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The R In Rnb Collection Vol. 1 - Greatest Hits - R. Kelly

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Genre: R&B & Soul - Soul / Artist: R. Kelly / Audio CD released 2003-09-22 at Jive

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      05.02.2012 15:16



      A great album from R Kelly

      I bought this album for ONE song but I fell in love with it pretty much straight away...

      This album contains R Kelly's greatest (and most well known) hits. The album is a great chill out album and it's not too RnB for my liking (I dislike "heavy" RnB). It reminds me of Lemar's greatest hits. The songs are all smooth, well polished and memorable. Who can forget I Believe I Can Fly? What a gorgeous song this is and I can't believe it was released in 1997, I was only 12! The song is beautiful and soft, you can fly away on the lyrics, just like the song says. A great song for dreamers!

      If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time is also on here. This was released in 1999 and it was this song that made me buy the album. This song is a gorgeous soft ballad that my late father used to play over and over again. It IS an RnB song but the lyrics are so meaningful and full of emotion. Apparently it was written about the death of a member of his family, R saying how much he wished they were still here. It is an emotional song and quite depressing but depressing songs are often the best. Misery and heartache create the best songs, look at Adele. The album isn't all depressing though, there are some upbeat numbers on it too!

      The rest of the album contains songs such as Ignition and The World's Greatest. It's a great album to buy if you don't own any of R's albums and/ or you want all of his best songs on just the one CD.

      A great trip down memory lane.


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      15.10.2011 16:02
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      must have r&b album

      There isn't really one particular genre of music that I like, I'm into all kinds of different music genres. My favourite artist of all time is definitely Michael Jackson. After all he is the King Of Pop! But I'm also a massive fan of the King Of R&B, Mr R Kelly.
      Robert Kelly was born on the 8th January, 1967, on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He is a world famous and extremely successful R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, performer and record producer. He first began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. He first went solo in 1993 with his debut album '12 Play'. Perhaps his most famous songs are 'I Believe I Can Fly', 'World's Greatest', 'Bump and Grind' and 'Ignition (Remix)'. In 1998, he won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". He has also written songs for other huge artists including Michael Jackson. He wrote the brilliant 'You Are Not Alone' which was a huge hit for Michael Jackson back in the 90s.

      I bought this album from amazon where it only cost me just under £4, I was thrilled to get such a bargain. I would have happily paid more for this because it really is one of the best albums I own.
      There are two discs that come with this and the tracklisting on these are as follows:

      Disc 1:
      1. Ignition - Remix
      2. Your Body's Calling
      3. I Believe I Can Fly
      4. If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time
      5. Bump n' Grind
      6. She's Got That Vibe
      7. Thank God It's Friday
      8. Gotham City
      9. The World's Greatest
      10. I Wish

      Disc 2:
      1. Snake - Remix feat Cam'ron and Big Tigger
      2. Bump N Grind - Old School Mix
      3. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) feat Ronald Isley - Live to Regret It Mix (Blame It On The Mo)
      4. Step In The Name Of Love - Remix
      5. Ghetto Religion feat Wyclef Jean
      6. Gotham City - Remix
      7. Thoia Thoing
      8. Touched A Dream

      I can't even choose which is my favourite disc because I love them both so much!
      I will talk about Disc 1 first. This is perhaps the most family friendly of the two albums. It is a bit less explicit. But its still explicit! The first song is the hugely successful 'Ignition (Remix)' which even Michael Jackson was a big fan of. The song was R. Kelly's second number one single in the United Kingdom after "I Believe I Can Fly" in 1997. This has a really catchy, jumpy tune to it. Everyone knows this tune so theres not really much I can say about it, other than its fantastic! And if you don't know it I recommend that you youtube it now as you're missing out!
      The next song is has a bit more of a relaxed beat, again its all about sex, R.Kelly's singing to some girl, "you're body's calling". However it is not too explicit.
      There are some truly amazing hits to follow. He shows of his incredible voice which has stunning depth. I love the beginnning of 'Bump n' Grind' when he sings "my mind's telling me no, but my body, my bodddyyyy'ss telling me YYEEEESSSSSSS!!" His voice is just breath taking, in my opinion.
      A less well known song from the album, but nonetheless I song which I adore, is 'I Wish', the last track on DISC 2. I find this one quite sad as it is a very sentimental track about his mother, "even though you passed gone on four long years, I'm still waking up late at night crying tears". But it doesn't have a depressing tune to it, in fact I think the tune is quite catchy. I love this track even if it is sentimental. There is a child choir singing "I wish, I wish, I wish". But the lyrics are just as smooth and gangsta as R.Kelly's lyrics always are, "to all of my homies, wooaaahhh" his voice is just literally amazing. I'm struggling to put into words just how amazing it is.

