Night Grooves: The Blackbyrds' Greatest Hits

Night Grooves: The Blackbyrds' Greatest Hits

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Despite the fact that 1989's Greatest Hits rendered this earlier Fantasy compilation obsolete -- Greatest Hits contains all seven songs found here, plus four others -- Fantasy continued to keep this disc in circulation. This is a tighter and more discerning collection, sticking to the absolute essential material that Donald Byrd's protégés churned out during the '70s, but simple mathematics places its value below the later, more inclusive anthology. Those who want to dig deeper can start with any of the group's first four proper LPs; each one peaked in the Top Ten of Billboard's jazz album chart, and they all have their charms beyond the singles. Anyone who bet on the Blackbyrds' material to die a disposable pop death must feel foolish now, as cuts like "Rock Creek Park," "Happy Music," and "Walking in Rhythm" remain completely unironic fixtures in the record crates of many house DJs.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC: 0029667514729
catalogNumber: 147
Rank: 42485

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blackbyrds   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kevin Toney   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Ray Armando   Percussion
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Conga
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals
Perk Jacobs   Percussion
Steve Johnson   Saxophone
John Lehman   Vocals
Ronnie Mayez   Vocals
Ray Parker   Guitar
Barney Perry   Guitar
Orville Saunders   Guitar
David Sheilds   Bass
Sigidi   Vocals
Bill Thedford   Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Williams   Bass
Joseph Hall   Bass
Allan Curtis Barnes   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Keith Killgo   Drums

Technical Credits

Wade Marcus   Arranger
Keith Killgo   Composer

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