"Since signing with Arista Records in the late 70's,Dionne Warwick scored with a handful of hits. The three tracks I like best are LOVE POWER with Jeffrey Osborne,from 1987's RESERVATIONS FOR TWO,THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR from 1985's FRIENDS and HEARTBREAKER,the Bee Gees composition from the album of the same title released in 1982. Warwick was credited in some sources as Dionne & Friends for TWFAF. The three friends who joined her on that song are Gladys Knight,Stevie Wonder and Elton John. I like DEJA VU also(a hit from '79). All the other songs are good."
DIONNE WARWICK: A WOMAN OF MANY CAREERS
S. Sittig | Washington, D.C. | 07/23/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dionne Warwick's greatest hits from 1979-1990 are covered in this well done retrospective. Personally, I find Warwick's mid to late 60's career much more appealing in terms of material and vocal production, but there are several stand outs on this CD nevertheless. Aside from the obvious "That's What Friends Are For" with Gladys, Elton, and Stevie, this CD contains many mini-gems like a rousing Bee-Gees backed "Heartbreaker", a poignant love farewell ballad with "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again" and a powerful pop "No Night So Long". All three of these songs were top 40 hits, not surprisingly, since they are meticulously written and produced to fit Dionne's smokey vocals. Of the 3 duets included, the only one that strikes any chords is "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye" and not because of the song itself, but because Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick sing together with so much emotion. By listening to! this track it's easy to see that Warwick was perhaps Vandross's biggest influence, as he himself has acknowledged many a time. One can't help but feel as if the baton is being passed to a younger generation.Most notably perhaps, this CD has the distinction of containing Dionne's last "quality" vocals. Her 90's work has been somewhat hindered by her innability to produce the sound she used to in the 60's and 70's. Although not as flexible as it was in that period, her voice thru the 80's, was still a force to be reckoned with.Buy it if for no other reason than to hear the final perfect oeuvres of a once great vocalist who has recently lost most of her range."
For those who don't know.....
georrell | brooklyn, nyc | 03/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many folks have negative things to say about others. No matter what u say about Dionne, you must know that the girl can ssssssiiiiiinnnnggg! Althought the tracks selected were ok, the one complaint I have is that the album "Finder of Lost Loves" was totally ignored. How could u have a complilation of Warwick's Arista years and not include "Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore" or "Finder of Lost Loves".....(even if album sales were poor..its about quality..thats why its called "The Best of ...." or "The Greatest...")Anyway, I liked this album and loved "Walk Away"! Go ahead, buy it!"
A PLEASANT SELECTION OF TUNES
Jeffrey W. Vigeant | Williamsburg, VA United States | 09/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Albums entitled "Best of" and "Greatest Hits" can never hope to please everyone. This compilation of songs from 1979-1990 is a good example. While it is a pleasant sellection of tunes there are glaring omissions. But based on the content alone, the album is a joy to listen to. A more mature and versatile Dionne shines here. A must for any Dionne Warwick fan."
Great songs -- but where are some of the others?
Jeffrey W. Vigeant | 10/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album--I think that a greatest hits package should include 1-2 new songs not found on other recordings ("I Don't Need Another Love" and "Walk Away"). But where is "Finder of Lost Loves" and "Run To Me", her superb duet with Barry Manilow? It's time for box set!!!!!"