Recorded between 1963 and 1968. Includes liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (Universal Mastering Studios-West, North Hollywood, California).
Personnel: Gerald Sims, Bryce Roberson, Pete Cosey (guitar); Bunky Green (alto saxophone); Bob Neely, Johnny Board (tenor saxophone); Rubin Cooper (baritone saxophone); Burgess Gardner, Paul Serrano, Arthur Hoyle (trumpet); John Avant, Morris Ellis, Julian Priester (trombone); Leonard Caston, Sonny Thompson (piano); Louis Satterfield (electric bass); Maurice White, Morris Jennings (drums).
Recording information: Chicago, IL (01/1962-??/1968).
Arranger: Phil Wright.
The omission of Stewart's heartfelt "How Nice It Is," one of his seven best singles, is the only sore spot. Compilers always overlook the tension-filled ballad on these short collections (11 songs). Stewart's six other gems -- "Strange Feeling," "I Do Love You," "Sitting in the Park," "Cross My Heart," "Summertime," and "Secret Love" -- sparkle like diamonds with their digitally remastered makeovers. Also solid are "Everyday I Have the Blues," with vocal accompaniment by the Dells, and "Reap What You Sow," featuring the Jewels. ~ Andrew Hamilton