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Gold follows a handful of major Barry White compilations released since the '70s, including Casablanca's two-volume Greatest Hits (released in 1975 and 1981, then on CD), the three-disc 1992 box set Just for You, 1995's All-Time Greatest Hits, and 2002's two-disc The Ultimate Collection. Many of the sets in Hip-O/Universal's Gold series amount to reissues of two-disc anthologies released during the early 2000s through labels distributed by Universal, and this one is not an exception -- it's exactly like The Ultimate Collection, albeit with different visual presentation. As any Barry White fan would be quick to tell you, White was so much more than a large, oversexed, deep-voiced novelty. He was a tremendously prolific and gifted songwriter, arranger, and producer. Even without all the albums released under his own name, he'd have quite a legacy with Love Unlimited and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, not to mention his stint in A&R and behind the scenes work with Gene Page, Gloria Scott, Danny Pearson, and Webster Lewis. Gold includes five Love Unlimited Orchestra tracks -- the big guns, like the number one pop single "Love's Theme" and the number one club single "My Suite Summer Suite," as well as the pleasant surprise of "Midnight and You" -- but otherwise concentrates on Barry White's solo-in-name releases, ranging from 1973's "I'm Gonna Love You, Just a Little More Baby" (number one R&B, number three pop) to 1979's "It Ain't Love, Babe (Until You Give It)" before picking back up with 1987's "Sho' You Right." (White released albums during the intervening years that are not represented, and Universal would've had to license roughly ten charting singles from them to be thorough). The extensive back catalog of his other ventures could use a whole lot of love, but Gold offers about as much lush and exquisitely arranged soul music as one could hope to get in two and a half hours.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2008
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517581043
catalogNumber: 001063102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry White   Primary Artist
Jack Perry   Conductor
John Roberts   Conductor

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
Gerald Levert   Composer,Producer
Barry White   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Gene Page   Arranger,Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
James Lewis   Composer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jack Perry   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,rhythm arrangement
Billy Page   Composer
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
John Casado   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Tony Nicholas   Producer
Paul Leo Politi   Composer
Ekundayo Paris   Composer
Vance Wilson   Composer
Sterling Radcliffe   Composer
Tony Sepe   Composer
Nelson Pigford   Composer
John Roberts   Arranger,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Marty Brooks   Composer
Austin Croom Johnson   Composer
Edwin "Tony" Nicholas   Composer

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