Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.99) - "...stunning...displaying not just the clarity of her voice but a hunger for life..." - Rating: B+
Personnel includes: Celine Dion, R. Kelly, Peabo Bryson, Frank Sinatra (vocals); Walter Afansieff (acoustic guitar, Synclavier acoustic gutiar, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, programming); Michael Thompson, Eddie Martinez, Dan Huff, Esbjorn Ohrwall, Jacques Saugy, Dean Parks, Tim Pierce (guitar); Taro Hakase (violin); Joel Peskin (electronic oboe); Jon Gilutin (piano, keyboards); Jeff Bova, Max Martin, Kristian Lundin (keyboards, programming); David Foster (keyboards); Guy Roche (synthesizer); Yoshinobu Takeshita (bass, programming); Steve Buslowe, Thomas Lindberg (bass); Kenny Aronoff, John Robinson (drums); Shania Twain, Todd Rundgren, Mutt Lange, Philip Ingram, Sue Ann Carwell (background vocals).
Producers include: David Foster, Guy Roche, R. Kelly, Max Martin, Rene Angelil.
"All The Way" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
This greatest-hits package, the first from pop icon Celine Dion, gathers Dion's biggest chart-toppers of the '90s and also includes a handful of new compositions. In the album's liner notes, the honey-voiced singer offers heartfelt thanks to her fans and confirms speculation that she plans take time away from music to focus on her family.
Hits include "Beauty and the Beast," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and "My Heart Will Go On," the impassioned theme song from TITANIC. Among the new songs, her dramatic, tremolo-drenched rendering of Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is marked by Dion's typical midsong climaxes. "All the Way" is a tribute to Frank Sinatra, delivered in a manner similar to Natalie Cole's tribute to her father, Nat "King" Cole, on "Unforgettable" -- Dion's vocals float with eerie effect among the ghostly strains of Ol' Blue Eyes. The song is also dedicated to Dion's husband, Rene, the man for whom Celine saves her greatest passion.
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