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The Definitive Collection: Bobby Brown

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Album Review

Released just one year after the 20th Century Masters greatest-hits compilation, The Definitive Collection does something that no other Bobby Brown greatest-hits album has been able to: provide a comprehensive overview of his entire career. Whether it's his tenure in teen idol sensations New Edition (represented here by the Ray Parker, Jr. classic "Mr. Telephone Man"), his new jack era (largely represented by all five Top Ten singles off of Don't Be Cruel), or his later years, it's all here. Also included is his recent collaboration with Ja Rule, "Thug Lovin'," and his horrifically dated contribution to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, "On Our Own." Though this disc could have only been helped along with the inclusion of more New Edition material, it stands as a solid document and is the only disc that a person with a passing interest in Brown's career will ever need.

Customer Reviews

Great retrospective . . .

. . . but I'm not buying. What's with the recent "Album Only" trend in iTunes? I like Bobby Brown and would have purchased a few songs, but I don't want to buy songs I don't want -- this has been one of the major reasons -- if not THE major reason I have purchased over $1k in music on iTunes over the last three years (note to record labels: far more than I had spent previously in my life). I don't know who is responsible for this discouraging new trend (the recording labels or iTunes?), but simply put, Bobby and Geffen Records just lost a sale . . .

Agree with Stuporman

I would have loved to grab a couple of my old favorites, but i'm not buying the whole album. One of the cool features of iTunes is that i can pick and choose the songs that i want, and not the ones i don't. I really don't like the "album only" thing, i might as well by the CD.

Terrific nostalgia...BUT

...why do I have to buy the entire album?! There are a few dynamite songs that I'd buy for sure if they were available individually, but I'm not about to shell out $12.00 for an album in which I'd only listen to 30% of. The whole reason I was drawn to iTunes in the first place was the concept of purchasing just the songs I want as opposed to going to my local music store and having to waste cash on unwanted tracks. I hope this trend will die out quickly on iTunes...


Born: February 5, 1969 in Boston, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the brightest R&B stars of the late '80s and early '90s, Bobby Brown was the performer who popularized new jack swing, a blend of classic soul, synth-funk, and hip-hop rhythms that often featured rap breaks in between the conventionally melodic verses and choruses. Guy's Teddy Riley may have been new jack's greatest innovator, but Brown was its greatest hitmaker, crossing over to pop audiences with his blockbuster Don't Be Cruel album and thus making new jack swing the dominant trend in R&B...
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