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The Essential: Toni Braxton / The Best So Far
Compilation album by Toni Braxton
Released United States February 20, 2007
Brazil April, 2007
Recorded 1992-2007
Genre R&B
Label LaFace Records
Som Livre (Brazil)
Producer Babyface, L.A Reid, David Foster, R.Kelly, Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, Tony Rich, Dr Dre, Daryl Simmons
Toni Braxton chronology
The Essential: Toni Braxton/The Best So Far

The Essential Toni Braxton is a Toni Braxton compilation album in Sony BMG's The Essential series. Released in February 2007, it follows the earlier compilations Ultimate Toni Braxton, released in 2003, and Braxton's Platinum & Gold Collection, released in 2004. The Essential is a 2 disc album with thirty-six of Braxton's best songs. It also includes a previously unreleased song, "The Time of Our Lives", and a song done with her sister group The Braxtons, "The Good Life". In Brazil, the album was released under the name The Best So Far with an alternate cover, but the track listing remained the same. Recently in Now magazine it was stated that Braxton did a commercial to advertise for the album so she could get money to pay for her sons college funds.

Track listing

The Essential Toni Braxton

  • Disc 1
  1. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
  2. "I Love Me Some Him"
  3. "Tell Me"
  4. "You're Makin' Me High"
  5. "He Wasn't Man Enough"
  6. "Just Be a Man About It"
  7. "How Many Ways" (R.Kelly Remix)
  8. "Breathe Again"
  9. "You Mean the World to Me"
  10. "I Belong to You"
  11. "How Could an Angel Break My Heart"
  12. "Un-Break My Heart"
  13. "Another Sad Love Song"
  14. "Seven Whole Days"
  15. "I Don't Want To"
  16. "Give U My Heart"
  • Disc 2
  1. "The Heat"
  2. "Gimme Some" (featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC)
  3. "There's No Me Without You"
  4. "Why Should I Care"
  5. "Spanish Guitar" (Royal Garden Flamenco Remix)
  6. "I'm Still Breathing"
  7. "Me & My Boyfriend"
  8. "Give It Back" (featuring The Big Tymers)
  9. "The Time of Our Lives" (featuring Il Divo)
  10. "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Junior Vasquez Marathon Remix)
  11. "Un-Break My Heart" (Frankie Knuckles' Franktidrama club remix)
  12. "Hit the Freeway" (featuring Loon)
  13. "Come On Over Here"
  14. "Let It Flow" (from "Secrets" and "Waiting To Exhale")
  15. "The Time of Our Lives" (Toni Braxton Solo Studio Version - previously unreleased)
  16. "The Good Life" (acapella song featuring The Braxtons)

The Best So Far (edition of Brazil released April, 2007)

  1. Un-Break My Heart (II Divo With Toni Braxton)
  2. How Could an Angel Break My Heart
  3. I Don't Want To
  4. Breathe Again
  5. You're Makin´ Me High
  6. Another Sad Love Song
  7. He Wasn't Man Enough
  8. Spanish Guitar
  9. Let It Flow
  10. You Mean the World To Me
  11. Why Should I Care
  12. Love Shoulda Brought You Home
  13. I Belong To You
  14. The Time of Our Lives (The Official Song of the 2006 Fifa Worldcup Germany)

Chart performance

Country Peak
Certification Sales
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart 48 Not Certified 20,000




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