Very Best of Oleta Adams [#2]

The Very Best of Oleta Adams [#2]

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1998
Label:
Fontana Island
UPC:
0731455884425
catalogNumber:
558844
Rank:
47868

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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
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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The Very Best of Oleta Adams [#2] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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