James Ingram The Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music
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- Released: September 24, 1991
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
- 1.Where Did My Heart Go? - (from "City Slickers")
- 2.How Do You Keep The Music Playing? - ("Best Friends" theme, with Patti Austin)
- 3.Just Once
- 4.Somewhere Out There - ("Am American Tail" theme, with Linda Ronstadt)
- 5.I Don't Have The Heart
- 6.There's No Easy Way
- 7.Get Ready
- 8.Baby, Come To Me - ("General Hospital" love theme, with Patti Austin)
- 9.One Hundred Ways
- 10.Yah Mo Be There - (with Michael McDonald)
- 11.Remember The Dream - ("Young Sisters And Brothers Magazine" theme)
- 12.Whatever We Imagine
Producers include: Thom Bell, Quincy Jones.
Personnel: James Ingram (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Quincy Jones (vocals); Paul Jackson, Jr. , Ray Parker, Jr., Steve Lukather, George Doering, Bob Mann, Carlos Rios (guitar); Thom Bell (strings, horns, keyboards); Ernie Watts (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kim Hutchcroft (flute, saxophone); Michael Paulo, Wilton Felder (saxophone); Chuck Findley, Jerry Hey (trumpet); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); David Foster (piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Robbie Buchanan (piano, synthesizer, string synthesizer); Joe Sample (piano, synthesizer); Mike Finnigan (organ); Guy Moon (keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard programming); Jud Friedman, Barry Mann (keyboards, programming); David Kitay, Wayne Linsey (keyboards, keyboard programming); Ian Underwood (synthesizer, programming); David Paich, George Merrill, Craig Hundley, Greg Phillinganes, Johnny Mandel, Michael Boddicker, Michael McDonald , Rod Temperton, Steve Porcaro (synthesizer); Tom Scott (lyricon); John "J.R." Robinson , Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Ricky Lawson, Russ Kunkel, Charles Collins (drums); Sandra Crouch (tambourine, background vocals); Edward Shea (timbales, timpani); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Perry Morgan, Kevin Guillaume, Pattie Howard, Alfie Gilas, Ralph Hawkins, Jr., Geary Faggett, Voncielle Faggett, Howard McCrary, Jackie Farris, Andra‚ Crouch, Patti Austin, Rose Banks, Tata Vega (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Hufford; Clark Germain ; David Schober; George Massenburg; Bruce Swedien.
Recording information: Group IV Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Oceanway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Studio 56Tyrell Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: David Roth.
Arrangers: Kevin Guillaume; David Paich; Ralph Hawkins, Jr.; James Ingram ; Jerry Hey; Joe Sample; Johnny Mandel; Jud Friedman; Michael McDonald ; Quincy Jones; Rod Temperton; Steve Tyrell ; Barry Mann; Thom Bell; Bob Mann; David Foster.
James Ingram racked up a number of adult contemporary-styled R&B pop hits in the 1980s, many of them duets, and the bulk of those hits are collected on this 12-track 1991 compilation. His music may at times seem somewhat melodramatic, registering on the pop spectrum somewhere between Michael Bolton and Billy Ocean, but nonetheless exemplifies top-notch 1980s adult contemporary pop production at its zenith. This set includes his two hit duets with Patti Austin, those being "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" and their timeless chart-topper "Baby Come to Me." Also included is his monster duet with Linda Ronstadt, "Somewhere Out There," and his hit duet with Michael McDonald, the funky "Yah Mo B There" (definitely one of Ingram's coolest songs). A few rarities make an appearance, including "Where Did My Heart Go?" from the film City Slickers, and the BET theme "Remember the Dream." To round out the collection are his solo hits, among them the Grammy-winning "Just Once," "One Hundred Ways," and his only solo chart-topper, "I Don't Have the Heart." Buyer beware, however, because a more "extensive" hits collection, Forever More, was issued in 1999, with newly recorded (and inferior) versions of "Just Once," "One Hundred Ways," and "I Don't Have the Heart." To this date, however, this short set stands as the definitive James Ingram retrospective. ~ Jose Promis
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