The First Time: The Best of Surface

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although they had a number of R&B hits during the late '80s, Surface didn't cross over into the pop mainstream in any notable way. They scraped the bottom reaches of the charts a few times, but they never had a breakout hit that would establish them as stars. Listening to Columbia/Legacy's definitive retrospective The First Time: The Best of Surface, it's possible to hear why they didn't break out -- they simply didn't have a song that would break them big. That doesn't mean that they were a bad group, since they were very competent within their genre and several hits here are very pleasant late-'80s urban cuts, either on the ballad or dance side. But ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although they had a number of R&B hits during the late '80s, Surface didn't cross over into the pop mainstream in any notable way. They scraped the bottom reaches of the charts a few times, but they never had a breakout hit that would establish them as stars. Listening to Columbia/Legacy's definitive retrospective The First Time: The Best of Surface, it's possible to hear why they didn't break out -- they simply didn't have a song that would break them big. That doesn't mean that they were a bad group, since they were very competent within their genre and several hits here are very pleasant late-'80s urban cuts, either on the ballad or dance side. But there's nothing particularly striking, nothing with a hook that would send the band soaring up the pop charts. Still, if you happen to be a fan, either of the group or of this sound, this is a pleasing listen, and a very representative overview of what Surface achieved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646151228
  • Catalog Number: 61512

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Surface Primary Artist
Melainie Baker Musician
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Concert Master
Regina Belle Background Vocals
Vassal Benford Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Sandra Billingslea Musician
Bob Brockman Overdubs
Alfred Brown Musician
Larry Conley Saxophone
Derrick Culler Background Vocals
Crystal Garner Musician
Juliet Haffner Musician
Cecilia Hobbs Musician
Bernard Jackson Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap, Fretless Bass Guitar
Alvin McCall Musician
Garfield Moore Musician
Richard Spencer Musician
Joshua Thompson Strings, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
David Townsend Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Bruce Wang Musician
Bobby Wooten Conductor
Lesa Terry Musician
Diane Monroe Musician
Maxine Roach Musician
Clarissa Howell Musician
Everett Collins Background Vocals
Felix Farrar Musician
Patmore Lewis Musician
Jon Kass Musician
Brenda Vincent Musician
Carlos Baptiste Musician
Technical Credits
Vassal Benford Arranger
Bob Brockman drum programming
David Conley Composer
Eileen Folson String Contractor
Bernard Jackson Composer, Producer, drum programming
Isham Jones Composer
Gene Lennon Programming
David Townsend Composer, Producer, drum programming
Bobby Wooten String Arrangements
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Jeremy Engel Packaging Manager
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