Essential Syreeta

The Essential Syreeta

by Syreeta
     
 

The reissue labels were never very kind to Syreeta, resulting in the sad fact that compilations remain the best (if not the only) way to hear what made her recordings so special. The Essential Syreeta is the best of a tiny lot, with a passable selection of material from her '70s and '80s records. For some unknown reason, the compilers virtually ignored her fine…  See more details below

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The reissue labels were never very kind to Syreeta, resulting in the sad fact that compilations remain the best (if not the only) way to hear what made her recordings so special. The Essential Syreeta is the best of a tiny lot, with a passable selection of material from her '70s and '80s records. For some unknown reason, the compilers virtually ignored her fine 1972 debut; only two songs are included, one of them (fortunately) her sweet, grooving remake of Stevie Wonder's "I Love Every Little Thing About You" (first heard earlier that year on Stevie's Music of My Mind). The collection does a much better job with 1974's Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, presenting her best songs ("Spinnin' and Spinnin'" and "Your Kiss Is Sweet," both written with Wonder) as well as three other solid tracks. Most of the rest comes from the period 1977 to 1981, when she recorded some good work -- like the R&B hits "Harmour Love" and "Let's Make a Deal" -- but never approached her early-'70s heyday. The final blow is the absence of "With You I'm Born Again," her fine hit duet with Billy Preston from 1981. Yes, it's recommended, but that's only until a real compilation comes along.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0731454426527
catalogNumber:
544265
Rank:
123758

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Syreeta   Primary Artist
Billy Preston   Track Performer
Smokey Robinson   Track Performer
G.C. Cameron   Track Performer
Stevie Wonder   Synthesizer
Syreeta Wright   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Producer
Misha Segal   Producer
Harold Barney   rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis   Producer
James Di Pasquale   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
James Gadson   Arranger
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Brian Holland   Producer
McKinley Jackson   Arranger
Tony Jones   Executive Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Curtis A. Robertson   Producer
David Shire   Arranger,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Producer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Syreeta Wright   Producer
Michael Lee Smith   Arranger,Producer
Leon Ware   Producer
Suzanne De Passe Le Mat   Executive Producer

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