The Definitive Collection [Australia 2 CD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard to believe, but prior to the 2003 release of The Definitive Collection, there wasn't a proper hits collection in Lionel Richie's catalog. A decade earlier, Motown dipped their toe in the water with the jumbled Back to Front, which tried desperately to camouflage its nature as a comp with three new songs, which, at 14 tracks, hurt the hit quotient dramatically. This, however, gets it almost all right. Spanning 20 tracks only two of which are new, tacked onto the end; while not especially memorable, neither is bad, this collection has nearly all the big hits from his solo recordings the Top Ten "Love Will Conquer All" is notably absent, but that's the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard to believe, but prior to the 2003 release of The Definitive Collection, there wasn't a proper hits collection in Lionel Richie's catalog. A decade earlier, Motown dipped their toe in the water with the jumbled Back to Front, which tried desperately to camouflage its nature as a comp with three new songs, which, at 14 tracks, hurt the hit quotient dramatically. This, however, gets it almost all right. Spanning 20 tracks only two of which are new, tacked onto the end; while not especially memorable, neither is bad, this collection has nearly all the big hits from his solo recordings the Top Ten "Love Will Conquer All" is notably absent, but that's the only chart-topper not here, along with five Commodores ballads that showcase Richie the balladeer at a peak: "Just to Be Close to You," "Easy," "Three Times a Lady," "Still," "Sail On." Since these were the first tracks to showcase Lionel Richie as a talent separate from the Commodores, their presence is welcome on a collection of his solo hits, and they indeed make this a fuller experience, since this now has all of Richie's soft rock hits in one place. Taken together, it's a formidable body of work, making a clear case for him as one of the preeminent soft rock craftsmen of the early '80s. True, the collection might have benefited slightly from a chronological track listing, but by jumping between albums, and between Commodores and solo material, the consistency of his records becomes evident. Few of his peers created singles as memorable as "Easy," the infectious "All Night Long All Night," "Truly," the sweetly melancholic "Hello," the insistent, gently ominous "Running with the Night," "Just to Be Close to You," and the ebullient "You Are," as delightful as 45s came in the early days of the Reagan Administration. Not everything here quite reaches those standards -- admittedly, those are the hits upon which his reputation lay, plus they're the best that soft pop got in the '80s -- but the rest is all well-crafted and easily enjoyable, proving that Lionel Richie is a singular adult contemporary talent. He may be sappy, but he's got skills. [The import version included two discs.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2004
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498613948
  • Catalog Number: 9861394
  • Sales rank: 4,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Night Long (All Night) (4:22)
  2. 2 Say You, Say Me (4:03)
  3. 3 My Destiny (4:50)
  4. 4 Running With the Night (4:10)
  5. 5 Dancing on the Celling (4:36)
  6. 6 Don't Stop the Music (4:15)
  7. 7 Love, Oh Love (5:49)
  8. 8 Ballerina Girl (3:39)
  9. 9 Love Will Conquer All (5:42)
  10. 10 Do It to Me (4:31)
  11. 11 Cinderella (3:42)
  12. 12 Tender Heart (4:30)
  13. 13 Don't Wanna Lose You (4:59)
  14. 14 The Closest Thing to Heaven (4:01)
  15. 15 I Forgot (4:53)
  16. 16 Angel (3:43)
  17. 17 To Love a Woman (3:53)
  18. 18 Goodbye (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Three Times a Lady - The Commodores (3:41)
  2. 2 Easy - The Commodores (4:15)
  3. 3 Endless Love - Diana Ross (4:27)
  4. 4 Hello (4:10)
  5. 5 Still - The Commodores (3:44)
  6. 6 Sail On - The Commodores (4:03)
  7. 7 Stuck on You (3:12)
  8. 8 You Are (4:07)
  9. 9 Truly (3:20)
  10. 10 Just to Be Close to You - The Commodores (3:35)
  11. 11 Sweet Love - The Commodores (3:28)
  12. 12 Penny Lover (3:47)
  13. 13 Oh No - The Commodores (3:01)
  14. 14 Lady (You Bring Me Up) - The Commodores (4:02)
  15. 15 Wonderland - The Commodores (3:49)
  16. 16 Machine Gun - The Commodores (2:40)
  17. 17 Brick House - The Commodores (3:34)
  18. 18 Too Hot Ta Trot - The Commodores (3:31)
  19. 19 Flying High - The Commodores (3:53)
  20. 20 Zoom - The Commodores (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lionel Richie Primary Artist
Diana Ross Vocals, Guest Appearance
Enrique Iglesias Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Billy Lawrie Composer
Shirley King Composer
James Anthony Carmichael Composer
Mike Frenchik Composer
Brenda Harvey Ritchie Composer
Ronald LaPread Composer
Terry Lewis Composer
Walter Orange Composer
Greg Phillinganes Composer
Carlos Rios Composer
Mark Taylor Composer
Lloyd Tolbert Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Milan Williams Composer
Joe Wolfe Composer
Enrique Iglesias Composer
William King Composer
James Harris Composer
Steven Ivory Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Thomas McClary Composer
Pascal Obispo Composer
Alan Silfen Inlay Photography
Paul Barry Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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