The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1

The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1

by R. KellyR. Kelly


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Creatively, R. Kelly came a long way since 1992. The Chicago singer started out his career with catchy, if conventional, new jack swing, but as the '90s progressed, he evolved into one of more interesting, risk-taking male singers in urban contemporary and neo-soul. It would be a stretch to say that Kelly is in a class with Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, or Marvin Gaye -- he's a product of a different generation and a different era, and he needs to be evaluated on his own hip-hop-minded terms rather than '60s or '70s terms (even though he has plenty of '60s and '70s influences). But it's no exaggeration to say that some of Kelly's work has been excellent, including many of the songs on The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 -- a best-of release that paints a generally favorable picture of the Chicagoan by focusing on his more essential recordings. Many of Kelly's well-known hits are provided, and they range from "You Remind Me of Something" and "Bump n' Grind" to "I Believe I Can Fly," "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)," and "I'm Your Angel" (the singer's unlikely duet with Celine Dion). Spanning 1992-2003, the collection shows how much Kelly evolved during that 11-year period. The thing that ties many of these songs together -- from the Guy-ish new jack swing number "She's Got That Vibe" in 1992 to "Fiesta" in 2000 -- is hip-hop, which has always been an integral part of the singer's output. Vol. 1 isn't the last word on Kelly's output; some major hits are missing, and the Vol. 1 part of the title implies that a Vol. 2 is needed. But for the novice or casual listener who wants to have many of Kelly's hits in the same place, Vol. 1 serves its purpose nicely.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Jive
UPC: 0828765370622
catalogNumber: 53706
Rank: 31793


  1. Bump N' Grind
  2. Your Body's Callin'
  3. Sex Me, Pt. 1
  4. You Remind Me of Something
  5. Ignition
  6. Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)
  7. When a Woman's Fed Up
  8. Step in the Name of Love
  9. Thoia Thoing
  10. Touched a Dream
  11. Fiesta
  12. I Wish
  13. Ghetto Religion
  14. Honey Love
  15. She's Got That Vibe
  16. The World's Greatest
  17. I'm Your Angel
  18. I Believe I Can Fly

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Kelly   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Ernie Isley   Guitar
Soul Children   Track Performer
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Percy Bady   Keyboards
Bobby Broom   Guitar
Lafayette Carthon   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir Conductor
Larry Gold   Conductor
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Steve Grisette   Choir, Chorus
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Loris Holland   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Choir Conductor
Ronald Isley   Vocals
Donnie Lyle   Bass,Guitar
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Jeffrey Morrow   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anthony Ransom   Background Vocals
Paul Riser   Conductor
Rachel Robinson   Track Performer
Johnny Rutledge   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Steve Skinner   Keyboards
Jim Slattery   Keyboards
Allan "Byrd" Tatum   Background Vocals
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Rob Trow   Background Vocals
Joan Walton   Background Vocals
Spencer Washington   Background Vocals
Cheryl Wilson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Elisabeth Withers   Background Vocals
Robert Moe   Background Vocals
Lisa Lougheed   Background Vocals
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children   Track Performer
Wyclef Jean   Musician
Bobby West   Keyboards
Stevie Robinson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nancey Jackson   Background Vocals
Brenda Blonski   Choir, Chorus
Joan Collaso   Choir, Chorus
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Musician
Ayuana George   Background Vocals
Matthew Robinson   Track Performer
Kendall D. Nesbitt   Keyboards
Greg Landfair   Guitar
Robert Bowker   Background Vocals
Troy Bright   Background Vocals
Cathy Richardson   Background Vocals
Gotti   Rap
Jessica Janis   Track Performer
Paul Mabin   Choir, Chorus
Amber Morrow   Track Performer
Joseph Morrow   Track Performer
Leah Robinson   Track Performer
Simbryt Whititngton   Choir, Chorus
Rodney East   Keyboards
Delatrice Alexander   Choir, Chorus
Deatta Staples   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lee   drum programming
Tony Black   Programming
Tom Thumb   Producer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Author,String Arrangements,Video Director,Instrumentation
Timmy Allen   Programming,Producer
Percy Bady   Director
Bob Cadway   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Hart Hollman   Orchestra Leader
James Lee   Engineer
Rob Mathes   Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Mokran   Programming,Engineer
Paul Riser   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Steve Skinner   drum programming
Allan "Byrd" Tatum   Programming
Mario Winans   drum programming
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Chris Brickley   Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Package Art Direction
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Carl Robinson   Engineer
Lionel C. Martin   Video Director
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Billie Woodruff   Video Director
Jeff Vereb   Engineer
Hype Williams   Video Director
Andy Gallas   Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Jason Mlodzinski   Engineer
Michael Shlesinger   Engineer
Omar Gilbert   Contributor
Little X   Video Director
David Nelson   Video Director
Michael Clark   Producer
Kara Buhl Mann   Photo Production
Rob Marriot   Liner Notes

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