Personnel: Johnnie Taylor (vocals); Jimmy Johnson , Duncan Cameron, Bernard Jenkins, Michael Toles, Pete Carr (guitar); David Chappell, Jorge Orbon, Carol Freedman, John DiPuccio, XI Yang, Roslind Lang, Robert Basso, Debra Spring (strings); Mike Haynes , Harrison Calloway, Jim Horn, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson (horns); Norman Williams, Steve Nathan , Carson Whitsett (keyboards); Roger Hawkins, James Robertson (drums); Mickey Buckins, George Lawrence (percussion); Frederick Knight, Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson (background vocals).
Recording information: Malaco Studios, Jackson, MS.Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL.
Photographer: Lee Crum.
Like most of Johnnie Taylor's Malaco CDs, Crazy 'Bout You is an inviting soul date recalling his early- to mid-'70s triumphs for Stax. Pouring his heart into everything from the lustful "Dance Floor to the Back Door" to the amusing "She's No Lady" to the sweaty "Money's Running Funny," it's obvious that unlike other R&B veterans, he isn't about to alter his time-tested approach in order to appeal to the whims of trendy urban radio. At 50, Taylor comes across as a seasoned, assured storyteller who knows what his strong points are and is sure to zero in on them. ~ Alex Henderson