Here are some greatest hits packages released this year, reviewed by Deseret News entertainment writers:

PETER ALLEN; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (A&M). ** — The late former Mr. Liza Minnelli is best-known for co-writing Christopher Cross' Oscar-winning "Arthur's Theme." But he had a few minor hits of his own. "Fly Away" is one, although it only hit No. 55 on the charts. And though others like "Bi-Coastal," "I Go to Rio" and his remake of "Don't Cry Out Loud" never made the charts, they are his best. — Scott Iwasaki

HERB ALPERT; "Definitive Hits" (A&M). *** — This one will take you back. Trumpeter, band leader, record producer, record executive and musical pioneer Herb Alpert has finally released a greatest hits album that includes the Top 10 singles "The Lonely Bull," "Whipped Cream," "Taste of Honey" and "Diamonds" and the No. 1 hits "This Guy's in Love with You" and "Rise" — all on the same disc. Then there's the immortal "Spanish Flea" and his last Top 40 hit "Making Love in the Rain." The songs have been remastered and the booklet has a song-by-song commentary by Alpert himself. — S.I.

ANTHRAX; "Madhouse: the Very Best of . . ." (Island). *** — As one of the forerunners of the thrash-metal scene in the mid-1980s that yielded Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, the band Anthrax was a favorite among head-bangers and skaters. With its hyper-speed double-time drums, grinding power chords and high-top tennis shoes, the band found success with "Antisocial," "I Am the Law," "Indians" and "Caught in a Mosh." Anthrax also dared to be the first to mix thrash with rap on "I'm the Man." It took the concept a step further with its duet with Public Enemy "Bring the Noise." All are on this CD. — S.I.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (MCA Nashville).*** 1/2 — Led by Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel has garnered eight Grammy Awards and has been making music for more than 30 years. But the country/swing-folk band hasn't had any major Top 40 hits, which has allowed more freedom to play music it wants to play. "Cotton-Eyed Joe," "This Is the Way We Make a Broken Heart," "Across the Alley from the Alamo," "Liar's Moon" and "Lonely Avenue Revisited" are only a handful of the golden nuggets. — S.I.

ATLANTIC STARR; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (A&M). ** 1/2 — This one features only two of the five female lead singers who went through Atlantic Starr's revolving door. However, all isn't lost, because it was originally Sharon Bryant and her replacement, Barbara Weathers, who were featured on the New York-based group's best songs. Such popular hits as "Secret Lovers," "When Love Calls," Send for Me," "Freak-a-Ristic," "Circles" and a live version of the No. 1 "Always" grace this album. But there's no "Masterpiece." — S.I.

BUJU BANTON; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O).** 1/2 — Dance-hall reggae artist Buju Banton is best in small doses, rather than this 70-minute "greatest hits" collection. Still, it's hard to resist the groove-heavy "Hills and Valleys" and "Ring the Alarm Quick." Crucial for fans, but others should be wary. — Jeff Vice

BARENAKED LADIES; "Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001)" (Reprise). *** — One of the few bands able to successfully mix off-the-wall humor with pop power chords and catchy melodies, the Ladies' "Enid," "What a Good Boy" and "Be My Yoko Ono" are some of the early quirks that grace this nicely balanced album. Then there's the billion-dollar single "One Week" and those that followed. Fans won't be disappointed. — S.I.

BIG COUNTRY; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). *** — One of the few major breakthroughs from Scotland, Big Country was on regular rotation in the early, good days of MTV with the band's self-titled single. And while that song hit the Top 20, the follow-ups — "Fields of Fire" and "Wonderland" — failed to even reach the Top 40. Still, the band, conjured up by Stuart Adamson, leader of former U.K. punk rockers the Skids, brought some of the biggest sounding works to the United States during the early '80s: "The Teacher," "Chance," "Look Away" and "One Great Thing," etc. — S.I.

BLACK 'N' BLUE; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). * — If Poison is considered the major problem with '80s hair metal, Black 'n' Blue is the bottom of the barrel. The pompy fist-pumping anthems "Hold on to 18," "Without Love" and "Nasty Nasty" were all released as singles but failed to chart. Then there's the bland metal salutation "Miss Mystery" and the over-indulgent "I Want It All, I Want It Now." — S.I.

BOOK OF LOVE; "I Touch Roses: the Best of . . ." (Reprise). * 1/2 — Although vocalist Susan Ottaviano and keyboardist Ted Ottaviano share the same last name, they are not related. And that's pretty much the only interesting thing about this 16-song collection of the electronic dance group's "best" songs. The only charting track on this album, "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls," reached No. 90 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1988. — S.I.

BOYZ II MEN; "Legacy: the Greatest Hits Collection" (Universal). **** — Move over 'Nsync, O-Town, 98, LFO and make way for the kings of '90s vocal groups Boyz II Men. If you like Backstreet Boys and all the above but want more soul like Temptations and Four Tops, this album's for you. "Motownphilly," "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You," "On Bended Knee" and "Water Runs Dry" are all here. We'll even forgive the Mariah Carey duet "One Sweet Day" and the omission of "Thank You," because the rest of the songs are here. — S.I.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN; "Classics" (Angel). *** — While this isn't a bona-fide greatest-hits album, it showcases some of Sarah Brightman's favorites based on classical works. Thankfully it shys away from her musical theater. You'll find Puccini's "Nessun Dorma," from her album "Eden," and Chopin's "Dans La Nuit," recorded for this collection. Albini's "Adagio" stands well with Beethoven's "Figlio Perduto." And the only Lloyd-Webber composition is "Pie Jesu." Brightman can sing, and her voice is suited to these lush productions. — S.I.

BURNING SPEAR; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). *** 1/2 — You'd need more than just a 20-song collection to adequately sum up the career of underrated reggae vocalist Winston Rodney, a k a Burning Spear. But for newcomers, this compilation of tracks from his 25-years-plus (including the hits "Red, Gold & Green" and "Mek We Dweet") is a good introduction. — J.V.

