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Album Review

Coming to prominence toward the tail end of the funk era (the late '70s), the Brothers Johnson boasted a polished, state-of-the-art studio sound that took into account the rise of disco in black pop, not to mention the synthesizer. Early on, they also had an important ally in producer Quincy Jones, who masterminded their first four albums; not surprisingly, those turned out to be their most successful, though they continued to record through the first half of the '80s, often producing themselves. Greatest Hits throws in a few of those '80s cuts for good measure, but concentrates mostly on their prime years with Jones, which produced the classic singles "I'll Be Good to You," the psychedelic "Strawberry Letter 23," and "Stomp!"; all three hit number one on the R&B charts, and "Get the Funk out Ma Face" also made the Top Ten. Greatest Hits also includes a number of fine lesser singles over its 15 tracks, including "Ain't We Funkin' Now," "Runnin' for Your Lovin'," "Free and Single," and "Light up the Night," as well as the Grammy-winning instrumental "Q." It also gathers a couple of their bigger '80s hits, "The Real Thing" and "You Keep Me Comin' Back," though it leaves off 1982's "Welcome to the Club," which just missed the R&B Top Ten. Even so, Greatest Hits still stands as a near-definitive Brothers Johnson compilation; it's certainly all that casual fans will need, and it serves the needs of most funk fanatics pretty nicely as well.

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The Most Under Rated Funksters of the Funk Era

How can you go wrong with this album? You can't! thes guys were from an era when musicians mastered their instruments and song writing skills. They reflect the 'feeling' of what life was like in the mid seventies. Man, I wish I could go back. Well this album takes you back and just makes you feel GOOD! Hell Yea!

Smooth Funk At It's Best!

These are two brothers help to define the definition of smooth funk in the 70's. You can't ask for anything better! Not only did they write their own music, but were also serious masters of playing their own instruments unlike today where everything is sampled and or prerecorded by some machine. These cats were the best at what they do and this CD's shows it. You can't go wrong with it!

The Brothers Johnson were the best of thier time!

My best years was during the The Brothers Johnson's era! These gentlemen played a huge roll in making music, writing great lyrics, and utilizing many instruments that are no longer being used in todays music. This group has made a great contribution towards the 70's, and 80's which I will never forget!


Formed: 1975 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist/vocalist George Johnson and bassist/vocalist Louis Johnson formed the band Johnson Three Plus One with older brother Tommy and their cousin Alex Weir while attending school in Los Angeles. When they became professionals, the band backed such touring R&B acts as Bobby Womack and the Supremes. George and Louis Johnson later joined Billy Preston's band, and wrote "Music in My Life" and "The Kids and Me" for him before leaving his group in 1973. Quincy Jones hired them to play on his LP Mellow...
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