The Essential Celine Dion

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the first Celine Dion collection, All the Way: A Decade of Song, by roughly a decade, The Essential Celine Dion doubles almost everything about the initial collection: it covers two decades instead of one and has three discs, not one. It's almost an overcompensation for how All the Way concentrated on newer recordings at the expense of hits, but then again, Celine has had more hits in the ten years since All the Way, so it makes sense that Essential is a bigger, grander collection. The problem is, apart from her cover of Roy Orbison's "I Drove All Night," almost none of her new-millennium hits are as memorable as her singles from the '90s, so this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the first Celine Dion collection, All the Way: A Decade of Song, by roughly a decade, The Essential Celine Dion doubles almost everything about the initial collection: it covers two decades instead of one and has three discs, not one. It's almost an overcompensation for how All the Way concentrated on newer recordings at the expense of hits, but then again, Celine has had more hits in the ten years since All the Way, so it makes sense that Essential is a bigger, grander collection. The problem is, apart from her cover of Roy Orbison's "I Drove All Night," almost none of her new-millennium hits are as memorable as her singles from the '90s, so this triple CD doesn't offer too much of an enticement for fans to replace 1999's single-disc set. But for those listeners who are looking for an overview of Celine Dion's two decades as an international superstar, Essential fits the bill well as it has all her big adult contemporary hits -- "Where Does My Heart Beat Now," "Beauty and the Beast," "If You Asked Me To," "Because You Loved Me," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and "My Heart Will Go On" -- all sequenced chronologically.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979487222
  • Catalog Number: 794872
  • Sales rank: 2,570

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celine Dion Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren Background Vocals
David Foster Piano, Keyboards
Bruce Dukov Violin
Yvonne Gage Background Vocals
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Kasim Sulton Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Roy Bittan Electro-Acoustic Piano
Jeff Bova Strings, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Terry Bradford Background Vocals
Jimmy Bralower Percussion, Drums
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Steve Buslowe Bass
Lafayette Carthon Keyboards, Background Vocals, Choir Director
Carl Carwell Background Vocals
Luis Conte Percussion
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
Andy Duncan Percussion, Drums
Simon Franglen Synclavier
Humberto Gatica Performing Ensemble
Julie Gigante Violin
Jerry Hey Conductor
Tony Hinnigan Penny Whistle
Loris Holland Keyboards, Choir Director, Hammond B3
Larry Jacobs Background Vocals
Henrik Janson Conductor
Skyler Jett Background Vocals
Jean McClain Background Vocals
Jeffrey Morrow Background Vocals
Christopher Neil Background Vocals
Phil Palmer Guitar
Paul Peabody Irish Fiddle
Doug Petty Organ
Paul Picard Percussion
Tim Pierce Guitar
Anthony Ransom Background Vocals
Guy Roche Synthesizer
Johnny Rutledge Background Vocals
Dan Shea Keyboards
Steve Skinner Keyboards
Rob Trow Background Vocals
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Josefina Vergara Violin
Joan Walton Background Vocals
Cheryl Wilson Background Vocals
Terry Wood Background Vocals
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Guitar
Walter Afanasieff Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass, Hammond B3
William Ross Conductor
John Shanks Bass, Guitar
Natalie Leggett Violin
Max Martin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont Background Vocals
Nana Hedin Background Vocals
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar
James "Big Jim" Wright Piano, Keyboards
Tomas Lindberg Bass
Sara Parkins Violin
Alanna Capps Background Vocals
Andreas Carlsson Background Vocals
Konesha Owens Background Vocals
Yves Frulla Keyboards
Leslie Ellis Background Vocals
Ned Douglas Keyboards
Robert Bowker Background Vocals
Cathy Richardson Background Vocals
Kristian Lundin Keyboards
Leah Haywood Background Vocals
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Anna Nordell Background Vocals
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Teddy Campbell Drums
Peer Astrom Background Vocals
Jean Sébastien Carré Bass
Bob Mathes Conductor
Joel Peskins Oboe, Soloist
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Will Wheaton Background Vocals
Robin Robinson Background Vocals
Ralph D. Morris Violin
Claude Lamey Keyboards
Marc Languis Bass
Glen Burtnick Background Vocals
Philip Ingram Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Ulf Janson Conductor
John Robinson Drums
Rickey Minor Acoustic Bass
Maxann Lewis Background Vocals
Katie V. Popov Violin
Dominque Messier Drums
Cleytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Babyface Composer, Producer
Eric Carmen Composer
Carole King Composer
Aldo Nova Composer, Producer
Todd Rundgren Vocal Arrangements
Jennifer Rush Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Quincy Jones Producer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
David Foster Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Carole Bayer Sager Composer, Producer
Tony Black Programming
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jim Steinman Composer, Producer, Track Arrangement
Sue Ann Carwell Vocal Arrangements
Phil Spector Composer
James Horner Composer, Producer
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer
Howard Ashman Composer
Jon Avnet Executive Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Roy Bittan Producer, Piano Arrangement
Jeff Bova Programming, String Arrangements, Track Arrangement
Jimmy Bralower drum programming, Track Arrangement
Robbie Buchanan Arranger
Carl Carwell Vocal Arrangements
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Simon Franglen Synclavier Programming
Humberto Gatica Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Claude Gaudette Programming
David Gleeson Engineer
Jean-Jacques Goldman Composer, Producer
Jerry Hey Arranger
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer
Henrik Janson String Arrangements
Will Jennings Composer
Robert White Johnson Composer
Ren Klyce Synclavier Programming
Terry Lewis Producer
Mario Lucy Engineer
Vito Luprano Executive Producer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Richard Marx Composer
Alan Menken Composer
Linda Perry Composer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Taylor Rhodes Composer
Guy Roche Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Dan Shea Programming, Rhythm Programming, Sound Design
Steve Skinner drum programming
Billy Steinberg Composer
Rich Tancredi Arranger
Pat Thrall Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Richard Zuckerman Executive Producer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
John Doelp Executive Producer
Gunther Mende Composer
Stephen George Programming
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Composer, Producer, Rhythm Programming
William Ross Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
John Shanks Producer
Shari Sutcliffe Contracting
Max Martin Composer, Programming, Producer
Candy Derouge Composer
Paul Farberman Music Business Affairs
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tony Renis Producer
Richie Jones drum programming, Additional Production
James "Big Jim" Wright Producer
John Amatiello Engineer
Mary Susan Applegate Composer
Andreas Carlsson Composer
Kristian Lundin Composer, Programming, Producer
René Angélil Management
Christian B. Programming, Additional Production
Jörgen Elofsson Composer
Chris Neil Producer
John Hanes Engineer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Programming, Engineer
Peer Astrom Producer, Instrumentation
Luigi Caiola Producer
Bob Mathes Orchestral Arrangements
Stephan Moccio Composer
Linda Thompson Composer
Junior Miles Composer
David A. Stewart Composer
Mia Dumont Creative Consultant
Marc Dold Programming, Additional Production
Bill Ross String Arrangements
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
Ric Wake Arranger, Producer, Additional Production
Steven Rinkoff Producer, Engineer
A. Carlsson Composer
Tom Kelly Composer
Ulf Janson String Arrangements
Simon Hurell Engineer
Elizabeth Rodrigues Composer
Vic Luprano Executive Producer
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