There's already at least one collection of Lionel's danceable hits, but this is the first compilation to highlight his romantic side. From his Commodores days through his amazing solo career, this retrospective includes six (count 'em) #1 pop hits: Hello; Truly; Say You, Say Me; Three Times a Lady; Still, and Endless Love . 14 tracks in all, including more big Commodores and solo hits. Outstanding!
Since it contains six tunes that Richie wrote and performed as lead singer of the Commodores
, the title for this collection may be technically a little misleading. That said, those who appreciate Richie's instantly recognizable vocal style are unlikely to complain about the inclusion of such pop standards as "Three Times a Lady," "Still," and "Easy." Maybe it's the passage of time, but Richie's solo work sounds more emotionally satisfying than the hits he had with the group: "Hello" is still eminently soulful and "Penny Lover" has a warm and cozy feel. "Endless Love," Richie's memorable duet with Diana Ross
, shows that both singers can truly deliver powerhouse vocal performances, while the oft-overlooked Commodores hit "Sweet Love" is a welcome addition to this collection. Richie may not have been in favor chart-wise for a while, but this package is a reminder of the contribution he's made as a contemporary writer of classic love songs. --David Nathan