Happy Music: The Best of the Blackbyrds

Happy Music: The Best of the Blackbyrds

by The Blackbyrds



There was 1978's Night Grooves: The Blackbyrds' Greatest Hits, then 1989's Greatest Hits, and now there are two additional sets that handle the Blackbyrds' discography with a little more love and depth. This one -- Happy Music: The Best of the Blackbyrds -- covers most of R&B chart hits and other energetic highlights, while LoveByrds: Soft and Easy focuses on the finer proto-smooth jazz material. Here's some of the most uplifting, most melodically developed (and most sampled) jazz-funk made, and the disc also showcases the group's versatility. Including the exuberant "Happy Music," the lilting "Walking in Rhythm," the heart-melting "Mysterious Vibes," the awesomely sleazy "Rock Creek Park," and the War dead ringer "Do It, Fluid," along with eight other highlights and an unreleased track that doesn't feel out of place, it easily trumps the compilations that came before it. It sounds much more vivid, and the liner notes, from producer Don Mizell, are another treat.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072301948
catalogNumber: 30194

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blackbyrds   Primary Artist
Kevin Toney   Keyboards
Perk Jacobs   Percussion
Barney Perry   Guitar
Orville Saunders   Guitar
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Saxophone,Wind Instruments
Allan Curtis Barnes   Saxophone,Wind Instruments
Keith Killgo   Drums
Allan Barnes   Saxophone,Wind
Stephen Johnson   Saxophone,Wind

Technical Credits

Kevin Toney   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Don Mizell   Liner Notes
Larry Mizell   Composer
Barney Perry   Composer
Lincoln Ross   Composer
Orville Saunders   Composer
Phil Bray   Cover Photo
Allan Curtis Barnes   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Keith Killgo   Composer

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