The Best of Fourplay

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
What looked at first like a premature marketing ploy -- a greatest-hits collection after only three albums? -- now makes some historical sense, for founding member Lee Ritenour left the quartet not long after the CD's release. So this is in essence a summary of Fourplay's first edition, a collection of mildly funky, ethereally voiced selections from Fourplay, Between the Sheets, and Elixir, where Ritenour, Bob James, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason integrate their personalities into a smoothly homogenized whole. To sweeten the pot for the hardcore fans, Fourplay recorded three new tracks for the album -- Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" with vocals by Take 6, "4 Play and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
What looked at first like a premature marketing ploy -- a greatest-hits collection after only three albums? -- now makes some historical sense, for founding member Lee Ritenour left the quartet not long after the CD's release. So this is in essence a summary of Fourplay's first edition, a collection of mildly funky, ethereally voiced selections from Fourplay, Between the Sheets, and Elixir, where Ritenour, Bob James, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason integrate their personalities into a smoothly homogenized whole. To sweeten the pot for the hardcore fans, Fourplay recorded three new tracks for the album -- Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" with vocals by Take 6, "4 Play and Pleasure," and "Any Time of Day" -- all fairly uneventful. The musicianship is impeccable, the production velvety, and despite the suitable-for-lovemaking-and-commuting stamp of approval, one wishes that these fine players would just cut loose and really rip once in a while.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1997
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624666127
  • Catalog Number: 46661
  • Sales rank: 16,348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Max-O-Man (5:33)
  2. 2 101 Eastbound (5:56)
  3. 3 Higher Ground (4:56)
  4. 4 4 Play and Pleasure (5:30)
  5. 5 Chant (6:24)
  6. 6 After the Dance (4:11)
  7. 7 Bali Run (5:32)
  8. 8 Play Lady Play (4:37)
  9. 9 Between the Sheets (3:55)
  10. 10 Amoroso (5:49)
  11. 11 Any Time of Day (6:16)
  12. 12 Why Can't It Wait Till Morning (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fourplay Primary Artist
Take 6 Vocals, Track Performer
Phil Collins Vocals, Track Performer
Bob James Keyboards
David Thomas Vocals
Chaka Khan Vocals, Track Performer
El DeBarge Vocals, Track Performer
Nathan East Bass, Vocals, Track Performer, Group Member
Harvey Mason Sr. Synthesizer, Drums, Group Member
Lee Ritenour Guitar, Group Member
Dan Shea Keyboards
David Porter Thomas Vocals
Bob James & Creations Keyboards, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Bob James Arranger, Executive Producer
Chris Jasper Composer
Fourplay Arranger, Producer
Paul Brown Arranger, Remixing
Marcel East Arranger
Nathan East Arranger
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Michael Lang Arranger
Harvey Mason Sr. Arranger, Programming, Producer
Don Murray Engineer
Sam Purkin Arranger
Lee Ritenour Arranger
Dan Shea Arranger, Remixing
Hans Neleman Collage
Linda Cobb Art Direction
Harvey Mason Jr. Arranger, Producer
Paul Rayner-Brown Arranger, Remixing
Bob James & Creations Arranger, Executive Producer
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