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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Anyone Who Had A Heart (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:09Album Only
listen  2. Don't Make Me Over (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:21Album Only
listen  3. Walk On By (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 2:54Album Only
listen  4. Message To Michael (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:06Album Only
listen  5. Alfie (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 2:44Album Only
listen  6. I Say A Little Prayer (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:04Album Only
listen  7. The Windows Of The World (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:16Album Only
listen  8. Do You Know The Way To San Jose (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 2:54Album Only
listen  9. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:00Album Only
listen10. Then Came You (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick & The Spinners 3:56Album Only
listen11. I'll Never Love This Way Again (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Deja Vu (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. After You (Remastered)Dionne Warwick 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. No Night So Long (Remastered)Dionne Warwick 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. HeartbreakerDionne Warwick 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick & Luther Vandross 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Love Power (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Reservations For Two (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick & Kashif 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. That's What Friends Are For (Digitally Remastered: 1999)Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00000IFVX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

74 minutes of Dionne's best on a single disc-that's 20 of her biggest Scepter and Arista hits, including the Top 10 smashes That's What Friends Are For; Then Came You; I Say a Little Prayer; I'll Never Love This Way Again; Walk On By; Anyone Who Had a Heart; Message to Michael; Heartbreaker; Do You Know the Way to San Jose , and more-all digitally remastered with great notes and photos!

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This 20-track career overview's problems are summed up by the differences between two songs. "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," released in 1969, came near the end of Warwick's classic collaborative period with Burt Bacharach and Hal David; contrast its witty approach to heartbreak ("What do you get when you kiss a guy? / You get enough germs to catch pneumonia / And after you do, he'll never phone ya") with "I'll Never Love This Way Again," the single that launched her chart comeback a decade later. That track encapsulates everything wrong with late-'70s easy listening, right down to the turgid Barry Manilow production. Saddest, though, is Warwick's capitulation to empty displays of technique over the perfectly sung vulnerability she specialized in with Bacharach and David. Skip this set in favor of The Dionne Warwick Collection, 24 masterpieces from the earlier period that will rarely be far from your CD player. As for Warwick's terrific 1974 meeting with the Spinners on "Then Came You," you'd do better to check out a greatest-hits set by those smooth-soul champs. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

A must for you music collection.
j.k.
Dionne WarWick is a Great VOcalist&the Material Here Highlights SOme OF Her Many Great Songs.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
This is one of the best greatest hits collection I've ever heard.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By zugzwang on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Definitive Collection should have been one of the best compilations of the great Dionne Warwick's career yet. The song selection leaves out some of Dionne's' older '60s hits, but does encompass the full range of her successful career.

The remastering job sounds superb, and that is the top criteria I look for in CDs these days. They've applied 20-bit digital mastering from the original master tapes.

Unfortunately, and this is a real problem, on several of the tracks the first few seconds of the song have been truncated. Cutting off the first few notes of a song simply ruins it. It's unforgivable that professionals at a major label can publish something flawed this badly and no one notice. Yet I notice the screw ups the first time I listen to this CD.

The flawed tracks are: Alfie, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Don't Make Me Over, I Say A Little Prayer, Message To Michael, Walk On By, The Windows Of The World, Deja Vu, After You, Love Power, That's What Friends Are For. The intro was truncated on practically EVERY single track. It's possible that I just received a bad CD, but that's not very likely.

Despite the great promise of this otherwise wonderful CD, cutting off the intros renders the CD unusable for listening - and a waste of money, unless you plan to just sample from it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The problem with this CD is that whoever did the mastering didn't know how to insert track-markings. If you are scanning through the disc, you might think that the introductions of many songs have been cut off. What has happened is that [...] Arista placed most of the track markings AFTER songs have started (You have to back-up and listen to the end of a previous track in order to hear the beginning of the next one).

Naturally, if you play the CD from start to finish, you'll never notice this problem.

This is really sad because the quality of the sound is very good, and the CD is probably the best representation of Warwick's work. But I wouldn't recommend this disc because of the technical flaw.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nasti on April 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, we have yet to have a truly definitive collection of Dionne's best work, which means a cd set that includes all of her 1960s' hits (including "(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls" and "This Girl's In Love With You", two top ten hits not on this cd), her 1970s' classics and her '80s' comeback hits. However, "The Definitive Collection" is as close as you can get to a perfect sampler of Dionne's biggest hits.

I'll start by saying that I think "The Windows Of The World" and "After You" could have been cut so they could include "(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls" and "This Girl's In Love With You", since those are two of her biggest hits and unless there were publishing problems - which I doubt - they should have definitely been here. Also, "The Windows Of The World" and "After You" are the only weak songs on this cd. Other than that, these songs are true classics. I mean, just look at the selections - "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "Walk On By", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Alfie", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Then Came You", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "That's What Friends Are For", to name a few (okay, about half) of the album's classic cuts from nearly 25 years' worth of recording. Her best work was recorded with Burt Bacharach and Hal David at the pen and the helm, although the Barry Manilow - penned "I'll Never Love..." is just as good.

As I said, this isn't exactly definitive, but it's pretty close. In my opinion, the definitive Dionne Warwick collection would be a two disc set that would include all her hits up to today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda L. Davis on December 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD has good music and excellent sound quality, but there are some issues with it. The big one that I noticed right away is that the record company placed the track markings after some of the songs had already started. This tells your CD player when to start the next track if you are flipping through songs. A lot of the beginnings of the songs get cut off. You have to go back to the end of the previous song to even hear them. If you want to listen to this start to finish, you will never be bothered, but it makes scanning to a certain song really annoying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this collection after hearing Dionne's newest album Dionne Sings Dionne and after hearing Do You Know The Way To San Jose {My Favorite} played constantly on the loudspeaker at Disney's California Adventure and then I fell in love with this collection. I liked hearing the original Walk On By and the love ballad Don't Make Me Over. The Joan Baezish The Windows Of The World sounds very folky and should be played on radio today. A bit of trivia for all you Dionne fans This song was a giant hit part not because of her biggest top hit but it became a anthem for troops during the Vietnam War. The latter part covers Dionne's Hits from 1979-87 and contains the Barry Manilow penned After You and the lovely I'll Never Love This Way Again that is taken from her Arista Debut Dionne. Other Tracks include Reservations for Two and features Jazz singer Kashif {Pronounced KASH-eef} from Dionne's 1987 album of the same name and the fun Heartbreaker. It would be nice if there is a volume II of this definitive collection but until then,
"I'LL BE ON YOUR SIDE FOREVER MORE THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR"
Enjoy,
Regis
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