- Released: February 24, 2004
- Label: Shanachie
- 1.Killing Me Softly
- 2.People Make the World Go 'Round
- 3.Rock With You
- 4.Never Can Say Goodbye
- 5.Let's Stay Together
- 7.Everything I Miss at Home
- 9.Can This Be Real
- 10.My Girl
Personnel: Walter Beasley (vocals, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Craig Glanville (vocals, percussion); Larry McClellan (trombone); Andrew Sherman, Mark Johnson (keyboards, programming); Mike Ricchiuti, Dow Brain (keyboards); Jeff Lockhart, Chuck Loeb (guitar); Ron Mahdi (acoustic bass); Ron Jerkins, Baron Browne (bass); David Cole, Brian Dunne (drums); Ricardo Monzone (percussion).
Producers includes: Walter Beasley, Chuck Loeb, Mark Johnson, Andrew Sherman, Baron Browne.
Personnel: Walter Beasley (vocals, saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, background vocals); Craig Glanville (vocals, percussion); Jeff Lockhart (guitar, electric guitar); Chuck Loeb, Tyrone Chase (guitar); Kevin Barry (acoustic guitar); Larry McClellan (trombone); Jim Pugh , Lawrence Feldman, David Mann , Jim Hynes, Larry Lunetta (horns); Dow Brain, Mark Johnson , Andrew Sherman (keyboards, drum programming); Mike Ricchiuti, Jetro Dasilva (keyboards); David Cole, Mark Simmons, Brian Dunne (drums); Jeffrey Ramsey, Yuri Camino (background vocals).
Arrangers: Dow Brain; Baron Browne; Walter Beasley .
Walter Beasley's 2004 release The Classic R&B Collection makes his debt to smooth soul music crystal clear. It collects ten songs from his stay at Shanachie Records (five from Tonight We Love, two from Won't You Let Me Love You, one each from Rendezvous and For Your Pleasure as well as one from Chuck Loeb's Listen) that are drawn from such soul masters as Roberta Flack ("Killing Me Softly"), Al Green ("Let's Stay Together"), Stevie Wonder ("Visions"), and the Temptations ("My Girl"). Beasley's versions match his sweet alto tone with heavily synthesized but pleasant smooth jazz backings that provide for an entirely inoffensive listen. It certainly won't make anyone forget the originals, but it is good solid smooth jazz by one of the masters of the form. ~ Tim Sendra