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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While this compilation is credited to Minnie Riperton, none of the 16 tracks was actually released under her name. Indeed, a more apt title might have been "Best of Minnie Riperton and the Rotary Connection," as 13 of the songs are Rotary Connection cuts on which she sang lead. The other three date from before the Rotary Connection days, with a couple of tracks by the Gems a mid-'60s girl group that bear Riperton's lead vocals, as well as the 1966 single "Lonely Girl," which is actually Riperton solo, but was released under the pseudonym Andrea Davis. The pre-Rotary Connection numbers are fair but unremarkable pop-soul, with Minnie unveiling her stratospheric ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While this compilation is credited to Minnie Riperton, none of the 16 tracks was actually released under her name. Indeed, a more apt title might have been "Best of Minnie Riperton and the Rotary Connection," as 13 of the songs are Rotary Connection cuts on which she sang lead. The other three date from before the Rotary Connection days, with a couple of tracks by the Gems a mid-'60s girl group that bear Riperton's lead vocals, as well as the 1966 single "Lonely Girl," which is actually Riperton solo, but was released under the pseudonym Andrea Davis. The pre-Rotary Connection numbers are fair but unremarkable pop-soul, with Minnie unveiling her stratospheric operatic vocals on "Lonely Girl." The Rotary Connection material is taken from five albums recorded by the group in the late '60s and early '70s; there's nothing from their most famous LP, the self-titled 1967 debut, as Riperton sang no leads on that record it's been reissued on its own by Chess anyway. This stuff is a very mixed bag, including dubious Cream and Hendrix covers, as well as a ghoulish mauling of "Respect." On the other hand, "Magical World" shows their odd psychedelic-soul-as-MGM-musical production style at its best, and "A-Muse" is a surprisingly pretty, acoustic singer/songwriter type ballad, delivered with sensitivity by Riperton. As a whole, this music isn't so much notable for Riperton's vocals as wide-ranging as they are as its eccentric genre-mashing, from a rare period in which mainstream pop and soul tried to be self-consciously avant-garde and eclectic without getting too far out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/1997
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 076732939222
  • Catalog Number: 329392

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All of It - The Gems (2:45)
  2. 2 Lonely Girl (3:05)
  3. 3 Happy New Love - The Gems (2:36)
  4. 4 Magical World - Rotary Connection (4:24)
  5. 5 Christmas Love - Rotary Connection (3:13)
  6. 6 Silent Night - Rotary Connection (5:58)
  7. 7 We're Going Wrong - Rotary Connection (3:23)
  8. 8 Respect - Rotary Connection (3:07)
  9. 9 Tales of Brave Ulysses - Rotary Connection (4:34)
  10. 10 The Burning of the Midnight Lamp - Rotary Connection (4:42)
  11. 11 A-Muse - Rotary Connection (4:03)
  12. 12 Love Me Now - Rotary Connection (2:49)
  13. 13 Living Alone - Rotary Connection (2:56)
  14. 14 Stormy Monday - Rotary Connection (4:00)
  15. 15 Want You to Know - Rotary Connection (3:06)
  16. 16 If I Sing My Song - Rotary Connection (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Minnie Riperton Primary Artist, Vocals
Master Henry Gibson Conga
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Rotary Connection Track Performer
Mitch Aliotta Bass
Sidney Barnes Vocals
Jim Donlinger Guitar
Tom Donlinger Drums
Kitty Haywood Vocals
John Jeremiah Keyboards
Jim Nyeholt Keyboards
David Scott Vocals
Don Simmons Drums
Bobby Simms Guitar
Charles Stepney Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
John Stocklin Guitar
Pat Ferreri Guitar
Kenny Venegas Drums
Sydney Simms Bass
Shirley Wahls Vocals
Judy Hauf Vocals
Technical Credits
Sugar Pie DeSanto Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Marshall Chess Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer
Robert Pruter Liner Notes
Jessica Collins Contributor
Bertha Watts Contributor
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Remastering
Phil Wright Arranger
Joseph Mohr Composer
B.B. Davis Composer
Theresa Washum Contributor
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