TITLE: Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 10: Girlfriend (#5 US, #1 R&B, #24 Dance, #8 UK), Mercedes Boy (#2 US, #1 R&B, #2 Dance, #42 UK), Take Your Time (#3 R&B, #41 Dance), Giving You the Benefit (#4 US, #1 R&B, #10 Dance, #73 UK), Backyard (#73 US, #4 R&B), Always (#13 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably Not
LINEUP: Peri “Pebbles” Reid, LA Reid, Kayo, Andre Cymone, Michael Sembello, Babyface, and other session players.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Early 90’s R&B diva’s hits collection has some nice confections, but ultimately dissolves into the air with no substance.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: New Jack Swing was the rage when Pebbles came into the spotlight with her debut singles “Girlfriend” and “Mercedes Boy”, which provided some ear candy for early 90’s radio.
It was more like cotton candy, really, since the songs sound nice but aren’t substantive for the most part. The ballads, especially, are forgettable fluff.
When her third album stiffed, she focused on managing TLC (which ended up bad for everyone). If you have a yen for “Mercedes Boy” on occasion, grab that to stream. Else, this is for New Jack Swing acolytes only.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She’s now a minister in Atlanta, and released an album in 2008 as Sister Perri.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: If you’re really nostalgic for the early 90’s R&B….else, no.