Side Effect/What You Need

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218247429
  • Catalog Number: 24774
  • Sales rank: 48,118

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Side Effect Primary Artist
Ronnie Laws Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample Keyboards
Herman Riley Baritone Saxophone
Arthur Adams Guitar
Al 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 Jr. 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
Marion "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
Kirk Felton Remastering
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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