Greatest Hits [Asia]

Greatest Hits [Asia]

by Robbie Williams


A near-perfect look at the career of Britain's brightest singles artist during the late '90s and early 2000s, Robbie Williams' Greatest Hits chronologically consolidates Williams' canon of Top Tens -- 19 of them in all, as of its release in late 2004. (Not all of his Top Ten singles are present, since the disc closes with a pair of new songs.) In the late '90s, Robbie Williams proved that a pop artist with a dodgy artistic background -- witness his membership in Take That -- was still capable of joining the long line of British artists (T. Rex, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Blur) who completely embraced danceable pop music without selling their souls in the bargain. Williams' biggest up-tempo hits, "Millennium" and "Rock DJ," were loved by middle-aged housewives and young teens alike (slightly less so by the latter, of course). Sugary and infectious but not disposable, they were made-to-order as great radio product, an art increasingly being lost. And as shown by "Angels," the biggest hit of his career, Williams had a winning way with balladry. He also forged a comfortable performing personality via his excitable, self-effacing cad who takes himself far too seriously and can get intensely emotional every now and then, but is usually good for a laugh. (See "Strong" for the details.) The two new tracks introduce Stephen Duffy -- an original member of Duran Duran who later made his own name in the Lilac Time -- as the replacement for Guy Chambers as Williams' new producer/songwriter/contributor (of course, the two songs, "Radio" and "Misunderstood," can't help but sound weak in this context). Despite pop fans being sick of his omnipresence in British pop culture, history will likely be kind to Robbie Williams. After all, would a disposable pop artist quote Latin on the back of a CD booklet? (Granted, in typical Robbie fashion the epigraph translates as, "If it has tits or wheels, it will make life difficult.") [The track order was slightly altered for the Asian edition.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2005
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724387453623
catalogNumber: 874536

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Williams   Primary Artist
Kylie Minogue   Vocals
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Steve Power   Keyboards,Vocoder
Winston Blissett   Bass
Dave Catlin-Birch   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals
Guy Chambers   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Sampling
David Clayton   Synthesizer
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Geoff Dugmore   Percussion,Drums
Duncan   Vocals
Andy Duncan   Percussion,Drums
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Chester Kamen   Guitar
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Phil Palmer   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Chris Sharrock   Drums,Ambience
J. Neil Sidwell   Brass
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
Phil Spalding   Bass,Electric Guitar,Fuzz Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Neil Tennant   Background Vocals
Andy Wallace   Piano
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Anne Skates   Choir Director
Johnny Rockstar   Drum Loop
André Barreau   Guitar,Background Vocals
Neil Hannon   Background Vocals
Melvin Duffy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Nicole Patterson   Background Vocals
Richard Flack   Drum Loop
Marielle Herve   Background Vocals
Carroll Thompson   Background Vocals
Claire Worrall   Piano,Background Vocals
Zenia Santini   Background Vocals
Boots Ottestad   Keyboards
Gary Nuttall   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Cooper Smith   Bass
Fil Eisler   Bass,Guitar,Slide Guitar,Bass Slide
Daniel Pierre   Piano,Keyboards
Gary Buttall   Background Vocals
Paul Williams   Background Vocals
Kristel Adams   Background Vocals
Neil Taylor   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Composer
Steve Power   Programming,Producer
Desmond Child   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Eric Bazilian   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jim Brumby   Engineer
Guy Chambers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Stuart Epps   Engineer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Sally Herbert   Arranger
Nick Ingman   Arranger
Paul Kegg   Loop
Freddie Perren   Composer
Steve Sidwell   Brass Conductor
Karl Wallinger   Composer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Tony Pleeth   Loop
David Naughton   Engineer
Robbie Williams   Composer
Nick Knight   Cover Photo
Richard Boothby   Loop
Ekundayo Paris   Composer
Kerry Hopwood   Programming
Chris Barrett   Engineer
Kevin Andrews   Composer
J.D. Andrew   Engineer
Richard Flack   Engineer,drum programming
Nelson Pigford   Composer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Claire Worrall   Arranger
Adam Noble   Engineer
Boots Ottestad   Composer
Nick Littlemore   Programming
Mark Cooper Smith   Programming
Richard Hinton   Engineer
Matt Hay   Engineer
Richard Campbell   Loop

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