CAMEO; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). * 1/2 — Technically, this should only be a five-song album, because only five songs from this New York City-based funk trio hit the Top 100. Of those, only one, "Word Up," hit the Top 10 (No. 6). Still, there are some other minor hits — "She's Strange," "Candy" — that went to No. 1 on the R&B charts. — S.I.

TEVIN CAMPBELL; "The Best of . . ." (Qwest/Warner Bros.). *** — While "Can We Talk" and "Round and Round" are on this album, important songs have been left off. Where's "Just Ask Me To" and "Strawberry Letter 23"? Without those, this isn't really the best cuts of silky smooth soul-singer Tevin Campbell. Still, the tracks "I'm Ready," "Always in My Heart" and "Goodbye" are here, and so is Campbell's biggest Top 10 hit, "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do." The sequencing flows well, without a weak song, but the aforementioned exclusions make this album incomplete. — S.I.

CAPTAIN & TENNILLE; "The Complete Hits" (Hip-O). *** 1/2 — Yes, "Muskrat Love" is here. Oh, well. The Captain & Tennille may be a joke in some corners, but I defy you to listen to this album without getting caught up in its infectious enthusiasm. And in their prime, Tennille's voice was gorgeous, and the Captain was a master of the keyboards. This 22-track disc is also a reminder of just how many big hits they had, from "Love Will Keep Us Together" forward. So shoot me; I loved it. — Chris Hicks

COLLECTIVE SOUL; "7even Year Itch" (Atlantic). ** 1/2 —The Atlanta rock band Collective Soul burst on the scene with the light grunge tune "Shine." And it made a huge impression during "Woodstock '94." Though the band has worked hard throughout the years, the music is mediocre at best . "Run," Energy," "Gel," "December" and the ballad "The World I Know" are proof. — S.I.

BILL COSBY; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). *** — If you are of a certain age, the "best" of Bill Cosby might be expected to include his earliest comedy routines — "Noah," "My Brother Russell, Whom I Slept With," "Karate," etc. But this is a collection from later recordings. When teenage Cos drives Fat Albert's car-with-an-airplane-engine or tries to warn Russell about laughing at Dad, it's funny stuff . . . but are these really Cosby's "best"? — C.H.

THE COWSILLS; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). ** — The liner notes would have us believe the Cowsills were unfairly characterized as sunny bubble-gum family singers, but a fresh listening suggests they are just that. Not that it's a bad thing. There's occasional campy fun in such hits as "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," "Indian Lake," "Hair" and even "Love American Style" — "Campy" being the operative word.— C.H.

DAZZ BAND; "The Best of the . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Motown). *** — Cleveland's Dazz Band (the name means "Danceable Jazz") funked it up in the early '80s. The Top 10 groove of "Let It Whip" found its way into dance-club consciousness, while "Joy Stick" and "Let It All Blow" were staples at funk parties. In addition, "Kip It Live (On the K.I.I.)" and the party anthem "Knock! Knock!" are all here for an ultrafunk trip back into time. — S.I.

DEEE-LITE; "The Very Best of . . ." (Elektra/Rhino). ** 1/2 — Sure, the songs on this album might be handpicked by the band, making it a "very best of" collection, but that doesn't mean it's a greatest-hits album. There needs to be more than a mere three charting songs. Of the 20 here, only one, "The Groove Is in The Heart," is one the band will be remembered for. Still, the CD is fun. "Apple Juice Kissing" and "Power of Love" are groovy, funkamental examples.— S.I.

DINOSAUR JR.; "Ear Bleeding Country: The Best of . . ." (Warner Archives/Rhino). ** 1/2 — The Foo Fighters' David Grohl isn't the only drummer who switched to guitar and started a band. J. Mascis did it with Dinosaur Jr., one of the original slacker bands on the planet. This "best of" collection doesn't contain any major charting hits, but fan faves like "Repulsion," "Little Fury Things" and "Freak Scene" are here in their noisy glory. Also included is a J. Mascis solo tune, "Take a Run at the Sun," and "Where'd You Go," featuring Mascis & the Fog. — S.I.

DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES; "Greatest Hits" (Deadline Music). *** — Finally there's a DRI album worth owning. This collection compiles tracks from the California thrash-punks' first three albums, including "Violent Pacification" and "Five-Year Plan." Unfortunately, the tracks still haven't been "cleaned up" (the sound is extremely muddy). — J.V.

SNOOP DOGG; "Death Row's Snoop Doggy Dogg Greatest Hits" (Death Row). ** 1/2 — It's been a few years since Snoop left Death Row Records and dropped the "Doggy" from his moniker. But the label has been in a bit of turmoil during for several years, so they dug up some classic tunes from the man born as Calvin Broadus. "Gin & Juice," "Murder Was the Case" and "Nothin' But a 'G' Thang" are some of the reissued tracks that definitely warrant the parental advisory sticker. — S.I.

LEE DORSEY; "The Very Best of . . . : Working in a Coal Mine" (Music Club). *** — The distinctive funky New Orleans sound of Dorsey is perhaps most memorable on "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Ya Ya" — if you lived during the '60s, you heard them at one time or another. But his other songs here demonstrate that he was not just a one- or two-hit wonder. Dorsey had genuine funky soul; just listen to "Sneakin' Sally Thru the Alley." — C.H.

ERIC B. & RAKIM; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Hip-O). ** — Most of the hits from DJ Eric Barrier and William Griffin Jr. only charted on the R&B charts. Songs like "I Know You Got Soul," "Eric B. Is President," "I Ain't no Joke" and "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em" are hip-hop works that were among the better-known efforts of this duo. Still, it would have been nice to hear "Juice (Know the Lege)," which is not included. — S.I.

GLORIA ESTEFAN; "Greatest Hits, Vol. II" (epic). *** 1/2 — This second collection of Estefan's hits has 13 cuts from various later recordings, and all are fun . . . especially a couple from my personal favorite of her albums, "Destiny." "Greatest Hits II" includes her duet with 'NSYNC, "Music of My Heart," and if you have "Vol. I," they make a pretty good two-disc box set. — C.H.

