Dionne Warwick - Greatest Hits 1979-1990 (1989)
1CD | EAC-Rip | FLAC-image +cue +log +SCANS | October 17, 1989 | 397,61 Mb
Genre: Pop, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Arista BMG 259 279
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Dionne Warwick's greatest hits from 1979-1990 are covered in this well done retrospective. Personally, I find Warwick's mid to late 60's career much more appealing in terms of material and vocal production, but there are several stand outs on this CD nevertheless.
Aside from the obvious "That's What Friends Are For" with Gladys, Elton, and Stevie, this CD contains many mini-gems like a rousing Bee-Gees backed "Heartbreaker", a poignant love farewell ballad with "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again" and a powerful pop "No Night So Long". All three of these songs were top 40 hits, not surprisingly, since they are meticulously written and produced to fit Dionne's smokey vocals.
Of the 3 duets included, the only one that strikes any chords is "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye" and not because of the song itself, but because Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick sing together with so much emotion. By listening to! this track it's easy to see that Warwick was perhaps Vandross's biggest influence, as he himself has acknowledged many a time. One can't help but feel as if the baton is being passed to a younger generation.
Most notably perhaps, this CD has the distinction of containing Dionne's last "quality" vocals. Her 90's work has been somewhat hindered by her innability to produce the sound she used to in the 60's and 70's. Although not as flexible as it was in that period, her voice thru the 80's, was still a force to be reckoned with.