Ultimate Smash Hits [Bonus DVD]

Ultimate Smash Hits [Bonus DVD]

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Ultimate Smash Hits is a production of L.A. Reid's Arista Records, making it a platform for singles culled predominantly from the label's artist roster. The album kicks off with the light rock vibe of Santana's "Game of Love," which failed to reproduce the boffo success of 1999's "Smooth," even with the

Overview

Ultimate Smash Hits is a production of L.A. Reid's Arista Records, making it a platform for singles culled predominantly from the label's artist roster. The album kicks off with the light rock vibe of Santana's "Game of Love," which failed to reproduce the boffo success of 1999's "Smooth," even with the presence of earthy diva Michelle Branch. Pink and Avril Lavigne were two of Arista's biggest success stories in 2001 and 2002; the Lavigne ballad "I'm With You" appears here, followed up by Pink's unstoppably catchy "Just Like a Pill." But besides OutKast's bouncy "The Whole World," nothing else on Ultimate Smash Hits really lives up to the collection's title. Multiple tracks from both Clipse and Faith Evans slow things down, and while P. Diddy and Ginuwine's "I Need a Girl, Pt. 2" made some waves, the inclusion of its weak companion track seems indulgent. While its hits might be few, Ultimate Smash Hits does illustrate the sway the Neptunes held over the pop and urban landscapes in the early 2000s. The crack production and songwriting team helm six tracks here, and while cuts like Baby's "What Happened to That Boy" or Usher's "U Don't Have to Call" weren't the Neptunes' biggest songs, they're nevertheless prime examples of the duo's inventive production style: spare percussion, processed analog sound effects, and hooks built from the most unlikely components. Besides its obvious smashes (Pink, Lavigne) and snapshots of the future (Bone Crusher's "Never Scared"), Ultimate Smash Hits also features a few almost-hits that probably should have been. TLC's comeback single, "Damaged," opts for the same mix of melancholy, pragmatism, and guitar-driven dynamics that made FanMail's "Unpretty" so powerful; unfortunately, it failed to ignite at radio. Blu Cantrell's 2001 single "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)!" signaled the arrival of a new voice in urban soul, but by the time Cantrell's Bittersweet dropped a year later, people seemed to have moved on. Its fabulous single "Breath" appears here in rap remix form and features some entertaining interplay between Cantrell's powerful singing and the chatting of emerging dancehall star Sean Paul. Ultimate Smash Hits doesn't quite live up to its name, but the staying power of the hits it does feature -- as well as a few hidden gems -- make it a worthwhile collection. [In addition to its 18 music tracks, Ultimate Smash Hits includes a DVD with videos for Lavigne's "I'm With You," both Pink songs, and Toni Braxton's "Hit the Freeway" as well as both tracks by Clipse.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828765252225
catalogNumber:
52522

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Houston   Vocals
TLC   Vocals
Toni Braxton   Vocals
Usher   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Busta Rhymes   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joi   Vocals,Guest Appearance
OutKast   Vocals
Faith Evans   Vocals
Birdman   Vocals
Ginuwine   Vocals
Bone Crusher   Vocals
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Vocals
Sean Paul   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Loon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pink   Vocals
Clipse   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jadakiss   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Killer Mike   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Blu Cantrell   Vocals
Michelle Branch   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Avril Lavigne   Vocals
Tammy Ruggeri   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mario "Yellow Man" Winans   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Matrix   Composer
Dallas Austin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
Andrea Martin   Composer
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Buck Wild   Producer
Mario Winans   Composer
Faith Evans   Composer
Avery Johnson   Composer,Producer
Melvin Bradford   Composer
C.D. Hawkins   Composer
Ivan Matias   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
André Benjamin   Composer
Anthony Best   Composer
Antwan Patton   Composer
Jack Knight   Composer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Jennifer Lopez   Composer
J. Karen Thomas   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Bobby Springsteen   Composer
Jason Phillips   Composer
Avril Lavigne   Composer
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs   Arranger,Producer
Andy Ander   Composer,Producer
Cameron Giles   Composer
Matrix   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Richard Thomas Jennings   Art Direction
ET3   Producer
David Sheats   Composer
Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart   Composer
Mario "Yellow Man" Winans   Producer
Chauncey Hawkins   Composer
Michael Render   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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