20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

by Will DowningWill Downing


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Twelve tracks just aren't enough for a definitive overview of Will Downing's long career, but his entry in the 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection series makes for an affordable, right-sized introduction to the singer if you're wondering whether or not to explore this Luther Vandross-styled balladeer further. The song selection is well done and includes many great tracks -- the dreamy "Cool Water," his cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me" -- that don't appear on the slightly better, yet dauntingly bigger collection, Greatest Love Songs. Although it's an excellent, heartfelt performance, Downing's take on Angela Bofill's "I Try" is a little too heavy to open the collection when something lighter and welcoming like "Free" would have worked much better. On the other hand, Downing's show-stopping duet with Rachelle Ferrell on "Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This" is a fantastic closer. Stick the epic opener later into the collection and you've got an excellent way to familiarize yourself with this smooth crooner.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498827758
catalogNumber: 000486902


  1. I Try
  2. A Million Ways
  3. Don't Talk to Me Like That
  4. Wishing on a Star
  5. Crazy Love
  6. Cool Water
  7. Free
  8. Heart of Mine
  9. Stop, Look, Listen to Your Heart
  10. Everytime It Rains
  11. I Can't Make You Love Me
  12. Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Downing   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rachelle Ferrell   Vocals
Alex Foster   Saxophone,Soloist
Marva King   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stefon Harris   Vibes,Soloist

Technical Credits

Deniece Williams   Composer
Angela Bofill   Composer
Will Downing   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brenda Russell   Composer
Ronnie Foster   Arranger,Producer
Rachelle Ferrell   Arranger,Composer
Brian Jackson   Producer
Audrey Wheeler   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Wayne Brathwaite   Producer
Mark Cawley   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Producer
Hank Redd   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Jolyon Skinner   Composer
Dwight Thompson   Composer
Amy Linden   Liner Notes
Regis Branson   Composer,Producer
Billie Rae Calvin   Composer
Susaye Greene   Composer
Nathan Watts   Composer
Andre Allen   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Composer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Producer
Phillip Temple   Composer,Executive Producer

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