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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1974, Quincy Jones, who already had a wide range of musical credits behind him, opted to enter the R&B mainstream by hiring vocalists and overseeing recordings in a commercial vein released under his name. The first of them was Body Heat, which went gold, and Jones followed with a series of records including 1981's million-selling The Dude and the 1990 Album of the Year Grammy-winner Back on the Block. Meanwhile, he switched record labels, leaving A&M for his own Warner-distributed Qwest in the early '80s. That has tended to make the assembly of a comprehensive best-of difficult, but Universal's Hip-O reissue division specializes in licensing material from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1974, Quincy Jones, who already had a wide range of musical credits behind him, opted to enter the R&B mainstream by hiring vocalists and overseeing recordings in a commercial vein released under his name. The first of them was Body Heat, which went gold, and Jones followed with a series of records including 1981's million-selling The Dude and the 1990 Album of the Year Grammy-winner Back on the Block. Meanwhile, he switched record labels, leaving A&M for his own Warner-distributed Qwest in the early '80s. That has tended to make the assembly of a comprehensive best-of difficult, but Universal's Hip-O reissue division specializes in licensing material from other labels to construct its Ultimate Collection releases, and this one borrows seven out of 18 tracks from Qwest to add to Jones' A&M hits, making it the definitive one-disc compilation of Jones' pop/R&B recordings of 1974-1999. Jones himself participated in the selection, which does not strictly follow chart rankings, since a couple of R&B Top 20 hits "I Don't Go for That" and "Slow Jams" are missing, while a few non-chart items are included. To get more songs in, the singles edits have been used in many cases. But all the major hits are here. The chronological sequencing allows an appreciation of how Jones' approach changed over the years. The '70s stuff, which holds up surprisingly well, is tasty R&B, much of it groove-oriented, up-tempo music. By the late '80s, however, there are a lot of big, bland ballads that showcase superstar vocalists Ray Charles, Barry White, etc. and sound self-important. Like his protégé, Michael Jackson, who went from the rocking "Billie Jean" to the messianic "Man in the Mirror" in the same period, Jones seems to have begun believing his press clippings, and his work suffered accordingly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731458590224
  • Catalog Number: 585902
  • Sales rank: 10,550

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Ever Lose This Heaven (3:36)
  2. 2 Everything Must Change (6:02)
  3. 3 Body Heat (3:59)
  4. 4 Is It Love That We're Missing? (3:17)
  5. 5 Mellow Madness (3:29)
  6. 6 Stuff Like That - Valerie Simpson (3:08)
  7. 7 Ai No Corrida - Dune (4:13)
  8. 8 Razzamatazz (4:10)
  9. 9 Just Once (4:34)
  10. 10 Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me (3:35)
  11. 11 One Hundred Ways (4:19)
  12. 12 Baby, Come to Me (3:35)
  13. 13 I'll Be Good to You - Chaka Khan (4:56)
  14. 14 The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite) - El DeBarge (6:40)
  15. 15 Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me) (4:53)
  16. 16 You Put a Move on My Heart - Tamia (6:13)
  17. 17 I'm Yours - El DeBarge (4:14)
  18. 18 Everything (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quincy Jones Primary Artist, Trumpet, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Al Jarreau Vocals
Patti Austin Vocals, Background Vocals
The Brothers Johnson Track Performer
Ray Charles Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
James Ingram Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Preston Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Minnie Riperton Vocals
Barry White Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Pete Christlieb Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Arp 2600
Bob James Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Ernie Krivda Saxophone
Hubert Laws Flute, Reeds, Saxophone
Bill Perkins Flute, Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Flute, Reeds, Saxophone
Tom Scott Saxophone
Bud Shank Flute, Saxophone
George Young Saxophone
Paul Humphrey Drums
Howard Johnson Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Grady Tate Drums
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Bill Watrous Trombone
Dennis Coffey Guitar
Fred Jackson Saxophone
Tevin Campbell Vocals
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
Arthur Adams Guitar
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
David T. Walker Guitar
