The Best of the Arista Years

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released by the U.K.'s Edsel label in 2011, this compilation has a title that is somewhat misleading. The Best of the Arista Years contains Showmen and Chairmen of the Board leader General Johnson's self-titled 1976 album -- co-produced with Rick Chertoff -- in its entirety. The remainder of the disc consists of the disco version of one of the album's A-sides, "Don't Walk Away," the B-side "Ready Willing and Able," the 12" version of the 1977 single "Let's Fool Around," and the 12" disco version of another 1977 single, "Can't Nobody Love Me Like You Do." While none of it quite matches Johnson's best moments with Chairmen of the Board, it's all sturdy, disco-laced mid-'70s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released by the U.K.'s Edsel label in 2011, this compilation has a title that is somewhat misleading. The Best of the Arista Years contains Showmen and Chairmen of the Board leader General Johnson's self-titled 1976 album -- co-produced with Rick Chertoff -- in its entirety. The remainder of the disc consists of the disco version of one of the album's A-sides, "Don't Walk Away," the B-side "Ready Willing and Able," the 12" version of the 1977 single "Let's Fool Around," and the 12" disco version of another 1977 single, "Can't Nobody Love Me Like You Do." While none of it quite matches Johnson's best moments with Chairmen of the Board, it's all sturdy, disco-laced mid-'70s soul, comparable to what the likes of Willie Hutch and Johnny Bristol were releasing at the time. Each one of the A-sides impacted the R&B chart, with the Top 25 "All in the Family" the most successful of all. This is likely the first time any of the material has appeared on compact disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155105730
  • Catalog Number: 5510573

Album Credits

Performance Credits
General Johnson Primary Artist, Percussion, Background Vocals
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Don Grolnick Keyboards
David Lasley Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Angel Allende Percussion
Phillip Ballou Background Vocals
Rick Chertoff Percussion
Gordon Edwards Bass
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Rob Hyman Synthesizer, Keyboards
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
John Lissauer Keyboards
Dwayne Lomax Drums
Rick Marotta Drums
Ralph Schuckett Synthesizer, Keyboards
John Siegler Bass
David Van De Pitte Horn
David Wolfert Guitar
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Jimmy Cathcart Synthesizer
Maeretha Stewart Background Vocals
Technical Credits
General Johnson Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Andy Abrams Engineer
Gerald Block Engineer
Rick Chertoff Producer, rhythm arrangement
Roy Cicala Engineer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Ronald Dunbar Composer
John Lissauer Horn Arrangements
Thom Panunzio Engineer
Ralph Schuckett Horn Arrangements
David Van De Pitte Horn Arrangements
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Ray Barber Logo Design
Nancy Greenberg Art Direction
Jimmy Lovine Engineer
Phil Kinrade Mastering
Roland Christian Jr. Composer
Dave Thoerner Engineer
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