The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
A condensed version of the 2005 Rick James Gold collection, The Definitive Collection trims the fat found on Gold and leaves a nice balance between his most well-known hits and some of his most acclaimed production work with other artists. Definitive wastes no time getting into the goods either, starting with the one-two punch of "You and I" and his ode to herbal jazz cigarettes, "Mary Jane." The goods are chronologically arranged, and it's not until the middle of the disc that James' most well-known anthems -- "Super Freak, Pt. 1" and "Give It to Me Baby" -- are found. But it's not only his recordings that make Definitive so accessible for casual fans; his production ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
A condensed version of the 2005 Rick James Gold collection, The Definitive Collection trims the fat found on Gold and leaves a nice balance between his most well-known hits and some of his most acclaimed production work with other artists. Definitive wastes no time getting into the goods either, starting with the one-two punch of "You and I" and his ode to herbal jazz cigarettes, "Mary Jane." The goods are chronologically arranged, and it's not until the middle of the disc that James' most well-known anthems -- "Super Freak, Pt. 1" and "Give It to Me Baby" -- are found. But it's not only his recordings that make Definitive so accessible for casual fans; his production work with Teena Marie, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations all included here will sound instantly recognizable to anyone who listened to R&B radio during the '80s. Lacking any sort of deep cuts, collectors and die-hard fans will most likely already own everything here. But casual fans looking for all the hits would be well served in using this as a starting point to explore further, as Definitive has all the hits and then some.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 075021039384
  • Catalog Number: 000409902
  • Sales rank: 18,444

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You and I (8:04)
  2. 2 Mary Jane (4:57)
  3. 3 Bustin' Out (On Funk) (3:55)
  4. 4 High on Your Love Suite (3:28)
  5. 5 Love Gun, Pt. 1 (4:00)
  6. 6 Big Time (3:36)
  7. 7 Give It to Me Baby (4:10)
  8. 8 Super Freak, Pt. 1 (3:26)
  9. 9 Fire and Desier - Teena Marie (7:19)
  10. 10 Standing on the Top, Pt. 1 (4:23)
  11. 11 Dance Wit' Me, Pt. 1 (4:17)
  12. 12 Cold Blooded (5:58)
  13. 13 Ebony Eyes - Smokey Robinson (5:05)
  14. 14 17 (4:12)
  15. 15 Can't Stop (4:19)
  16. 16 Glow (4:32)
  17. 17 Loosey's Rap (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick James Primary Artist, Multi Instruments
Technical Credits
Rick James Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Audio Production
Reggie Andrews Arranger, String Arrangements
Leroy Burgess Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Daniel LeMelle Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Alonzo Miller Composer, Executive Producer
Art Stewart Producer, Audio Production
Amy Linden Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
James Calloway Composer
Sonny Davenport Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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