Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Collection

by Johnny GillJohnny Gill


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You can't be any hotter than R&B singer Johnny Gill was in the early '90s; he participated in five consecutive singles that hit number one or number two on the Billboard R&B charts between February 1990 and April 1991, while his self-titled label debut on Motown Records went double-platinum. Subsequent efforts were not as successful, and as of the spring of 2002, Gill had been MIA since releasing a Christmas single in 1997, but the liner notes to this collection report him to be "reportedly in the studio." Meanwhile, Hip-O's Ultimate Collection lives up to its title (as the imprint's other volumes in this series have) by lavishing 79-and-a-half minutes on a straightforward, chronological assemblage of the highlights of Gill's career, including work done for labels not controlled by Hip-O parent Universal, such the Stacy Lattisaw duet "Perfect Combination" that first came out on the Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion in 1984. An R&B singer's career these days is a dizzying combination of regular singles, soundtrack excerpts, and featured appearances on other people's records, but this compilation gathers up all of Gill's most popular recordings, including "I'm Still Waiting" from the movie New Jack City, Shanice's "Silent Prayer," and Shabba Ranks' "Slow and Sexy," the latter two guest appearances by the singer. Also included is the chart-topping New Edition song "Can You Stand the Rain," and, of course, all of Gill's own major hits, most of them written and produced by the likes of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and L.A. & Babyface, are included. (There is also one worthy album-only track, "Maybe," from 1996's Let's Get the Mood Right.) The result outdistances a previous Gill best-of, Favorites, which focused only on his Motown solo hits. For the moment, this is Johnny Gill's best so far; one can only hope there will be more.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2002
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0731458427421
catalogNumber: 584274
Rank: 29074


  1. Perfect Combination
  2. Half Crazy
  3. Can You Stand the Rain
  4. Where Do We Go from Here
  5. Rub You the Right Way
  6. My, My, My
  7. Fairweather Friend
  8. Wrap My Body Tight
  9. I'm Still Waiting
  10. Silent Prayer
  11. There U Go
  12. Slow and Sexy
  13. The Floor
  14. Quiet Time to Play
  15. Let's Get the Mood Right
  16. It's Your Body
  17. Maybe

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Gill   Primary Artist
Shabba Ranks   Track Performer
Stacy Lattisaw   Track Performer
New Edition   Track Performer
Shanice   Track Performer
C.L. Smooth   Rap

Technical Credits

Keith Andes   Producer
Linda Creed   Producer
LeMel Humes   Producer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Dennis Matkosky   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Bill Neale   Producer
Randy Ran   Producer
L.A. Reid   Producer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Kayo Simmons & Darryl De Rock   Producer
Amy Linden   Liner Notes
Babyface   Producer
Pete Rock   Producer,Remixing
Carol Friedman   Back Cover,Cover Photo
Ilene Weingard   Art Direction
Lily Salinas   Tape Research
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon   Composer,Producer

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