FREDDY FENDER; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (MCA Nashville). ** 1/2 — Baldemar Huerta, a k a Freddy Fender, was a crossover hitmaker with his songs "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." His later releases didn't fare as well, but that didn't stop him from hitting it big with country/tejano fans. Fender has a history of making catchy tunes and lonesome ballads. "Livin' It Down," "The Rains Came" and his own version of "Vaya Con Dios" and the No. 1 country hits "Secret Love" and "You'll Lose a Good Thing" are compiled together for the first time since his 1977 "Greatest Hits" album. — S.I.

FLATT & SCRUGGS; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). **** — Early roots music pioneers Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs have inspired many modern bluegrass and country artists, from Sam Bush to Tim McGraw. While this collection of hits doesn't span the duo's entire career, it highlights their 19 years with Mercury Records. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," "Baby Blue Eyes" and "Farewell Blues" bring to mind dusty cross-country drives in a sturdy old Ford. — S.I.

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (A&M). ** 1/2 — This disc is the Reader's Digest version of last year's two-CD "Flying Burrito Brothers Anthology." "Christine's Tune (a k a Devli In Disguise)," "Sin City," "Wheels, " "Train Song" and "Cody Cody" are all written by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. — S.I.

PETER FRAMPTON; "Anthology: The History of . . ." (A&M). *** 1/2 — Although he's now on the classic-rock packaged tours with Journey and Styx, Frampton was one of the most charismatic and exciting guitarists of the 1970s. He hit the big time with his 1976 album "Frampton Comes Alive," which featured the singles "Show Me the Way," "Do You Feel Like I Do" and "Baby I Love Your Way." Those songs are here, as well as follow-up studio hits "I'm in You" and his take on Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)." (The only song that's missing would be "Lyin,' " from "Premonition.") — S.I.

GAP BAND; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). *** — With four No. 1 R & B hits and a couple of charting Top 40 tunes, the Gap Band did a number on the soul and groove nightclub scene during the late '70s and mid-to-late '80s. "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Early In the Morning," "Outstanding" and "All of My Love" represent the No. 1's on this 19-song set.. — S.I.

JUDY GARLAND; "The Very Best of . . . : Over the Rainbow" (MCA/Decca). *** 1/2

LIZA MINNELLI; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ***— Like mother like daughter. The "Judy" collection is the early stuff, representing songs from her MGM films (late '30s through mid-'40s), with the title song, "Dear Mr. Gable," "I'm Nobody's Baby," duets with Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, etc. The "Liza" disc is more of a career overview, including "Cabaret," "Liza With a 'Z,' " "New York, New York," etc. But the early songs are best — "Come Saturday Morning," a Jimmy Webb medley, and Randy Newman's "Love Story" — before she began to overproduce and "belt" everything (her "Stormy Weather," for example). There's also a duet with Liza and Mom.— C.H.

ANDY GIBB; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Polydor). *** — With three No. 1 hits and a load of Top 20s, Andy Gibb, who succumbed to fast living and an insatiable appetite for drugs in 1988, was a teen-idol during the '70s. Along with brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice — also known as the Bee Gees — Gibb stormed the charts. "Shadow Dancing," "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and "(Love Is) Thicker than Water" all hit No. 1, and he followed those with "An Everlasting Love," "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away," "Desire" and "Time Is Time." Those songs are here, along with his remake of the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." — S.I.

GOO GOO DOLLS; "Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce: 1987-2000" (Warner Bros.). ** 1/2 — Some might ask "Where's 'Name'?" It isn't here. So can this really be called a greatest-hits album? No. Instead, this 22-song collection is a rundown of the Dolls' career: "Bullet Proof," "Naked," "Eyes Wide Open," "Lucky Star." All have been remastered and remixed. — S.I.

DOBIE GRAY; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** — The former lead singer of Pollution who also recorded as Leonard Victor Ainsworth, Gray — born Lawrence Darrow Brown — hit the Top 10 with "Drift Away" in 1973. Hits like "Loving Arms" and "You Can Do It" tried to duplicate the success but failed. Those songs are here, along with "Look at Me," "The 'In' Crowd" and "(See You at the) Go Go." Because of licensing, "If Love Must Go" and "Find 'Em, Fool 'Em & Forget 'Em" are not. — S.I.

AL GREEN; "Testify: The Best of the A&M Years" (A&M). *** — If you're looking for the No. 1 hit "Let's Stay Together," you're not going to find it here. That song wasn't recorded for A&M Records. But if you want to find "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," his duet with Annie Lennox, you've come to the right place. And truly, this is the best of Al Green's A&M works: "True Love," I Feel Like Going On," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "You've Got a Friend." — S.I.

GREEN DAY; "International Superhits!" (Reprise). *** The best material pop-punk trio Green Day ever recorded was for the San Francisco indie label Lookout! Records, though this 21-track collection does remove a lot of the chaff from the band's major-label works and includes two new songs, "Maria" and "Poprocks & Coke." Besides, it's nice to have an album that includes both "She" and "Warning," alongside the monster hit "Basket Case." — J.V.

NANCI GRIFFITH; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). *** 1/2 — Those of us who love Nanci Griffith really can't understand why she doesn't achieve superstardom. She recorded "From a Distance" before Bette Midler ever heard it, and Griffith's originals, from the romantic lament "Love at the Five and Dime" to the socially conscious "Trouble in the Fields," demonstrate her versatility. But her self-described "folkabilly" is hard to categorize. This is a nice primer, with some of her best songs (live versions sub for those outside the MCA catalog). — C.H.

