(2006) The Definitive Collection

Rick James

... read moreA condensed version of the 2005 Rick James Gold collection, The Definitive Collection trims the fat found on Gold and leaves a nice balance between his most well-known hits and some of his most acclaimed production work with other artists. Definitive wastes no time getting into the goods either...

01:14′:54″ 16 Songs

1
You And I
Rick James
8:00
2
Mary Jane
Rick James
4:52
3
Bustin' Out (On Funk)
Rick James
3:55
4
High On Your Love Suite
Rick James
3:25
5
Love Gun
Rick James
3:57
6
Big Time
Rick James
3:34
7
Give It To Me Baby
Rick James
4:05
8
Super Freak (Pt. 1)
Rick James
3:19
9
Fire And Desire
Rick James
7:19
10
Standing On The Top (Pt. 1)
Rick James
4:17
11
Dance Wit' Me (Pt. 1)
Rick James
4:14
12
Cold Blooded
Rick James
5:57
13
Ebony Eyes
Rick James
5:05
14
17
Rick James
4:10
15
Can't Stop
Rick James
4:16
16
Glow
Rick James
4:29
Released 14 March 2006, A Motown Records release; This Compilation ℗ 2006 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

A condensed version of the 2005 Rick James Gold collection, The Definitive Collection trims the fat found on Gold and leaves a nice balance between his most well-known hits and some of his most acclaimed production work with other artists. Definitive wastes no time getting into the goods either, starting with the one-two punch of "You and I" and his ode to herbal jazz cigarettes, "Mary Jane." The goods are chronologically arranged, and it's not until the middle of the disc that James' most well-known anthems -- "Super Freak, Pt. 1" and "Give It to Me Baby" -- are found. But it's not only his recordings that make Definitive so accessible for casual fans; his production work with Teena Marie, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations (all included here) will sound instantly recognizable to anyone who listened to R&B radio during the '80s. Lacking any sort of deep cuts, collectors and die-hard fans will most likely already own everything here. But casual fans looking for all the hits would be well served in using this as a starting point to explore further, as Definitive has all the hits and then some. ~ Rob Theakston