Among artists who have left an indelible mark on R&B/pop is former Commodores frontman Lionel Richie.
Among artists who have left an indelible mark on R&B/pop is former Commodores frontman Lionel Richie. Melding R&B with adult contemporary, the singer/songwriter was an '80s chart fixture, thanks to such No. 1 hits as "All Night Long (All Night)," "Say You, Say Me," and "Hello." Those tunes—as well as such Commodores chart-toppers as "Just to Be Close to You" and "Easy"—constitute this latest retrospective. In addition to these much-cherished memories, the collection includes two new tracks. "To Love a Woman" is a midtempo duet with Enrique Iglesias that should have no problem finding a home at adult contemporary radio. Also included is "Goodbye," a ballad in the Richie tradition that appears on the international version of Richie's live Encore album (which will be released this year in the U.S). Rounding out the package is a bonus disc containing choice selections, hand-picked by Richie.—GM