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  • Audio CD (Nov. 25 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001AO6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hello
2. Penny Lover
3. Three Times A Lady
4. Just To Be Close To You
5. Still
6. Sail On
7. Easy
8. Endless Love
9. Truly
10. Love Will Conquer All
11. Say You Say Me
12. Do It To Me
13. Sweet Love
14. Stuck On You

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There's already at least one collection of Lionel's danceable hits, but this is the first compilation to highlight his romantic side. From his Commodores days through his amazing solo career, this retrospective includes six (count 'em) #1 pop hits: Hello; Truly; Say You, Say Me; Three Times a Lady; Still, and Endless Love . 14 tracks in all, including more big Commodores and solo hits. Outstanding!


Since it contains six tunes that Richie wrote and performed as lead singer of the Commodores, the title for this collection may be technically a little misleading. That said, those who appreciate Richie's instantly recognizable vocal style are unlikely to complain about the inclusion of such pop standards as "Three Times a Lady," "Still," and "Easy." Maybe it's the passage of time, but Richie's solo work sounds more emotionally satisfying than the hits he had with the group: "Hello" is still eminently soulful and "Penny Lover" has a warm and cozy feel. "Endless Love," Richie's memorable duet with Diana Ross, shows that both singers can truly deliver powerhouse vocal performances, while the oft-overlooked Commodores hit "Sweet Love" is a welcome addition to this collection. Richie may not have been in favor chart-wise for a while, but this package is a reminder of the contribution he's made as a contemporary writer of classic love songs. --David Nathan

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I'm a fan of all music-mostly alternative rock, but classical and everything under the sun. I also love those smooth RnB hits of the 80's. Even though they're kind of cheesy in a way, they still bring back sensual memories of inhaling the scent of your baby's AquaNet as she strokes your strong, health-club styled shoulders through your Member's Only jacket. Love in the Reagan era, sure, but Lionel is the smoothest of them all. His breath control is superb as he gently whispers how much he loves you. I especially love the Motown-styled backing vocals and the jazzy arrangements. Standout tracks include Penny Lover and Do It To Me. So sit back with your baby in your sweet crib in the Hollywood Hills, she's in her pink tube dress, you're in your white sportsjacket and Don Johnson Italian loafers, light some candles and get down with the sweet sounds of Lionel Richie.
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Lionel Richie, whether that was his intent or not, became the Johnny Mathis of the 1970s and 1980s with his obvious preference for the love ballad, both during his career as lead singer with The Commodores and as a solo act. From the first group hit [Machine Gun] in 1974 to his last solo charter in 1996 [Don't Wanna Lose You for the Mercury label], he was responsible for 36 hit singles [all but one woth Motown] and, with a few exceptions, most fit under the category of love songs.
It's not surprising therefore that, despite NOT being billed as a "greatest hits" or "best of" compilation, no less than 17 of the 19 tracks were hit singles, six of them #1s [only tracks 1 and 16 were not hits]. Seven of them [including two #1s] are from his Commodores stint. Would that most greatest hits albums were as this thorough.
Also an accomplished saxophonist, Lionel left The Commodores in 1982 [his last hit with them was Why You Wanna Try Me?] and immediately struck gold as a solo act with Truly, a # 1 for two weeks in late 1982 [in 1981, while still a member of the group, he had cut the smash duet Endless Love [# 1 for NINE weeks] with Diana Ross]. Three more # 1 hits would follow, with the only one missing from this collection being 1983's All Night Long [All Night].
The sound quality is flawless and if there is a fault it's the absence of any appreciable liner notes in the fold-out insert which contains merely a re-lisying of the contents, but no discography, and a few more photos. There is, however, a short message from Lionel which fit into the theme of the album - "I find love, difficult to explain - impossible to control, comes when you least expect it and is for each of us a unique experience. I hope you can identify with and enjoy some of my experience."
We did Lionel. And thanks for sharing.
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This is a consummate collection of ballads and slow jams from the heyday of the Lionel Richie's 1980's solo output, featuring 5 classic songs from the Commodores, when they were the reigning r&b group in the 1970's. It is an essential landmark collection of classic romantic recordings that inspire the listener to feel, to dream, and to love. Of the 14 tracks, 13 were bonafide top 10 hits including six number one singles, that dominated the charts for well over a decade!
The collection includes the #1 ballad of all-time, the ultimate love theme to the movie "Endless Love," sung with superstar, Diana Ross. This epic beautifully blends the powerhouse vocals of these two consummate singers. The song spent a phenomenal nine weeks at the top of the charts! Richie who also penned the song was going to give the song to Stevie Wonder originally, but passed on the this, when he decided to leave the Commodores and persue a prosperous solo career in 1981!
From his 1982 self titled debut comes the classic "Truly," which shines as a memorable track that showcases Richie's tender and soaring vocals.
By 1983, everything that Richie touched automatically turned to gold, or should I say platinum. His second solo outing "Can't Slow Down" displayed great stamina (more than half of the tracks on the album were top 10 hits/5 songs in total released) and remains Richie's finest original solo album. Featured from that set is the tender love ballad "Hello," the smoldering "Penny Lover," and the country/folk tinged "Stuck On You.
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I had the strongest desire in my heart to write down the words that I feel to the depths of my heart.This Artist is totally Awsome to Me. The Songs that are included on the CD Truely are Magnificent. He writes thease beautiful Love Songs from His Heart as Well. I love this Man with all of My Heart even though I do not personally know Him, but I wish... with all of My Heart That God the Almighty Father in Heaven will show us both the path to follow to find each other.You have my permission to forward this email to the artist who has written thease glorious Love Songs for me to hear. With My Saviours' Love Awsome-Angel...AKA...Patricia
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These are the songs that memories are made of. I remember listening and slow dancing to these songs at the High School dance. A couple of these songs are very special to me. "Truely" is me and my first love's special song. Even 17 years after we broke up, whenever I hear "Truely" it gives me a momentary smile and a twinge of pain and sadness of thinking about her and "what if we remainded together"....Three times a lady, sail on, Still are special and set the right mood for those special nights that lovers enjoy. Highly recommended to all.
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