Rated X Traordinaire:Best of Johnnie - (Import CD)
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- Stax/Southern Soul
- Mono / Stereo
- Rated X-Traordinaire: The Best of Johnnie Taylor
Personnel includes: Johnnie Taylor (vocals, guitar); Bernie Worrell,
Rudy Robinson (arranger); Jay Graydon, Leroy Hadley, Willie Hampton (guitar); The Detroit Fisher Theatre Strings (strings); Fred Wesley And The Horny Horns (horns); Bobbie Barber, Barry Beckett, Reginald Burke (keyboards); William "Bootsy" Collins, Michael Henderson, Bob Ray (bass); Bobby Hall, Johnny Soul,
Lee Nathan Marcus (drums, percussion); Diane Davis, Donna Davis (background vocals).
Producers include: Don Davis, Wade Marcus, Johnnie Taylor, Jack Avery, Sr.,
Compilation producer: Leo Sacks.
Engineers include: Christopher Banninger, Pete Bishop, Don Davis.
Includes liner notes by Kalamu Ya Salaam.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Legacy's "Rhythm And Soul" series.
The 16-track Rated X-Traordinaire sets out to rescue the reputation of the Johnnie Taylor of 1976-1980, the period that began with his biggest smash, "Disco Lady," but that found him, so the conventional wisdom goes, a Southern soul man set adrift on the disco wave. Annotator Kalamu Ya Salaam argues that "Disco Lady" is not a disco song, and backs this up by noting that the track actually was played by members of Parliament-Funkadelic. True enough, though that only applies to Taylor's debut Columbia album, Eargasm. Elsewhere, Taylor did drift, from Muscle Shoals tracks that updated his Stax Memphis sound to tracks that sounded like Marvin Gaye. The early years, 1976 and 1977, were more accomplished than the later ones, and that's where compilation producer Leo Sacks focuses, with 12 of the 16 tracks coming from then. In so doing, he ignores R&B chart singles like "Keep on Dancing" and "Ever Ready," but he satisfies the "best-of" title. ~ William Ruhlmann
- Country of Origin
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- Johnnie Taylor
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Disco Lady
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Somebody's Gettin' It
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] You're the Best in the World
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Running Out of Lies
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Your Love Is Rated X
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Stop Giving People Hard Luck Stories
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I'm Just a Shoulder to Cry On
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Love Is Better in the Am (Parts 1 & 2)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Disco 9000
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Right Now
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Give Me My Baby
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Play Something Pretty
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] She's Killing Me, (Ooh-Wee)
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Love Account
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Just a Happy Song
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] God Is Standing By
- Studio / Live
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