Brick: Regi Hargis Hickman (guitar, bass); Jimmy Brown (flute, trumpet, saxophone, trombone); Ambric Bridgeforth, Jr. (electric piano, synthesizer, Synclavier); Ray Ransom (bass, keyboards, percussion); Eddie Irons (drums, percussion, keyboards, glockenspeil).
Producers: Jim Healy, Johnny Duncan, Robert E. Lee, Brick (tracks 1-3); Phil Benton, Brick (tracks 4-8, 10-12); James Stroud, Phil Benton, Brick (track 9).
All songs written or co-written by Ray Ransom except "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" (R. Hargis), "All The Way" (P. Davis) and "Free" (R. Hargis/E. Irons/D. Nevins).
This 1995 Epic release is easily the best introduction to the Atlanta-based group's unique fusion of funk, disco, and improvisational soul. With only one pronounced omission -- their later 1981 hit "Sweat (Until You Get Wet)" -- The Best of Brick covers all the major points of the group's short but influential seven-year recording career -- with a decided focus on their first two records. This is a fresh look at a group whose influence has remained steady over the past two decades. ~ Rob Theakston