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Timeless: The Singles Collection
     

Timeless: The Singles Collection

by De La Soul
 

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A singles collection from the authors of hip-hop's greatest full-length? True, De La Soul may not be as desperate for this type of compilation as a notoriously album-weak rapper like Busta Rhymes, but Rhino's Timeless: The Singles Collection is an

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A singles collection from the authors of hip-hop's greatest full-length? True, De La Soul may not be as desperate for this type of compilation as a notoriously album-weak rapper like Busta Rhymes, but Rhino's Timeless: The Singles Collection is an excellent alternate look at one of alternative rap's finest crews. As with nearly every other Rhino compilation to hit the shelves, it's presented in chronological order, with no major (or minor) highlights missing, emphasizing the best periods but also stubbornly refusing to shirk latter-day material (yes, taking four tracks from 1996's Stakes Is High is definitely pushing things). In direct opposition to the usual Rhino compilation, however, over half of the versions here are remixes -- and mostly superior versions at that, not radically different from the familiar album tracks -- taken from singles. For instance, each of the six tracks here from their masterpiece, 3 Feet High and Rising, are mixes, including a skeletal, hard-hitting rework of "Plug Tunin'," the far superior posse version of "Buddy" (featuring Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip and Phife, Queen Latifah, and Monie Love), and the radio version of the P-Funk classic "Me Myself and I" (their biggest hit, natch). The disc also includes nearly all the can't-miss jams from later albums ("A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays," "Breakadawn," "Ego Trippin'," "Stakes Is High," "Baby Phat"), making it the perfect complement for fans who thought they only needed one De La Soul disc.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jon Caramanica
Are De La Soul the greatest rap group ever to grace the mike? The Long Island trio's first anthology certainly makes the case.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2003
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227386023
catalogNumber:
73860

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

De La Soul   Primary Artist
Pino Palladino   Bass
Russell Simmons   Voices
Vinia Mojica   Vocals
Posdnuos   Group Member
Trugoy the Dove   Voices,Group Member
Maseo   Group Member
Kelvin Mercer   Voices
Kyle Williams   Guitar
Glen Mosley   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Vaughan Mason   Composer
Philippe Wynne   Composer
Thomas Allen   Composer
Gary Scott   Composer
Harold Brown   Composer
Chaka Khan   Composer
De La Soul   Producer
Eric Matthew   Composer
Prince Paul   Arranger,Producer
Bob Power   Producer
Glen Skinner   Composer
Michael Small   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Paul Huston   Composer
Vincent Mason   Composer
Susaye Greene   Composer
Posdnuos   Arranger
Julie Vlasak   Art Direction
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Malik Taylor   Composer
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Rodney K. Mathews   Composer
OGEE   Producer
Nathaniel Hall   Composer
Joe Buck   Illustrations
R. Jones   Composer
Kelvin Mercer   Composer
Soren Baker   Liner Notes
Supa Dave West   Composer,Producer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Dave Jolicouer   Composer
James Yancey   Composer

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