
Joey Miskulin Accordion
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nick Moroch Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Janice Pendarvis Background Vocals
George Pendergrass Choir, Chorus
Gary Pigg Choir, Chorus
Fernando Pullum Trumpet
Cindy Richardson Choir, Chorus
Donald Robinson Keyboards
Angel Rogers Background Vocals
Bob Rosa Sampling
Rex Salas Keyboards
Hank Shocklee Sampling
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Dave Stewart Background Vocals
Denise Walls Choir, Chorus
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Sampling
Carol Steele Percussion
Bill Stephney Sampling
Lisa Cochran Choir, Chorus
Tabitha Fair Background Vocals
Dan Needham Drums
Gil & Johnny Background Vocals
Billy Gaines Choir, Chorus
DJ L.A. Jay Sampling
Rob Von Arx Sampling
Da'Dra Great House Choir, Chorus
Hank Schocklee Sampling
Michael Black Choir, Chorus
Tim Davis Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer
Gary Taylor Arranger, Producer
Vanessa Williams Producer, Vocal Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Gary Brown Producer
Brian McKnight Producer
Ronn Huff Orchestration, String Arrangements
Keith Thomas Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Piano Programming
Michael Brown beats
Robbie Buchanan Arranger
Claude Demers Engineer
Ed Eckstine Executive Producer
Michael Frenke Engineer
Trevor Gale Producer, drum programming
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Kenni Hairston Producer, drum programming
Mark Hammond drum programming
Rod Hui Remixing
Kipper Jones Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Bill Malina Engineer
Scott Mayo Horn Arrangements
Janie McGarrigle Composer
Anna McGarrigle Composer
Nick Moroch Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Donald Robinson Arranger, Producer
Bob Rosa Producer, beats
Jim Salamone drum programming
Rex Salas Arranger, Producer
Will Schillinger Engineer
Reggie Stewart rhythm arrangement
Gary Tole Engineer
Kieran Walsh Engineer
Bill Whittington Engineer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Ross Donaldson Engineer, Mastering
Margery Greenspan Art Direction
DJ L.A. Jay Producer, beats
Matt Wells Engineer
Randy Walker MIDI Programming
Dexter Simmons Drum Samples
Rob Von Arx Producer, beats
Gerry Brown Producer, Engineer
Stefan Beckman Prop Stylist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorites!

    This cd is one of my absolute favorites. I have played it to death and beyond. Vanessa has such a beautiful voice and I personally think no one can hold a candle to her. I say buy the cd---you won't be disappointed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Re-release "Darlin' I"

    Yes, I am from the 40 something generation; and I have an appreciation for her (Vanessa Williams) music, and many other artist of that era. She is very talented and sings quite well!!!! Besides, "love is, dreamin, comfort zone" which are my personal favorites, there is one more gem that I feel was severely under exposed, and the song is "Darlin' I". My Gosh, that song should be re-released. Just in case you all haven't heard this song... please find it and listen to it again. It is a really moving ballad. As soon as I get this CD in my hot little hands, I will play that song 100 times....maybe more. It is on Vanessa's album called the " The Right Stuff." The ballads of today cannot compare to yesterday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bring ''Dreamin'' out again!!!

    Now that Vanessa has re-established herself and her career, the music industry should re-introduce her very first hit. (Dreamin) Many of the younger generation probally don't remember it. People of my generation(fourty something) would better appreciate it. Who knows, you just might have an even bigger hit the second time around. Thank you.

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