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Right Stuff

Vanessa WilliamsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Special Imp
  • ASIN: B000001FOV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandal Can't Touch This Girl December 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
During the 1980's, the name Vanessa Williams would be infamous with the scandal she saw when she was forced to resigned as Miss America 1984 due to the release of several nude photographs she took while a student at Syracuse University. However, at the beginning of the 1990's, that image would forever change as Ms. Williams became the most famous and successful winner in that pageant's history.
Blessed with beauty, charm, and immense talent, Ms. Williams showed everyone that she was like the phoenix of mythology: rose out of the flames and into the air. "The Right Stuff" marked her first album as a new woman, and the results are incredible. Produced by her former husband/manager, Ramon Hervey, the "Right Stuff" gave Vanessa notoriety as a talented chanteuse.
The album's title track, "The Right Stuff" is a hip, danceable song that will keep you on your toes. Other great songs on this album include one of my favorite ballads, "Dreamin'," a sweet, soulful song that captures the magic of her voice. "Darlin' I" also perfectly shows William' immense depth of vocal talent.
The other songs on this album are great, and Ms. Williams has definitely earned the fame she much deserves. From starring in hit films such as "Eraser" and "Soul Food", hosting specials and programs on VH1, or just being the gifted diva she is, Ms. Williams is a portrait of success and grace. If you loved this album, I highly recommend her follow-up album, "The Comfort Zone" as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Right Stuff"? Vanesssa's got it October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In 1988 some raised a skeptical eyebrow to the debut album from Vanessa Williams...after all, at the time we knew her best for the Miss America scandal; how talented could she possibly be? Those who gave her the benefit of the doubt found themselves discovering a promising and noteworthy pop/soul singer of sweet soulfulness.
The title track and the Patrice Rushen-penned "Be a Man" offer evidence that not all dance music is fluff, and "Am I Too Much" even dips a toe into Janet Jackson's funk/pop pool and finds that the water's just fine. But midtempo workouts like "If You Really Love Him" and "Security" are downright irresistible, and of course the ballads offer our first glimpse of the torchy, adult comtemporary singer Williams would eventually be reknowned for: particularly on Bill Withers' "Whatever Happens," the jazzy and soulful "Darlin I," and the now-classic single "Dreamin," Vanessa serves up a cool seduction that is as hard to resist now as when the songs were first released.

Granted, there are some time stamps to be stumbled over: the Taylor Dayne-flavored "I'll Be the One" is the blandest of 80's dance pop, and "He's Got the Look" even goes so far as to include the exclamation "Word!" in its chorus. But one listen to the confident vocal stylings heard on the mature and classy ballad "Can This Be Real" and it's clear that Vanessa's talent is one for the ages, and even the more timely production touches of the period weren't enough to hinder it. Vanessa Williams' debut proves beyond a doubt that she's got "The Right Stuff" indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Stuff October 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Over ten years after it's release, The Right Stuff, by Vannessa Williams is still a gem. Many of the tunes still hold up today in an industry dominated by computer driven ditties. "Dreamin," "Be A Man," "I'll Be The One," "Darlin I," "Can This Be Real," and her first hit, "The Right Stuff," make this a steller debut from the former beauty queen. Though Vanessa's voice has matured over the years, you can still feel the power and confidence in her vocals back then. Check out the vocals on "Can This Be Real." Eleven years, and 10 Grammy nominations later, she is still going strong. Music, television, movies, and broadway--she's doing it all. Hopefully the next 10 years will be just as successful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Enjoyable January 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This carefully crafted debut album strikes a fine balance of energetic dance-funk workouts, smooth R&B midtempo's, and suavely sung, lushly orchestrated pop-soul ballads. Williams' diction is her strong suit and gives her an edge over many contemporaries who fall into the trap of slurring words and sloppy phrasing. Whether its her classy styling on "Can This Be Real" or her sassy vamping on "I'll Be the One," she displays impressive range and control.

While there are a few tracks here that fall into the trap of formulaic late-80's fodder, overall, "The Right Stuff" is a consistently enjoyable, colorfully varied set of tunes. From the opening kinetic titletrack to the mellow, heartfelt closer, "Whatever Happens" (a graceful cover of a relatively overlooked Bill Withers classic), Williams lives up to the album's title.
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By Seon M
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Man I love this album, I sure know how to get right down to it when the "I'll be the one" starts pumping up the bass on my system. Wow...Vanessa has a little madonna in her and a whole lot of class...The Right Stuff is for real the best stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong first effort! June 22, 2005
By Preston
Format:Audio CD
I still have the album on vinyl. It took me a year to get that album, but I loved every song on it! Vanessa Williams made a very diverse kind of R&B album with shades of hip-hop beats within it. I still love the ultra funky "The Right Stuff" which still explodes with energy, especially on the breakdowns within it and the sinister grooves on the chorus! It is a dance floor classic! Lots of people say Dreamin' is the best ballad as well as Whatever Happens, but I'll give it to Darlin' I. That song has Vanessa's best vocal performance. It's classy and mature at the same time with the lead guitar and the horns playing on it. It might have set the tone to later ballad hits like the already classic Save The Best For Last, Just For Tonight and The Sweetest Days. Hard to believe that Vanessa's first husband, Ramon Hervey, produced some songs on this album. Some songs don't work for her, like Am I Too Much and the generic beats on Security. Those songs sound like Madonna dance pop rejects. Vanessa is one of the few artists with a debut album from 1988 that's still around today. She still acts, performs and records albums, even releasing a new one in early 2005. This 1st album really made me forget about her Miss America crown removal and made me accept her more as an enduring singer and artist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars vanessa williams first cd
this I think is the best Vanessa Williams cd next to the comfort zone. shipping was really fast and the cd is in perfect shape. Very good very good cd. Read more
Published 5 months ago by thomas c dobeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember Big Relaxed Hair and Popcorn Dresses?!
I have several of her later hits but never managed to buy this one. I know several songs, go figure. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Vanessa Williams
I'm a huge Vanessa Williams fan. I remember when this album was playing on the airwaves in 1988.I was a senior in high school.I love three songs on this cd. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CLC
5.0 out of 5 stars She Can Really Sing!
This was Vanessa William's first album released in 1988. The album earned Williams three Grammy nominations. The songs include the No1 hit Dreamin and The Right Stuff. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes she does
This lady sure has the right stuff. Beauty queen, actress and singer. She has a very sexy voice and can really sing some great love songs.
Published 19 months ago by Ralph Sica Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of The Right Stuff
Vanessa Williams isn't the strongest r and b singer in the world, but she holds her own on a few select tracks. Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by zooni
Vanessa Williams hit the music scene in 1988 when the New Jack Swing era was starting to unfold. Her voice is really surprising. Read more
Published on June 8, 2008 by Josephine Horne
3.0 out of 5 stars It is too much in some places
I only bought this CD because it was about $1.50 for a used one on Amazon. I was interested to see what it sounded like, which the first half of the CD was alright. Read more
Published on November 2, 2006 by LadyBelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Allright, allright!
Some of these reviews are hard to read, lmao. Granted this was the 80's and I'm glad I was born in 81. Because some of these beats let me know how the clubs were in the 80's wack! Read more
Published on April 9, 2006 by Kboogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Debut!!!!
This is a nice album I like it I enjoy it and it contains some nice songs. I like dreamin', the right stuff, and Darlin I, I enjoy Vanessa's work she can sing, dance, and act. Read more
Published on September 2, 2004 by A. R SCOTT
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