Vanessa Williams The First Ten Years
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- Released: November 24, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Island / Mercury
- $0.99 on iTunes1.The Right Stuff
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Dreamin'
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Running Back To You
- $0.99 on iTunes4.The Comfort Zone
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Save The Best For Last
- $1.29 on iTunes6.The Sweetest Days
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Betcha Never
- 8.Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Oh How The Years Go By
- 10.Love Is
- 11.Colors Of The Wind
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Where Do We Go From Here?
- $0.99 on iTunes13.My Flame
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Personnel includes: Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight.
Personnel: Vanessa Williams (vocals, background vocals); Kipper Jones (vocals, background vocals); Gary Taylor, Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals); Jerry McPherson (guitar, acoustic guitar); Nick Moroch (guitar, keyboards, bass synthesizer, drum programming); Chuckii Booker (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Randy Bowland (guitar); Dann Huff (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Hubert Laws (flute); Joey Miskulin (accordion); Scott Mayo (saxophone); Fernando Pullum (trumpet); Duane Benjamin (trombone); Keith Thomas (keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Trevor Gale, Kenni Hairston (keyboards, keyboard programming, drum programming); Donald Robinson , Rex Salas, Fred McFarlane, Babyface (keyboards); Dan Needham (drums); Daryl Burgee, Paulinho Da Costa, Carol Steele (percussion); Alan Friedman , Merv DePyere, Gregg Arnold (keyboard programming); Jim Salamone, Mark Hammond (drum programming); Michael Brown (loops); Hank Schocklee, Eric Sadler, DJ L.A. Jay, Hank Shocklee, Rob Von Arx, Bob Rosa, Bill Stephney (sampler); Cindy Mizelle, Carol Coleman, Dave Stewart , Debbie Cole, Gil & Johnny, Lori Fulton, Valerie Mayo, Ada Dyer, Keith John, Rachelle Ferrell, Audrey Wheeler, Tabitha Fair, Janice Pendarvis, Angel Rogers, Brian McKnight, Bridgette Bryant (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Gary Tole ; Gerry Brown ; Rob Von Arx; Mick Guzauski; Mike Tarsia; Ross Donaldson; Bill Malina; Bill Whittington.
Audio Remixer: Rod Hui.
Recording information: D&D Recording; Jam Power, Los Angeles, CA; Marathon Recordi; Oh Henry, Los Angeles, CA; Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA.
Editors: Christopher Shaw ; Hank Schocklee; Ed Eckstine; Eric Sadler; Hank Shocklee; Bill Stephney.
Photographer: Kevyn Aucoin.
Arrangers: Donald Robinson ; Rex Salas; Gary Taylor; Keith Thomas ; Nick Moroch; Robbie Buchanan; David Foster.
After a scandal surrounding nude photos left her without her Miss America crown, Vanessa Williams made a remarkable comeback as a recording artist in 1988. This well-selected 13-track collection presents the finest R&B/pop songs by Williams, featuring both her upbeat, dance-oriented tunes (see "The Right Stuff" and "The Comfort Zone") and adult-contemporary ballads (the sweeping single "Save the Best for Last" and the Sade-like "Betcha Never"). Other highlights of the compilation are the thoughtful, piano-driven number "Love Is" (with Brian McKnight) and "My Flame," a track that finds Williams quite comfortable in a smooth-jazz setting and reinforces her reputation as a deceptively dynamic performer, one who would go on to win respect on both the stage and the screen.
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