The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Lionel RichieLionel Richie


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Few artists were more ubiquitous during the '80s than multiple-Grammy winner Lionel Richie. It's hard to think of another pop star from that time or since who could write and sing both earnest, two-tissue ballads such as "Hello" and "Truly" and gleefully danceable ditties such as "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long." Richie's talent is that singular, so it's fitting that the charismatic performer, who fronted the Commodores in the '70s, would get his props with The Definitive Collection -- a more comprehensive package than 1992's 14-song greatest-hits compilation, Back to Front. On this essential collection, which spotlights the hit maker's early-'80s peak, Richie offers fans 18 of his best-loved songs, including the aforementioned "Hello" from 1983's Grammy Album of the Year, Can't Slow Down, and his wedding-staple duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love," as well as five of his biggest songs with the Commodores, including "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady." After a conspicuous absence from the spotlight during the late '80s, Richie made a tepid comeback in the '90s, which garnered the R&B hit "Do It to Me," and later scored with the club favorite "Angel," from his 2002 comeback disc, Renaissance; both songs are included here. Richie proves he hasn't lost his Midas touch or his pleasing pipes with two new songs: the country-tinged "To Love a Woman," featuring Enrique Iglesias, and the soon-to-be classic ballad "Goodbye." For diehard Richie fans and nostalgic '80s pop culturists alike, this is indeed a Definitive Collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044006814025
catalogNumber: 068140
Rank: 2490


  1. Hello
  2. Just To Be Close To You
  3. Easy
  4. Running With The Night
  5. Three Times A Lady
  6. Still
  7. All Night Long (All Night)
  8. Endless Love
  9. Truly
  10. Penny Lover
  11. You Are
  12. Sail On
  13. Stuck On You
  14. Say You, Say Me
  15. Dancing On The Ceiling
  16. Do It To Me
  17. Ballerina Girl
  18. Angel
  19. To Love A Woman
  20. Goodbye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lionel Richie   Primary Artist
Shane Keister   Piano
Eric Kupper   Keyboards
Robin Smith   Conductor
Russ Desalvo   Synthesizer,Guitar
Patrick Carroll   Electric Bass
John Read   Bass

Technical Credits

Commodores   Arranger,Producer
Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Gene Page   Arranger
Jeff Bova   String Arrangements
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
David Cochrane   Composer
Mike Frenchik   Composer
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Ronald LaPread   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Brian Rawling   Producer
Carlos Rios   Composer
Robin Smith   String Arrangements
Rick Wake   Arranger,Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Joe Wolfe   Engineer
Enrique Iglesias   Composer
Russ Desalvo   Arranger
Steven Ivory   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Dug McGuirk   Engineer
Dave Scheuer   Engineer
Alan Silfen   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Richie Jones   Producer,drum programming
Perry Mason   String Conductor
Jim Annunziato   Engineer
Patrick Carroll   drum programming,Percussion Programming
Carlos Paucar   Vocal Engineer
Paul Barry   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Brenda Harvey-Richie   Composer

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