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Greatest Hits [Argentina]
     

Greatest Hits [Argentina]

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by Robbie Williams
 

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A near-perfect look at the career of Britain's brightest singles artist during the late '90s and early 2000s, Robbie Williams' Greatest Hits chronologically consolidates Williams' canon of Top Tens -- 19 of them in all, as of its release in late 2004. (Not all of his Top Ten singles are present, since the disc closes with a pair of new songs.) In the late '90s,

Overview

A near-perfect look at the career of Britain's brightest singles artist during the late '90s and early 2000s, Robbie Williams' Greatest Hits chronologically consolidates Williams' canon of Top Tens -- 19 of them in all, as of its release in late 2004. (Not all of his Top Ten singles are present, since the disc closes with a pair of new songs.) In the late '90s, Robbie Williams proved that a pop artist with a dodgy artistic background -- witness his membership in Take That -- was still capable of joining the long line of British artists (T. Rex, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Blur) who completely embraced danceable pop music without selling their souls in the bargain. Williams' biggest up-tempo hits, "Millennium" and "Rock DJ," were loved by middle-aged housewives and young teens alike (slightly less so by the latter, of course). Sugary and infectious but not disposable, they were made-to-order as great radio product, an art increasingly being lost. And as shown by "Angels," the biggest hit of his career, Williams also had a winning way with balladry. He also forged a comfortable performing personality via his excitable, self-effacing cad who takes himself far too seriously and can get intensely emotional every now and then, but is usually good for a laugh. (See "Strong" for the details.) The two new tracks introduce Stephen Duffy -- an original member of Duran Duran who later made his own name in the Lilac Time -- as the replacement for Guy Chambers as Williams' new producer/songwriter/contributor (of course, the two songs, "Radio" and "Misunderstood," can't help but sound weak in this context). Despite pop fans being sick of his omnipresence in British pop culture, history will likely be kind to Robbie Williams. After all, would a disposable pop artist quote Latin on the back of a CD booklet? (Granted, in typical Robbie fashion the epigraph translates as, "If it has tits or wheels, it will make life difficult.")

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724387453425
catalogNumber:
874534

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Williams   Primary Artist
Kylie Minogue   Vocals
Derek Watkins   Trumpet,Soloist
Stephen Duffy   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Drums
Steve Power   Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocoder
Dave Bishop   Brass
Winston Blissett   Bass
Guy Chambers   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Sampling,Mellotron,Omnichord,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
David Clayton   Synthesizer,Keyboards
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Geoff Dugmore   Percussion,Drums
Duncan   Children's Voices
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Chester Kamen   Guitar
Paul Kegg   Loops
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Bob Lanese   Trumpet
London Session Orchestra   Track Performer
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Chris Sharrock   Percussion,Drums,Sounds
J. Neil Sidwell   Brass
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Brass,Piccolo Trumpet,Soloist
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
Phil Spalding   Bass,Electric Guitar,Fuzz Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Neil Tennant   Background Vocals
Andy Wallace   Piano
Tony Pleeth   Loops
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Alex Dickson   Autoharp
Anne Skates   Choir Director
Richard Boothby   Loops
Johnny Rockstar   Drum Loop
André Barreau   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve McEwan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Neil Hannon   Background Vocals
Melvin Duffy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Nicole Patterson   Background Vocals
Richard Flack   Drum Loop
Marielle Herve   Background Vocals
Carroll Thompson   Background Vocals
Claire Worrall   Piano,Background Vocals
Zenia Santini   Background Vocals
Boots Ottestad   Keyboards
Gary Nuttall   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Pauline Boeykens   Tuba
Edgar Herzog   Clarinet
Mark Cooper Smith   Bass
Fil Eisler   Bass,Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist,Bass Slide
Daniel Pierre   Piano,Keyboards
Paul Williams   Background Vocals
Kristel Adams   Background Vocals
Richard Campbell   Loops
Neil Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Composer,Producer
Steve Power   Programming,Producer
Desmond Child   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Eric Bazilian   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jim Brumby   Engineer
Guy Chambers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Andy Duncan   drum programming
Stuart Epps   Engineer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Sally Herbert   Orchestral Arrangements
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Freddie Perren   Composer
Steve Sidwell   Brass Conductor
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader,String Conductor
David Naughton   Engineer
Robbie Williams   Composer
Nick Knight   Cover Photo
Ekundayo Paris   Composer
Kerry Hopwood   Programming
Chris Barrett   Engineer
Kevin Andrews   Composer
J.D. Andrew   Engineer
Richard Flack   Engineer,drum programming
Tom Jenkins   Engineer
Nelson Pigford   Composer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Claire Worrall   String Arrangements
Adam Noble   Engineer
Boots Ottestad   Composer
Nick Littlemore   Programming
Mark Cooper Smith   Programming
Chris Heath   Liner Notes
Richard Hinton   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Matt Hay   Engineer

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Greatest Hits 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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A nice collection of songs.
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