      Thoia Thoing is a unique track. It has this great beat and as usual he raps all about sex, but it then has this really strange, but don't get me wrong it sounds great, "thoia thoing" sung by these girls, who sound like they might be chinese. It is a really different, unique track but nonetheless I love it!
      Another exotic sounding track is 'Snake'. I've seen the video to this and its filmed out in the desert, and is Egyptian themed. It kind of sounds African in a way. Again it has a really great beat.

      Overall I would definitely recommend this album. Its a classic and a must have for all r&b fans.


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        12.03.2009 22:56
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        Good if you're a fan of R Kelly

        Just like another talented singer and performer, Michael Jackson, the recent years haven't been too kind to R Kelly. These recent problems could put people off listening to his music, but it doesn't take away from the longevity and quality of his musical career.

        The R in RnB Collection Vol. 1 is a compilation album featuring all his best known songs. The first CD has 16 tracks from the recent 'Ignition- Remix', 'I Wish', to my favourites, 'I Believe I can Fly' and 'If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time'. The bonus disc has another 8 songs included, some of which are remixes while others are brand new songs.

        Most people will be familiar with a lot of the songs from this collection even if they aren't sure who is the singer behind them.

        There is something for every R Kelly fan on this compilation. There are the party tracks, pure hip-hop tracks and then the softer ballad types. All the songs included on the first CD are the real best of R Kelly. He really is responsible for some of the best RnB music to ever be created. His diversity is also displayed by the way he can switch from one type of song to a completely opposite with apparent ease. Who else can have Jay-Z and Celine Dion on the same album?

        Personally, I prefer the ballad songs like the ones I mentioned earlier as I think this is when his talent is really demonstrated. If you aren't a fan of RnB music then chances are you will still appreciate these songs, even if you don't like the rest of his work.

        The bonus CD is a nice touch, which adds to the album in a positive way. Overall, the collection is a good purchase if you're a fan, and the 24 tracks you get should make it value for money. If you're not an RnB fan I'd only recommend trying the ballad songs if that's the type of music you're into.



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        23.02.2009 14:00
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        This man knows how to melt hearts, the smoothest man in music? He is an artist you can rely on for soul, for funk and for style. This album collects some of his biggest hits.

        Who is he:

        US singer Robert Kelly, former lover of the late Aaliyah, has notched up number one singles here and overseas. Best known for 'I Believe I Can Fly'.

        On this album:

        The slinky 'Ignition' is all male bravado as he purrs his way through a very sexy sounding track and effortlessly breezes into the chorus. This gave him a number hit and is the kind of track which works great on radio or in a club environment. His vocals are assured without being cocky and he strikes a chord with the sizzling lyrics. This track is swiftly followed by 'Your Body's Calling.' A song which would have suited Alexander O' Neal. He lays on the charm on this one and gets us feeling hot under the collar.


        'She's Got That Vibe' is a funky urban workout with an uplifting chorus and a beat reminscent of an old Bobby Brown track. This is about as dancey as it gets, a shame as he excels himself here. For something slower, check out 'If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time.' A shameless rip off of 'Unchained Melody' but his soulful vocal pull it through.

        'Bump And Grind' does what the title says, this is one to play when you need to seduce someone special, sleazy and dirty, this is right up my street with a risque set of lyrics and a cruising rhythm.

        I also rate 'Fiesta' which has a summery vibe going on, the melody sounds fresh and almost has a latino streak running through it.


        Let's face it, 'I Believe I Can Fly' may have been his biggest hit, but it's just so boring, isn't it?


        A second disc includes some spicy remixes, head for the smooth and urban tinged 'Snake' with a good cameo from Cam'ron.


        24 tracks is good value and you get a quality album with loads of hits. If you like soulful pop with just the right twist of urban then this is for you.


