Best of the Wand Years

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's universally acknowledged among critics and fans that Maxine Brown was at her peak when she was on the Wand label in the mid-'60s. Since Ace/Kent also covered this period on its fine prior compilation Oh No Not My Baby: The Best of Maxine Brown, it's not quite clear why this 28-track CD was necessary, covering as it does much of the same ground. The differences aren't just a matter of packaging: though Oh No Not My Baby also had 28 tracks, nine of them don't appear on Best of the Wand Years (that's counting "I Want a Guarantee," represented this time around by a previously unissued version with an alternate vocal). Some of the cuts that didn't make the journey to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's universally acknowledged among critics and fans that Maxine Brown was at her peak when she was on the Wand label in the mid-'60s. Since Ace/Kent also covered this period on its fine prior compilation Oh No Not My Baby: The Best of Maxine Brown, it's not quite clear why this 28-track CD was necessary, covering as it does much of the same ground. The differences aren't just a matter of packaging: though Oh No Not My Baby also had 28 tracks, nine of them don't appear on Best of the Wand Years (that's counting "I Want a Guarantee," represented this time around by a previously unissued version with an alternate vocal). Some of the cuts that didn't make the journey to the more recent CD, alas, are good ones, like "Ask Me," "I Don't Need Anything," and "I Cry Alone." As some compensation, Best of the Wand Years does have four previously unissued tracks, two of them ("That's All I Want from You" and "If I Had Known") being of special interest, as they were written for her by Otis Redding during a brief time in which he was producing her, shortly before Redding's death. Best of the Wand Years also has more thorough, and more thoroughly illustrated, liner notes. Yet ultimately the song selection for Oh No Not My Baby: The Best of Maxine Brown, and Varese Sarabande's 25 All Time Greatest Hits, is slightly superior, particularly for the inclusion of the great 1963 pop-soul single "Ask Me" -- a puzzling omission from Best of the Wand Years, especially as it was one of her more popular 45s. You don't lose out much by getting Best of the Wand Years, but it can't quite be tagged as the definitive Brown compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667231220
  • Catalog Number: 312
  • Sales rank: 93,000

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxine Brown Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Maxine Brown Composer, Photo Courtesy
Otis Redding Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Bob Stone Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Lor Crane Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Bert Keyes Composer
Jimmy Radcliffe Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Ed Townsend Composer
Paul Vance Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Bob Reno Composer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Luther Dixon Composer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Peter Gibbon Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Les Reed Composer
Rudy Clark Composer
Reggie Obrecht Composer
Tony Bruno Composer
Neil Levenson Composer
Brenda Bruno Composer
Oramay Diamond Composer
Julius Brown Composer
Arthur Resnick Composer
Tommy Kaye Composer
William Drain Composer
Lawrence Rush Composer
Larry Harrison Composer
Ady Lupton Photo Courtesy
John Smith Photo Courtesy
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