Artist...............: Lionel Richie
Album................: The Definitive Collection
Genre................: R&B, Pop
Source...............: Retail CD
Quality..............: vbr med
Channels.............: Stereo / 44100 hz
Information..........: G6 repack from SRL
01 - Hello 4:09
02 - Just To Be Close To You 3:36
03 - Easy 4:15
04 - Running With The Night 4:09
05 - Three Times A Lady 3:40
06 - Still 3:44
07 - All Night Long (All Night) 4:20
08 - Endless Love 4:26
09 - Truly 3:20
10 - Penny Lover 3:46
11 - You Are 4:07
12 - Sail On 4:03
13 - Stuck On You 3:12
14 - Say You, Say Me 4:02
15 - Dancing On The Ceiling 4:35
16 - Do It To Me 4:30
17 - Ballerina Girl 3:38
18 - Angel 3:43
19 - To Love A Woman 3:54
20 - Goodbye 3:36
After mounting successes with the Commodores during the late '70s, Lionel Richie exploded into one of the biggest stars of the '80s, then enigmatically disappeared from the music business for nearly a decade. Fourteen of the tracks on this 20-track anthology (which also includes a five-cut bonus disc compiled by Richie) topped the charts, ample testimony to Richie's remarkable success in shifting from the Commodores' roots in the Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye Motown to a pioneering career as a crossover balladeer. His willful drift to the middle of the road found that its yellow line was nothing but gold. This collection charts the singer's upbeat successes with his former band, segues gracefully into the ballads and party-lite sensibility that made him such an unlikely '80s icon, and touches on his late-'90s reemergence. A newly recorded duet with Enrique Iglesias on "To Love a Woman" suggests that the elder popmeister hasn't lost his touch; indeed, his voice seems more warm and soulful than ever.
In recent years, Richie has become a phenomenon in various Arab states, and has performed in Morocco, Dubai, Qatar and even Libya.
As ABC News reports:
Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name. "I love Lionel Richie," they say. Iraqis who do not understand a word of English can sing an entire Lionel Richie song. He has performed in Morocco, Dubai, Qatar and Libya. There is obviously something up there. The more we talked, the more he theorized as to the reasons his music might be so popular here. He thinks it is because of the simple message in his music: Love.
According to Richie, he was told that Iraqi civilians were playing "All Night Long" the night that U.S. tanks invaded Baghdad.
Said Richie, "I'm huge, huge in the Arab world. The answer as to why is, I don't have the slightest idea."