Randy Crawford: The Ultimate Collection - A Review
Randy Crawford is a renowned American jazz and R&B singer who has been active since the 1970s. She is best known for her hits such as \"Streetlife\", \"One Day I'll Fly Away\", \"You Might Need Somebody\" and \"Almaz\". In 2005, Warner Strategic Marketing United Kingdom released a two-CD compilation of her songs titled The Ultimate Collection, which features 38 tracks spanning her career from 1979 to 2001.
The compilation includes some of her most popular songs, such as \"Streetlife\" (with The Crusaders), \"You Might Need Somebody\", \"Almaz\", \"One Day I'll Fly Away\", \"Rainy Night in Georgia\" and \"Diamante\" (with Zucchero). It also features some live recordings, such as \"Imagine\" (with Yellowjackets), \"Your Precious Love\" (with Al Jarreau) and \"Everything Must Change\". The collection showcases Crawford's versatile and expressive voice, which can convey a range of emotions and styles, from soulful ballads to upbeat funk.
The sound quality of the compilation, however, has been criticized by some reviewers as being poor and lacking in detail and depth[^1^]. Some of the tracks are also edited versions that cut off some parts of the original songs. The artwork and design of the compilation are simple and elegant, but do not provide much information about the songs or the artist. The compilation does not include any new or rare material, and may not appeal to fans who already own most of Crawford's albums.
Overall, The Ultimate Collection is a decent overview of Randy Crawford's career and music, but it is not a definitive or comprehensive one. It may be suitable for casual listeners who want to discover some of her best songs, but it may disappoint those who expect more from a collection that claims to be \"ultimate\".Randy Crawford was born as Veronica Crawford on February 18, 1952 in Macon, Georgia. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she began singing at church and in school. She started performing at nightclubs in Europe and America at age fifteen, with her father acting as her chaperon. [^2^] [^3^]
She collaborated with many jazz and R&B artists, such as Bootsy Collins, Cannonball Adderley, Ray Charles, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, and Johnny Bristol. She also sang with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett on his album Please Don't Touch! (1978). [^1^] [^2^]
She was more successful in Europe than in the United States, where she never entered the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. However, she had two appearances on the Hot 100 singles chart: one as a guest vocalist on The Crusaders' hit \"Street Life\" (1979) and another as a duet partner with Rick Springfield on \"Taxi Dancing\" (1984). [^1^] [^4^]
She had five top-20 hits in the UK, including her 1980 number-two hit, \"One Day I'll Fly Away\", which was later covered by Nicole Kidman for the film Moulin Rouge! (2001). She also had six UK top-10 albums, including Secret Combination (1981), which stayed on the UK Albums Chart for sixty weeks. She won Best British Female Solo Artist at the 1982 Brit Awards. [^1^] [^3^]
In the late 2000s, she received her first two Grammy Award nominations for her collaborations with pianist Joe Sample: one for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Feeling Good (2006) and another for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for \"When I Need You\" (2008). She still continues to tour and perform around the world. [^1^] [^2^] 9160f4acd4