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Greatest Hits

Alexander O'NealAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002KP562
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS
2. INNOCENT/ALEX 9000/ INNOCENT II (MEDLEY)
3. FAKE
4. ALL TRUE MAN
5. CRITICIZE (SINGLE VERSION)
6. SATURDAY LOVE
7. IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT
8. HERESAY '89
9. (WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME
10. THE LOVERS
11. WHAT'S MISSING
12. A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND
13. WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?
14. YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL) (SINGLE VERSION)
15. LOVE MAKES NO SENSE (SINGLE VERSION)

Editorial Reviews

24-bit digitally remastered greatest hits collection for the 80's soul artist features 15 tracks including many tracks that have been unavailable for years. Includes extensive liner notes. Tabu/EMI. 2004.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Complation although it's missing Sunshine October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Alexander O'Neal along with Tony Terry, Chuckii Booker, David Peasotn and countless others were prince's in eighties R&B, when it was more about love and less about sex. With the production of the amazing Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alexander is in top form on the tracks If You Were Here Tonight, Heresay,Saturday Love and Never Knew Love Like This. My only compliant about the CD is it lacks Sunshine. R.Kelly needs to takes notes from from this man,because at the end of the day it's more about pure vocal ability and less about some damn Trapped In The Closet Series.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander O'Neal September 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Alex, Alex Baby! What'z up wit cha?" That's what I planned to say but once I heard that sexy, seductive voice on the other end of the phone, it quickly changed to "May I speak with Mr. O'Neal please?" I got nervous as hell because I realized just who I was talking to. On the other end of the phone was an "All True Man" whose songs have occupied my cassette deck and cd player for more than a decade. To no surprised, he was a very sweet, personable man who was more than willing to talk to me about yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Another milestone was crossed by Alex on August 24, 2004 when Tabu/EMI Records dropped "Greatest Hits", a compilation with 15 of Alex's songs. Cuts like Fake, Criticize and What's Missing are included as well as the huge duet songs he made with Cherelle.

I began by asking Alex what this "Greatest Hits" compilation meant to him in terms of accomplishments. "It's a great thing!" He replied. "It's great to be working with a major record company as well was with Clarence [Avant]". Clarence, the history making innovator who made Tabu Records a household name. He was very influential on the careers of Alex, Cherelle, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and the SOS Band just to name a few. "Mentor", was the word which Alex used to describe Avant. "He's a mentor".

Being so much more than a vocalist and performer, Alex was very smart about surrounding himself with individuals who could enhance his gift. "I didn't use to like my voice". He said modestly. "I felt it was too nasally but soon I learned to appreciate its uniqueness." After a brief stint a lead singer for (believe it or not), The Time, Alex embarked upon a solo career, never cutting his friendship and ties with fellow band members Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT SINGER THAT NEEDS TO BE HEARD! February 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This compilation is just a "sample" of the talent that is Alexander O'Neal. Gritty yet compassionate, forceful yet reflective, the singer possesses a voice that should be envied by other so-called "soul singers."

O'Neal had a string of 80's hits and then seemed to disappear from the public after 1991's "All True Man." Though he released two subsequent albums, he has yet to match the power or sales of his earlier releases.

That is due, in part, to changing musical tastes and record labels concentrating on "younger artists. O'Neal's apparent estrangement from producers/writers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, responsible for the singer's successes as a solo artist and a duet partner with Cherelle ("Never Knew Love Like This" and "Saturday Love") hasn't helped resusitate his career either.

Perhaps, this package will stimulate commercial sales and get the artist back into the forefront.

A voice as dynamic as his doesn't need to remain in obscurity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ?????????/ September 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
An Alexander O'Neal greatest hits album w/o Sunshine???? Oh no , how could that happen ?? The first greatest hits was more complete. BMG used to sell it but I think it's out of print.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander O'Neal Awesome March 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I originally asked for this album for Christmas, and man am I glad I got it. My taste in music somewhat differs from my peers, I tend to like older music or things with a retro sound, and for me this is just one of the elements that makes Alexander O'Neal's Greatest Hits such an awesome album. The fusion of electric guitar jams and overall funky sound combined together with O'Neals amazing voice makes great music to listen or dance to (which I often do in the kitchen while cooking). There are quite a range of songs on the album, with some great hits like 'Innocent', 'Fake', 'Criticize', and 'Saturday Love' while I also love 'If you were here tonight', this is my favourite song. If you're familiar with some of his songs and like them then definitely buy this album, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone with any sense knows... December 31, 2004
By Honey
Format:Audio CD
Alexander O'Neal is the bomb..and that's why he automatically gets (5) stars. But who in the heck put this compilation together? I had to buy it because it has a few songs that are missing from my other Best of AO. There are at least (3) Best Of's out there and I don't see the one I own even listed here (probably because I bought it while in Europe). Anyway, it's disturbing to find this CD doesn't contain his songs, Sunshine and Aphrodisia? It should be against the law! Hmmpf!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of Apollo February 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was completely knocked out by the sweet Soul tenor voice of Alexander O'Neal. What a voice! Songs like "Fake" and "If You Were Here Tonight" were amongst my favourites from the late 1980s. His voice could be compared to that of the older, and sadly missed, Luther Vandross. There just aren't any Soul voices like this around anymore, or, if there are, I haven't heard of them.

Many will know that the great musicians and producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, were responsible for the instrumental accompaniment of Mr. O'Neal, and their work with him was excellent, of course.

There isn't a lot I can add to the other enthusiastic reviews of this CD, other than to say that Mr. O'Neal had devoted fans even in Australia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Repeat and Repeat
Aftern listening to this CD, I realized that O'Neal was great for his time. He should have spent more time in the studio and less time recreating the same hits. Read more
Published 19 days ago by High Hurdles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
Great!!!
Published 2 months ago by D. B.One
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander O'Neal
In his prime there was no one better. I love his music and when he does duets very few do it better.
Published 5 months ago by E White
5.0 out of 5 stars my purchase at amazon was more than i expected any person looking for...
it was like it was brand new very satisfied and will be using it again the product was great in received it in a very timely fashion
Published 9 months ago by david moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I have always been a fan and this CD has all my favorites, plus a few that I had never heard. The CD was in great shape and I'm glad I bought it.
Published 11 months ago by Gwen Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars been looking forever
I can't tell you how long I've been looking for his greatest hit. I finally saw it online and snatch it up, real music to listen to instead of the raunchy music you hear these... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ItsJustBusiness
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best of cds!
Alexander o neal was the man back in the day and this cd most accurately shows that! I have heard the other best of cds and here is what makes this one different. Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Multiplex
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a master!
Alexander O'Neal is unique and compares to no other.

Every song on this cd allows you to set a perfect mood for romance and/or reminiscing to beautiful days past! Read more
Published on August 24, 2009 by Gwendolyn Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I'm a big Alexander O'Neal fan and when I received his greatest hits CD I was not disappointed. I keep his CD in my car CD player.
Published on January 28, 2008 by Pamela G. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Fakin' The Funk
Another member of "The Time" makes good on some solo action. Jesse Johnson, Morris Day also had some moments of excellence but where R and B music and vocals are concerned,... Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by zooni
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