Living Blues - 1-2/01, p.83
"...A dozen succulent slabs of funk with tasty horn charts..."
Personnel includes: Fred Wesley (vocals, trombone); James Brown (vocals, organ); Bobby Byrd (spoken vocals, organ, tambourine); Bobby Roach (spoken vocals); Jimmy Nolen, Learlon "Cheese" Martin, Robert Coleman, Joe Beck, Sam Brown (guitar, background vocals); Maceo Parker, Jimmy Parker (alto saxophone, background vocals); St. Clair Pickney, Eldee Williams, Joe Farrell, Frank Vicari (tenor saxophone, background vocals); Alfred "Peewee" Ellis (baritone saxophone); Isiah "Ike" Oakley, Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison, Russell Crimes, Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford (trumpet, background vocals); Tom Malone (trombone, background vocals); Dave Matthews (organ); Fred Thomas (bass, background vocals); John "Jabo" Starks (drums, background vocals).
Producers include: James Brown, Fred Wesley,
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Recorded betweeen 1970 & 1975. Includes liner notes by Alan Leeds.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios East).
Arranger: James Brown.
Pass the Peas: The Best of the J.B.s collects all of the R&B chart hits from James Brown's backing group, including "Gimme Some More," "Damn Right I Am Somebody," and "The Grunt." "Hot Pants Road," "Doing It to Death," "Givin' up Food for Funk," and "(It's Not the Express) It's the J.B.'s Monaurail, Pts. 1 & 2" are some of the other highlights of this collection, which features Brown on keyboards and backing vocals on many of the songs. ~ Heather Phares