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Editors’ Notes

Though they have been largely disregarded by critics, The Brothers Johnson had one of the most brilliant four-album runs of any ‘70s R&B act. Their creative and commercial success between 1976 and 1980 was due in no small part to Quincy Jones. Before Jones split to work with Michael Jackson, the Johnsons were his primary creative outlet, and in many ways these songs lay the groundwork for the music Jones and Jackson would make on Off the Wall and Thriller. George and Louis Johnson were gifted at blending thick funk with airy pop melodies and harmonies. For his part, Jones elevated the recordings with his impeccable production and arranging. The Very Best of the Brothers Johnson offers everything you need to get to know the group, including a handful of tracks from after their split with Jones. There's a wealth of excellent material here, but the pinnacle remains the Brothers’ four #1 singles. “Get the Funk Out Ma Face” and “Stomp!” are great funk/disco singalongs, but “Strawberry Letter 23” and “I’ll Be Good To You” are simply resplendent — two of the greatest pop funk songs ever made.

Customer Reviews

A Great CD to start your collection

If you are looking in to a funk band I would highly recommend the Bros. J and this CD is a very good start. This CD does a good job at capturing all the highlights of their carreer. Which is why I would recommend it to first timers. P.S When are they gonna re-release Blam!! on itunes (or on any cd store for that matter)?

Aw, man

I really dig this album. Strawberry Letter 23 really takes me back to my childhood. What a great sounding track.

This is real Music

The best music and songs are from the 70's and 80's. The Brothers Johnson made real music.


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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