The Essential Syreeta

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731454426527
  • Catalog Number: 544265
  • Sales rank: 76,851

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 Jr. 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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