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Album Review

This 16-track, 72-and-a-half-minute compilation contains Deniece Williams' two number one pop/R&B hits, "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (a duet with Johnny Mathis), as well as her remake of "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," an R&B number one and Top Ten pop hit, and "Free," which just missed the top of the R&B chart and made the pop Top 40. Otherwise, the collection is somewhat idiosyncratic, compilation producer Leo Sacks' idea of Williams' best, rather than her greatest hits. Her success on the R&B singles chart, where she scored 18 Top 40 hits, is shortchanged, as the set fails to contain such major R&B hits as "Never Say Never" and "You're All I Need to Get By." At the same time, Sacks finds room for the eight-minute album track "If You Don't Believe" and Williams' early gospel composition "God Is Amazing." Such tracks serve to emphasize the diversity in Williams' catalog, but R&B fans may find the set wanting.

Customer Reviews


Mrs.Williams follows in the footsteps of another great female artist the late Mrs.Minnie Riperton. They both have great vocal range. Which you don't see much today. You will enjoy all of her songs.


Reminds me of Minnie Ripperton but she has cut her own voice!

this woman is a real singer

this woman is one of the best that ever done it at singing Deniece Williams and other like her are real music singer not like some of the new kids come out today there not that many people who can sing like this and put out hits after hits i would just name one or two song but it many songs to name but know this woman is star in her own right period and not saying i don`t like the new artist of today but half of them can`t sing at all period that why i like the old school music better 80'&90'


Born: June 3, 1950 in Gary, IN

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

One of the most distinctive vocalists who arrived during the soul era, Deniece Williams is known for soaring, four-octave soprano voice, late-'70s and early-'80s R&B classics such as "Free" and "Silly," and the 1984 number one pop hit "Let's Hear It for the Boy." Born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, Indiana, she grew up singing in a Pentecostal church, which forbid the congregation to listen to anything but gospel music. Outside of wanting a 1959 Thunderbird, she had no serious ambitions but was deeply...
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