The Best of the Arista Years

The Best of the Arista Years

by General Johnson


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The Best of the Arista Years

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Edsel Records Uk
UPC: 0740155105730
catalogNumber: 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
Roland Christian   Composer
Dave Thoerner   Engineer

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