- Released: February 23, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Hip-O Records
- 1.The Passion & The Pain
- 2.Movin' In The Right Direction
- 3.Home (Finale)
- 4.I Took My Strength From You
- 5.What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'
- 6.Sweet Sensation
- 7.Never Knew Love Like This Before
- 8.Keep Away Girls
- 9.How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?
- 10.The Medicine Song
- 11.I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love
- 12.I Feel Good All Over
- 13.Rush On Me, (You're Puttin') A
- 14.Something In The Way (You Make Me Feel)
- 15.Comfort Of A Man
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Producers include: Eddie V. Deane, Jerry Wexler, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, James Mtume.
Compilation producers: David Nathan, Dana G. Smart.
Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
From 1979 to 1993, Mills' glowing voice was a frequent resident on R&B airwaves. She delivered riveting funk-disco romps and soulful ballads with equal ease and conviction. Almost all of the highlights are found here, as well as several lesser-known earlier works. The tracks are arranged in chronological order, beginning with two songs from her obscure 1975 debut album, Movin' in the Right Direction, and ending with two Top Ten numbers from 1989's gold Home. In between is a diverse selection, ranging from the gospel-rooted "I Took My Strength from You" to the pop crossover hits "Never Knew Love Like this Before" and "What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" to the Prince cover "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" Notably missing are the 1981 duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Two Hearts," and the 1982 hit "Last Night." But considering this 15-track compilation includes work from all five labels for which Mills recorded secular material, it pretty much lives up to its name. The Ultimate Collection is a riveting retrospective to Mills' R&B career, enhanced by David Nathan's compelling liner notes. ~ Justin M. Kantor