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RIP Barry White
on January 23, 2004
While never a big fan of disco, I have always liked Barry White's blend of dance music combined with classic R & B, and this 20 - song cd does an excellent job of collecting the best of his unique style of music.
For a solid collection of hits, this album holds up quite well. "Love's Theme", "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up", "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Babe", "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe", "You're The First, The Last, My Everything", "What Am I Gonna Do With You", and "It's Ectasy (When You Lay Down Next Me)" are all included on this cd. Also included on this cd are several songs that were not successful on the Hot 100 but were hits on the R & B charts, including "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness", "Oh What A Night For Dancing", and the excellent "You See The Trouble With Me". Another standout is his gorgeous cover of the Billy Joel standard, "Just The Way You Are". I actually prefer this version to Joel's original version.
I highly recommend. It has possibly the most complete collection of Barry White's material. (My only gripe is that they did not include the longer version of "I'm Gonna Love You Just A little More Babe" that I heard on the radio the other day). It is also great party music. I played at my grandmother's house on New Year's Eve and everyone there started dancing. The bottom line is that this is a perfect collection of hit singles from a man who redefined soul and R & B music forever.