Ultimate Grammy Collections released

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    grammySANTA MONICA, Calif.  - In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

    "We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY-winning music with music fans everywhere through our comprehensive CD compilations," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is exciting to have such classic recordings in the marketplace all at once; we hope people enjoy listening to some of the best music of the last half century as much as we did when compiling this remarkable catalogue of material."

    "We are thrilled at the opportunity to join The Recording Academy in celebration of this historic milestone," says Shout! Factory CEO Richard Foos. "For 50 years, the GRAMMY Award has been recognized as music's highest honor. This series pays tribute to the artists who have helped make it so."

    Just in time to get music fans primed and ready for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards to be held on Feb. 10, 2008, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, five more Ultimate GRAMMY®Collection CDs will be released on Jan. 8.  Ultimate GRAMMY® Collection: Classic R&B, Classic Pop, Contemporary Rock, Classic Country and Contemporary Country.

    For more information on the Ultimate GRAMMY Collection, please visit http://www.ultimategrammycollection.com/

    A portion of the proceeds from the Ultimate GRAMMY Collection CD series will benefit the MusiCares Foundation® and The GRAMMY Foundation®, two charitable arms of The Recording Academy. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical health and human services and financial assistance for music people in times of need. The GRAMMY Foundation cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture through music education programs for young people and activities that promote and preserve music's rich cultural heritage.

    Track Listings:


    Ultimate GRAMMY® Collection: Contemporary R&B

    1. Anita Baker "Giving You The Best That I Got"
    2. Terence Trent D'Arby "Wishing Well"
    3. Soul II Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler "Back To Life"
    4. Luther Vandross "Here And Now"
    5. Ray Charles "A Song For You"
    6. Sade "No Ordinary Love"
    7. Toni Braxton "Breathe Again"
    8. Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love To You"
    9. Blackstreet Featuring Dr. Dre "No Diggity"
    10. R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly"         
    11. Brandy & Monica "The Boy Is Mine
    12. TLC "No Scrubs"
    13. Whitney Houston "It's Not Right But It's Okay"
    14. D'Angelo "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
    15. Usher "U Remind Me"
    16. Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z "Crazy In Love"

    Ultimate GRAMMY® Collection: Contemporary Pop

    1. k.d. lang "Constant Craving"
    2. Seal "Kiss From A Rose"
    3. Annie Lennox "No More I Love You's"
    4. Eric Clapton "Change The World"
    5. Shawn Colvin "Sunny Came Home"
    6. Sarah McLachlan "Building A Mystery"
    7. Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity"
    8. The Brian Setzer Orchestra "Jump Jive An' Wail"
    9. Madonna "Ray Of Light"
    10. Macy Gray "I Try"
    11. Nelly Furtado "I'm Like A Bird"
    12. Norah Jones "Don't Know Why"
    13. Justin Timberlake "Cry Me A River"
    14. Los Lonely Boys "Heaven"
    15. Kelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone"
    16. John Mayer "Gravity"

    Ultimate GRAMMY® Collection: Classic R&B (January 8)

    1. Aretha Franklin "Respect"
    2. Sam & Dave "Soul Man"
    3. Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"
    4. The Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing"
    5. Ike & Tina Turner "Proud Mary"
    6. Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine"
    7. Billy Paul "Me And Mrs. Jones"
    8. The Temptations "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Single Version)
    9. Gladys Knight & The Pips "Midnight Train To Georgia"
    10. Natalie Cole "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
    11. The Emotions "Best Of My Love"
    12. Donna Summer "Last Dance"
    13. Earth, Wind & Fire "After The Love Has Gone"
    14. Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"
    15. Rufus and Chaka Khan "Ain't Nobody"
    16. Commodores "Nightshift" (Album Version)

    Ultimate GRAMMY® Collection: Classic Pop (January 8)

    1. Petula Clark "Downtown"
    2. The Mamas & The Papas "Monday, Monday"
    3. José Feliciano "Light My Fire"
    4. Harry Nilsson "Everybody's Talkin'"
    5. The 5th Dimension "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)"
    6. Dionne Warwick "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
    7. Captain & Tennille "Love Will Keep Us Together"
    8. Janis Ian "At Seventeen"
    9. Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love"
    10. The Doobie Brothers "What A Fool Believes"
    11. Kenny Loggins "This Is It"
    12. Toto "Rosanna"
    13. Tina Turner "What's Love Got To Do With It"
    14. Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)"
    15. Steve Winwood "Higher Love"
    16. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life"

    Ultimate GRAMMY® Collection: Contemporary Rock (January 8)

    1. Living Colour "Cult Of Personality"
    2. Melissa Etheridge "Ain't It Heavy"
    3. Soul Asylum "Runaway Train"
    4. Stone Temple Pilots "Plush"
    5. Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"
    6. Blues Traveler "Run-Around" (Album version)
    7. Tracy Chapman "Give Me One Reason"
    8. The Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
    9. The Chemical Brothers "Block Rockin' Beats"
    10. Fiona Apple "Criminal"
    11. Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
    12. Coldplay "In My Place"
    13. Dave Matthews "Gravedigger"
    14. The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army"
    15. Evanescence "Bring Me To Life"
    16. Green Day "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"