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The essential R. Kelly.
Kelly, R., 1969- , composer, arranger.
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Publication Information:
[United States] : RCA : Legacy, [2014]

New York, NY : Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment.

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
An excellent overview of R&B producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter R. Kelly.
General Note:
Title from disc label. Edition statement from container.

Compact discs.
She's got that vibe (radio edit) Honey love (radio fade) Slow dance (Hey Mr. DJ) (video mix) Sex me (part 1) (street radio edit) Bump n' grind Your body's callin' You remind me of something Down low (Nobody has to know) I can't sleep baby (If I) (radio edit) I believe I can fly (radio edit) #!*@ you tonight Gotham City (remix) Be careful When a woman's fed up Did you ever think (remix) (radio edit) If I could turn back the hands of time (radio edit) I'm your angel (radio version) I wish Feelin' on yo booty World's greatest (radio edit) Ignition (remix) Thoia thoing Step in the name of love (remix) (radio edit) Hotel Happy people (radio edit) Wonderful In the kitchen Trapped in the closet (Chapter 1) I'm a flirt (remix) (main version) Same girl Number one When a woman loves Love letter (radio edit) Feelin' single U saved me
Reading Level:
"Parental advisory: explicit content"--Container.
Format :
Music CD


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Over the course of the period covered here, 1991-2012, R. Kelly produced a varied and substantial back catalog -- one that can't be neatly summarized in two discs. Even if The Essential R. Kelly played it straight and included only his solo Top 20 R&B singles, it wouldn't be more representative. Since Kelly's work is so broad, ranging from traditional soul and adult contemporary to outlandish contemporary R&B, one would be better off assembling her/his own set of favorites on a track-by-track basis. This does provide an adequate sampling of Kelly's best work, including "She's Got That Vibe," "Bump N' Grind," "Ignition," "Step in the Name of Love," and "Feelin' Single." Its track list is significantly different compared to that of The World's Greatest, released in the U.K. in 2011, yet both sets are of roughly equal value. ~ Andy Kellman