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This career-spanning single-disc collection gathers 17 hit singles from 1969 to 1985. Includes her smash duet with James Ingram, "Baby Come To Me," and her long out-of-print first single, "The Family Tree."

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Family Tree
  2. Say You Love Me
  3. We're In Love
  4. Love, I Never Had It So Good
  5. Body Language
  6. Razzamatazz
  7. Do You Love Me?
  8. Every Home Should Have One
  9. Baby, Come To Me
  10. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
  11. It's Gonna Be Special
  12. Rhythm Of The Street
  13. Shoot The Moon
  14. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
  15. Honey For The Bees
  16. The Heat Of Heat
  17. Gettin' Away With Murder


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005Q46A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When we think of the musicial term, R&B, we often seem to not remember exactly some of the ingenues and creators that exactly have made the forms of music that inspire us. In the case of R&B female vocalists, we think of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Mariah Carey. Sadly, nowhere on that list would we put Patti Austin. She has been in this game as a R&B amd Jazz crossover for almost 40 years. Yet, we still don't give our peers any acceptance in the world for showcasing the craft. Her music ranges quite nicely from the soul of Aretha Franklin, with a dash of elegance of Roberta Flack. It is just an amazing voice to master.
The Very Best Of Patti Austin is a collection of her penned tunes from 1969-1986. The collection flows very nicely within Patti Austin's voice, ranging how she has changed with the times, and still scored her way to the top of the charts. There are just so many of her charted waters to flow by, it is just unstoppable. The hits parade also ranges nicely with songs like Say You Love Me, her first song on the Billboard charts The Family Tree, and also Honey Of The Bees. Simply put, her work with Quincy Jones is also featured quite rapidly on this collection, included within her hits Baby Come To Me with James Ingram, and Razzamatazz. These songs still definitely show that even with those modern R&B vibes changing, the style is still the same.
Although Patti Austin hasn't scored a hit in years, she still brings out the talent. I think that it is just a new amazing voice I've recently discovered, and this collection proves it. For all those wannabes like Ashanti, and Milli Vanilli likes', including Jennifer Lopez, they don't know what real music is. It is all manufactured and unnatural. I think that you should give this collection a try, and hear Patti Austin's voice full circle.
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Before the "neggies" start a-flying, let me state that I am a HUGE Patti Austin fan, owning ten albums featuring the talented songstress. Austin has been a star in my book since the first time I heard her as a singer of commercial jingles decades ago. However, her skills have yet to be appreciated by the masses because of her eclectic choices, well represented on this compilation of "singles."

Most singers of note are known for a particular genre; that is, they are known as being a performer of either pop, jazz, R & B, or of any other musical genre. Austin can do it all, thus she doesn't have one particular NICHE. Because of that fact, she has yet to be "discovered" by a mainstream audience and that limits her familiarity.

That said, the disc showcases songs associated with the singer from 1969 to 1986. The first is a rarity: "The Family Tree," a song that Austin recorded when she was just a teen. It is more of an "old school" R & B tune that has a uniqueness that distinguishes it from the others.

Three cuts ("Say You Love Me," "We're in Love "and" Body Language") are culled from albums that Austin recorded on the CTI and are more in the light jazz vein.

It was her pairings with mentor and godfather Quincy Jones that really brought Austin some attention. She was more than just a "session singer" and really shines in the characteristic big production values associated with "Q" on "Love, I Never Had It So Good" and "Razzmatazz."

Austin then moved on to "Q's" own label and had some of her greatest commercial successes represented by "Do You Love Me?", "Every Home Should Have One," "Baby, Come to Me" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (duets with James Ingram).
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This is Patti's long overdue popular tracks collection mostly from her time with Qwest records in the 80's. Yet, an artist of her musical magnitude deserves to have a double c.d. collection of her other tunes with GRP records in the 90's. The Family Tree gives insight to Patti's strong soulful vocals in the late 60's while her rendition of Isaac Hayes' Body Language smolders for the early 80's.Razzamatazz, Do You Love Me?, Baby Come To Me, Honey For The Bees, Heat Of Heat are my alltime favorites for Austin demonstrated that she could move with the times. She would (and still can) jam in the pop, r&b, and dance genres in the 80's to give other artists of that time a run for their money. Also, her version of Alison Moyet's Honey For The Bees is more of a smoother funkified version. Austin's re-recording of Meatloaf's Getting Away With Murder is a surprise (especially if anyone has heard Meatloaf's version). Patti's wins thumbs up without a doubt ! This is a great keeper since her 1984 self titled lp is completely out of print from the c.d world and her 1985 Gettin' Away With Murder c.d. is a rare import to find these days...
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I love Patti Austin, and I am glad I own this cd, I love "Baby Come To Me" and "Rhythm of the street" I love the entire cd, but those are my 2 favorite songs.............I hope they release some DVD's of this beautiful woman's concerts and music videos, as soon as possible or in the near future, all of the other reviewers and true fans of hers should know that she still tours extensively and she has a beautiful website called:PattiAustin.Com.........Visit it somtime, beautiful pictures and updates, you'll love it.........I love this woman and I would love to get her the exposure an recognition she deserves. She deserves recognition and the respect like Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer,Chaka Khan, Diana Ross,Martha Washington,Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and many other beautiful divas........I love her so much, please go out and get this cd today,you'll be glad you did.
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