The Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits

by Take 6Take 6


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There are numerous musical styles represented on this compilation. Gospel, befitting the group's Seventh Day Adventist background, is the genre most represented. On "Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion," the group is joined by Stevie Wonder. "A Quiet Place," while a hymn, is delivered as if it came from the Top Ten pop song chart. Jazz, albeit smooth, is represented by the Quincy Jones-produced "Setembro," featuring such contemporary jazz luminaries as George Benson, Herbie Hancock, and Gerald Albright. Sarah Vaughan is also listed on the playbill. But if she is in fact there, it is as a background singer; her voice is overwhelmed by the vocal group, synthesizers, keyboards, and the other electronic wizardry dominating this cut. Albright's alto is given a few measures, providing some musical substance to this tune. Smooth jazz has another entry with "U Turn," from the Joe Sample album Spellbound. The harmonic gifts of Take 6 are best displayed by those songs having a rhythm & blues, gospel flavor. "One and the Same," featuring gospel and R&B diva CeCe Winans, is an album highlight. The 1960s singing style of the Temptations is brought to mind with "The Best Stuff in the World Today Café." On "Spread Love," another gospel influenced R&B number, Take 6 uses the Hal David/Burt Bacharach song "What the World Needs Now" to bridge choruses, with good results. The session ends with the lone tribute to vocalese, "So Much 2 Say." The album is a fine compilation from previous Take 6 recordings, and should appeal to fans of this popular and erstwhile crossover singing group.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Imports
UPC: 0093624737520
catalogNumber: 895099
Rank: 54911


  1. I L-O-V-E U
  2. Destiny
  3. One and the Same
  4. Fly Away
  5. Mary
  6. Biggest Part of Me
  7. The Best Stuff in the World Today Café
  8. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)
  9. A Quiet Place
  10. Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
  11. U Turn
  12. Spread Love
  13. So Much 2 Say

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Take 6   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Percussion
Gerald Albright   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
George Benson   Guitar,Soloist
George Duke   fender rhodes,Soloist
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards,Soloist,Synthesizer Pads
Quincy Jones   Korg M1
Joe Sample   Track Performer
Alvin Chea   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Soloist
Cedric Dent   Vocals,Soloist
Claude V. McKnight   Trombone,Vocals,Soloist
David Paich   Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Pads
Ian Prince   Keyboards
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Bruce Swedien   Drums,Snare Drums
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Mervyn Warren   Vocals,Sampling
Stevie Wonder   Vocals,Track Performer
Carl Stewart   Guitar
CeCe Winans   Track Performer
Claude McKnight   Trombone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Take 6   Producer
Quincy Jones   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Brian McKnight   Arranger,Programming,Vocal Arrangements,Adaptation,rhythm arrangement
Craig Allen   Graphic Design
Alvin Chea   Producer,Adaptation,Lyric Adaptations
Don Cobb   Engineer
Cedric Dent   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Mark Kibble   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Claude V. McKnight   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Lyric Adaptations
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Jim Ed Norman   Executive Producer
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Pierce   Producer,Engineer
Eric Prestidge   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Claude McKnight   Arranger,Producer
Marcelo Pennell   Engineer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Mike McCarthy   Engineer
David Thomas   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Traditional   Composer

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