Omar - The AnthologyFreestyle
While scanning the thirty plus track listing for "The Anthology" from Omar, I couldn't help but think how many artists would've rolled out a "Greatest Hits" while barely having half the catalogue that he has under his belt. With that said this is a great opportunity to rejoice in the stunning collection of music from the Don of UK Soul. From early favourites like "There's Nothing Like This", The Anthology is a lovely trip down memory lane with timeless recordings. "Best By Far" is an underrated record if that's even possible. it's left-field soul that's still sounds brand new. Let's not forget the notable duets he has shared the mic with over the years. "Be Thankful" with Erykah Badu, "Who Chooses The Seasons" with Carleen Anderson and of course "Feeling You" with Stevie Wonder. That's not all, "Pass It On", a mid-tempo funky number featuring Terri Walker is one of two new tracks here along with "Long Time Coming". Seriously, you should have most of these songs already but if you don't then you need this this in your collection now. This is simply a great selection from the Man who is still at the top of his game. Salute!
Reg Dancy, 02/20