20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Vanessa Williams

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Vanessa Williams

by Vanessa Williams


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Vanessa Williams managed to turn the disgrace of losing her Miss America title into a pretty good career as an actress, singer, and annoying shill for Radio Shack. The Best of Vanessa Williams, part of Mercury's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series, focuses on the vocal aspects of her talents and rounds up 11 of her hits for the label recorded between 1988 and 1997. She has two distinct specialties: the big ballad and the slinky, hip-hop-inspired dance track. Her biggest ballad is the smooth and somewhat saccharine "Save the Best for Last." It spent five weeks at number one in 1991 and was a real career-maker. The other four ballads on the record are similar in style but didn't have the same chart success. Williams' dance tracks are much more fun; she has a wonderfully light and airy voice that sounds right at home on polite dance tracks like "Work to Do," featuring a rap by Dres of the Black Sheep, "The Comfort Zone," and "Running Back to You." Her best dance tracks are the funky "The Right Stuff," which features Public Enemy's Bomb Squad on production, beats, and edits, and the Nu Shooz-sampling, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-written and produced "Happiness." Vanessa Williams is no Janet Jackson, but she is surprisingly good and this is a fine collection of her best work.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498607503
catalogNumber: 000110002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Voices
Hubert Laws   Flute,Soloist
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Jorgen Kaufma   Piano,Soloist
Norm Mertin   Guitar,Soloist
Bob Rosa   Sampling
Rob Von Arx   Sampling

Technical Credits

Vanessa Williams   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Wendy Waldman   Composer
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements,Strings Orchestrator
Keith Thomas   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Chuckii Booker   Arranger
Simon Climie   Composer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Trevor Gale   Composer,Producer
Kenni Hairston   Composer,Producer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Kipper Jones   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jon Lind   Composer
Scott Mayo   Horn Arrangements
Phase 5   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Bob Rosa   Producer,beats
Rex Salas   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Reggie Stewart   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Eric Sadler   Producer,beats
Bill Stephney   Producer,beats
James Harris   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Kenny Harris   Composer
Michael Forte   Composer
Rob Von Arx   Producer,beats
Kevyn Aucoin   Cover Photo
Sante d'Orazio   Contributor
Gerry Brown   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
J Smith   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Mark Stevens   Vocal Arrangements
Hank Schocklee   Producer,beats
Joseph Curiale   Horn Arrangements

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