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Best 1991 - 2004

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Reusing the cover from his 1994 self-titled release -- as opposed to his 1991 or 2003 self-titled release -- makes Seal's discography all the more confusing, but that's the only mistake made on this glorious collection. Seal's partnership with producer Trevor Horn has yielded some of the most elegantly soulful and richly textured pop music of the preceding 20 years. Best: 1991-2004 picks and chooses from their output perfectly, orders it in a way that makes sense, and remembers a couple compilation and soundtrack appearances to make itself worthwhile for Seal's faithful. If you've owned a radio at sometime in the past two decades, a quarter of the disc will be familiar. But radio's compressed delivery of "Crazy," "Kiss From a Rose," and others don't do these grand songs justice; plus, anytime you can put a Trevor Horn production on the headphones is a rewarding experience. The songs from the lesser Seal IV come off much stronger in these surroundings, and the inclusion of a bunch of album tracks you forgot about but shouldn't have speaks to the compilers' keen understanding of Seal's career. The new recording of Bacharach-David's "Walk On By" is sweet, fair, and no disappointment, but it's Seal's take on Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" or Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" that proves him an great interpreter of other's tunes and able to shine without Horn's help (the positive and empowering "My Vision" is the third and final track without Horn). The greatness of Seal's first two albums keeps the collection from being "the only Seal CD you'll ever need." Instead, Best: 1991-2004 is a fantastic overview of a hit-or-miss artist that soars when he's got the right material. This is all the right material and an unquestionable success.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Crazy
00:05:56

Trevor Horn, Producer - Guy Sigsworth, Writer - SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Steve MacMillan, Mixing Engineer - Ren Swan, Engineer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Assistant Engineer - Gregg Jackman, Audio Recording Engineer - ROBIN HANCOCK, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Richard Lowe, Assistant Engineer - STEVE MACMILLIAN, Audio Recording Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Brian Malouf, Mixing Engineer - Tim Weidner, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1990, 1991 ZTT Records Ltd.

2
Kiss from a Rose Album Version
00:04:48

Trevor Horn, Producer - SEAL, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 ZTT Records Ltd.

3
Killer
00:06:23

Trevor Horn, Producer - SEAL, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Steve MacMillan, Mixer - Ren Swan, Engineer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Assistant Engineer - Gregg Jackman, Engineer - ROBIN HANCOCK, Mixer, Engineer - Richard Lowe, Assistant Engineer - STEVE MACMILLIAN, Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Mixer, Engineer - Brian Malouf, Mixer - Tim Weidner, Mixer, Engineer - Adam Tinley, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1990, 1991 ZTT Records Ltd.

4
Prayer for the Dying Album Version
00:05:30

Trevor Horn, Producer - Gus Isidore, Writer - SEAL, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 ZTT Records Ltd.

5
Waiting for You
00:03:43

Mark Batson, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Tim Pierce, Guitar - Trevor Horn, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Conductor - Jamie Muhoberac, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Gus Isidore, Guitar - SEAL, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Price, String Recording Engineer - Steve Sidwell, String Arranger, Choir Arranger, Horns Arranger - Robert Orton, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Phil Tyreman, Assistant Engineer - Tim Weidner, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - CHRIS BRUCE, Additional Guitar - EARL HARVIN, Drums - Jill Sinclair, Executive Producer - Tim Lambert, Additional Engineer, Assistant Engineer - Luis Jardim, Percussion

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

6
Don't Cry Album Version
00:06:17

Trevor Horn, Producer - SEAL, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 ZTT Records Ltd.

7
My Vision Jakatta Mix Radio Edit
00:03:43

Michele Chiavarini, Keyboards - SEAL, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dave Lee, Producer, Mixer, Writer - RICHARD CHYCKI, Pro Tools - Thomas Newman, Writer - John O'Donnell, Recording Engineer - Rick Salmon, Writer - Jakatta, FeaturedArtist

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Rulin Records/Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd.

8
Love's Divine Album Version
00:04:35

Mark Batson, Composer, Bass Guitar, Piano, Writer, Drum Programmer - Trevor Horn, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Conductor - Ian Thomas, Drums - Pete Murray, Piano - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards - Gus Isidore, Guitar - SEAL, Keyboards, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Price, Vocal Recording Engineer, String Recording Engineer - Nick Ingman, String Arranger, Choir Arranger - Tim Cansfield, Guitar - Robert Orton, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Phil Tyreman, Assistant Engineer - Tim Weidner, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - CHRIS BRUCE, Additional Guitar - Jill Sinclair, Executive Producer - Tim Lambert, Assistant Engineer - Luis Jardim, Percussion

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

9
Walk on By Master S&K Mix
00:03:15

Karlin, Remixer, All Instruments - SoulShock, Mixer, Remixer, All Instruments - Trevor Horn, Producer - SEAL, MainArtist - Burt Bacharach, Writer - Hal David, Writer - Robert Orton, Recording Engineer - Julian Mendelson, Recording Engineer - The Onion, Guitar - Tim Weidner, Recording Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2004 Warner Records Inc.