BUDDY GUY; "Collected" (Music Club). *** — The title King of Chicago Blues, with the passing of Muddy Waters, goes to Buddy Guy. This compilation demonstrates why. "Break Out All Over You (Poison Ivy)," "Comin' on" and live versions of "The Things I Used to Do," "Tell Me What's Inside of You" and "Done Got Over You" — and if there's still doubt, listen to "Breakin' Out on Top" and "Blues at My Baby's House." — S.I.

TOM T. HALL; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). *** 1/2 — Before he started hawking Ford trucks on TV in the late '70s, Tom T. Hall was a successful coungtry singer/songwriter. He wrote the hit "Harper Valley P.T.A." for Jeannie C. Riley. In addition, he had a couple of No. 1 country hits — "The Year that Clayton Delaney Died" and "I Love." Those, and a previously unreleased version of "Harper Valley" are some of the pearls on this disc, along with "That Song Is Driving Me Crazy," "Me and Jesus" and "Ballad of Forty Dollars." — S.I.

HEAD EAST; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (A&M). ** 1/2 — This is the original Head East, not the band in the '80s whose only original members were drummer Steve Huston and keyboardist Roger Boyd. This is the real deal. "Never Been Any Reason," "Love Me Tonight" and the Russ Ballard classic "Since You Been Gone" are some of the nuggets here, along with "City of Gold," "Monkey Shine" and "Keep a Secret." — S.I.

MICHAEL HEDGES; "Beyond Boundaries: Guitar Solos" (Windham Hill). **** — This collection of tracks featuring late guitarist Michael Hedges is testament to his musical brilliance. Such early pieces as "The Unexpected Visitor" hold up well with the more recent "Dream Beach" and "Baal T'Shuvah," the latter released just before his car accident. Also here are three unreleased live songs, which were recorded for various versions of the broadcast "Echos Living Room Concerts." — S.I.

JOHN LEE HOOKER; ". . . Is Hip: His Greatest Hits" (Music Club). **** — If you want to hear the late King of Mississippi Blues in his prime, this album's for you. The songs, at least most of them found here, are the original versions of "I'm So Excited," "Crawlin' Black Spider," "Maudie," "Big Legs, Tight Skirt," "Boogie Chillen" and "This Is Hip." — S.I.

IMMATURE/IMx; "Greatest Hits" (Hip-O). ** — The threesome known as Immature . . . until they changed the name to IMx when they reached adulthood — had a string of Top 100 hits. Six of those — "Watch Me Do My Thing," "Stay the Night," "Please Don't go," "Constantly," "We Got It" and "Never Lie" — all made it to the Top 40. "Lover's Groove," "I Don't Mind" and "Feel the Funk" are also on this mediocre package. — S.I.

THE IMPRESSIONS; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). *** — This compilation features all the big hits from most of the group's various incarnations. "For Your Precious Love," "It's All Right," "Keep on Pushin,' " "People Get Ready" and "We're a Winner," "Same Thing It Took" are all here, as well as Richard and Arthur Brooks on "For Your Precious Love" and "Gypsy Woman." But there is nothing from the Leroy Hutson days. It would have been nice to have included "(Baby) Turn on Me" and "Ain't got Time." — S.I.

DONNIE IRIS; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). *** — Born in Pittsburg, Pa., as Dominic Ierace, Donnie Iris cranked his way into album rock radio with his richly layered "Ah, Leah" and the follow-up "Love Is Like a Rock." Donning the Buddy Holly look long before Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Iris showed the world that nerds could make spectacular sounds. "I Can't Hear You," "My Girl," "Do You Compute?" and a live version of "The Rapper" have been remastered. Too bad "Injured in the Name of Love" was left off. — S.I.

GREGORY ISAACS; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — He might not be as well known to the public as Bob Marley, but Gregory Isaacs is an important figure in Jamaican music. With his crooning style and social commentaries, he ran the gammut. This album is features some of his best-known works: "Top Ten," "The Border," "Storm," "Rough Neck." While Isaacs already has two "best of" compilations, this one gives the listener a little history lesson on the singer. — S.I.

ISLEY BROTHERS; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Motown). *** — The original Isley's — O'Kelly, Ronald and Rudolph — and the original hits that the Tamla label released from 1966-1969 are here ("This Old Heart of Mine [Is Weak for You]," "I Guess I'll Always Love You," "Got to Have You Back," "Take Some Time Out for Love"), but "Shout," "Twist and Shout," "That Lady," "Fight the Power" and "It's Your Thing" are missing. "Put Yourself in My Place," "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" and "All Because I Love You," which was previously only available on an import album, try to pick up the slack. — S.I.

BURL IVES; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). ***— The multi-talented Ives (he won an acting Oscar in 1958) is, sadly, largely forgotten today, but his sweet voice on these familiar, old-fashioned tunes ("A Little Bitty Tear," "Blue Tail Fly" with the Andrews Sisters, "Big Rock Candy Mountain") is guaranteed nostalgia. — C.H.

JERMAINE JACKSON; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — Jermaine Jackson was the only other brother from the Jacksons to try his hand at a solo career. The Jackson with the husky voice, he already had a few minor hits, as "That's How Love Goes," "Daddy's Home" and "You're in Good Hands" paved the way for his most sucessful single "Let's Get Serious." Later, he partnered with new wave/punk pioneers Devo on the funky "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy." Then came the ballads "Do What Yo Do" and "Don't Take It Personal." — S.I.

JOE JACKSON; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (A&M). *** — This collection follows a two-CD set — "Steppin' Out: the Very Best of Joe Jackson" — reviewed in the box set list. This is just one CD, leaving off "Real Men," "Got Time" and "The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy." Still "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" "Sunday Papers," "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us in Two" — his biggest charting hits — are here for fans who can't afford the two-disc set. — S.I.

ETTA JAMES; "Love Songs" (MCA/Chess). ** 1/2 — This isn't a real greatest-hits album, but it has some of James' best-loved sentimental ditties: "At Last," "My Dearest Darling," "Trust in Me." — S.I.

