Greatest Hits, Chapter 1

Greatest Hits, Chapter 1

by Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson


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When Kelly Clarkson won the first American Idol way back in 2002, there was no indication of whether the singer was a fleeting phenomenon or the start of something lasting. Ten years later, with her first compilation, Greatest Hits, Chapter 1, appearing, the answer is clear: American Idol and Kelly Clarkson wound up as institutions that had nothing to do with each other. Clarkson shrugged off the expectations of AmIdol as quickly as she could, dutifully -- and enjoyably -- hitting all her marks on her 2003 debut, Thankful, highlighted by the tossed-off Christina Aguilera co-written single "Miss Independent" and the coronation song "A Moment Like This," but she wound up nailing her defiant, casually feminist persona a year later with "Since U Been Gone," one of the great singles of the new millennium. From there, Kelly both pushed too hard (her admirably conflicted neo-goth record My December) and not enough ("Stronger," an enjoyably by-the-books 2012 single that deservedly topped the U.S. charts), but throughout it all Clarkson remarkably retained her identity, producing a body of work that was pretty much untouchable when compared to any other pop star of the new millennium. Unlike Britney Spears, who slumped in the mid-2000s and never regained her footing, Clarkson always seemed in control of her career and image; she always seemed a little more mature than the divas who immediately preceded her and those who followed her. Consequently, Greatest Hits, Chapter 1 winds up sounding like pop sounded in the new millennium: alternatingly calculated and inspired, a pop star who always seemed in control of her fate even when she aspired to be heard as bumper music in malls from sea to shining sea. Remarkably, Greatest Hits, Chapter 1 doesn't contain all of Clarkson's great songs -- surprisingly, the Katy Perry-written anthem "I Do Not Hook Up" is nowhere to be found -- but nothing here is subpar; everything serves as testimony to Kelly's considerable vocal chops and potent charisma. She can sing like no other yet feels like the girl next door, a quality that grounds her poppiest songs and helped her transcend her made-for-TV diva persona. Despite all the calculations and constructions, Kelly Clarkson was a real, human pop star and that may be why her hits, when collected together, sound not like passing fancies but a body of work, the sound of pop music in the new millennium.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887254908029
catalogNumber: 549080
Rank: 3634

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelly Clarkson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Debra Byrd   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Steve Ferrera   Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Vince Gill   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bryan Jones   Background Vocals
David Kahne   Keyboards
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Rhett Lawrence   Guitar,scratching,DJ
Victor Lawrence   String Quartet
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond B3
Steve Pearce   Bass
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Brian Ray   Guitar
Mark Robertson   String Quartet
Olle Romo   Guitar
Phil X.   Guitar
Robert Miller   Background Vocals
Jason Halbert   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Raine Maida   Guitar
Chris Michaelessi   Background Vocals
John Shanks   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Max Martin   Synthesizer,Guitar
Pathik Desai   Guitar
Jeremy Ruzumna   Organ
Steve Mac   Keyboards
Chris Dye   Background Vocals
Einar Pedersen   Bass,Background Vocals
Eric Olson   Keyboards
Jimmy Messer   Guitar
Wayne Rodrigues   scratching,DJ
Luke   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums
Olle Dahlstedt   Drums
Mark Hill   Bass
Billy Mohler   Bass
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Shanti Randall   String Quartet
Shalini Vijayan   String Quartet
Jason Lader   Bass
Gina Taylor Pickens   Background Vocals
David Hodges   Piano
Ben Moody   Guitar
Mark Colbert   Drums
Andre Frappier   Guitar
Jim Fredley   Background Vocals
Randy Cook   Drums
Miles McPherson   Drums,Background Vocals
Brian Kennedy   Keyboards
Leslie Smith   Background Vocals
Marty O'Brien   Bass
Leif Shires   Trumpet
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson   Guitar
Nicole Hurst   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Cherie Oakley   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ashley Donovan   Background Vocals
Kate Rapier   Background Vocals
Jill Pickering   Background Vocals
Suzy Benson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Reid   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Rob Brill   Drum Editing
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Steve Ferrera   Producer
David Gamson   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Matthew Gerrard   Composer
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
David Kahne   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rhett Lawrence   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Pro-Tools
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Olle Romo   Pro-Tools
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Andy Zulla   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Dave Arch   String Arrangements
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer
Matt Howe   Engineer
Jim Watts   Pro-Tools
Brett James   Composer
Jason Halbert   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Raine Maida   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Mighty Mike   Programming
Chantal Kreviazuk   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Steve McMillan   Pro-Tools
John Shanks   Producer
Lee Buddle   Vocal Engineer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Joe Zook   Engineer
Jill Greenberg   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Steve Mac   Producer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Chris Dye   Engineer
Cameron Webb   Engineer
Christina Aguilera   Composer
Emily Wright   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer
Eric Olson   Composer,Programming
James Michael   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Jimmy Messer   Composer,Producer
Luke   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
John Hanes   Pro-Tools
Avril Lavigne   Composer
Dan Certa   Engineer
Kelly Clarkson   Composer
Brian Garcia   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Blu Sanders   Composer
Jason Lader   Programming
Ryan Tedder   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
David Hodges   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Ben Moody   Composer,Producer
Johan "Brorsan" Brorsson   Pro-Tools
Jason Aldean   Producer
Dante Jones   Composer,Additional Production
Michael Knox   Producer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Andy Gibson   Composer
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Brian Kennedy   Programming,Producer
John DeNosky   Engineer
Ester Dean   Composer,Producer
Brian Seals   Composer
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Sam Holland   Engineer
Steven Valenzuela   Engineer
Bridget Benante   Composer
Joe Baressi   Engineer
Thuy-An Julien   Producer
Meghan Kabir   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Paul Jenkins   Composer
Dewain Whitmore   Vocal Producer
Ali Tamposi   Composer
Lasse Marten   Engineer
Sound Kollectiv   Producer
Lindsay Chapman   Composer

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