Gwen Guthrie

The Ultimate Collection

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Gwen Guthrie's Ultimate Collection covers the best of her late-'80s recordings from Garage and Polydor Records, which happens to be when she had her one big hit, "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent." Prior to that song, she had a few moderate hits for Island (highlighted by "Love in Moderation"), and after leaving Polydor, she had a couple other minor hits, but the years The Ultimate Collection covers are the peak of her career, and it does a good job of rounding up the 13 best tunes (plus a dub mix of "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"). It may not be definitive, since it doesn't chronicle her entire output, but it does an excellent job of anthologizing the years most casual listeners will want to hear.

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