The Best of Ronnie Laws

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The vast majority of albums that Ronnie Laws recorded in the 1980s and '90s were colossal disappointments, although 1996's superb A Tribute to Legendary Eddie Harris demonstrated that he was still capable of excellence. If you want to avoid hearing him play a lot of schlock, your best bets are those albums on which he salutes Eddie Harris and the saxman's mid- to late-'70s recordings on Blue Note. Although not everything on The Best of Ronnie Laws which spans 1975-1980 is a gem, the CD has more hits than misses and boasts some of his more memorable recordings, including the insistent "Always There," the alluring "Night Breeze" and the melancholy ballad "Karmen." It's no coincidence that there are hints of Earth, Wind ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The vast majority of albums that Ronnie Laws recorded in the 1980s and '90s were colossal disappointments, although 1996's superb A Tribute to Legendary Eddie Harris demonstrated that he was still capable of excellence. If you want to avoid hearing him play a lot of schlock, your best bets are those albums on which he salutes Eddie Harris and the saxman's mid- to late-'70s recordings on Blue Note. Although not everything on The Best of Ronnie Laws which spans 1975-1980 is a gem, the CD has more hits than misses and boasts some of his more memorable recordings, including the insistent "Always There," the alluring "Night Breeze" and the melancholy ballad "Karmen." It's no coincidence that there are hints of Earth, Wind & Fire on "Solid Ground" and "Just As You Are" -- not only had Laws played with that soul powerhouse in 1972, but he also employs such EW&F members as keyboardist Larry Dunn and guitarist Roland Bautista. For those who enjoy the sort of jazz/soul/pop mixture that the Crusaders and Grover Washington, Jr. are best known for, this is a collection that, despite its flaws, is worth acquiring. ~ Alex Henderson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1992
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 077779828920
  • Catalog Number: 98289
  • Sales rank: 36,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Always There (4:52)
  2. 2 Night Breeze (6:29)
  3. 3 Let's Keep It Together (4:38)
  4. 4 Karmen (3:47)
  5. 5 Friends and Strangers (4:46)
  6. 6 New Day (6:17)
  7. 7 Just Love (3:23)
  8. 8 Flame (7:06)
  9. 9 Solid Ground (4:34)
  10. 10 Just as You Are (3:59)
  11. 11 Living Love (4:53)
  12. 12 Love Is Here (4:53)
  13. 13 Saturday Evening (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Laws Primary Artist, Flute, Electric Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Philip Bailey Background Vocals
Bobby Lyle Electric Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Roland Bautista Guitar
Debra Laws Background Vocals
Eloise Laws Background Vocals
Saundra Alexander Background Vocals
Chris Brunt Flute
William Bubba Bryant Drums
Bruce Carter Drums
Mike Cavanaugh Electric Piano, Clavinet
Joe Clayton Conga, Tambourine, Flexatones
Larry Dunn Synthesizer, Clavinet
Wilton Felder Electric Bass
Steve Gutierrez Drums
Lovely Hardy Background Vocals
Donald Hepburn Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Michael Hepburn Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
Leon Johnson Bass
Patrick Kelly Guitar
Marlon The Magician Guitar
Denzil Miller Keyboards
Nathaniel Phillips Electric Bass
Raymond Lee Pounds Drums
Dianne Reeves Background Vocals
Melvin Robinson Guitar
Art Rodriguez Drums
Louis Satterfield Electric Bass
Deborah Shotlow Background Vocals
Deborah Thomas Background Vocals
Bobby Vega Bass
Fred White Drums
Tony Ben Conga
Donnie Beck Electric Bass
Esau Joyner Background Vocals
Andrew Acosta Percussion
Michael Miller Background Vocals
Bruce Smith Percussion
Barnaby Finch Piano, Electric Piano
Sylvia St. James Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Wayne Henderson Producer
Ronnie Laws Producer
Chris Brunt Engineer
F. Byron Clark Engineer
Joe Clayton Contributor
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Reginald Dozier Engineer
Mallory Earl Engineer
Tom Knox Engineer
Franko Caligiuri Art Direction
Bill Jeffery Producer, String Arrangements
Dale Smith String Arrangements
John Howard Illustrations
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