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Greatest Hits [Atlantic] [Debbie Gibson]

  • 1. Only in My Dreams
    2. Electric Youth
    3. Foolish Beat
    4. Anything Is Possible
    5. Staying Together
    6. Lost in Your Eyes
    7. Shake Your Love
    8. No More Rhyme
    9. Out of the Blue
    10. Only in My Dreams - (Extended Club Mix)
    11. Shake Your Love - (Club Mix)
    12. Losin' Myself - (12" Masters At Work version)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82624-2

  • Credits

    Producers: Fred Zarr, Deborah Gibson, Lamont Dozier, "Little" Louie Vega, Scott Blackwell.
    Compilation producer: Woody Firm.
    Personnel: Debbie Gibson (vocals, piano).
    Say what you will about the slickly produced teen pop of the late '80s and its revival in the late '90s: Debbie Gibson made some of the best of either era. Her best material (nearly all of which she wrote herself) displayed superior pop craftsmanship at a surprisingly young age, and she was no slouch as a producer or arranger, either. Perhaps that's why Greatest Hits still sounds so much less calculated and contrived than a lot of the artists working similar territory. Rant and rave all you want about corporate pandering; Gibson's love of pure pop is obvious (so it shouldn't be a surprise that she later moved into musicals). Yes, this music is almost painfully clean-cut and sugary-sweet, but Gibson imbues it with a refreshing sincerity which comes directly from the fact that this is her music (unlike teen queens who rely on middle-aged men for material). Greatest Hits features all of her hit singles, and while both the upbeat dance-pop and the adult contemporary ballads sound very much of their time, that's not a bad thing at all -- they're very good, very well-crafted pop songs, and they hold up surprisingly well because of that. ~ Steve Huey

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (1/96, p.143) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Her fame was unarguably deserved...despite her cringe-inducing bid to be a mall Madonna, she had a way with a tune..."
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