Pleasure: Marlon McClain, Sherman Davis, Donald Hepburn, Michael Hepburn, Nathaniel Phillips, Bruce Carter, Bruce Smith, Dennis Springer, Dan Brewster.
THE GREATEST OF PLEASURE contains singles recorded between 1976 and 1980, as well as one single from 1992.
Personnel: Michael Hepburn (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Sherman Davis (vocals, background vocals); Douglas Lewis (guitar); Marlon McClain (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Nathan Kaproff (violin, cello); Dorothy Wade, Anatol Kaminsky, Betty LaMagna, Murray Adler, Jack Pepper, Stanley Plummer, Bernard Kundell, Yoko Matsuda, Robert Sushel, Israel Baker, Bonnie Douglas, Janet Lakatos, Nathan Ross, Sheldon Sanov, Harry Bluestone, Miwako Watanabe (violin); Alex Neimann, Alexander Neiman, Pamela Goldsmith, Allan Harshman (viola); Nathan Gershman, Selene Hurford, Armand Karpoff, Robert Adcock, Douglas Davis (cello); Herman Riley (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ernie Watts (flute, alto saxophone); Dennis Springer (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Larry Williams (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Robert Carr (baritone saxophone); Tony Collins, Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dennis Christianson, Nolan Andrew Smith, Steve Madaio (trumpet); George Bohannon, Frank Rosolino, Dan Brewster, Mayo Tiana, Lew McCreary, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Jerry Peters (electric piano, Clavinet); Donald Hepburn (keyboards, background vocals); Tim Gorman (synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, programming); Nathaniel Phillips (electric bass, background vocals); Bruce Carter (drums); Bruce Smith (percussion, background vocals); Jeff Lorber (programming); Clydene Jackson, Pat Henderson, Sylvia Nabors, Julia Tillman Waters, Maxine Willard Waters, Augie Johnson, Marti McCall (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Phil Kaffel.
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Audio Remixers: F. Byron Clark; Phil Kaffel.
Liner Note Author: Dez Parkes.
Recording information: ABC Recording Studios, CA; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Record Plant, Sausalito, CA; Total Experience, CA.
Photographer: Phil Bray.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dennis Springer; Ernie Watts; Bruce Smith ; Michael Hepburn; Donald Hepburn; Marlon McClain; Nathaniel Phillips; Psycho; Bonnie Douglas; William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. ; Bruce Carter .
In the 1980s and 1990s, Pleasure's die-hard fans were hoping that Fantasy would reissue its entire catalog on CD. Regrettably, that didn't happen, although Fantasy did assemble this generally excellent collection in 1993. The Greatest of Pleasure, as the title indicates, boasts some of the Oregon funksters' most essential work. Naturally, this CD contains "Glide,"which was Pleasure's biggest hit -- not only is the original hit version from 1979 included, but Fantasy also provides a remix and an interesting, if less than essential, hip-hop remake featuring rapper Psycho (who was a member of the shocking, over-the-top gangsta rap group Insane Poetry). The tracks that are essential range from the hit single version of "Glide" to other jazz-influenced 1970s funk smokers such as "Dance to the Music," "The Real Thing," "Joyous," and "Let's Dance" (which wasn't a major hit for Pleasure but became better known when the West Street Mob recorded a cover version for Sugar Hill in 1981). Not that everything on this collection is uptempo; the dreamy "Sassafras Girl" is a fine example of Pleasure's mellow quiet storm side. For those who are seeking an introductory overview of Pleasure's exciting but underexposed Fantasy output, The Greatest of Pleasure would be the logical starting point. ~ Alex Henderson