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On his own and as part of the Commodores, by 1992 Lionel Richie amassed more than enough singles for a greatest-hits collection. Unfortunately, this is one of those compilations that, good intentions aside, falls so flat there's not much point in buying it. By trying to cover his solo material, while touching base with his Commodores fans, and adding some new cuts, no part of his career is well represented. For the record, Back to Front lacks "Oh No," "Lady You Bring Me Up," "Ballerina Girl," "You Are," "My Love," "Stuck on You," "Love Will Conquer All," "Se La," and "Dancing on the Ceiling," all Top 40 hits. If Motown had concentrated solely on solo Richie, with another collection of Commodores hits, this could have been a solid, career-topping CD. As it is, it's strong, but hearing such gems as "Still," "Truly," "Say You, Say Me," and "Running With the Night" makes you long to hear the cuts that aren't here. Of the three new songs, "Do It to Me" and "My Destiny" are classic, smooth Richie, but "Love, Oh Love" is very schmaltzy. If you're a casual Lionel Richie fan, this might suffice, but for anyone who truly enjoys pop music, this collection is not worth your money.
© Bryan Buss /TiVo

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1
Do It To Me
Lionel Richie
00:06:04

Stewart Levine, Producer, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Daren Klein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
My Destiny
Lionel Richie
00:04:49

Stewart Levine, Producer, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Daren Klein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Love Oh Love
Lionel Richie
00:05:47

Stewart Levine, Producer, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Daren Klein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brenda Harvey-Richie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
All Night Long (All Night) (Single Version)
Lionel Richie
00:04:20

Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Easy
The Commodores
00:04:18

Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Commodores, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Still (Single Version)
The Commodores
00:03:46

Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Commodores, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Endless Love (From "The Endless Love" Soundtrack)
Lionel Richie
00:04:29

Gene Page, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Reggie Dozier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Diana Ross, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Costa, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

8
Running With The Night (Single Version)
Lionel Richie
00:04:10

Cynthia Weil, ComposerLyricist - Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Sail On
The Commodores
00:04:01

Ronald LaPread, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Orange, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas McClary, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Milan Williams, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Commodores, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - William King, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Hello
Lionel Richie
00:04:11

Calvin Harris, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

11
Truly
Lionel Richie
00:03:24

Gene Page, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Piano, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Chemay, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tim May, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - William Payne, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Jackson, Jr., Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - paul liem, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Wells, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 1982 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Penny Lover (Single Version)
Lionel Richie
00:03:48

Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Brenda Harvey-Richie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Say You, Say Me
Lionel Richie
00:04:04

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Leim, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - John Robinson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Boddicker, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE LUKATHER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Keyboards, Vocal Arranger, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tim May, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Rios, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Abraham Laborier, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

14
Three Times A Lady (Single Version)
The Commodores
00:03:38

Ronald LaPread, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Orange, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas McClary, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Milan Williams, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Harris, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Commodores, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - William King, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc

Album Description

On his own and as part of the Commodores, by 1992 Lionel Richie amassed more than enough singles for a greatest-hits collection. Unfortunately, this is one of those compilations that, good intentions aside, falls so flat there's not much point in buying it. By trying to cover his solo material, while touching base with his Commodores fans, and adding some new cuts, no part of his career is well represented. For the record, Back to Front lacks "Oh No," "Lady You Bring Me Up," "Ballerina Girl," "You Are," "My Love," "Stuck on You," "Love Will Conquer All," "Se La," and "Dancing on the Ceiling," all Top 40 hits. If Motown had concentrated solely on solo Richie, with another collection of Commodores hits, this could have been a solid, career-topping CD. As it is, it's strong, but hearing such gems as "Still," "Truly," "Say You, Say Me," and "Running With the Night" makes you long to hear the cuts that aren't here. Of the three new songs, "Do It to Me" and "My Destiny" are classic, smooth Richie, but "Love, Oh Love" is very schmaltzy. If you're a casual Lionel Richie fan, this might suffice, but for anyone who truly enjoys pop music, this collection is not worth your money.
© Bryan Buss /TiVo

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