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        15.10.2008 18:44



        not bad

        R kelly . the R. in R&B greatest hits collection volume 1 . personally i think its a pretty good album. i bought this album because a freind told me to. this was ages ago and i didnt really listen to R & B. at first impression i didnt really like it but . after i listened to it a few times it really caught on. he has some really catchy numbers in there. worth a listen if ya got a spare bit of cash lieing around . buy it on amazon. probly get it for pretty cheap. £7 or sumin like that . all the tracks are classics now and allways worth a listen in my opinion . i do like R kelly but i must say this isnt my favourite album but as i said if you can find it cheap then defanatly bring it to the till and buy it .


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        13.05.2008 21:30




        r.kelly, just like marmite, you love him or you hate him. personally i love his music. it is very mellow, and easy to chill out to. he has made the charts numerous times with his brilliant good hits. this album is the best by far, no more skipping most songs on a cd to find the one you love as all the songs on this album are his best ones. by doing the bonus cd with the remixes of his songs is also brilliant, as it makes the cd more unique. you dont really hear a lot of r.kelly these days, which is a shame, as i think he shouldnt stop producing more of his brillliant songs. r.kelly has been around a long time, which is why a lot of people like them, getting older along with listening to the music he produces. he has had duets with good people which is also good. i think he should keep producing more songs for all the r.kelly fans out there.


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        26.08.2007 12:29
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        This has all R. Kelly's most well-known tracks as well as some new ones

        Kells really catches the attention of the audience by claiming that he is the "R" in R&B, in my own opinion this is a something he is capable of as he is one of the people I would name as a legend in this genre. This compilation is made up of two disks, the first of which features the best of his original tracks and the second has a few remixes and what was his newest song at the time "Thoia Thong".

        Disk 1

        1. "Ignition (Remix)"

        **Five Stars**

        Classic club anthem. Everyone knows this one and is the best way to kick off the compilation, the track was new at the time and was very popular ad so it was the best way to start off the album; with a tune everyone is familiar with.

        2. "Your Body's Callin'"

        **Four Stars**

        Great slow jam by Kelly; he knows how to do them best. Its a shame he doesn't do as much of this anymore, its all aparently about strippers and such.

        3. "I Believe I Can Fly"

        **Five Stars**

        Nobody can claim they have not heard this. It is a classic but it was watered-down far too much. However this could not have been looked-over for the albumas it was one of the biggest-selling tracks he ever brought out.

        4. "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"

        **Three Stars**

        This is another nice and slow-paced one from Kells I didn't enjoy this one as much as others, but not a bad choice as it was one which sold well.

        5. "Bump N Grind"

        **Five Stars**

        "I don't see nothing wrong with a little Bump N Grind". It was a great decision to include this, one of his great throwbacks. His slowest R&B tunes did him well showing his great volcal capabilities.

        6. "She's Got That Vibe"

        **Five Stars**

        The tempo is brought back up again with this debut single by R. kelly along with Public Announcement in New jack Swing style. THis is a good throwback tune, essential for this compilation as this is how he gained his fame.

        7. "Thank God It's Friday"

        **Four Stars**

        This track really gets you hyped up for the weekend and you definately have to plpay it as your getting ready to go out as part of a routine, it works with it extremely well.

        8. "Gotham City"

        **Two Stars**

        Batman soundtrack. I didn't enjoy that film nore this track which went along with it, I see no place for it here.

        9. "The World's Greatest"

        **Five Stars**

        i find this to be an inspirational track, very emotional and is a classic from Kelly. They could not have missed this one from here as it was higly popular and enjoyed by many as myself.

        10. "I Wish"

        **Five Stars**
        Another nice track which follows on where from where "World's Greatest" finished off. I enjoyed having this on here as it is one which isn't the first choice as one of his best but it is eventhough it is less known.

        11. "Fiesta (Remix)"

        **Four Stars**

        Nice collaboration with Jay-Z. THis has a great summer vibe to it which I enjoyed, i definately deseverved a place here.

        12. "Home Alone"

        **Five Stars**

        This is a underated house party anthe, it gets you jumping with its catchy tune. The single also features Keith Murray rapping for that extra special touch.

        13. "Down Low "

        **Four Stars**

        Featurig Ronald and Ernie Isley, this was one I was less familiar with but I enjoyed despite the barrier of previously knowledge. It is one of his slower ones and calms down the CD after a great club tune.

