Personnel includes: Shirley Murdock (vocals); Dale DeGroat (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, programming); Charlie Wilson (vocals); Roger Troutman (guitar, horns, keyboards, synthesizer, congas, background vocals); Sherman Fleetwood (horns, synthesizer); Carl Cowen, Aaron Blackmon (horns); Zapp Troutman (keyboards, synthesizer, bass, background vocals); Gregory Jackson (keyboards, background vocals); Billy Beck (keyboards); John Lytle (vibraphone); Lester Troutman (drums, congas, programming); Larry Troutman (congas, background vocals); Robert Kuumba Jones (congas); Janetta Boyce, Ray Davis, Larry Hatcher (background vocals).
Producers include: Roger Troutman, Shirley Murdock, Aaron Blackmon, Dale DeGrout.
Compilation producer: Barry Benson.
Engineers include: Roger Troutman, Ralph Aikens, Mike Braun.
Recorded at Troutman Labs, Dayton, Ohio. Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Shirley Murdock (vocals, background vocals); Roger (guitar, horns, keyboards, synthesizer, talk box, congas, background vocals); Aaron Blackmon (guitar, horns); Sherman Fleetwood, Carl Cowen (horns); Dale Degroat (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, background vocals); Roger Lynch, Gregory Jackson , Billy Beck (keyboards, background vocals); Johnny Lytle (vibraphone); Lester Troutman (drums, congas, percussion, drum programming); Larry Troutman (congas, background vocals); Jannetta Boyce, Nicole Cottom, Rhonda Stevens, Larry Hatcher, Raymond Davis, Dick Smith (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Lester Troutman; Dale Degroat; Sherman Fleetwood; Gregory Jackson ; Aaron Blackmon; Roger ; Shirley Murdock.
Audio Remasterer: Daniel Hersch.
Recording information: Troutman Sound Lab, Dayton, OH.
Editor: Roger .
Photographers: Kip Meyer; Arthur S. Aubry; Gary Gershoff.
Rhino/Elektra Tradition's The Very Best of Shirley Murdock is an excellent 16-track retrospective of her recordings for Elektra in the late '80s. This contains seven of the nine songs on her eponymous debut (or eight of 13, if you count the remixes on the record, one of which is here [the "midnight mix" of "As We Lay"]), three songs from her second album, A Woman's Point of View," and three from her third record, Let There Be Love. For good measure, "Computer Love," the Zapp song she sang on and co-wrote, is also here, along with an extended mix of "Go On Without You" from a promotional 12" single. All of this is tied together by classy packaging and fine notes by David Nathan, making this a fine overview of her hit-making peak. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine