Freddie Jackson

The Very Best of Freddie Jackson: Classic Freddie

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The Very Best of Freddie Jackson: Classic Freddie Review

by Andrew Hamilton

Freddie Jackson carved a niche in the mid-'80s as a purveyor of love via soul ballads and mid-tempo bump-and-grinds written by some of New York/Philly's best urban writers and accompanied by some of the Apple's most in-demand session players and vocalists. Jackson doesn't have a deep or gruff voice à la Teddy Pendergrass and it can't jump through hoops like Luther Vandross' amazing instrument, but he makes up for his limited but highly infective range with heart, sincerity, and the life experiences to sing these songs. Among the 18 tracks are his urban chart-busters, some not as familiar goodies, and his rendition of "Me and Mrs. Jones," a song he obviously likes. But his version pales in comparison to Billy Paul's original or the Dramatics' campy (but soulful) update of Cary Gilbert, Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff's urban classic about infidelity. A solid overview of Jackson's best.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Freddie Jackson 04:32 Amazon
2 Freddie Jackson 04:37 Amazon
3 Freddie Jackson 04:39 Amazon
4 Freddie Jackson 04:28 Amazon
5 Freddie Jackson 04:14 Amazon
6 Freddie Jackson 03:47 Amazon
7 Freddie Jackson 05:08 Amazon
8 Freddie Jackson 05:01 Amazon
9 Freddie Jackson 03:49 Amazon
10 Freddie Jackson 04:00 Amazon
11 Freddie Jackson 04:29 Amazon
12 Freddie Jackson 04:10 Amazon
13 Freddie Jackson 03:58 Amazon
14 Freddie Jackson 04:04 Amazon
15 Freddie Jackson 03:37 Amazon
16 Freddie Jackson 03:57 Amazon
17 Freddie Jackson 04:33 Amazon
18 Freddie Jackson 04:57 Amazon
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