THE JETS; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). ** 1/2 — The Wolfgramm family group specialized in dance and pop and released 10 singles, half of which made it to the Top 10 and put Minneapolis on the charts. When most of the clan relocated to Salt Lake City, they stopped performing as a group but did make some local appearances through the '90s. "Crush on You," "You got It All," "Cross My Broken Heart," "Rocket 2 U" and "Make It Real" are all here, as well as "I Do You," "Private Number" and "Sendin' All My Love." — S.I.

AL JOLSON; "The Best of . . . : 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection" (MCA). *** — In his day, Jolson was considered — and billed as — "The World's Greatest Entertainer"; he was perhaps the first media superstar. This collection has nothing several others don't, but it's as good an introduction as any to the distinctive Jolie: "Swanee," "Toot Toot Tootsie," "My Mammy," etc. — C.H.

QUINCY JONES; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (A&M). *** — This hits compilation can only be described as a teaser for "Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones," the four CD collection reviewed in the box set list. The Quincy Jones Orchestra's "Killer Joe," James Ingram's "One Hundred Way" and "Sanford & Son Theme/The Street Beater" are some of the highlights on this album. But they only scratch the surface. Too bad licensing for Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Thriller" couldn't be resolved for this collection. They are on Jones' box set. — S.I.

SAMMY KERSHAW; "The Hits Chapter Two" (Mercury Nashville). ** 1/2 — His boyish looks are getting a little haggard, but his voice still rings true — at least on his records. This release covers his last three releases, "Politics, Religion and Her," "Labor of Love" and "Maybe not Tonight." Funny how no song from his and Lorrie Morgan's duet album "I Finally Found Someone" is found on this "Hits" album," although their duet "Maybe not Tonight" is. — S.I.

LEVERT; "The Best of Levert" (Atlantic/Rhino). ** 1/2 — Levert was one of those old-school New Jack groups that had catchy dance tunes with "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind," "Good Ol' Days" and "ABC-123" (not to be confused with the Jackson 5 song of the same name). Then there was the group's biggest hit "Casanova." You will find those songs, as well as the No. 1 R&B tunes "Addicted to You" and "Just Coolin,' " featuring Heavy D. — S.I.

LOVERBOY; "Live Loud and Loose (1982-1986)" (Sony/Legacy). ** 1/2 — Say what you will, Loverboy was one of the early '80s bands that had songs that made you want to move. The band's first three albums each sold more than 2 million copies. This live disc was pieced together from various tours in the '80s — their heyday. The recordings of "Working for the Weekend," "Lucky Ones," "Turn Me Loose," "This Could Be the Night" and "The Kid Is Hot Tonight" do feature the band's '80s charm. And this album is the perfect tribute to bassist Scott Smith, who drowned while boating off the coast of San Francisco in December 2000. — S.I.

MADONNA; "GHV2: Greatest Hits Vol. 2" (Maverick/Warner Bros.). *** — The Material One has kept her career rolling by repeatedly reinventing herself. Therefore, the singer/performer, now past 40, has released another "Greatest Hits" album, with tracks culled from her 1994-2000 albums "Erotica," "Bedtime Stories," "Ray of Light" and "Music." Also on tap are the singles "Beautiful Strangers" from the movie "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," from the "Evita" soundtrack. Other charting hits include "Frozen," "Ray of Light," "Older and Deeper" and "Music," to name just a few. — S.I.

TEENA MARIE; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Motown). * 1/2 — The songs represented here came before her hit "Lovergirl." So, technically, this can't be considered the actual "Best of Teena Marie." "Lovergirl" was released on Epic and these songs were released on Motown. Still, "I Need Your Lovin' " is here. But that's about it. — S.I.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS; "One Love: The Very Best of . . . " (Island). **** — Essentially a spruced-up re-release of "Legend," one of the best-selling greatest-hits albums of all time, this 20-song career summation (now including the gem "Iron Lion Zion" and a couple of other additions) isn't really the "very best" of the reggae legend's work. But it serves magnificently as an introduction to Marley's music, which is every bit as important today as when it was originally recorded. — J.V.

MARY JANE GIRLS; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Motown). ** 1/2 — If you want some fun '80s dance tunes with the funk and flair that matched their hair, this is the album for you. Sometimes thought of as Vanity lite because of the lingerie (but without the blatant sexuality), the Mary Jane Girls were fantasies of many a junior high-age male during the mid '80s. "In My House," "Wild and Crazy Love" and "Walk Like a Man" are all here. — S.I.

MARTINA McBRIDE; "Greatest Hits" (RCA). *** — Pop audiences know McBride because of her heartfelt duet "Valentine," with pianist Jim Brickman. Others know her for the valiant stand she takes against abusive relationships in "Independence Day" and "Broken Wing." Then there's her video, currently shown on CMT and VH1 Country, "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues." She's three-dimentional and has a voice that will knock a lot of contemporary country artists flat. This is a keeper. — S.I.

MINISTRY; "Greatest Hits" (Warner Bros.). ** 1/2 — While this compilation doesn't include anything from the 1983 album "With Sympathy," it does feature such '80s songs as "Thieves," "Stigmata" and "So What." The turbulent industrial rants of the 12-inch single version of "Reload" and the goth crank of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" prepare the listener for a remake of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut." It's not for everyone; the parental advisory notice on the cover is accurate. — S.I.

ENNIO MORRICONE; "Morricone RMX" (Reprise). *** VARIOUS ARTISTS; "Music for the Movies of Clint Eastwood" (Warner Sunset/Warner Bros.). *** — The Morricone album, which includes one Eastwood-related piece ("For a Few Dollars More"), has a bevy of bands (Apollo Four Forty, Terranova, De-Phazz) offering unique remixed interpretations of Morricone's work; odd but enjoyable. The idea with the "Eastwood" album is that the soundtrack scores are as distinctive as Eastwood's movies (and some of these pieces he wrote himself). The first five are Westerns (including Frankie Laine on "Rawhide"), while the rest make for an eclectic mix, heavy on the jazz. — C.H.