        14. "When a Woman's Fed Up"

        **Four Stars**

        This is a '98 release by Kelly which I find to be very depressing. I enjoy this one a lot despite its content which is made to bring down your mood, Kelly makes this theme reflect in his voice.

        15. "Your Angel"

        **Two Stars**

        Well I can see why it was included but this duet with Celine Dion is just not my cup of tea.

        16. "The Storm Is Over Now"

        **Four Stars**

        This is an up-lifter, it gives you faith in the future, much like Michael Jackson's "Earth Song". It is a good way to end the album as it makes you feel free to go out and do things.

        Disk 2

        1. "Snake (Remix)"

        2. "Bump & Grind (Old School Mix)"

        3. "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) (Live To Regret It Mix)"

        4."Step in the Name of Love (Remix)"

        5. "Ghetto Religion"

        6. "Gotham City (Remix)"

        7. "Thoia Thoing"

        8. "Touched A Dream"

        I will speak generally about the final disk, I liked the originals much better than the remxes and it would have been better to just just more of our favourite tracks from Kelly on the second disk. I did however enjoy the new material which was put on the CD, a nice surprising inclusion to this compilation of the best work form R. Kelly

        This is the utlimate collection of R. Kelly and does reflect his work throughout his career. Obviously from what was said before, the fosrt CD was much better than the second it doesn't spoil the album as the new tracks make up for this.


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          17.05.2005 12:10



          This album is a greatest hits collection by the one and only r kelly now you may be thinking a greatest hits album already but r kelly has been around since 1993 so maybe now is the time for this album to be released .Myself I love r kelly his music is not all the same from the slow songs you would make love to through to the upbeat songs that make you wanna dance below are the sonhs off the cd then I will tell you some more about this album:

          This cd is a double album although one of the cds is a bonus disc.

          Cd 1.

          Your bodys callin.
          I believe I can fly.
          If I could turn back the hands of time.
          Bump n grind.
          She's got that vibe.
          Thank god its friday.
          Gothem city.
          The worlds greatest.
          I wish.
          Home alone feat keith murray.
          Down low(nobody has to know) feat ronald and ernie isley.
          When a womens fed up.
          Im your angel feat celion dion.
          The storm is over now.

          Cd 2.

          Snake-remix feat cam'ron and big tigger.
          Bump n grind-old school mix.
          Down low(nobody has to know)feat ronald isley-live to regret ir mix.
          Step in the name of love-remix.
          Ghetto religion feat wyclef jean.
          Gothem city-remix.
          Thoia thoing.
          Touched a dream.

          Most of the songs on this album arev known but there are a few which were put on the album without been released these songs are thoia thoing and touched a dream but all the other songs are known.The songs I love on this album are ignition as its one of those songs that makes you wanna get up and dance to.your bodys callin is basically about sex I believe I can fly is from the motian picture space jam if I could turn back the hands of time a song about losing somebody you loved and I can relate to that bump n grind is another song about sex.She's got that vibe is one of the older songs and is about a man liking a women when a womens fed up is about when a women feels she is been taken for granted im your angel is about something happening in life and feeling as though you cant go on but somebody saying I will help you through it I wish is about losing a friend but wishing they were still here and feeling like life cant go on without them and the storm is overnow is when you can finally see a way out of all the hurt and pain I hope this review is useful .


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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Ignition - Remix
          2 Your Body's Calling
          3 I Believe I Can Fly
          4 If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time
          5 Bump n' Grind
          6 She's Got That Vibe
          7 Thank God It's Friday
          8 Gotham City
          9 The World's Greatest
          10 I Wish
          11 Fiesta - Remix
          12 Home Alone feat Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti
          13 Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) feat Ronald and Ernie Isley
          14 When A Woman's Fed Up
          15 I'm Your Angel feat Celine Dion
          16 The Storm Is Over Now

          Disc #2 Tracklisting
          1 Snake - Remix feat Cam'ron and Big Tigger
          2 Bump N Grind - Old School Mix
          3 Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) feat Ronald Isley - Live to Regret It Mix (Blame It On The Mo)
          4 Step In The Name Of Love - Remix
          5 Ghetto Religion feat Wyclef Jean
          6 Gotham City - Remix
          7 Thoia Thoing
          8 Touched A Dream

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