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The Greatest of Pleasure

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 1980s and 1990s, Pleasure's die-hard fans were hoping that Fantasy would reissue its entire catalog on CD. Regrettably, that didn't happen, although Fantasy did assemble this generally excellent collection in 1993. The Greatest of Pleasure, as the title indicates, boasts some of the Oregon funksters' most essential work. Naturally, this CD contains "Glide,"which was Pleasure's biggest hit -- not only is the original hit version from 1979 included, but Fantasy also provides a remix and an interesting, if less than essential, hip-hop remake featuring rapper Psycho who was a member of the shocking, over-the-top gangsta rap group Insane Poetry. The tracks that are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 1980s and 1990s, Pleasure's die-hard fans were hoping that Fantasy would reissue its entire catalog on CD. Regrettably, that didn't happen, although Fantasy did assemble this generally excellent collection in 1993. The Greatest of Pleasure, as the title indicates, boasts some of the Oregon funksters' most essential work. Naturally, this CD contains "Glide,"which was Pleasure's biggest hit -- not only is the original hit version from 1979 included, but Fantasy also provides a remix and an interesting, if less than essential, hip-hop remake featuring rapper Psycho who was a member of the shocking, over-the-top gangsta rap group Insane Poetry. The tracks that are essential range from the hit single version of "Glide" to other jazz-influenced 1970s funk smokers such as "Dance to the Music," "The Real Thing," "Joyous," and "Let's Dance" which wasn't a major hit for Pleasure but became better known when the West Street Mob recorded a cover version for Sugar Hill in 1981. Not that everything on this collection is uptempo; the dreamy "Sassafras Girl" is a fine example of Pleasure's mellow quiet storm side. For those who are seeking an introductory overview of Pleasure's exciting but underexposed Fantasy output, The Greatest of Pleasure would be the logical starting point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/1993
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218791229
  • Catalog Number: 79012
  • Sales rank: 76,731

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Glide Rap (4:24)
  2. 2 Glide (6:29)
  3. 3 Let's Dance (5:01)
  4. 4 Ghettos of the Mind (5:07)
  5. 5 Joyous (6:28)
  6. 6 Sassafras Girl (6:51)
  7. 7 Dance to the Music (4:49)
  8. 8 Foxy Lady (3:31)
  9. 9 Get to the Feeling (4:24)
  10. 10 Future Now (5:39)
  11. 11 The Real Thing (5:43)
  12. 12 Yearnin' Burnin' (4:58)
  13. 13 Take a Chance (6:40)
  14. 14 Glide (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pleasure Primary Artist
Dennis Springer Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Lorber Prophet Synthesizer
Herman Riley Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marlon McClain Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Robert Adcock Cello
Murray Adler Violin
Israel Baker Violin
Harry Bluestone Violin
George Bohannon Trombone
Oscar Brashear Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bruce Carter Drums
Dennis Christianson Trumpet
Tony Collins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Douglas Davis Cello
Bonnie Douglas Violin
Nathan Gershman Cello
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Tim Gorman Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer
Allan Harshman Viola
Pat Henderson Background Vocals
Donald Hepburn Keyboards, Background Vocals
Michael Hepburn Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Selene Hurford Cello
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
Anatol Kaminsky Violin
Armand Karpoff Cello
Nathan Kaproff Violin, Cello
Bernard Kundell Violin
Betty LaMagna Violin
Janet Lakatos Violin
Douglas Lewis Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Marti McCall Background Vocals
Lew McCreary Trombone
Sylvia Nabors Background Vocals
Alexander Neiman Viola
Jack Pepper Violin
Jerry Peters Electric Piano, Clavinet
Nathaniel Phillips Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Stanley Plummer Violin
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Nathan Ross Violin
Sheldon Sanov Violin
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Paul Shure Concert Master
Nolan Andrew Smith Trumpet
Robert Sushel Violin
Mayo Tiana Trombone
Dorothy Wade Violin
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Flute, Alto Saxophone
Yoko Matsuda Violin
Sherman Davis Vocals, Background Vocals
Dan Brewster Trombone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Alex Neimann Viola
Larry Williams Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bruce Smith Percussion, Background Vocals
Robert Carr Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Wayne Henderson Producer
Dennis Springer Contributor
Jeff Lorber Programming
Pleasure Producer, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Marlon McClain Producer, Contributor
Wally Buck Engineer
Bruce Carter Contributor
F. Byron Clark Engineer, Remixing
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Bonnie Douglas Contributor
Reginald Dozier Engineer
Tim Gorman Programming
Donald Hepburn Contributor
Michael Hepburn Contributor, Horn Arrangements
Phil Kaffel Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Nathaniel Phillips Contributor, rhythm arrangement
Ernie Watts Contributor
Eddie Bill Harris Engineer
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Dan Brewster Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Contributor
Dez Parkes Liner Notes
Psycho Contributor
Bruce Smith Contributor
George Del Barrio String Arrangements
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