The Essential Toni Braxton

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Essential Toni Braxton amounts to an expanded update of 2003's Ultimate Toni Braxton, nearly doubling the content and digging deeper into the discography of one of the biggest R&B artists of the '90s. With the exception of favoring the R. Kelly remix of "How Many Ways" over the original, this set retains Ultimate's core 15 tracks while wisely choosing to use the studio version of "Seven Whole Days" instead of a live take. Almost every song that touched a U.S. chart is included, such as the Top Ten R&B hits "Love Shoulda Brought You Home," "Another Sad Love Song," "You're Makin' Me High," "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again," and "He Wasn't Man Enough." And ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Essential Toni Braxton amounts to an expanded update of 2003's Ultimate Toni Braxton, nearly doubling the content and digging deeper into the discography of one of the biggest R&B artists of the '90s. With the exception of favoring the R. Kelly remix of "How Many Ways" over the original, this set retains Ultimate's core 15 tracks while wisely choosing to use the studio version of "Seven Whole Days" instead of a live take. Almost every song that touched a U.S. chart is included, such as the Top Ten R&B hits "Love Shoulda Brought You Home," "Another Sad Love Song," "You're Makin' Me High," "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again," and "He Wasn't Man Enough." And while she has often been pigeonholed as an adult contemporary staple, the second disc adds the remixes of "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "Un-Break My Heart" (from Junior Vasquez and Frankie Knuckles, respectively) that solidified her club presence. (Un-Break My Heart: The Remix Collection compiles and mixes these and eight other club mixes.) Another pleasant surprise, tucked at the very end, is the inclusion of "Good Life," a 1990 single released by Toni and her four sisters as the Braxtons. If you want only the big hits, Ultimate will still do fine, but this set offers a more rounded and representative look back.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 886970553629
  • Catalog Number: 705536
  • Sales rank: 33,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toni Braxton Primary Artist
Dr. Dre Vocals
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Rap
Traci Braxton Track Performer
Tamar Braxton Track Performer
Trina Braxton Track Performer
Towanda Braxton Track Performer
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer
Anita Baker Composer
Marc Nelson Composer
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Keith Miller Composer
Toni Braxton Composer, Producer
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer, Remixing
Vassal Benford Composer, Producer
Ted Bishop Producer
Mannie Fresh Producer
Noel Goring Composer
Vincent Herbert Composer, Producer
Keri Lewis Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Andrea Martin Composer
Ernesto Phillips Composer, Producer
L.A. Reid Composer, Producer
Tony Rich Arranger, Composer, Producer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer
Daryl Simmons Composer, Producer
Ronald Spearman Composer
Gloria Stewart Composer
Satoshi Tomiie Producer
Diane Warren Composer
Bo Watson Composer
Felix Weber Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Karlin Arranger, Producer
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Producer
Leo Sacks Producer
Bryce Wilson Composer, Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Jazze Pha Composer, Producer
Ricky Rouse Composer
Philip Field Composer
Irv Gotti Producer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Steve Mac Producer
Fred Jenkins III Composer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Composer
Irving Lorenzo Composer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
LaShawn Daniels Composer
Tyrone Wrice Composer
The Neptunes Producer
Darryl Harper Composer
Darrell Spencer Composer
Johnta Austin Composer
Louise Johnson Composer
Tamar Braxton Composer
Jeremy Holiday Packaging Manager
Brian Williams Composer
Byron Thomas Composer
Royal Garden Producer, Remixing
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Producer
Chink Santana Producer
Tupac Shakur Composer
Teddy Alexander Bishop Composer
Rashod D. Ollison Liner Notes
Keri Arranger, Producer
Chauncey Hawkins Composer
Andre Parker Composer
Anthony Bias Composer
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