AARON NEVILLE; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). *** — The big man with the tender voice laid the foundation for his success with his brothers. Then came duets with Linda Ronstadt that caught the ear of adult contemporary radio. This 20-song collection features a couple of tunes with his siblings ("A Change Is Gonna Come," "Arianne"), his duets with Rondstadt ("All My Life," "Don't Know Much") and his more successful solo works ("Tell It Like It Is" and "Everybody Plays the Fool"). — S.I.

BOB NEWHART; "Something like this . . . : The . . . Anthology" (Warner Archives/Rhino). **** — Before he became a television icon, Newhart was a popular stand-up (or sit-down?) comedian with his "Button-Down" albums, which were filled with his easygoing but slightly skewed look at the world. He was the only comic we encouraged to phone it in. Whether it's observations on everyday domesticity or bringing history into the modern world, each of these routines is as hysterical today as it was in the '60s.— C.H.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN; "Magic: The Very Best of . . . " (UTV). ** 1/2 — This 21-song collection tries to recap Olivia Newton-John's illustrious 30-year career, which included five No. 1 hits — "I Honestly Love You," "Have You Never Been Mellow," "You're the One That I Want," "Magic" and "Physical." The good news is that some of her early country stuff is here — "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)," "Let Me Be There" — as well as such soundtrack works as "Twist of Fate," "Xanadu," "Suddenly" and "Summer Nights." Too bad her earliest work, "If Not for You" and "Banks of the Ohio," have been left in the dust. — S.I.

JEFFREY OSBORNE; "Love Songs" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — Not really a greatest hits album, but with some nice, famous slow jams. But his duet with Dionne Warwick, "Love Power," is missing. Still, other mellow works — "On the Wings of Love," "You Should Be Mine (the Woo Woo Song)" and a couple of hits from L.T.D. (Osborne's former band), "Share My Love" and "Love Ballad" — are represented. — S.I.

OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS; "Time Warp: the Very Best of . . ." (A&M). ** 1/2 — Not all of the band's charting singles are on this greatest-hits collection. "Jackie Blue" and "If You Want to Get to Heaven" are here, but "If I Only Knew," "You Know What I Like" and "Take You Tonight" are missing. Still, this album does capture the feel of the country-rock sound made so popular in the early '70s with such songs as "Road to Glory," "You Made It Right" and the twangy "Time Warp." — S.I.

PABLO CRUISE; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (A&M). ** 1/2 — The soft-rock sound of Pablo Cruise formed in 1973 when members of the San Francisco bands Stoneground and It's a Beautiful Day merged. This compilation blends Top 10 hits "Love Will Find a Way" and "Whatcha Gonna Do?" to the band's final Top 20 hit "Cool Love" non-charting gems like "Will You, Won't You" and "Ocean Breeze." — S.I.

GRAHAM PARKER; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — Pub-rock pioneer Graham Parker made slouching stances cool. The singer/songwriter only hit the Top 100 Chart three times with "Hold Back the Night," "Life Gets Better " and "Wake Up Next to You." While "Hold Back the Night" and "Wake Up Next to You" are on this collection, "Life Gets Better" isn't. But such dittys as "Back to Schooldays," "Soul Shoes," "I Want You Back" and Stupefaction" are here, along with "Disney's America," "Local Girls" and "Get Started, Start a Fire." — S.I.

LES PAUL; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (MCA). *** 1/2 — In the '40s, there was no guitarist to match Les Paul, and his instrumentals here (and with the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby) demonstrate his amazing skill. "Dark Eyes" and "Caravan" especially showcase his artistry. — C.H.

CE CE PENISTON; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (A&M). ** — While Ce Ce Peniston didn't hit the Top 100 as much as she would have liked, some of her songs reached pivotal points on the R&B charts. "Finally," "We got a Love Thang" and "keep on Walkin' " are some better-known hits, along with "Inside That I Cried," "Crazy Love" and "I'm In the Mood." — S.I.

PUBLIC ENEMY; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Def Jam Recordings). *** 1/2 — Using just 11 songs to highlight the career of seminal rap artists Public Enemy seems extremely unfair, even if it does include "Welcome to the Terrordome," "Fight the Power" and "911 is a Joke." But those looking to own just one album by the group should check it out. — J.V.

RARE EARTH; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Motown). ** 1/2 — Rare Earth had the funk and the groove during the '70s. "Get Ready," "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "I Just Want to Celebrate" were the big hits, all written by soul artists. But don't forget "Born to Wander," "Hey Big Brother" and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," which show why this band was on the cutting edge. — S.I.

THE RAT PACK; "Eee-O 11: The Best of . . ." (Capitol). *** THE RAT PACK; " . . . Live at the Sands" (Capitol). *** — The former is an odd album; despite the title and cover design (and centerfold photo, a scene from the film), this collection has nothing to do with "Ocean's 11" . . . except that two of the 18 tracks here — Dean Martin's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and Sammy Davis Jr.'s title song — appear in that film. The rest are a mishmash of hits by Martin, Davis and Frank Sinatra. Still, it's a solid Rat Pack "hits" collection for fans. The live album showcases the superstar song-and-patter that went on in Vegas clubs during their heyday. The songs are great; the gags are hit and miss — some of them vulgar, sexist, silly or moronic and racist. But the trio's easygoing charm is genuinely infectious. Each does a solo set, they joke around seperately and together, and Davis even does impressions. — C.H.

JIMMY RUFFIN; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Motown). ** 1/2 — Jimmy Ruffin, brother of Tempation's co-lead-singer David, never had his brother's fame. Still, he had some nice soulful hits during the '60s. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" are included on this compilation, along with a duet with brother David on "Stand by Me." Too bad "Hold on to My Love" had to be left off because it is owned by another record label. — S.I.

