Ultimate Collection CD (2009)

Artist: Brian Mcknight

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Label Phantom Sound & Vision
SKU 210658161
UPC 600753147696
UPC 14 00600753147696
Format CD
Release Date 1/14/2009
Author Brian Mcknight
Technical Info
CatalogID 14769
Lable Name Spectrum Music (UK)
Released 2008
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00600753147696
Musical Guests
Talib Kweli
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brian McKnight (vocals, piano, bass); Take 6, Vanessa Williams (vocals); John Willis (acoustic & electric guitars); Fred McKnight, Wah Wah Watson (electric guitars); Kelly O'Neal (saxophone); Cedric Dent (piano), Neil Stubenhaus, David Anderson, Louis Johnson (bass); Ricky Lawson, James Blair (drums); Darryl Tibbs (percussion); Brandon Barnes, Phase 5 (drums, keyboard programming); Reggie Stewart (drum programming); Claude McKnight III, B.J. Nelson, Kipper Jones, Julie McKnight, Gerry Brown (background vocals).
Producers: Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes, Gerry Brown, Phase 5.
Engineers include: Doug Smith, Jeff Poe, Annie Fregar.
Brian McKnight's self-titled debut album is a mix of quiet storm and jazz-tinged R&B lite, with a few up-tempo numbers thrown in. The album opens with the New Jack Swing lite of "Yours," and leads into other mid-tempo, early-'90s sounding R&B. Some songs, including "Stay the Night," even incorporate the electric guitar, an instrument which was virtually forgotten in pop music by the end of the decade. The album produced one major hit, the teary ballad "One Last Cry." Brian McKnight, with his brand of songwriter-driven, piano-man quiet storm, was unique among 1990s male solo singers, and unexpectedly became one of the genre's biggest (and only) stars, with each album building on the previous one's success. For that reason, perhaps, this album is less commercial and more jazz-leaning than his later discs, especially towards the album's second half. Other highlights include his silky cover of the Hall & Oats staple "I Can't Go for That" (which features the album's only rap) and the jazz nugget "Is the Feeling Gone." A great album for a rainy winter afternoon. ~ Jose F. Promis
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (8/14/92, p.62) - "..black pop suitable for framing. McKnight's glowing tenor slides along song lines with heartfelt abandon, dominating gentle poems of love with a maturity that belies his 22 years.." - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 One Last Cry
2 Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart
3 You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)
4 Back at One
5 Stay or Let it Go
6 6, 8, 12
7 Home
8 What's it Gonna Be
9 Love of My Life
10 Back Seat (Gettin' Down)
11 Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda
12 Where Do We Go From Here
13 Been So Long
14 She - (featuring Talib Kweli)
15 Come Back to Me

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