Entertainment Weekly - 5/28/93, p.65
"...shows how the group accommodated the disco beat without loosening their rhythms..." - Rating: B+
Bar-Kays: Larry "D" Dodson (vocals, harmonica); Sherman Guy (vocals, percussion); Charles "Scoop" Allen (guitar, trumpet, percussion); Lloyd "Luscious Lloyd" Smith (guitar); Harvey "Joe" Henderson (flute, tenor saxophone, percussion); Frank "Captain Disaster" Thompson (trombone, percussion); Winston "Winnie" Stewart (keyboards, synthesizer); James "Knuck" Alexander (bass); Michael "Buckboard" Beard (drums, percussion).
Producers: R.J. "The Wiz", Trevor Gale, Allen Jones, Allen Jones.
Compilation producer: Leo Sacks.
Includes liner notes by Ron Wynn.
Personnel: Larry "D" Dodson (vocals, background vocals); Precious (vocals); Mista Rodd (rap vocals); Michael Anderson , Niko Lyras (guitar); Bill Thurmond (strings); Charles Campbell (saxophone); Anthony Royal (trumpet); Dennis Bates (trombone); Kurt Clayton (organ, keyboards, synthesizer, talk box, drum programming); Bryan Smith (keyboards, percussion, drum programming); Derek Dabbs (keyboards, programming); Bobby G. Summers (keyboards); Tim Horton (drums); Slice Tee (drum programming); Al Paris, Yvette Preyer, Terry Harris, James Alexander , Z-Da (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Skid Mills; Bryan Smith; Jeffrey Reed ; Niko Lyras; Rich Caughron.
Recording information: Ardent Studio, Memphis, TN; Barkays Studio B, Memphis, TN; Cotton Row Studio, Memphis, TN; Tubbs Studio, Memphis, TN.
Unknown Contributor Role: Precious.
Arrangers: Derek Dabbs; Terry Harris; Bryan Smith; Kurt Clayton; Bobby G. Summers.
The Bar-Kays' music derives its groovability from a hard driving backbeat, tight horn riffs, and the band's overall hypnotic feel. Every song on THE BEST OF BAR-KAYS is as infectious as it is catchy. This is get-down-on-the-dance-floor music from the very first note to the last.
Songs such as "Shake Your Rump to the Funk," "I'll Dance," "Move Your Boogie Body" and "Freakshow on the Dance Floor" are pretty self-explanatory; these are party tunes from the bygone 1970s, but they resonate even now because of the band's contagious grooves and skillful musicianship. The perfect CD for anybody interested in authentic funk/soul music, THE BEST OF BAR-KAYS is veritable boogie feast.