Entertainment Weekly - 9/21/01, p.85
"...Kooper made grandiose pop and white soul that occasionally capsized from its own ambitions...when it works few were better at pulling together such disparate strains..." - Rating: B
All tracks on Disc 1 are previously unreleased except "New York's My Home (Razz-A-Ma-Tazz) (aka The Street Song)".
Personnel includes: Al Kooper (vocals, guitar, piano, Clavinet, melloton, organ, synthesizer, bass); Mike Bloomfield, Shuggie Otis, Stephen Stills, Caleb Quaye, Jimmy Vivino, Jerry Kennedy, Wayne Moss, Charlie Daniels, Stu Scharff, Ralph Casale, Mick Taylor (guitar); Fred Lipsius, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Tom Malone (horns); Barry Goldberg (electric piano); Paul GRiffin (keyborads); Harvey Brooks, Stu Woods, Herbie Flowers, Will Lee, Charlie McCoy, John Miller, Neil Stubenhaus, Bobby West (bass); Eddie Hoh, Wells Kelly, Roger Pope, Anton Fig, Kenneth Buttrey, Rick Marotta, Al Rogers, Vince Colaiuta, Paul Humphries (drums); The Blossoms, Rita Coolidge (background vocals); The Blues Project; Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Producers include: Tom Wilson, John Simon, Al Kooper, Charles Calello.
Compilation producer: Al Kooper.
Recorded between 1964 and 2001. Includes liner notes by Jaan Uhlelszki and song annotations by Al Kooper.
Digitally remastered by Allan Tucker (Fotthill Digital, New York, New York).
Personnel: Al Kooper (vocals, guitar, flute, piano, celesta, organ, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer, vibraphone); Clydie King, Albertine Robinson, Donna Weiss, Dorothy Morrison, Fred Bliffert, Sherryl Marshall, Katherine Russell, Maretha Stewart, Gene Morford, Michael Gately, John Cowan, Liza Strike, Lou Christie, Madeline Bell, Melba Moore, Oren Waters, Rita Coolidge, Robert John, The Blossoms, Bill Lloyd, Tom Bahler, Valerie Simpson, Venetta Fields, Barry St. John, Hilda Harris, Etta Britt, Claudia Lennear, Eileen Gilbert (vocals); Jimmy Vivino (guitar, organ); Danny Kalb, Tom Cosgrove, Ralph Casale, Jerry Kennedy, Michael Bloomfield, Shuggie Otis, Stephen Stills, Steve Katz, Wayne Moss, Caleb Quaye, Charlie Daniels (guitar); Ed King (slide guitar); Jerry Douglas (lap steel guitar); John Simon (strings); Andy Kulberg (flute); Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (harmonica); Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone, horns); Ernie Royal, Jeff Stout, Bernie Glow (trumpet); Jerry Weiss, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius, Ray DeSio, Jimmy Knepper, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Seldon Powell, Sol Schlinger, Tony Studd (horns); Barry Goldberg (piano); Paul Griffin (keyboards); Walter E. Sear (synthesizer, Theremin); Paul Humphries, Buddy Salzman, Roy Blumenfeld, Al Rogers, Tubby Zeigler, Fast Eddie Hoh, Kenny Buttrey, Anton Fig, Rick Marotta, Roger Pope, Roy Markowitz, Wells Kelly, Belton Evans, Bobby Colomby, John Gardner , Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Audio Remixers: Al Kooper; Mick Taylor ; Bill Szymczyk.
Liner Note Author: Jaan Uhelszki.
Recording information: Columbia Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1964-2001); Homesick Studios, Somerville, MA (1964-2001); Redwing Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1964-2001); Regent Sound Studios (1964-2001); Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN (1964-2001); Subterranean Homesick Studios, Green Hills, TN (1964-2001); The Bottom Line, New York, NY (1964-2001); The Cellar Door, Washington DC (1964-2001); The Enterprise, North Hollywood, CA (1964-2001); The Slammer, North Hollywood, CA (1964-2001); TK Studios, Hialeah, FL (1964-2001); Trident Studios, London, England (1964-2001).
Editor: Al Kooper.
Photographers: Gary Nichamin; Jim Scherer; Sam Emerson; Alice Ochs; John Byrne Cooke.
Arrangers: Joe Scott ; Fred Lipsius; John Simon ; Al Kooper; Artie Butler; Charles Calello.