by Stephanie Mills


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When you've released over a dozen charting albums and have had those albums whittled into nearly as many single-disc anthologies, the necessity for a more thorough double-disc anthology is obvious. Stephanie Mills' Gold is wholly necessary: nearly all of its 30 tracks were significant chart hits, so it covers a lot of ground that casual fans will be happy to have. From a creative standpoint, the years Mills spent working with James Mtume and Reggie Lucas were the most productive; this material takes up most of the first disc, including "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" (classy soul-rooted disco that would've been at home on Philadelphia International or Salsoul), "Put Your Body in It" (funk-rooted disco with a synth bassline as gluey as "More Bounce to the Ounce" or "Flashlight"), and "Two Hearts" (a sweet midtempo duet with Teddy Pendergrass). The second disc locks into place with Mills' most commercially successful material -- ballads like "I Feel Good All Over," "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," and "Home" put her on top of the R&B chart, while the relatively groove-oriented "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)" and "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" had the same exact power. The Ultimate Collection, released by Hip-O in 1999, is representative and fine as an introduction, but it isn't as justifiably in-depth as this.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498879580
catalogNumber: 000589902
Rank: 37637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephanie Mills   Primary Artist,Vocals
Teddy Pendergrass   Vocals
Robert Brookins   Vocals
Peggy Blue   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephanie Mills   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Prince   Composer
George Duke   Producer
René Moore   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer
Gabriel Hardeman   Composer
Paul Laurence   Composer,Producer
Michael Sembello   Composer
Reggie Lucas   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Franne Golde   Composer
David Morales   Producer,Remixing
Tawatha Agee   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Vassal Benford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Howard Grate   Composer
Gene Griffin   Producer
Annette Hardeman   Composer
LeMel Humes   Producer
Ron Kersey   Producer
Howard King   Composer
Gary Klein   Producer
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Tommy Lucas   Composer
James Mtume   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Nick Martinelli   Producer
Clay McMurray   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
William Salter   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Louis Silas   Remixing
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
Charles Smalls   Composer
Ronald Spearman   Composer
Carl Sturken   Composer
Angela Winbush   Composer,Producer
David Wolfert   Producer
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Composer,Producer
Cassandra Mills   Composer,Remixing
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Alan Phillips   Composer
Edward Moore   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Roxanne Seeman   Composer
Dyna Brein   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Timothy Allen   Composer
David Young   Composer

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Gold 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although a lot of her hit songs are featured on this compilation, However almost every song is a short radio edit version. In other words its not worth the money due to the fact that all of the good parts in almost every song have been taken out. And i know its not unheard of for an artist to condense their songs but these songs have been chopped literally in half. Once you finish playing both cd's you are stuck with this feeling like where is the rest, What a horrible way to treat your fans. But then again maybe HIP-O RECORDS were the ones that decided to release this homogenized crap.
Mysteryreader25 More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Mills is one of the best singers in the business. Her vocal range makes each song meaningful and unique. It's ashame more people don't demand her music. CD goes from R$B,dance, duets to new material. Each song she gives her best, rich soulful on the ballards, to energized on the dance songs. I would recommend this CD to everyone looking for a change from the ordinary music heard on radio these days