Side Effect/What You Need

Side Effect/What You Need

by Side Effect
     
 
Both commercially and creatively, Side Effect did not live up to its enormous potential. The vocal group had a very attractive sound, and with the right material, it could have been huge. But unfortunately, Side Effect often settled for decent when it should have been excelling. Nonetheless, the quartet did have its moments. In 2002 --

Overview

Both commercially and creatively, Side Effect did not live up to its enormous potential. The vocal group had a very attractive sound, and with the right material, it could have been huge. But unfortunately, Side Effect often settled for decent when it should have been excelling. Nonetheless, the quartet did have its moments. In 2002 -- long after Side Effect's breakup -- Fantasy reissued its first two albums (1975's Side Effect and 1976's What You Need) back to back on this 73-minute CD. Both albums were produced by trombonist Wayne Henderson (of Crusaders fame), and they're quite similar; on both albums, Side Effect favors a mildly jazzy approach to '70s soul and funk. And Henderson was an appropriate producer for Side Effect because he had both jazz and R&B credentials -- before the Crusaders played jazz-funk, they were a Jazz Messengers-influenced hard bop outfit. But while Side Effect is a decent debut, What You Need is more than decent -- it is excellent. And What You Need contains some of Side Effect's most essential recordings, including the funky "S.O.S." and the L.A. residents' remake of the Crusaders' "Keep That Same Old Feeling." What You Need was also the album that gave listeners Side Effect's stunning version of Ronnie Laws' "Always There," which was originally a soul-jazz instrumental but became an R&B vocal number when Paul Allen's lyrics were added. There are two female singers heard on this CD -- Sylvia Nabors on Side Effect and Helen Lowe on What You Need. And while Nabors is competent, Lowe is amazing. (It should be noted that Lowe subsequently gave up secular music and re-emerged as gospel singer Helen Baylor). Although Side Effect isn't as strong as What You Need, it's still nice to have both albums finally available on CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2002
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218247429
catalogNumber:
24774
Rank:
53729

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Side Effect   Primary Artist
Ronnie Laws   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Herman Riley   Baritone Saxophone
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Aarons   Trumpet
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Bruce Carter   Drums
Dennis Christianson   Trumpet
Jim Coile   Saxophone
Don Cook   Trombone
Clifford J. Ervin   Trumpet
Donald Hepburn   Keyboards
Michael Hepburn   Keyboards
Augie Johnson   Vocals
Jackie Kelso   Baritone Saxophone
David Luell   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Gregory Matta   Vocals
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Sylvia Nabors   Vocals
Ray Parker   Guitar
Louie Patton   Vocals
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
Nathaniel Phillips   Bass
Stephanie Spruill   Tambourine
Vance "Mad Dog" Tenort   Percussion
Mayo Tiana   Trombone
Arthur Wright   Strings,Horn
Thara Memory   Trumpet
Richard Burdell   Trumpet
Dave Mason Band   Baritone Saxophone
Rostelle Reese   Trumpet
Dan Brewster   Trombone
Marlon "The Magician" McClain   Guitar
George Bohanon   Trombone
Ralph Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Smith   Percussion
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Drums

Technical Credits

Wayne Henderson   Producer
Byron F. Clark   Remixing
Don Cook   Orchestration
Dale Frank   String Arrangements
William Jeffrey   Composer
Augie Johnson   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Gregory Matta   Arranger
Jim Nipar   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Paul Allen   Composer
Eddie Bill Harris   Engineer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Frank Byron   Remixing

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