Tyren Perry Background Vocals
Charles May Vocals
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Al B. Sure! Vocals, Background Vocals
Nick Ashford Vocals
Tom Bahler Trumpet, Background Vocals
Max Bennett Bass
Rory Bennett Synthesizer
Roger Bobo Tuba
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Vocoder
George Bohannon Trombone
Aubrey Bouck French Horn
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Ray Brown Trumpet
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Ollie E. Brown Percussion
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Chaka Khan Vocals
Jeff Clayton Saxophone
John Clayton Conductor
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Dave Grusin Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
El DeBarge Background Vocals
James DeBarge Background Vocals
Melvin Dunlap Bass
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet
Bruce Fisher Vocals
Jania Foxworth Background Vocals
Steve Gadd Drums
James Gadson Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Jim Gilstrap Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Erik Hanson Synthesizer
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Kim Hutchcroft Flute, Saxophone
Benard Ighner Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Anthony Jackson Bass
George Johnson Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Jesse Kirkland Vocals, Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Bill Lamb Trumpet
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Charles Loper Trombone
Steve Lukather Guitar
Paulette McWilliams Vocals, Background Vocals
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Mike Melvoin Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
David Paich Keyboards
Robert Payne Trombone
Jerry Peters Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes
Ian Prince Keyboards
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Alan Raph Bass Trombone
John "J.R." Robinson Drums, Hand Clapping
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Sahib Shihab Saxophone
Valerie Simpson Vocals
Clifford Solomon Tenor Saxophone
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Bruce Swedien Drums, Snare Drums
Tamia Vocals
Richard Tee Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Rod Temperton Synthesizer
David Tofani Saxophone
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Harold Vick Saxophone
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
Eddie Watkins Bass
Ernie Watts Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Kirk Whalum Saxophone
Carolyn Willis Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass, CS-80
Stevie Wonder Synthesizer, CS-80
Syreeta Wright Background Vocals
Snooky Young Trumpet
Aaron Zigman Synthesizer
Leon Ware Vocals, Background Vocals
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Tommy Johnson Tuba
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Reggie C. Young Trombone
Donovan McCrary Background Vocals
Shane Shoaf Background Vocals
Alex Harris Background Vocals
Tiffany Johnson Background Vocals
Joe Greene Vocals, Background Vocals
Charity Young Background Vocals
McKinley Brown Background Vocals
Chad Durio Background Vocals
Donald Waldrup Trombone
David Duke French Horn
Technical Credits
Al Jarreau Vocal Effect
Patti Austin Vocal Arrangements
Siedah Garrett Composer, Director, Vocal Arrangements
Gwen Guthrie Contributor
Luther Vandross Contributor
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Rose Banks Director
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Tom Bahler Arranger, Composer, Direction
Rory Bennett Producer, drum programming
David Blumberg Arranger
Ray Brown Producer
Vivian Cherry Contributor
Al Ciner Composer
John Clayton Arranger
C.J. DeVillar Sound Design
Steve Gadd Composer
Eric Gale Composer
Lani Groves Contributor
Erik Hanson drum programming
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Benard Ighner Composer
George Johnson Composer
Louis Johnson Composer
Paulette McWilliams Composer
Johnny Mandel String Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Yolanda McCullough Contributor
Paul Riser Arranger
Zachary Sanders Contributor
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Richard Tee Composer
Rod Temperton Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Ian Underwood Programming
Stevie Wonder rhythm arrangement
Debbie Smith Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Eric Dawkins Vocal Arrangements
George Fischoff Composer
Greg Ross Art Direction
William Ross String Arrangements
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
QDIII drum programming
Frank Floyd Contributor
Sonora Sam Composer
Bill Eaton Contributor
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Brendan Morris Tape Research
II Thomas D. Graham Sound Design
James Kennith Young Composer
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