Personnel: Laura Pausini (background vocals); Paolo Carta, Daniel Vuletic (guitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Rick Nowels (guitar, keyboards); Samuele Dess? (guitar, programming); Paolo Gianolio, Giorgio Secco, Dean Parks, Greg Howe, Adriano Martino, Nicola Oliva, Massimo Varini, Michael Landau, Rusty Anderson, Tim Pierce, Gabriele Fersini, Emiliano Fantuzzi, Riccardo Galardini (guitar); Vincenzina Capone (harp); Marcello Sirignano (violin); Paolo Zampini (flute); Domingo Pagliuca, Jos? Sibaja (trumpet, trombone); Bruno Zucchetti, Simone Bertolotti, Celso Valli (piano, keyboards, programming); Sergio George (piano, keyboards); Randy Kerber, Luca Scarpa (piano); Charles Judge (keyboards, programming); Dado Parisini, Lorenzo Maffia, Ali Thompson, John Beasley, KC Porter, Andreas Carlsson, David Foster (keyboards); Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion); Emiliano Bassi, Mylious Johnson, Curt Bisquera, Carlos Hercules, Paolo Valli, Maurizio Deilazzaretti, Alfredo Golino, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); John Themis (percussion, programming); Raphael Padilla, Luis Conte, Tommy Ruggerio, Robert Vilera, William "Cachiro" Thompson (percussion); Felipe Elgueta, Alexander Richbourg, Jochem van der Saag, Aaron Zigman, Luca Bignardi, Wayne Rodriguez, Max Costa (programming); Roberta Gran?, Eric Buffat, Monica Magnani, Niccol? Agliardi, Orlando Johnson, Gianluigi Fazio, Monica Hill, Lori Perry, Shannon Perry, Salimata Ariane Diakite, Lisa Abbott, Emanuela Cortesi, Stefano de Maco, Antonella Pepe, Darlene Perry, Sandy Chambers (background vocals).
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK; Chartmaker Studios; CNSO Recording Studios, Prague; Forum Music Village, Roma; Impatto Studio, Bologna, Italy; ORS Oliveta Recording Studio, Castel Bolognese, RA, Ita; Top Stop Music Studios, Delray Beach, FL; Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Wayne Maser.
To celebrate her 20th anniversary as a recording artist, Italian pop singer Laura Pausini has taken a different approach to the greatest-hits record. While most of these songs are indeed bona fide hits, they have been either completely re-recorded with new arrangements, or offered in live versions. Even the album tracks have been fully remastered. Highlights of the set include a duet readings of "Se Fue," with Marc Anthony, "Le Cose Che Vivi/Tudo o Que eu Vivo," with Ivete Sangalo, "V?veme," with Alejandro Sanz, and a Spanglish version of "Limpio," with Kylie Minogue, as well as a fully orchestrated "La Solitudine," arranged by Ennio Morricone, Also included are a few new songs. There are three distinct versions of the recording available: 20: The Greatest Hits is for the English and Italian markets while 20: Grandes Exitos is geared toward Spanish-speaking audiences. There is also a deluxe edition which contains 39 cuts in all. ~ Thom Jurek