The Dazz Band includes: Sennie "Skip" Martin (vocals, trumpet); Keith Harrison (vocals, keyboards); Kenny Pettus (vocals, percussion); Eric Fearman (guitar); Bobby Harris (saxophone); Pierre DeMudd (trumpet, background vocals); Steve Cox (keyboards); Michael Wiley (bass); Isaac "Ike" Wiley, Jr. (drums).
Producers include: Reggie Andrews, Philip Bailey, Tommy Vicari, Ralph Johnson, The Dazz Band.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Originally released on Motown Records. Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Michael Boddicker, Steve Cox (programming).
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
An 11-song snapshot of the Dazz Band's Motown stint that includes the not-often-featured "To the Roof," whose origins date back to "Take It to the Woof" by Cleveland, OH-based funk band Morning Maniac led by ex-Dazz Band member Kenny Pettus who's the lead voice on the Earth, Wind and Fire-ish "I Might As Well Forget About Loving You." But other than that, there are no surprises, just straight-ahead digitally remastered Dazz Band blasts that blow you away in CD format ("Let It Whip"'s bassline is hypnotizing). For lovers, "Invitation to Love" and "Knock, Knock" are bonafide heart stirrers and the only two slow jams in the bunch. Not as complete as the 1994 Funkology: The Definitive Dazz Band but dazzling enough. ~ Andrew Hamilton