BRENDA RUSSELL; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — Russell's "Piano in the Dark" went all the way to No. 6, and while such other works as "If You Love (The One You Lose)," "Get Here" and "Way Back When" gained some minor success on R&B charts, she is best-known for her session work as a keyboardist/vocalist for Barbra Striesand, Bette Midler and Elton John. Her solo work is pleasing but not earthshaking. — S.I.

THE SCORPIONS; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). ** 1/2 — While not really a big-hair metal band, the German band Scorpions was lumped in that category due to timing. The band's big hits "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "No One Like You" and the ballads "Still Loving You" and "Wind of Change" were released during the '80s hairspray heyday. — S.I.

SHAI; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (MCA). ** 1/2 — Shai's vocal harmonies rivaled Boyz II Men in the early 1990s. Shai's style caught the world with "If I Ever Fall in Love," and then "Comforter" and "Baby, I'm Yours." But the remaining nine songs are a letdown. — S.I.

JILL SOBULE; "I Never Learned to Swim: . . . 1990-2000" (Beyond/BMG). *** 1/2 — This greatest-hits package was released earlier this year, so it doesn't cover any of Sobule's new stuff. But that doesn't matter. The quirky workings of "Stoned Soul Picnic," "When My Ship Comes In" and the shining jewel "I Kissed a Girl" carry the album, along with "Big Shoes," "Claire" and "Karen by Night." — S.I.

SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS; "The Very Best of . . . " (A&M). *** 1/2 — Two gold albums and five Grammys were won by Sounds of Blackness for keeping traditional and modern African American choir music alive by adding a little hip-hop spark. The group here offers beautiful harmonies and hard-hitting social commentary with an urban back-beat on "Chains," "The Pressure," "I Believe" and "Testify," among others. — S.I.

THE SPECIALS; "The Very Best of . . . and Fun Boy Three" (Cleopatra). ** 1/2 — It seems strange to make this a Specials and Fun Boy Three greatest-hits album when FBT only have two bona-fide albums out. Still, the this album contains "A Message to You Rudy" and "Rude Boy's Outta Jail" and "Our Lips Are Sealed," which features the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin. (A typo on the title of one song is "Your Wondering Now" instead of "You're Wondering Now.") — S.I.

SQUEEZE; "Greatest Hits" (A&M Records). *** — Nearly 30 years ago, musician Glenn Tilbrook hooked up with lyricist Chris Difford to form the college radio and new wave fave Squeeze. While the quirky band — with its ever-evolving (or is that revolving?) lineup — never hit the big time, it did turn out a few hits: "Take Me, I'm Yours," "Cool for Cats" (a rap before rap was born), "Tempted" (a personal favorite), "Hourglass" (probably the band's biggest hit in the United States), "Up the Junction" and "Black Coffee in Bed" are all squeezed onto this 20-track disc. — Todd Curtis

THE STAPLE SINGERS; "Good News: The Collection" (Music Club). *** 1/2 — The old-style "family-gospel" sound of the Staple Singers was indeed a staple of the genre in the '50s and '60s, and this thoughtful collection includes several songs that show off Mavis' exceptional voice. "I'm Coming Home," "Good News," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and others are guaranteed to raise the spirit. — C.H.

EDWIN STARR; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Motown). ** 1/2 — Edwin Starr has more than 14 singles to his name, but this collection only features 11. Born Charles Hatcher, he was an inspiration to such other artists as Bruce Springsteen (who remade Starr's No. 1 "War") and the Jackson 5 (which remade "Oh, How Happy"). Those songs are here, but "Abyssinia Jones" and "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" were left on the editing table. — S.I.

ROD STEWART; "The Very Best of . . . " (Warner Bros.). *** — Scotland's golden child Rod Stewart has successfully made the transition from rocking partier to sentimental family man, and his music reflects the change. This album contains rockers "Hot Legs" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" as well as the more mellow "Forever Young," "Downtown Train" and "Have I Told You Lately." — S.I.

LIZ STORY; "Welcome Home: The Best of . . . " (Windham Hill). *** — Fourteen of the 15 tracks here are gleaned from seven of Liz Story's nine albums ("Bradley's Dream," "Broken Arrow Drive," "Hymn," "Voices," "My Romance," "Wedding Rain" and the title track haven't lost their magic) — along with "For Mark, Unwound," recorded for this collection. — S.I.

SWING OUT SISTER; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). ** 1/2 — This keyboard-laden jazz-pop trio from the U.K. was once compared to the Canadian duo Anything but the Girl. Vocalist Corinne Drewery's nice lonely lilt is the focus on "Breakout" and "Twilight World." All 11 songs, including "Surrender," "You on My Mind" and "Forever Blue," have that electro-pop feel. — S.I.

SWITCH; "The Best of . . . ; The Millennium Collection" (Motown). ** 1/2 — Although discovered by Jermaine Jackson, this pop-soul group never had the staying power of the Jacksons. The forerunner of DeBarge, Switch only had a few minor hits — "There'll Never Be," "Best Beat In Town" and "I Call Your Name." If those songs are your thing, then this album, which includes "Call on Me," "I Do Love You" and "Love Over and Over Again," is for you. — S.I.

J.T. TAYLOR; "Greatest Hits" (Hip-O). ** — The lead singer of Kool & the Gang has done duets with Stephanie Mills ("Heart to Heart") and Regina Belle ("All I Want Is Forever"), but his best-known works are with the group: "Ladies Night," "Too Hot," "Let's go Dancin,' " "Cherish," "Tonight," Misled," "Get Down On It." So why isn't it called "Kool & the Gang's Greatest Hits"? Where would J.T. Taylor be without Kool & the Gang? And where's "Celebration"? — S.I.

TEARS FOR FEARS; "Shout: The Very Best of . . ." (Mercury). *** 1/2 — As with most '80s bands, Tears for Fears relied heavily on preprogrammed drum machines and synthesizers. But Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith's techno-pop is different; it's deeper, both musically and lyrically, and not nearly as dated as some '80s offerings. From "Mad World" to "Mothers Talk" to "Head over Heels" to "Sowing the Seeds of Love" to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" to "Shout," this "best of" album lets it all out. — T.C.

