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Ultimate Smash Hits [Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765252225
  • Catalog Number: 52522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Game of Love (4:12)
  2. 2 Family Portrait (3:47)
  3. 3 I'm With You (3:42)
  4. 4 Just Like a Pill (3:55)
  5. 5 What Happened to That Boy (4:23)
  6. 6 Grindin' (4:26)
  7. 7 When the Last Time (4:13)
  8. 8 Never Scared - Jadakiss (4:13)
  9. 9 I Need a Girl, Pt. 1 (4:10)
  10. 10 I Need a Girl, Pt. 2 (4:47)
  11. 11 U Don't Have to Call (3:48)
  12. 12 Hit the Freeway (3:48)
  13. 13 One of Those Days (3:52)
  14. 14 Damaged (3:53)
  15. 15 I Love You (3:59)
  16. 16 Burnin' Up (3:29)
  17. 17 Breathe (3:47)
  18. 18 The Whole World - Killer Mike (4:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm With You
  2. 2 Family Portrait
  3. 3 Just Like a Pill
  4. 4 Hit the Freeway
  5. 5 Grindin'
  6. 6 When the Last Time
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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
Diddy 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
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Trevor Smith Composer
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
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
The 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
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