Black Nasty: Audrey Matthews, Terrance Ellis (vocals); Jackie Cosper (guitar, background vocals); Thomas Carter (keyboards, background vocals); Mark Patterson (bass, background vocals); Artwell Matthews, Jr. (drums, background vocals); Mary Davis Eula Buford, Maxine Jones (background vocals).
Producers: Sir Mack Rice, Johnnie Mae Matthews.
Recorded at Pampa Studio & Pac-3 Studio, Detroit, Michigan. Includes liner notes by Rob Bowman.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarrantino (1999, Fanatasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Black Nasty (background vocals); Audrey Matthews, Terry Ellis (vocals); Jackie Cosper (guitar); Thomas Carter (keyboards); Artwell Matthews, Jr. (drums); Eula Buford, Mary Davis, Maxine Jones (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Audio Remixers: Dave Purple; Terry Manning; William Brown .
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Recording information: 3 Studio; PAC; Pac-3 Studio, Detroit, MI; Pampa Studio; Pampa Studio, Detroit, MI.
Photographers: Alan Ulmer; Leo Knight.
Arrangers: Johnnie Mae Matthews; Sir Mack Rice; Black Nasty .
Like Rare Earth and early Funkadelic, Black Nasty took a very rock-minded approach to Detroit soul and funk -- probably too rock-minded for many program directors at black radio. And at the same time, Black Nasty was too funky and soul-oriented for FM rock radio. So Black Nasty fell through the cracks in the early to mid-'70s, although it enjoyed some commercial success after evolving into the ADC Band and recording the major funk hit of 1978, "Long Stroke." The band's only album as Black Nasty, Talking to the People, was a commercial disappointment but a creative triumph. Those who savored the Motor City funk/rock experiments of Rare Earth and early Funkadelic will find a lot to admire about gritty, hard-edged smokers like "Nasty Soul," "Getting Funky Round Here," and the single "Black Nasty Boogie" (which brings to mind John Lee Hooker's work with Canned Heat). To its credit, Black Nasty has no problem turning around and providing silky, mellow slow jams such as "Rushin' Sea" and "I Must Be in Love," both of which feature singer Audrey Matthews. It is Nasty's other lead singer, Terrance Ellis, who handles the more up-tempo gems. Originally a vinyl LP, Talking to the People was reissued on CD in 1999. ~ Alex Henderson