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Patti Austin (born August 10, 1950, in Harlem, New York) is an American Grammy-winning R&B and jazz music singer.

She made her debut at the Apollo Theater at age four and had a contract with RCA Records when she was only five. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have proclaimed themselves as her godparents.

By the late 1960s Austin was a prolific session musician and commercial ... Read more in Amazon's Patti Austin Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0000001UY
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold Me
2. Ability To Swing
3. Givin' In To Love
4. We Fell In Love Anyway
5. The Heat Of Heat
6. Through The Test Of Time
7. You Who Brought Me Love
8. The Girl Who Used To Be Me
9. Love Is Gonna Getcha
10. Soldier Boy
11. I'll Keep Your Dreams Alive
12. Reach (Remix)

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By Graham Thomas on 8 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Patti
The tunes on it are out of this world and I play them in the Car constantly
She is very romantic like me
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Sample of Styles 2 Sept. 2000
By Armando M. Mesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Ultimate Collection contains some really good highlights from Patti's GRP catalog from the early 90's as well as some from her Qwest era.
The live tracks are a unique treat. One live track in particular was the Jam & Lewis penned and produced track The Heat of Heat; This is a smoldering and sensual R & B cut (original studio version available on her import Gettin' Away With Murder c.d. only).The Heat of Heat is given a more intimate nightclub "live" flavor. The Ability to Swing is a wonderful, cool-jazz (swing) number that was originally written and performed by Thomas (She Blinded Me With Science) Dolby ! Patti gives this version of the tune the scatting vocal treatment.
The rest of the tracks are casual light jazz listening material or contemporary adult pop. Few tracks are actual romance-ballads. This is a compact and good start for any collector unfamiliar with Patti's work; However, it is only a sample and does not contain the magnitude that her other projects have. It's a pleasant sampler...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"PATTI AUSTIN ~ Lessons In Vocalizing (Or "How To Saaaaaaang!)" 23 May 2006
By Kirk Douglas Provo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While this is a welcome look at part of the magnificent Patti Austin's recording output (specifically, her time with GRP Records in the 1990s), it is not to be mistaken for a comprehensive overview of this incredible performer's almost life-long career. Yet, the Voice is always first and foremost, with taste, diversity of style, and rare flexibility and strength, the singer's singer's "calling card".

Standouts are the never-before-released "Hold Me" (also recorded in a "throw-away" version by Tiffany), subtle, and soulful; the amazing "country-fied" duet "We Fell In Love Anyway" (with Cleve Francis); and rare live versions: "The Heat of Heat" (Jam & Lewis funk), "The Girl Who Used To Be Me" (from the film "Shirley Valentine"); and the rare, hard to find cuts like "You Who Brought Me Love" (with Johnny Mathis), "I'll Keep Your Dreams Alive" (with George Benson), and the funkiest version of "Soldier Boy" ever put to record (very 80s Soul II Soul production approach)!

However, as album's go - everything is fine here! Including the stunninng R&B of "Reach" (though the edited remix here is inferior to the album version on "That Secret Place"), the pop-soul of the perfect "Through The Test of Time", the feel-good "Love Is Gonna Getcha", the jazz-scat smoothness of "Ability To Swing", and composer/producer Rod Temperton ("Baby, Come To Me", "Rock With You", "Thriller")'s much over-looked funk opus "Givin' In To Love".

Patti Austin's talent shines as always.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Michael Butts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pop/rock. Soul. Jazz. R&B. Gospel. Easy Listening. Patti Austin does it all---and does it well. This 1995 "ultimate" collection is near perfect. Austin's voice is simply magnificent reinforcing her status as one of our best contemporary singers. The only song in this 12 track collection I find a "miss" is the funked-up SOLDIER BOY...not that she doesn't sing it well, it just seems a superfluous remake.
But the other songs---WOW!
HOLD ME - a new release that is beautifully done.
ABILITY TO SWING - those scat vocals are the icing on the cake!
GIVIN IN TO LOVE - Patti's right on target with this rousing tune.
WE FELL IN LOVE ANYWAY - oooohh..what a sweet duet with Cleve Francis.
THE HEAT OF HEAT- a live performance of one hot song!
THROUGH THE TEST OF TIME - David Pack's excellent song is another tour de force for Patti's sublime voice.
YOU WHO BROUGHT ME LOVE - the legendary Johnny Mathis couldn't have picked a better partner for this sensuous ballad.
THE GIRL WHO USED TO BE ME -possibly one of the best female vocal performances ever, this live recording is spine-tingling.
LOVE IS GONNA GETCHA - pure playful fun.
I'LL KEEP YOUR DREAMS ALIVE - duet with George Benson is easy listening heaven.
REACH - Hallelujah! Try keeping still on this euphoric gem!!!
Patti - you are a gift to the musical world!! Thanks for such great music!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good buy 21 April 2013
By cdsquared - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The ultimate collection is a good buy from amazon. The highlights from this CD include Hold Me, Through the Test of Time and Love Is Gonna Getcha. There is also a live version of The Heat of Heat. I prefer the original version. This CD gives a good overview of Ms. Austin's post 80's work.
Oh, It's So Bad . . . . 10 Oct. 2014
By OpinionNinja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the cheapest used copy I could find, just for the song "The Girl Who Used to Be Me" from Shirley Valentine. It's horrible. It's almost disco. I tried to give the CD to my (middle aged) daughter, then my neighbor, and finally to a girlfriend who collects and keeps just about everything, and nobody wanted it. So I got rid of it. Unless you're a serious Patti Austin fan who wants poorly-recorded versions of her songs, live variations that are honestly abominations, and other crap, avoid this CD.
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