The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Rick JamesRick James


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A condensed version of the 2005 Rick James Gold collection, The Definitive Collection trims the fat found on Gold and leaves a nice balance between his most well-known hits and some of his most acclaimed production work with other artists. Definitive wastes no time getting into the goods either, starting with the one-two punch of "You and I" and his ode to herbal jazz cigarettes, "Mary Jane." The goods are chronologically arranged, and it's not until the middle of the disc that James' most well-known anthems -- "Super Freak, Pt. 1" and "Give It to Me Baby" -- are found. But it's not only his recordings that make Definitive so accessible for casual fans; his production work with Teena Marie, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations (all included here) will sound instantly recognizable to anyone who listened to R&B radio during the '80s. Lacking any sort of deep cuts, collectors and die-hard fans will most likely already own everything here. But casual fans looking for all the hits would be well served in using this as a starting point to explore further, as Definitive has all the hits and then some.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Motown
UPC: 0075021039384
catalogNumber: 000409902
Rank: 26454

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick James   Primary Artist,Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Rick James   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Reggie Andrews   Arranger,String Arrangements
Leroy Burgess   Composer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Daniel LeMelle   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Alonzo Miller   Composer,Executive Producer
Art Stewart   Producer,Audio Production
Amy Linden   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
James Calloway   Composer
Sonny Davenport   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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