Vibe - 9/94, p.136
"...the original bold soul sister...the Queen of the Hard Line...the collection is at its best when we're being told like itizz. And few can tell it like Millie..."
Producers: Timmy Allen (tracks 1, 8); Brian "Chuck" New, Jolyon Skinner (track 2); Gerald Levert, Marc Gordon, Eddie Levert, Sr. (track 3); Timmy Allen, Fritz Cadet (track 4); Larry Smith (track 5); Millie Jackson, Pjaye Scott, Douglas Knyght (tracks 6-7); Jolyon Skinner (track 9); Loris Holland (track 10); Millie Jackson (track 11).
Engineers: Pjaye Scott (tracks 6-7); Timmy Reppert (track 8, 11); Sanchez Harley, Bill Deaton, Timmy Reppert (track 10).
All songs co-written by Millie Jackson except "Love Is A Dangerous Game" (W. Brathwaite/J. Butler), "Something You Can Feel" (G. Levert/M. Gordon/E. Levert), "When Are You Gonna Tell Your Woman (About Me)" (P. Scott/D. Knyght/T. Owens), "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (C. King/G. Goffin).
The title of this collection of Millie Jackson's work for Jive Records is somewhat misleading in that it focuses only on the singer's output from the 1980s and '90s (and does not include any of her fine--and in many ways her best--material from the '70s). By the '80s, Jackson had firmly established her saucy, provocative recording persona, and that personality comes through clearly on such tracks as the hit single "Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love." Jackson was also known for her spoken word interludes, delivered in something of a proto-rap style. Sadly, these are not included on the VERY BEST! Still, this 11-track set is a fine sampler of Jackson's later career, and her soulful, rough-hewn vocals and scintillating themes hold up beautifully.