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Album Review

The most in-depth collection of the group's work available, DeBarge's Ultimate Collection gathers 16 of the group's biggest hits from the early and mid-'80s. The compilation includes milestone singles such as "Love Me in a Special Way," "Who's Holding Donna Now?," "Who's Johnny?," and a dance remix of "Rhythm of the Night"; it would've been nice if the album also included the original version. The group's slightly less-definitive tracks reveal them to be equally adept at lively, upbeat pop like "You Wear It Well," sweet ballads such as "A Dream," and surprisingly funk- and soul-tinged turns like "Stop! Don't Tease Me" and "I Like It." Latter-day singles such as "Save the Best for Me (Best of Your Lovin')" and "Dance All Night" round out the album nicely; though they don't have the impact of the group's work with El DeBarge, including them gives Ultimate Collection a feeling of closure and completion. Fans who want more than a just-the-hits compilation like 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection should be satisfied by this well-crafted retrospective.

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One star rating? C'mon now....

The person who gave this an "one-star" must be young. Most of these songs bring back memories of my childhood, especially "Rhythm of the Night" (the originally version always), "Who's Holding Donna Now" and "All This Love". Some of today's music artists used DeBarge's samples for some of the most greatest songs ever. Grab this and just jam.


Yeah "The Homey".... This seriously brings me back..... I hear this and I feel like I'm a kid again riding in the back seat of my parent's car.... The one star wonder must be a youngn'.. Also, a note for the new school that atleast 3 of the songs were heavily sampled by Biggie, AZ, and Harlem World...

Soulful, romantic, danceable

Listening to the radio one Saturday night in Chicago, and up pops Debarge's I Like It. My heart clinched, remembering Debarge's love songs and dancing endlessly to them. My favorite, All This Love, could have been recorded by Marvin Gaye during his reggae Sexual Healing era. Listen closely to the song and see if you can't hear Gaye crooning this one. One of the Debarge brothers was secretly married to Janet Jackson--Eldred, I believe.


Formed: 1978 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s

Groomed to be the heirs to the Jackson 5 throne in the early '80s, DeBarge mirrored the Jacksons early success with a string of hits, but were unable to sustain their winning streak beyond the mid-'80s. Formed in 1978, the Grand Rapids, Michigan quintet was comprised of four brothers and one sister: Eldra, Mark, James, Randy, and Bunny. The group signed with the same label that the Jacksons started with, Motown (via the Gordy subsidiary), courtesy of older brothers Tommy and Bobby (who were members...
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