Mojo (Publisher) - 10/03, p.1324 stars out of 5
- "...[A] stonking 20-track overview of the funky siblings' tenure at A&M in the late '70s..."
The Brothers Johnson: George Johnson (vocals, guitar); Louis Johnson (vocals, bass).
Additional personnel: Richard Heath (vocals); Quincy Jones, Toto, Paul Riser (arranger); Dave Grusin (keyboards); Steve Ferrone (drums); Billy Cobham (timbales).
Producers include: Quincy Jones, The Brothers Johnson, Louis Johnson, Leon Sylvers III, Keg Johnson.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Recorded between 1975 & 1984. Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
Photographers: James Fee; Norman Seeff; Glenn Wexler; Mark Hanauer; Paddy Reynolds.
Arrangers: George Johnson ; Keg Johnson; Leon F. Sylvers III; Louis Johnson; Quincy Jones; Rod Temperton; The Brothers Johnson.
Released in 2003, A&M's Strawberry Letter 23: The Best of the Brothers Johnson more or less renders 1996's Greatest Hits obsolete. Containing virtually the same material, plus a selection that includes five more songs -- not to mention 24-bit remastered sound -- it thusly tops all the other anthologies that have come out of the U.K. and the U.S. throughout the '80s and '90s. This has all the essentials any casual fan could possibly want, including "I'll Be Good to You," "Stomp," "The Real Thing," "Welcome to the Club," "You Keep Me Coming Back," "Get the Funk Out Ma Face," and "Light Up the Night." ~ Andy Kellman