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The Essential Toni Braxton

The Essential Toni Braxton

by Toni BraxtonToni Braxton


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The Essential Toni Braxton amounts to an expanded update of 2003's Ultimate Toni Braxton, nearly doubling the content and digging deeper into the discography of one of the biggest R&B artists of the '90s. With the exception of favoring the R. Kelly remix of "How Many Ways" over the original, this set retains Ultimate's core 15 tracks while wisely choosing to use the studio version of "Seven Whole Days" instead of a live take. Almost every song that touched a U.S. chart is included, such as the Top Ten R&B hits "Love Shoulda Brought You Home," "Another Sad Love Song," "You're Makin' Me High," "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again," and "He Wasn't Man Enough." And while she has often been pigeonholed as an adult contemporary staple, the second disc adds the remixes of "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "Un-Break My Heart" (from Junior Vasquez and Frankie Knuckles, respectively) that solidified her club presence. (Un-Break My Heart: The Remix Collection compiles and mixes these and eight other club mixes.) Another pleasant surprise, tucked at the very end, is the inclusion of "Good Life," a 1990 single released by Toni and her four sisters as the Braxtons. If you want only the big hits, Ultimate will still do fine, but this set offers a more rounded and representative look back.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
Label: La Face
UPC: 0886970553629
catalogNumber: 705536
Rank: 3585


Disc 1

  1. Love Shoulda Brought You Home
  2. I Love Me Some Him
  3. Tell Me
  4. You're Makin' Me High
  5. He Wasn't Man Enough
  6. Just Be a Man About It
  7. How Many Ways
  8. Breathe Again
  9. You Mean the World to Me
  10. I Belong to You
  11. How Could an Angel Break My Heart
  12. Un-Break My Heart
  13. Another Sad Love Song
  14. Seven Whole Days
  15. I Don't Want To
  16. Give U My Heart

Disc 2

  1. The Heat
  2. Gimme Some
  3. There's No Me Without You
  4. Why Should I Care
  5. Spanish Guitar
  6. I'm Still Breathing
  7. Me & My Boyfriend
  8. Give It Back
  9. The Time of Our Lives
  10. He Wasn't Man Enough
  11. Un-Break My Heart
  12. Hit the Freeway
  13. Come on Over Here
  14. Let It Flow
  15. The Little Things
  16. Good Life

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Braxton   Primary Artist
Dr. Dre   Vocals
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Rap
Traci Braxton   Track Performer
Tamar Braxton   Track Performer
Trina Braxton   Track Performer
Towanda Braxton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer
Anita Baker   Composer
Marc Nelson   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Keith Miller   Composer
Toni Braxton   Composer,Producer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing
Vassal Benford   Composer,Producer
Ted Bishop   Producer
Mannie Fresh   Producer
Noel Goring   Composer
Vincent Herbert   Composer,Producer
Keri Lewis   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Andrea Martin   Composer
Ernesto Phillips   Composer,Producer
L.A. Reid   Composer,Producer
Tony Rich   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer
Daryl Simmons   Composer,Producer
Ronald Spearman   Composer
Gloria Stewart   Composer
Satoshi Tomiie   Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Bo Watson   Composer
Felix Weber   Composer
Karlin   Arranger,Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer
Leo Sacks   Producer
Bryce Wilson   Composer,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jazze Pha   Composer,Producer
Ricky Rouse   Composer
Philip Field   Composer
Irv Gotti   Composer,Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Steve Mac   Producer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Tyrone Wrice   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Darryl Harper   Composer
Darrell Spencer   Composer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Louise Johnson   Composer
Tamar Braxton   Composer
Jeremy Holiday   Packaging Manager
Brian Williams   Composer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Byron Thomas   Composer
Royal Garden   Producer,Remixing
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Chink Santana   Producer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Teddy Alexander Bishop   Composer
Rashod D. Ollison   Liner Notes
Keri   Arranger,Producer
Chauncey Hawkins   Composer
Andre Parker   Composer
Anthony Bias   Composer

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