Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Collection

by Quincy JonesQuincy Jones


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In 1974, Quincy Jones, who already had a wide range of musical credits behind him, opted to enter the R&B mainstream by hiring vocalists and overseeing recordings in a commercial vein released under his name. The first of them was Body Heat, which went gold, and Jones followed with a series of records including 1981's million-selling The Dude and the 1990 Album of the Year Grammy-winner Back on the Block. Meanwhile, he switched record labels, leaving A&M for his own Warner-distributed Qwest in the early '80s. That has tended to make the assembly of a comprehensive best-of difficult, but Universal's Hip-O reissue division specializes in licensing material from other labels to construct its Ultimate Collection releases, and this one borrows seven out of 18 tracks from Qwest to add to Jones' A&M hits, making it the definitive one-disc compilation of Jones' pop/R&B recordings of 1974-1999. Jones himself participated in the selection, which does not strictly follow chart rankings, since a couple of R&B Top 20 hits ("I Don't Go for That" and "Slow Jams") are missing, while a few non-chart items are included. To get more songs in, the singles edits have been used in many cases. But all the major hits are here. The chronological sequencing allows an appreciation of how Jones' approach changed over the years. The '70s stuff, which holds up surprisingly well, is tasty R&B, much of it groove-oriented, up-tempo music. By the late '80s, however, there are a lot of big, bland ballads that showcase superstar vocalists (Ray Charles, Barry White, etc.) and sound self-important. Like his protégé, Michael Jackson, who went from the rocking "Billie Jean" to the messianic "Man in the Mirror" in the same period, Jones seems to have begun believing his press clippings, and his work suffered accordingly.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2002
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0731458590224
catalogNumber: 585902
Rank: 7019


  1. If I Ever Lose This Heaven
  2. Everything Must Change
  3. Body Heat
  4. Is It Love That We're Missing?
  5. Mellow Madness
  6. Stuff Like That
  7. Ai No Corrida
  8. Razzamatazz
  9. Just Once
  10. Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me
  11. One Hundred Ways
  12. Baby, Come to Me
  13. I'll Be Good to You
  14. The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)
  15. Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)
  16. You Put a Move on My Heart
  17. I'm Yours
  18. Everything

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quincy Jones   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jarreau   Vocals
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brothers Johnson   Track Performer
Ray Charles   Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
James Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Minnie Riperton   Vocals
Barry White   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Herbie Hancock   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Arp 2600
Bob James   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ernie Krivda   Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute,Reeds,Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Flute,Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Reeds,Saxophone
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Bud Shank   Flute,Saxophone
George Young   Saxophone
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Howard Johnson   Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Grady Tate   Drums
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
Tevin Campbell   Vocals
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Conga
David T. Walker   Guitar
Tyren Perry   Background Vocals
Charles May   Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
B. Sure!   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick Ashford   Vocals
Tom Bahler   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Max Bennett   Bass
Rory Bennett   Synthesizer
Roger Bobo   Tuba
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Vocoder
George Bohannon   Trombone
Aubrey Bouck   French Horn
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Jeff Clayton   Saxophone
John Clayton   Conductor
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Dave Grusin   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
DeBarge   Background Vocals
James DeBarge   Background Vocals
Melvin Dunlap   Bass
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet
Bruce Fisher   Vocals
Jania Foxworth   Background Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Erik Hanson   Synthesizer
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Saxophone
Benard Ighner   Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Anthony Jackson   Bass
George Johnson   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Jesse Kirkland   Vocals,Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Bill Lamb   Trumpet
Yvonne Lewis   Background Vocals
Charles Loper   Trombone
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Paulette McWilliams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Harvey Mason   Drums
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Mike Melvoin   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jack Nimitz   Saxophone
David Paich   Keyboards
Robert Payne   Trombone
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Ian Prince   Keyboards
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Melvin Ragin   Guitar
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums,Hand Clapping
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Sahib Shihab   Saxophone
Valerie Simpson   Vocals
Clifford Solomon   Tenor Saxophone
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Bruce Swedien   Drums,Snare Drums
Tamia   Vocals
Richard Tee   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Rod Temperton   Synthesizer
David Tofani   Saxophone
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Harold Vick   Saxophone
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Ernie Watts   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Carolyn Willis   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Synthesizer,CS-80
Syreeta Wright   Background Vocals
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Aaron Zigman   Synthesizer
Leon Ware   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Dawkins   Background Vocals
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Donovan McCrary   Background Vocals
Shane Shoaf   Background Vocals
Tiffany Johnson   Background Vocals
Joe Greene   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charity Young   Background Vocals
McKinley Brown   Background Vocals
Chad Durio   Background Vocals
Donald Waldrup   Trombone
David Duke   French Horn
David Wolinski   Clavinet,Synthesizer Bass,CS-80
Alex Harris   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Vocal Effect
Patti Austin   Vocal Arrangements
Siedah Garrett   Composer,Director,Vocal Arrangements
Gwen Guthrie   Contributor
Luther Vandross   Contributor
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Rose Banks   Director
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Tom Bahler   Arranger,Composer,Direction
Rory Bennett   Producer,drum programming
David Blumberg   Arranger
Ray Brown   Producer
Vivian Cherry   Contributor
Ciner   Composer
John Clayton   Arranger
C.J. DeVillar   Sound Design
Steve Gadd   Composer
Eric Gale   Composer
Lani Groves   Contributor
Erik Hanson   drum programming
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Benard Ighner   Composer
George Johnson   Composer
Louis Johnson   Composer
Paulette McWilliams   Composer
Johnny Mandel   String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Yolanda McCullough   Contributor
Paul Riser   Arranger
Zachary Sanders   Contributor
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Richard Tee   Composer
Rod Temperton   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Ian Underwood   Programming
Stevie Wonder   rhythm arrangement
Debbie Smith   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Eric Dawkins   Vocal Arrangements
George Fischoff   Composer
Greg Ross   Art Direction
William Ross   String Arrangements
QDIII   drum programming
Frank Floyd   Contributor
Sonora Sam   Composer
Bill Eaton   Contributor
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Brendan Morris   Tape Research
II Thomas D. Graham   Sound Design
James Kennith Young   Composer

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