All Time Greatest Hits



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Review Text It took quite a while for a definitive Barry White compilation to hit the market, but All-Time Greatest Hits -- part of Mercury's Funk Essentials series -- finally filled the bill in 1995. Boasting a full 20 tracks from White's heyday of 1973-1978, more than half of which made the R&B Top Ten, All-Time Greatest Hits is easily the most generous single-disc White collection on the market. It includes the edited single versions, not the full-length album tracks, which actually makes for a more digestible introduction to White's achievements. Like his forebear Isaac Hayes, White was not just a deep-voiced crooner, but a talented producer and arranger who'd spent years honing his craft behind the scenes in the industry. And like Hayes, White spent a great deal of time setting up moods on his albums, using lush, sweeping orchestrations to build very gradually to climaxes. (Actually, that probably explains a good deal of his effectiveness.) But White was not simply a Hayes disciple; his swirling productions were less complex than Hayes', but more in tune with the emerging disco sound, which certainly boosted his popularity. Plus, he took full advantage of R&B's new lyrical permissiveness in the wake of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On. If his voice was limited, it was also a tremendous asset for the kind of music he recorded -- deep, resonant, caressing, but always suggestively masculine. The total package made White an R&B love-man icon not just for the disco era, but all time. For all but the most dedicated fans, All-Time Greatest Hits is one-stop shopping. ~ Steve Huey

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Love's Theme - 4:08
  2. 2. I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby - 4:59
  3. 3. I've Got So Much to Give - 5:18
  4. 4. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up - 4:07
  5. 5. Honey Please, Can't Ya See - 3:13
  6. 6. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - 4:52
  7. 7. You're the First, the Last, My Everything - 3:24
  8. 8. What Am I Gonna Do With You - 4:34
  9. 9. I'll Do for You Anything You Want Me To - 4:10
  10. 10. Let the Music Play - 4:30
  11. 11. You See the Trouble With Me - 3:20
  12. 12. Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together - 5:36
  13. 13. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long - 5:36
  14. 14. I'm Qualified to Satisfy You - 3:08
  15. 15. It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me - 3:25
  16. 16. Playing Your Game, Baby - 4:36
  17. 17. Oh, What a Night for Dancing - 3:18
  18. 18. Your Sweetness Is My Weakness - 4:12
  19. 19. Just the Way You Are - 4:10
  20. 20. Satin Soul - 4:12

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