Compilation producer: Tim Rogers.
Includes liner notes by Cliff White.
Personnel: James Brown (organ, keyboards, synthesizer, hand claps, background vocals); Bobby Byrd (vocals, piano, organ, tambourine); Hank Ballard, Lyn Collins, Martha High, Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson (vocals); Alphonso "Country" Kellum, Robert Coleman , Bobby Roach, Hearlon "Cheese" Martin, Jimmy Nolen, Phelps "Catfish" Collins (guitar); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jimmy Parker , Pee Wee Ellis (alto saxophone); Eldee Williams, Frank Vicari, Robert McCollough (tenor saxophone); St. Clair Pinckney (baritone saxophone); Waymon Reed, Russell Crimes, Isiah "Ike" Oakley, Joseph Davis , Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson, Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells, Wayman Reid, Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison, Richard "Kush" Griffith (trumpet); Fred Wesley (trombone); Nat Jones (piano); Charles Sweet Sherell (keyboards); Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Nate Jones, John Morgan , John Starks (drums); Johnny Griggs (congas, percussion); David Matthews , Dave Matthews (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Clifford White.
Unknown Contributor Role: St. Clair Pinckney.
Arranger: James Brown.
The second volume of material compiled from James Brown's People Records label isn't quite as strong as the first, as it reaches for more obscurities -- but those obscurities can be interesting, especially Brown's collaboration with Hank Ballard on "From the Love Side." Again, Brown wrote (or co-wrote), arranged, and produced much of the material, appearing on vocals several times, and the J.B.'s are featured heavily, whether as a unit or with individual members stepping out as solo acts. The highlights are Bobby Byrd's two 1971 R&B hits, "I Know You Got Soul" and "Hot Pants -- I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming"; also featured are Marva Whitney, Lyn Collins, and Fred Wesley, among others. ~ Steve Huey