The Very Best of Oleta Adams [#2]

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All Music Guide - William Cooper
The Very Best of Oleta Adams primarily consists of material from her first three albums. The big mystery of this 1998 collection is the lack of material from 1990's Circle of One, by far her strongest and more musically varied set of songs. A mere three tunes are included here: "Get Here," the Soul II Soul-styled "Rhythm of Life," and the rousing "Circle of One." Her weaker second album, Evolution, however, is represented by no less than five tracks, and four songs from Moving On also appear. The Very Best of Oleta Adams also includes material that was never previously available on an Oleta Adams album. Tears for Fears' Seeds of Love hit "Woman in Chains" is here, and ...
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All Music Guide - William Cooper
The Very Best of Oleta Adams primarily consists of material from her first three albums. The big mystery of this 1998 collection is the lack of material from 1990's Circle of One, by far her strongest and more musically varied set of songs. A mere three tunes are included here: "Get Here," the Soul II Soul-styled "Rhythm of Life," and the rousing "Circle of One." Her weaker second album, Evolution, however, is represented by no less than five tracks, and four songs from Moving On also appear. The Very Best of Oleta Adams also includes material that was never previously available on an Oleta Adams album. Tears for Fears' Seeds of Love hit "Woman in Chains" is here, and Adams' pitch-perfect vocal harmonies play off Roland Orzabal's melodramatic bombast surprisingly well. Though a more subtle arrangement may have been more successful, her rendition of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" which appeared on the Elton John/Bernie Taupin covers album Two Rooms in 1991 is performed with such gusto Elton John's version pales by comparison. Adams also shows off her astonishing range on the Gershwin classic "Embraceable You" and a nice reading of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross." Although The Very Best of Oleta Adams lacks two of her best performances -- Circle of One's gorgeous version of "Everything Must Change" which has been recorded by countless artists, including Gene Harris, Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, and Barbra Streisand and the aforementioned "New York State of Mind" -- it is a pleasant collection that showcases Oleta Adams' beautiful voice, even on lackluster material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 731455884425
  • Catalog Number: 558844
  • Sales rank: 13,569

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oleta Adams Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Linda Tillery Background Vocals
Tears for Fears Track Performer
Tom Scott Tenor Saxophone
Irene Cara Background Vocals
Nikita Germaine Background Vocals
Dave Bascombe Keyboards
Vernon "Ice" Black Guitar
Paulette Brown Background Vocals
Stef Burns Bottleneck Guitar
Lenny Castro Percussion
Chuck Findley Flugelhorn
Ray Fuller Guitar
Sandy Griffith Background Vocals
Bunny Hill Background Vocals
Luis Jardim Percussion
Skyler Jett Background Vocals
Carol Kenyon Background Vocals
Larry Kimpel Bass
Michael Landau Guitar
Tony Lindsay Background Vocals
Donnie Lyle Guitar
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Jennifer Newell Background Vocals
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Roland Orzabal Synthesizer, Guitar
Pino Palladino Bass
Darlene Perri Background Vocals
Sharon Perri Background Vocals
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Background Vocals
Michael J. Powell Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Al Turner Bass
Eric White Background Vocals
Ian Wilson Background Vocals
Aaron Zigman Keyboards
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Andy Caine Background Vocals
Lori Perri Background Vocals
Richie Stevens Drums
John Cushon Drums
Tina Gibson Background Vocals
Pamela Clark Background Vocals
Tommy Brown Bass
Technical Credits
George Martin Producer
Paul D. Allen Percussion Programming
Dave Bascombe Producer
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Stewart Levine Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Roland Orzabal Producer
Michael J. Powell Producer
Eric White drum programming
Richie Stevens drum programming
John Cushon drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best of the best

    The very best of Oleta is a very enjoyable album/cd tht I truly enjoyed listening to. I sincerely would like to offer a great rewards for a job well done. I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting her in her fathers' church in Yakima, Washington and was very impressed with her as an aspiring and accomplished singer and personality. I hope that only the best will accompany her in the years to come as well as with any goals she aspires to undertake.

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