10
Get It Together
00:03:58

Mark Batson, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Writer - Trevor Horn, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Conductor - Pete Murray, Keyboards - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards - Gus Isidore, Guitar - SEAL, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Price, Vocal Recording Engineer, String Recording Engineer - Nick Ingman, String Arranger, Choir Arranger - Tim Cansfield, Guitar - Tessa Niles, Backing Vocals - Robert Orton, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Phil Tyreman, Assistant Engineer - Tim Weidner, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - CHRIS BRUCE, Additional Guitar, Bass Guitar - EARL HARVIN, Drums - Jill Sinclair, Executive Producer - Tim Lambert, Additional Engineer, Assistant Engineer - Luis Jardim, Percussion

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

11
Fly Like an Eagle
00:04:14

Rashad Smith, Additional Production - SEAL, Producer, MainArtist - STEVE MILLER, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 ZTT Records Ltd.

12
Lips Like Sugar
00:05:01

Chad Sexton, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer - Nick Hexum, Producer, Vocal Production - Michael Dilbeck, Executive Producer - SEAL, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - ADAM SANDLER, Executive Producer - GUY OSEARY, Executive Producer - Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Jeff Haddad, Co-ordinator Production - Leslie Pattinson, Writer - Pablo Munguia, Vocal Production - William Sergeant, Writer - Mikey Dread, FeaturedArtist

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2004 Warner Records Inc.

13
Human Beings Album Version
00:04:34

Trevor Horn, Producer - Danny Saber, Additional Guitar, Programmer - Tony Flores, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Brawley, Assistant Engineer - Lisa Coleman, Additional Keyboards - Wendy Melvoin, Additional Guitar - Barry Goldberg, Assistant Engineer - Will Malone, String Arranger - David Sancious, Additional Keyboards - Dave McCracken, Programmer - Jamie Muhoberac, Bass Guitar, Programmer, Bass - Gus Isidore, Additional Guitar - SEAL, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar, MainArtist - WILLIAM ORBIT, Programmer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Steve Orchard, Additional Engineer - Nick Ingman, String Arranger - Andy Richards, Programmer - Dave Palmer, Additional Keyboards - Ramon Stagnaro, Additional Guitar - Gregg Arreguin, Additional Guitar - Gregg Jackman, Additional Engineer - Alex Acuna, Percussion - Anne Dudley, String Arranger - Tom Elmhirst, Additional Engineer - Richard Lowe, Additional Engineer - Alex Black, Assistant Engineer - Andre Coulam, Assistant Engineer - Andy Davies, Assistant Engineer - Andy Duncan, Percussion - Augusta Quiney, Co-ordinator Production - Billy Gibson, Assistant Engineer - Chester Kaymen, Additional Guitar - Debbie Caponetta, Co-ordinator Production - George De Angelis, Additional Keyboards - Grant Mitchell, Keyboards, Programmer - Iain Roberton, Assistant Engineer - Luis Quine, Assistant Engineer - Marc Lane, Assistant Engineer - Michael Perfitt, Additional Engineer, Assistant Engineer - Paul Silviera, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Fitzmaurice, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Tim Wills, Assistant Engineer - Tim Weidner, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - CHRIS BRUCE, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - EARL HARVIN, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass - Dan Vickers, Assistant Engineer - Gordon Fordyce, Assistant Engineer - Mike Garson, Additional Keyboards - Mike Ross, Additional Engineer - Rob Brill, Assistant Engineer - AARON ZIGMAN, String Arranger - Don C. Tyler, Digital Editor

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1998 Warner Records Inc.

14
Future Love Paradise Album Version
00:04:19

Trevor Horn, Producer - SEAL, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Steve MacMillan, Mixer - Ren Swan, Engineer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Assistant Engineer - Gregg Jackman, Engineer - ROBIN HANCOCK, Mixer, Engineer - Richard Lowe, Assistant Engineer - STEVE MACMILLIAN, Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Mixer, Engineer - Brian Malouf, Mixer - Tim Weidner, Mixer, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1990, 1991 ZTT Records Ltd.

Album Description

Reusing the cover from his 1994 self-titled release -- as opposed to his 1991 or 2003 self-titled release -- makes Seal's discography all the more confusing, but that's the only mistake made on this glorious collection. Seal's partnership with producer Trevor Horn has yielded some of the most elegantly soulful and richly textured pop music of the preceding 20 years. Best: 1991-2004 picks and chooses from their output perfectly, orders it in a way that makes sense, and remembers a couple compilation and soundtrack appearances to make itself worthwhile for Seal's faithful. If you've owned a radio at sometime in the past two decades, a quarter of the disc will be familiar. But radio's compressed delivery of "Crazy," "Kiss From a Rose," and others don't do these grand songs justice; plus, anytime you can put a Trevor Horn production on the headphones is a rewarding experience. The songs from the lesser Seal IV come off much stronger in these surroundings, and the inclusion of a bunch of album tracks you forgot about but shouldn't have speaks to the compilers' keen understanding of Seal's career. The new recording of Bacharach-David's "Walk On By" is sweet, fair, and no disappointment, but it's Seal's take on Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" or Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" that proves him an great interpreter of other's tunes and able to shine without Horn's help (the positive and empowering "My Vision" is the third and final track without Horn). The greatness of Seal's first two albums keeps the collection from being "the only Seal CD you'll ever need." Instead, Best: 1991-2004 is a fantastic overview of a hit-or-miss artist that soars when he's got the right material. This is all the right material and an unquestionable success.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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