Enchantment: Bobby Green, Joe "Jobie" Thomas, David Banks, Edgar "Mickey" Clanton (vocals); Emanuel "EJ" Johnson (vocals, strings, piano, Fender Rhodes, harpsichord, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer).
Additional personnel: Ken Bushell, Jerry Friedman, Robert Lowe, Jeff Mirinov, Lance Quinn, Elliot Randall, John Tropea, Eddie Willis (guitar); Paul Griffin, Willie Hollis, Patrick Rebillot, Michael Stokes (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes, harpsichord, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer); Carl Austin, John Trudell, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (strings, horns); Alto Reed (alto saxophone); Rodrick Chandler, Neil Jason, Will Lee, Chuck Rainey, Alvin Taylor (bass); Tony Robinson, Allan Schwartzberg (drums); Jack Brokenshaw, Carl Small, Shaunard Williams (percussion).
Compilation producer: Leo Sacks.
Engineers: Andy Abrams, Roy Cicala, Michael Getlin, Michael Grace, John Lewis, Jack Nuber, Bob Olson, Bill Radice, Karl Richardson.
Recorded at The Hit Factory and Record Plant, New York; Sound Suite, Detroit, Michigan; Criteria Recording Studio, Miami, Florida. Includes liner notes by Emanuel "EJ" Johnson.
This is part of EMI Records' Heart Of Soul series.
Enchantment were one of the very last "sweet soul" groups of the '70s to reach fruition and chart success. Not slick enough to be dubbed "urban contemporary," they offered a polished take on the early '70s soul of Motown (especially the Temptations and Marvin Gaye) and Philly (the O'Jays, particularly on the more uptempo numbers). Indeed, by the time of their first hits in 1976, the disco boom was already making them sound a bit like an anachronism. This has 14 cuts from 1976-79, including the hits "Gloria," "If You're Ready," "It's You That I Need," and "Sunshine," as well as a bunch of LP tracks. ~ Richie Unterberger