"This is a great album for Lionel Richie fans, and for all you people who were partying seriously through the eighties. It's got the songs that made you grab that special someone and head for that one single, special tile on the dance floor, where you remained swaying together for the entire slow session.
Hands up if you remember dancing to "Say You, Say Me", "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", "Endless Love", "Stuck on You" and "Hello".
Alright, now put your hands down before you ruin your circulation, remember you're getting on in age, old-timer.
However, before you rush off and buy this, maybe you should have a look at the UK version of this album, which consists of two discs packed with music. Here's the list:
Disc: 1 1. All Night Long 2. Say You, Say Me 3. My Destiny 4. Running With The Night 5. Dancing On The Ceiling 6. Don't Stop The Music 7. Love Oh Love 8. Ballerina Girl 9. My Love 10. Love Will Conquer All 11. Do It To Me 12. Cinderella 13. Tender Heart 14. Don't Wanna Lose You 15. Closest Thing To Heaven 16. I Forgot 17. Angel 18. To Love A Woman
Disc: 2 1. Three Times A Lady 2. Easy 3. Endless Love 4. Hello 5. Still 6. Sail On 7. Stuck On You 8. You Are 9. Truly 10. Just To Be Close To You 11. Sweet Love 12. Penny Lover 13. Oh No 14. Lady (You Bring Me Up) 15. Wonderland 16. Machine Gun 17. Brickhouse 18. Too Hot To Trot 19. Flying High 20. Zoom
It's available at Amazon.co.uk, and at a great price too.
Get the full story - cross the pond for the REAL collection.
Amanda Richards, December 10, 2004"
His Best Compilation
T. C Lane | Marina, CA USA | 02/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Lionel's 3rd compilation following Back To Front (1992) and Truly-The Love Songs (1997). 12 of Back To Front's songs are on this 20 track collection. If you own Truly, than 12 of its songs are also on this CD. But Definitive Collection digs a little big deeper than those other two. It adds "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "You Are", both Top 5 solo hits that weren't on the other CD's. Some might wonder why 5 Commodores songs are included when 2 Top 10 solo hits: "My Love" and "Love Will Conquer All" are not here, but my only complaint with this strategy is that they left off Lionel's first ballad hit with the Commodores: 1975's "Sweet Love". The 2 new songs are good and don't sound out of place on this collection. The liner notes are 2003-up-to-date with a lot of looking back from Richie himself. This is Lionel's best and best-sounding compilation. SPECIAL NOTE: the initial versions of this CD included a 5 track bonus CD. The track listings are: Commoders - Zoom (long version alternate mix), Commoderes - Oh No (original version), Lionel- Can't Slow Down (different take on title track from album), Lionel- Lady (1998 version of Kenny Rogers' #1 hit that Richie wrote), and Commodores - Brick House (original version)."
Definitely most "Definitive" Lionel Richie Collection
B-MAN | Earth, occasionally. Until I get bored. | 02/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best Lionel Richie collection available to date. The Definitive Collection consists of 25 tracks (5 song bonus disc included): 8 songs from the Commodores and 17 by Lionel Richie. The previous hits collection, 1992's single disc "Back to Front" is completely covered here, minus "My Destiny" and "Love, Oh Love". Also the 1997 compilation, "Love Songs", is all here except for "Love will conquer all" and the Commodores hit "Sweet Love". Its hard to quibble with the exclusion of "Sweet Love" and most anything by the Commodores considering the several extensive anthologies and hits albums available by that group. The problem is the Commodores' love songs sang by Richie are considered by many as Lionel Richie songs, hence the reason the biggest ones are in this collection. The collection is not chronological, starting off with Richie's "Hello" from '83 followed by the Commodores' "Just to be close to you" circa '76, but it still works because the theme and mood of the songs are similar. Two new songs finish off the main disc: "To love a woman" (with Enrique Iglesias) and "Goodbye". The 5 track bonus disc includes three more from the Commodores: an unreleased alternate mix of "Zoom","Oh No", and a hidden track #5 - a classic from the Commodores (can you guess what it is?) and two more from Richie: early working version of "Can't Slow Down" and "Lady", which many people probably think Kenny Rogers wrote. The Definitive Collection should please any fan, casual or not, and its the best way to get all the essential Lionel Richie tracks in a single reasonably priced CD.Warning: Track 15 may actually make you want to try to dance on your ceiling, but I wouldn't advise it. It didn't work either time I tried it. I got hurt."
Not as definitive as you might think
M. Montgomery | 12/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Look, obviously this is a good collection, almost if not all the hits are here, fidelity is fine.
But if you love the ending of the version of "All Night Long" on the original album "Can't Slow Down," you won't find the full ending here. The editors have cut it 15 or 20 seconds early, starting the slow fade sooner. One of the nicest things about this track in its original form is the way it faded in the end with the horns. The original gave the horns full play and then slowly faded, while on "Definitive Collection" the fade out starts almost as soon as the horns begin playing.
I do wish people would stop dicking with songs on the margins on Greatest Hits Collections. It is happening everywhere. It's getting to the point where you just can't trust a Greatest Hits collection to deliver the full goods anymore.
Curses to whoever edited this album!"
Hello and Goodbye
Motown Lover | Louisiana | 05/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hello. This is a great compilation of Lionel's music spanning a variety of musical genre. It includes songs from his days with the Commodores as well as the smooth ballads from the 80's that Truly revealed the Endless Love for his music. It is Easy to relax while listening to songs like Just To Be Close To You, Ballerina Girl, and Running With The Night. Being a longtime Richie fan, I purchased it without first looking at the songs included. His sexy vocals make me feel like Three times a lady when he sings his new song, To Love A Woman (featuring Enrique Iglesias). I can listen All Night Long to songs like Penny Lover, Say You, Say Me and Dancing On The Ceiling. His other new song will make you feel like the Angel he sings about and is guaranteed to get Stuck On You. I am sure he will Do It To Me one more time with his next release this fall. As you can see, there are no parts of the album I dislike, but if You Are not a fan, just Sail On and don't hate on it. Goodbye"