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Album Review

The Best of Patti Austin isn't quite what it appears to be. Instead of compiling her big early-'80s hits like "Baby, Come to Me" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," the 16-track collection features her lesser-known late-'70s material for CTI Records, where she had only one notable hit in 1977 with "Say You Love Me." Despite the lack of hits, the compilation is actually quite enjoyable, featuring graceful versions of hits as diverse as "More Today Than Yesterday," "You Don't Have to Say You're Sorry," "Lost in the Stars," "We've Got Tonight" and "Another Nail for My Heart." It may not be the definitive Austin collection, yet it remains a good introduction to her style.

Customer Reviews

So She Wasn't A Hitmaker Yet.....

Still, this collection is an awesome sample of early Patti. The mastering of this cd is a bit quiet but not bad for 1994, noise reduction reduces hiss a bit but it's not overused so listening fatigue isn't a problem. These songs and songs from this era were never meant for sonic enhancement, it was vinyl that gave these songs warmth and loudness so we can't expect too much in the way of loud remastering. That said this collection offers a glimpse into not only what was to come in the 80's the closing tracks really offer a look, they tried to make Patti a disco queen, and it displays Patti's off-beat sense of humor, especially in the self-penned "Havana Candy." Freddie Cole covered Patti's original "You Don't Have To Say You're Sorry" and it's a nice cover, Patti would re-record her original "That's Enough For Me" for her 1994 cd "That Secret Place." The original version here features a way younger Patti and a sparse arrangement, almost making this original seem like a demo. Overall this collection is a terrific introduction to Patti.

Sometimes the Biggest Sellers Aren't the Best

I'd say they got the album title right. The recording is a treat for Patti Austin fans and a splendid introduction for her new fans.

Say you love me.

I love this music because it taught me how to love myself. The words and the melody is smooth and fulfilling.


Born: August 10, 1950 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A professional since the age of five, Patti Austin was a protégé of Dinah Washington and Sammy Davis, Jr. A 1969 single for United Artists titled "Family Tree" cracked the R&B Top 50. Austin cut her debut LP, End of a Rainbow, for Creed Taylor's CTI label in 1976, followed by Havana Candy in 1977 and Body Language in 1980. She sang lead vocals for Japanese koto player Yutaka Yokokura on "Love Light" in 1978, did a duet with Michael Jackson on "It's the Falling in Love" for Off the Wall, and sang...
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