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Ultimate Collection Original recording remastered

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From the '70s to the '90s, Atlantic Starr went through one female vocalist-and label-after another, yet their string of R&B hits went unbroken. Here are 18 of their A&M, Warner and Reprise hits, including Always; Secret Lovers; Masterpiece; If Your Heart Isn't In It; Circles; Love Crazy; Freak-A-Ristic; My First Love; When Love Calls , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B00004YLOR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I really don't seem to hear a lot of older acts anymore these days in R&B. To me, that is nothing more than a tragedy. Some of those older acts are really much more exciting to listen to right now, because the younger Beyonce''s, and the Britney Spears wannabes have overzellously, oversexed themselves out. Still, everlasting change in music is a constant. That was the case with Atlantic Starr in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. They've had as many changes to their lineup as Chicago, Menudo and others have had in a lifetime of a career. Still, the music enough is well really enough to enjoy over and over again from the bottom of the heart.
The Ultimate Collection of Atlantic Starr, is arguably the best out of very much every single Atlantic Starr compilation and record you'll ever need. The album ultimately highlights the constant changes the R&B group endured while keeping the music fresh to all alike. The songs are great from classic ballads like the #1 song Always, which was ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Love Songs, as well as other great songs like Send For Me, the modern cult R&B song, Love Crazy, the soulful and tearjerking Masterpiece, Touch A Four Leaf Clover, Circles, and many more great songs from their eras with Warner Brothers, A&M, and Reprise as well.
It is just a shame that Atlantic Starr is considered as a guilty pleasure act right now, but the music is still well enough to escape with. I just don't really hear much of their music right now, but I still wish people could rediscover them all over again. The Ultimate Collection of Atlantic Starr is a great Greatest Hits album, and is really worth the soul.
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I was a HUGE Atlantic Starr fan in their heyday. Their music was always smooth, even the uptempo songs. This collection contains some very good cuts including a few rarely heard songs like "Love Crazy", "Masterpiece", "My First Love" and my favorite "More, More, More". However, their most enchanting gem, "Let's Get Closer", is notably missing. Also excluded are the sweet "My Sugar" and the fun, uptempo cut "Think About That". The albums from which these cuts originate are no longer in print or are just plain impossible to find. Even the Millennium Collection doesn't contain much more than this, nor do any of their other collections, so don't waste your time or money. Thank goodness I have some of these songs on cassette single. Oh sure, it doesn't compare to having them on CD but it's better than nothing!
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This is an excellent album. It has all of Atlantic Starr's all time greatest songs, especially their love ballads. "Always" and "Masterpiece" are my most favorite. Though overall, each song is awesome and really enjoyable and relaxing to listen to. I highly recommend this Ultimate Collection album by Atlantic Starr!
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the songs are well-chosen, for the most part, but what could have been a great, cross-licensed compilation is undermined by the poor mastering, and some poor choices in choosing edited songs; mastered by Erik Labson, who is one of the worst mastering engineers, his work involves extreme compression, resulting in a loud, brittle sound, that wears on the listener...turn up "secret lovers" on this disc, you can hear static in the background, Labson turned one of the smoothest love songs into a cacophonic mess.."send for me" is edited, the song ends abruptly, and "secret lovers" does, too, so you miss the beautiful instrumental finish...while this compilation includes hits from all of Atlantic Starr's career, the last 2 major hits, "my first love" (#1 R&B, 1989), and "masterpiece" (#3 pop and R&B) are lyrically weak, and musically uninspired...best choice is "secret lovers...best of" on A&M, it sounds much better, and has unedited songs, then round out your collection with "all in the name of love", stay away from this sonic catastrophe
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I would not recommend buying this because of a couple of glaring ommissions. How can classic slowjams like 'Am I dreaming' and 'Let's get Closer' be left out and this be called an ULTIMATE collection? Pullease! Hardcore fans should know that A.S. is really a tale of TWO groups: the Soulful Sharon Bryant era, and the more Mainstream/Pop Barbara Weathers era. That's probably how the collection should be presented anyway. But AS's success was as much about the songwriting/production talents of its founders(3 brothers: David, Wayne, and Jonathan Lewis) as it was either of these talented ladies. Its unfortunate that so many still judge 'good music' solely by its crossover potential.

Also check out 'Secret Lovers: The Best of Atlantic Starr' to hear the aforementioned tunes. Its an older release, hence the inclusion of those classic tunes.
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i have always dug Atlantic Starr&this Collection finally does them Justice.all of the Fast Jams like Circles is my cut.touching slow-jams that still sound as fresh today as they did from back in the day.this Band has a good solid mix of Uptempo Grooves&Slow-jams that keeps you moving.this set is tight.
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By Mickey on March 27, 2006
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this is a great cd. i had been searching for a particular track and "Eureka" i have found it!!!
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