Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It can’t be easy being the singing progeny of one of America’s greatest popular vocalists, but Natalie Cole has acquitted herself quite well over the past three decades. Although probably best known for her electronic "duet" with father Nat on the Grammy-winning remake of Dad’s hit "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole started out as a funky songstress with such sassy R&B classics as "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," "I've Got Love on My Mind," and "Our Love." A taste for offbeat material also served her well, as demonstrated by her successful versions of the Beatle’s "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and her mega-hit rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s "Pink Cadillac." But...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It can’t be easy being the singing progeny of one of America’s greatest popular vocalists, but Natalie Cole has acquitted herself quite well over the past three decades. Although probably best known for her electronic "duet" with father Nat on the Grammy-winning remake of Dad’s hit "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole started out as a funky songstress with such sassy R&B classics as "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," "I've Got Love on My Mind," and "Our Love." A taste for offbeat material also served her well, as demonstrated by her successful versions of the Beatle’s "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and her mega-hit rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s "Pink Cadillac." But Cole shifted gears in the ‘90s, aiming for -- and successfully snaring -- an older audience with more sophisticated material. This best-of collection charts the split directions of a career solidified by Cole’s exceptional vocal artistry.
All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
In 1988 Natalie Cole was enjoying great success with her recording career. Her comeback album, Everlasting, proved to be a smash, and had provided her with several big hits. Among those was her version of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac." The third single from the album, it was revamped into a powerful dance song -- much improved from the original, lackluster album version. It was that dance mix which propelled the song into the Top Five, making it the biggest hit of her career. Imagine the disappointment when, upon hearing her 2000 collection Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, one realizes the version on this album is the original album mix, not the version which became a hit! This long-awaited greatest-hits album, released to coincide with a television movie and a biography, has 19 tracks. In the U.S., Natalie Cole scored 18 Hot 100 pop hits up to the time of the album's release, so an all-inclusive album of her chart hits would have been a realistic possibility. As it goes, many of her bigger hits -- "Jump Start," "Sophisticated Lady," "Someone That I Used to Love" -- are not on this album. Her earlier hits, among them "Mr. Melody" and "Our Love," are included as live recordings. Also, there is heavy emphasis on selections from her 1999 album Snowfall on the Sahara. All this leads one to hope that any complimentary volume to this one will include the studio versions of her hits. As an additional note, this collection boasts two new songs, "Angel on My Shoulder" and "Livin' for Love," plus the soundtrack-only single "A Smile Like Yours." True, the songs are good and the album is a pleasure to the ear. One only wishes that the extra step would have been taken to assemble the correct versions of her hits, and that a second volume will follow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596258227
  • Catalog Number: 62582
  • Sales rank: 25,797

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Cole Primary Artist, Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Darryl Tookes Celli
Robin Clark Celli
Vaneese Thomas Celli
John Clark French Horn
Mendy Lee Background Vocals
Abe Appleman Violin
Mike Baird Drums
Diane Barere Celli
Virgil Blackwell Clarinet
Robbie Buchanan Piano, Fender Stratocaster
Deborah Cooper Background Vocals
James "D-Train" Williams Celli
Nathan East Bass
Bobby Eaton Bass
David Finck Bass
Barry Finclair Violin
Steve Gadd Drums
Claude Gaudette Keyboards
Diva Gray Celli
Juliet Haffner Viola
Joyce Hammann Violin
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Curtis King Celli
Regis Landiorio Violin
Carol Landon Viola
Michael Lang Piano
Ann Leathers Violin
Will Lee Bass
Richard Locker Celli
Rob Mathes Conductor, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Mike Melvoin Piano
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
John Moses Clarinet
Jan Mullen Violin
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
Paul Peabody Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Paul Robinson Bass
Mark Orrin Shuman Celli
Alfie Silas Background Vocals
Pamela Sklar Flute
Richard Sortomme Violin
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Marti Sweet Violin
Donna Tecco Violin
Fonzi Thornton Celli
Terry Trotter Piano
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Avril Brown Violin
Jacqui Danilow Bass
Jeanne Lablanc Celli
Diane Lesser Oboe
Owen Waters Background Vocals
Carol Webb Concert Master
Chris Komer French Horn
Clifford Carter fender rhodes
Julie Tillman Background Vocals
Gia Chiambotti Background Vocals
Charles Floyd Piano
Crystal Gamer Viola
John hiodini Guitar
Peter Wolf Bass
Stacey Shames Harp
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Technical Credits
Natalie Cole Composer
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, Producer
D.J. Rogers Composer
Robbie Buchanan Rhythm Track Arrangement
Dan Cleary Management
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Paul Ericksen Engineer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Paul Jackson Jr. Arranger
Dennis Lambert Producer
Michael Masser Producer
Rob Mathes Arranger, Programming
Phil Ramone Producer
Brian Rawling Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Mastering Advisor
Mark Taylor Producer
Russ Terrana Engineer
Ina Wolf Composer
Marvin Yancy Composer, Producer
Rodney Jerkins drum programming
Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown Producer
Koji Egawa Operation
Graham Stack Producer
Jan Folkson Programming
Yuri Zwadiuk Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Aaron Whitby Engineer
Chuck Jackson Composer
Mark Rubenstein Engineer
Calvin Harris Engineer
Peter Wolf Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eric Schilling Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have album.

    This album is a great collection of the best of Natalie Cole. It truly is a greatest hits album and a must for any music collection of quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Great and Graceful Natali Cole

    Natalie has a longlasting presence in my mind! I admire her grace and charm. She is a preciously remarkable woman!

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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