R. Kelly The Essential R. Kelly [Clean] (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: May 19, 2014
- Originally Released: 2014
- Label: Jive
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.She's Got That Vibe [Radio Edit]
- 2.Honey Love [Radio Fade]
- 3.Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ) [Video Mix] - (remix)
- 4.Sex Me, Pt. I [Clean Radio Edit]
- 5.Bump n' Grind
- 6.Your Body's Callin'
- 7.You Remind Me of Something
- 8.Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) - (featuring Ernie Isley / Ronald Isley)
- 9.I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) [Radio Edit]
- 10.I Believe I Can Fly [Radio Edit]
- 11.Lovin You Tonight [Amended Version] - (featuring R. Kelly)
- 12.Gotham City [Remix (Clean Edit)] - (remix)
- 13.Be Careful [Clean] - (featuring R. Kelly)
- 14.When a Woman's Fed Up [Radio Version]
- 15.Did You Ever Think [Clean Remix Radio Edit] - (remix, featuring Nas)
- 16.If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time [Radio Edit]
- 17.I'm Your Angel - (featuring Celine Dion)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.I Wish [Album Version]
- 2.Feelin' on Yo Booty
- 3.The World's Greatest [Radio Edit]
- 4.Ignition Remix - (remix)
- 5.Thoia Thoing [Album Version]
- 6.Step in the Name of Love [Remix - Radio Edit] (remix)
- 7.Hotel [Main] - (featuring R. Kelly)
- 8.Happy People [Radio Edit]
- 9.Wonderful [Radio Edit] - (featuring R. Kelly / Ashanti)
- 10.In the Kitchen [Cleaner Version]
- 11.Trapped in the Closet Chapter 1 [Edited Version]
- 12.I'm a Flirt Remix [Clean Radio Version] - (remix, featuring T.I./T-Pain)
- 13.Same Girl [Main Version - Clean] - (featuring Usher)
- 14.Number One - (featuring Keri Hilson)
- 15.When a Woman Loves
- 16.Love Letter [Radio Edit]
- 17.Feelin' Single
- 18.U Saved Me [Album Version]
Liner Note Author: Keith Murphy .
Recording information: Battery studios, Chicago, IL; CH Studios, New York, NY; Chevy Shack Studios, Atlanta, GA; Chicago recording Company; Chicago Trax Recording, Chicago, IL; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Cove City Sound Studios, NY; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; Echo Studios, Atlanta, GA; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Middle Ear Studios; MilkBoy The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Rock Land Studios, Chicago, IL; Rosehip Studios, Chicago, IL; Soup Can Music, Harper Woods, MI; South Beach Studios; Studio 56; Studio Morin-Heights; Sylvester Stone Studios, Chicago, IL; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; The Dream Factory; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Triangle Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; United Sound Systems, Studio A, Detroit, MI; Vanguard Studios, Detroit, MI; Vanguard Studios, Oak Park, MI.
Arranger: R. Kelly .
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
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