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Ultimate Collection: Brenda Russell

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Album Review

Hip-O's Ultimate Collection essentially lives up to its name, providing 18 hits from her recordings for Horizon and A&M. This, of course, includes her one Top Ten hit "Piano in the Dark," but it also contains a number of songs that made the R&B charts or radio, providing an excellent summary of her career.

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Five Stars If Complete

This cd is a fine reference point for Brenda Russell's work for A&M and Warner Brothers. She recorded her solo debut for A&M, left them for Warner Brothers for a mid-eighties stint, returned to A&M for "Get Here" released in 1988, recorded the woefully underrated "Kiss Me With The Wind" released in 1990, then left the label again and resurfaced in 1992 to release "Soul Talkin'" on EMI. It is a track from that album that closes this collection and is missing and it's unfortunate because "Soul Talkin'" which yeilded the hit "Matters Of The Heart" is sadly out of print in all formats. Maybe in the future iTunes will clear copyright problems and the track will be here making this collection whole, as it deserves to be.

I Love Piano in the Dark!

I have been looking for this forever! Love it! :)

"Piano in the dark" is an amazing, overlooked gem

5 stars for this song alone. Turn off the lights and listen to it fill your room with sweet smoothness. Never outdated!


Born: April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Born Brenda Gordon, Russell is a soul singer, composer, and keyboardist. Her family moved to Toronto when she was 12. Eventually, she and her husband, Brian Russell, hosted the Canadian TV series Music Machine. They moved to Los Angeles in 1973 where they both worked as session musicians. They recorded together under the name Brian & Brenda in 1978, but their music was not received well. After the couple's divorce, Brenda embarked on a solo career. She signed with A&M and released two albums, Brenda...
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