Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Best of Billy Stewart... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by secondspin
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Used discs may not include digital content.
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.40
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Best of Billy Stewart: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

4.8 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, October 10, 2000
"Please retry"
$7.29
$4.76 $5.99
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$7.29 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Best of Billy Stewart: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
  • +
  • The Best of Mary Wells - The Millennium Collection
  • +
  • The Best of the Marvelettes: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Total price: $17.27
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Billy Stewart, 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best of Billy Stewart
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
3:01
Play in Library $1.29
 
2
30
2:39
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
2:23
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
3:20
Play in Library $1.29
 
5
30
2:57
Play in Library $0.99
 
6
30
2:10
Play in Library $0.99
 
7
30
3:03
Play in Library $0.99
 
8
30
3:03
Play in Library $0.99
 
9
30
2:57
Play in Library $0.99
 
10
30
2:51
Play in Library $0.99
 
11
30
4:14
Play in Library $1.29
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00004YX3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Billy Stewart Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
This self-proclaimed "fat boy" was one of the most under-appreciated R&B singers of the late sixties or even the 20th century. Black radio played him a lot, and I remember as a little kid hearing a lot of these songs on the radio. That having been said, I remember giggling gleefully to the "bbbrrrrrrrrrr" and other vocal embellishments that were trademarks of the Billy Stewart sound. Hearing these songs again, I still have to laugh at some of it. My laughter is not the disparaging kind, though...Billy Stewart was no joke. He could write songs on the fly, which tells me this man had real talent that was only just coming to light in the late 60's. Billy Stewart's songs were meant, I think, to be fun, to make people smile. People certainly smiled at Billy Stewart; I mean, you just had to once you got a look at him! Whether he actually minded that people did so I'll leave for someone else to speculate.
I used to wonder whether "Sitting in the Park" wasn't actually "Sitting In A Bar", and they changed the title to accommodate the censors. To me, this is what he is clearly saying; Billy's soul-scat was intense, but his diction was perfect...enunciation was not a problem with this man.
Billy Stewart was a cousin to the Ruffin brothers Jimmy and David, known for their work with the Temptations and other Motown acts. He grew up with Marvin Gaye as well, and they were once in a band together. Soul-net.co.uk and Soulwalking.com, both British outfits, are the only sites I've seen that give an extensive biography of this 300 lb. talent. Once again it seems that the British have a better appreciation of our artists than we ourselves do.
Read more ›
Comment 88 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this to get a good copy of "Sitting in the Park". After listening to the CD I became a Billy Stewart fan. The recording quality is excellent. The long version of "Summertime" is amazing and far better than the version played on the radio. I agree with previous reviewer, a HUGE talent gone way too soon.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I have an MCA Special Products cd that is identical to this with the exception that Summertime is missing. My loss of course. This guy was ahead of his time. He had a fine singing voice, a unique style, and was eclectic as well. Did I mention that he wrote the majority of the songs on this cd and played piano as well? The arrangements are fabulous, I love the organ, the guitar playing is great, the background singers etc., are all perfect. Besides Do I love you and Sitting in the Park, Cross My Heart is my favorite song. Billy's voice could soar, he could do falsetto with vibrato to boot. On the song "Love Me", Billy seems to be giving David Ruffin a nod - his glorious oooooooh's remind one of Ruffin's performance on My Girl. I listened to this everyday for 2 weeks in my car - it is a perfect cd to listen to while you drive, not one bad song on this cd. I often wonder why such talented musicians are taken from this world at such an early age - but I think it's more worthwhile to be thankful for the time they spent on this earth and celebrate the beautiful music that this man left us. I hope Bear Family or some other label will produce a box set of his entire catalog - I for one would buy it.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Billy Stewart was an utterly singular vocal magician who belongs to a long ago era, when an enormously gifted black man could astonish listeners by writing and recording something so utterly disarming as "Fat Boy" (Bo Diddley, another unreconstructed genius, discovered Billy and obviously had a hand in the song's production). Billy Stewart could dazzle with that voice of his, but his deepest and truest music speaks to the fat boy in each of us, somehow empowering anyone whose heart ached, or who was "different", or felt unworthy of love. What makes "Sitting In the Park" such a heavenly experience is that shimmering waterfall of a bridge, when the long suffering narrator's "Why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh whys?..." mark a revelatory moment of frustrated longing, after which he decides not to sit on that park bench yet again, waiting for his beloved - who may or may not show up. Just as the fat boy needs and finds love, "Park's" narrator eventually realizes he doesn't deserve abuse or indifference, and walks away. "I Do Love You" sweeps the listener into the ecstatic intensity of Billy's boundless love, a vocal reverie that swells with joy, with the Chess session stalwarts - especially Leonard Caston's piano - creating a soundscape of stunning beauty for Billy's exquisite vocal performance, in which he finally seems to dispense with mere words altogether.
Billy Stewart was a man's man, a couragious artist whose fearless vulnerability, honesty, and sense of just how raw and squirmingly alive we all are underlies his gift, for we're elevated by how he applies that astonishing voice to songs and themes that resonate now. Billy Stewart, fat, diabetic, a vocal virtuoso, revelled in ecstasy, and embraced love yet refused to let pain and heartache define him as a victim.
Read more ›
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Best of Billy Stewart: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Best of Billy Stewart: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?