Angela Winbush

Greatest Love Songs

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A surprisingly long and comprehensive collection, Hip-O's Greatest Love Songs features nearly 80 minutes' worth of Angela Winbush's work, ranging from songs by René & Angela, duets with Ronald Isley, and her solo material. The album spans the early '80s to the mid-'90s, with René & Angela tracks like "Come My Way," "My First Love," "Your Smile," and "Imaginary Playmates" representing the earlier part of her career, while "I'm the Kind of Woman," "Too Good to Let You Go," and "Baby Hold On" -- a duet with her husband, Ronald Isley, and orchestrated by Thom Bell -- reflect her later work. In between are songs like "Sensual Lover," "I've Learned to Respect the Power of Love," and "You Had a Good Girl," all of which also define the sophisticated sensuality of Winbush's style. While most of her work has been romantically inclined -- as a quick glance at the track listing of her Ultimate Collection will confirm -- Greatest Love Songs has enough unique song selections and a flowing groove that makes it work as either an alternative Winbush retrospective or a fine collection of urban and quiet storm ballads.

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