Rated X-Traordinaire: The Best of Johnnie Taylor

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 16-track Rated X-Traordinaire sets out to rescue the reputation of the Johnnie Taylor of 1976-1980, the period that began with his biggest smash, "Disco Lady," but that found him, so the conventional wisdom goes, a Southern soul man set adrift on the disco wave. Annotator Kalamu Ya Salaam argues that "Disco Lady" is not a disco song, and backs this up by noting that the track actually was played by members of Parliament-Funkadelic. True enough, though that only applies to Taylor's debut Columbia album, Eargasm. Elsewhere, Taylor did drift, from Muscle Shoals tracks that updated his Stax Memphis sound to tracks that sounded like Marvin Gaye. The early years, 1976 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 16-track Rated X-Traordinaire sets out to rescue the reputation of the Johnnie Taylor of 1976-1980, the period that began with his biggest smash, "Disco Lady," but that found him, so the conventional wisdom goes, a Southern soul man set adrift on the disco wave. Annotator Kalamu Ya Salaam argues that "Disco Lady" is not a disco song, and backs this up by noting that the track actually was played by members of Parliament-Funkadelic. True enough, though that only applies to Taylor's debut Columbia album, Eargasm. Elsewhere, Taylor did drift, from Muscle Shoals tracks that updated his Stax Memphis sound to tracks that sounded like Marvin Gaye. The early years, 1976 and 1977, were more accomplished than the later ones, and that's where compilation producer Leo Sacks focuses, with 12 of the 16 tracks coming from then. In so doing, he ignores R&B chart singles like "Keep on Dancing" and "Ever Ready," but he satisfies the "best-of" title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972365329
  • Catalog Number: 723653
  • Sales rank: 24,873

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnnie Taylor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar
Enchantment Background Vocals
Johnny Griffith Keyboards
Bobbye Hall Drums
Richard Allen Percussion, Drums
Tippy Armstrong Guitar
Carl Austin Strings, Horn
Jackie Avery Keyboards
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Ken Bell Guitar
Vassal Benford Keyboards
Bootsy Collins Bass
Lorenzo Brown Percussion, Drums
Roger Clark Percussion, Drums
Gregg Coles Bass
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Percussion, Drums
Don Davis Guitar
Donna Davis Background Vocals
Quentin Dennard Percussion, Drums
Quintin Denard Percussion, Drums
Cynthia Douglas Background Vocals
Rob Eaton Background Vocals
Glen Goins Guitar
Jay Graydon Guitar
Ed Greene Percussion, Drums
Melvin Griffin Keyboards
Leroy Hadley Guitar
Willie Hampton Guitar
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
Michael Henderson Bass
Tim Henson Keyboards
David Hood Bass
Clayton Ivey Keyboards
James Jamerson Jr. Bass
James Jamerson Bass
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Jerry Jones Percussion, Drums
Lee Marcus Percussion, Drums
Bruce Nazarian Guitar
Bob Ray Bass
Rudy Robinson Keyboards
George Roundtree Keyboards
Garry Shider Guitar
Zackery Slater Percussion, Drums
Emmett Smith Guitar
Pamela Vincent Background Vocals
Frank Wess Flute
Fred Wesley Strings, Horn
Anthony Willis Bass
Eddie Willis Guitar
Diane Davis Background Vocals
Sonny Burke Keyboards
Bobby Jackson Guitar
Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns Strings, Horn
Johnny Soul Percussion, Drums
Arthur Franklin Bass
Eli Fountaine Alto Saxophone
Johnny Taylor Guitar
Carl Smith Percussion, Drums
Robert Eaton Background Vocals
George Worrell Keyboards
Benjamin Knight Background Vocals
Patty Lewis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Johnnie Taylor Composer, Producer
Wade Marcus Arranger
George Jackson Composer
Bobbye Hall Executive Producer
Jackie Avery Composer
Pete Bishop Engineer
Mickey Buckins Composer
Don Davis Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Reginald Dozier Engineer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Jerry Masters Engineer
Randy McCormick Composer
Bruce Miller Vocal Arrangements
Steve Moore Engineer
Rudy Robinson Arranger
Sonny Sanders Arranger
Ken Sands Engineer
Brad Shapiro Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Don Smith Engineer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Jim Vitti Engineer
Fred Wesley Arranger
Terry Woodford Engineer
Leo Sacks Producer
Christopher Banninger Engineer
Tony Sellari Artwork, Art Direction
Gina Campanaro Packaging Manager
Ben Shaw Composer
Johnny Taylor Arranger, Producer
Robert Eaton Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Steinberg Arranger
George Worrell Arranger
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