TESLA; "The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Geffen). *** — As far as compilations go, this one's as strong as it can get. The Sacramento-based, blues-based metal outfit Tesla made a name for itself on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" during the late '80s, and like the Scorpions, were unfairly lumped together with Poison and Winger. This compilation highlights Telsa's best and most powerful tunes: "Modern Day Cowboy," "Hang Tough," "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" and "Song & Emotion," along with ballads "Love Song" and "The Way It Is." — S.I.

THIRD WORLD; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). *** — Unlike Steel Pulse and some of its other, more famous counterparts, these talented Jamaican reggae artists may not have gotten as much credit as they deserve. And this 20-song compilation isn't a proper representation of their career, even if it does include the hits "Jah Glory" and "Try Jah Love." — J.V.

TONY TONI TON–; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Motown). ** 1/2 — While many will remember the sensual "Feels Good" and sentimental "Anniversary," die-hard Tony Toni Ton fans will enjoy the shout-out of "Little Walter" and the funky "If I Had No Loot." The group — none of the guys were named Tony, Toni or Ton, by the way — cleared the way for Boyz II Men but didn't have any major blockbusters. Still, this album is a nice way to remember '80s pop funk and soul. — S.I.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS; "20th Century Masters — The Best of . . . : The Millennium Collection" (Island). *** — To be honest, there are far better hits collections for Jamaica's beloved "Soul Man," Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, including the 19-track "The Very Best of Toots & The Maytals," which was released by the same record label last year. But for neophytes trying to get a feel for his funky, soulful reggae, this might not be a bad start. — J.V.

URIAH HEAP; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). ** 1/2 — With a name taken from Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities," Uriah Heap was an enigma. Mixing heavy metal with progressive rock, and without any strong singles, the band managed to hit the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts five times in two years (1972-74). Each album went gold, selling more than 500,000 copies. This compilation has some of the better known singles — "Easy Livin'," Sweet Lorraine" and "Stealin,' " along with Heap classics "High Priestess," "Lady in Black" and "The Wizard." — S.I.

VARIOUS ARTISTS; "The Best of Pooh and Tigger, Too." (Walt Disney). **** — Parents and children can listen together to new versions of the original "Winnie-the-Pooh" theme, "Little Black Rain Cloud" and "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers." "Rumbly in My Tumbly" and a special reading of "Winnie-the-Pooh" by Christopher Plummer are also included, along with contemporary works "Never Alone (Eeyoure's Lullaby)," sung by Tyler Collins, and "My Baloon," with Kathie Lee Gifford. — S.I.

VARIOUS ARTISTS; "Girl Group Greats" (Rhino). *** 1/2

VARIOUS ARTISTS; "More Girl Group Greats" (Rhino). *** 1/2 — The so-called "girl groups" of the late '50s and early '60s are well represented on these two albums; Rhino really knows how to do it. From Martha & the Vandellas to Lesley Gore to the Chiffons and too many more to name, there is hit after hit — "Heat Wave," "It's My Party," "One Fine Day," "Soldier Boy," "Sweet Talkin' Guy," etc. — C.H.

VILLAGE PEOPLE; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury) *** — "Macho Man," "Y.M.C.A.," "In the Navy," "Key West," "Can't Stop the Music." Need we say more? This is the ultimate dance party disc. — S.I.

JERRY JEFF WALKER; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). **** — The man who wrote "Mr. Bojangles" and made a hit with Guy Clark's "L.A. Freeway" is profiled here, along with his versions of Chuck Pyle's "Jaded Lover," Billy Joe Shaver's "Old Five and Dimers Like Me" and "Railroad Lady," which Walker wrote with Jimmy Buffett. A solid career-spanning disc that doesn't have a weak spot on it. — S.I.

CRYSTAL WATERS; "The Best of . . . : the Millennium Collection" (Mercury). * 1/2 — Crystal Waters only had one Top 100 hit — "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)," which opens the album. The rest, including "Good Lovin'," "Makin' Happy" and "Surprise" stay true to form as dance-club filler. — S.I.

MUDDY WATERS; "The Anthology" (MCA/Chess). **** — The great Muddy Waters gets his due with this terrific 51-track, two-disc collection of his fabulous Chicago blues, with cuts recorded between 1947 and 1972. "I Feel Like Going Home," "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man," "Got My Mojo Working," etc. — C.H.

DAVID WILCOX; "The Very Best of . . ." (A&M). *** — Although "You Were Going Somewhere" isn't on this collection, the list is pretty impressive: "Eye of the Hurricane," "Rusty Old American Dream," a live version of "Johnny's Carmaro" and an alternate version of "That's What the Lonely Is For," among others. — S.I.

LENNY WILLIAMS; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — This 16-song release from the the former Tower of Power singer isn't bad. While he didn't find success as a Top 40 soloist, some of his singles made the R&B charts: "Love Hurt Me, Love Healed Me," "Midnight Girl," and a few '70s-era Tower of Power tunes — "So Very Hard," "Just When We Start Makin' It," "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)" and "What Is Hip?" — S.I.

ANGELA WINBUSH; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** 1/2 — Although her main success came as Rene & Angela, duets with Rene Moore, Winbush had some nice smooth works that hit the R&B charts. "Angel" made it to No. 1 and "Run to Me" reached No. 4. R&B charting duets include "I'll Be Good," "You Don't Have to Cry," "Send Your Love (for No. 1)," "My First Love" and "I Love You More." — S.I.

Y&T; "Ultimate Collection" (Hip-O). ** — This San Francisco metal band's original name was Yesterday & Today, but the music is all about Yesterday. Only one single, "Summertime Girls," hit the Top 100, peaking at a measly No. 55. "Mean Streak," which is also on this collection, is a better tune but it failed to do anything. Other misfires include "Dirty Girl," "Hurricane," "Black Tiger" and "Midnight in Tokyo." — S.I.