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Gerald Levert: The Best of Gerald Levert *

Audio Samples

>Casanova [Single Version]
>Private Line [Single Version]
>Baby Hold on to Me
>School Me
>I'd Give Anything
>Answering Service
>Already Missing You
>My Body
>Thinkin' Boutit
>Taking Everything
>Made to Love Ya
>Funny
>U Got That Love (Call It a Night)
>In My Songs
>DJ Don't
>Can It Stay - (previously unreleased)

Track List

>Casanova [Single Version]
>Private Line [Single Version]
>Baby Hold on to Me
>School Me
>I'd Give Anything
>Answering Service
>Already Missing You
>My Body
>Thinkin' Boutit
>Taking Everything
>Made to Love Ya
>Funny
>U Got That Love (Call It a Night)
>In My Songs
>DJ Don't
>Can It Stay - (previously unreleased)

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Audio Remasterer: Herb Powers.Liner Note Authors: David Ritz; Dr. Cornel West.Recording information: Earpaint Studio, Bratenahl, OH (2003).Photographer: Marc Baptiste.The Best of Gerald LeVert contains most of the singer's major solo singles. "Private Line," "School Me," "I'd Give Anything," "Thinkin' Bout It," and "Taking Everything" -- five of his solo Top Ten R&B singles, with "Can You Handle It" being the sixth, not present -- are included. The duo and group number ones "Casanova" (with LeVert), "Baby Hold on to Me" (with Eddie LeVert), and "My Body" (with LSG) also enhance the overview, though it is strange that LeVert's "Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop (Goes My Mind)," another number one R&B single, was left off. Regardless, here are 15 examples refuting the belief that rhythm and blues died at some point during the `80s, `90s, or 2000s, along with an unreleased ballad recorded in 2003.

"After notching hits and four platinum records in the 1980s with the R&B trio Levert, Grammy-winning singer Gerald Levert went solo in 1991, topping the R&B charts with his first album, Private Line. The hits kept coming as the superstar's soulful baritone fueled a long run of beloved music that sadly ended in 2006 with Levert's unexpected death.

Rhino Records pays tribute to Levert with a collection of his greatest work, including the previously unreleased "Can It Stay." THE BEST OF GERALD LEVERT will be available on August 31 at all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $10.99 (digital). "Can It Stay" is available for download now at all digital retailers.

Spanning two decades, the 16-song set is the first collection to span Levert's entire extraordinary career and also features liner notes by Cornel West. Arranged chronologically, the album begins with the single version of the Grammy-nominated "Casanova," a #1 R&B/#5 Pop smash he recorded in 1987 with Levert.

Three tracks come from Levert's 1991 solo debut Private Line, including the single version of the title track, "School Me," and the R&B #1 "Baby Hold On To Me," which features the singer teaming up with his father, Eddie Levert, the lead singer of The O'Jays. The father and son recorded together frequently over the years, including the poignant ballad "Already Missing You" (#7 R&B), which is featured here and taken from the duo's first album together, 1995's Father And Son.

THE BEST OF GERALD LEVERT touches on Levert's work with singers Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill in the R&B supergroup LSG with "My Body" (#1 R&B/#4 Pop), from trio's Grammy-nominated, double-platinum debut, Levert-Sweat-Gill (1997). The collection concludes with two tracks from Levert's posthumous Grammy-winning 2007 album In My Songs, the title track and "DJ Don't," as well as the previously unreleased "Can It Stay."" - SinjgersRoom

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Herb Powers.

Liner Note Authors: David Ritz; Dr. Cornel West.

Recording information: Earpaint Studio, Bratenahl, OH (2003).

Photographer: Marc Baptiste.

The Best of Gerald LeVert contains most of the singer's major solo singles. "Private Line," "School Me," "I'd Give Anything," "Thinkin' Bout It," and "Taking Everything" -- five of his solo Top Ten R&B singles, with "Can You Handle It" being the sixth, not present -- are included. The duo and group number ones "Casanova" (with LeVert), "Baby Hold on to Me" (with Eddie LeVert), and "My Body" (with LSG) also enhance the overview, though it is strange that LeVert's "Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop (Goes My Mind)," another number one R&B single, was left off. Regardless, here are 15 examples refuting the belief that rhythm and blues died at some point during the `80s, `90s, or 2000s, along with an unreleased ballad recorded in 2003. ~ Andy Kellman



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