The Greatest of Pleasure

The Greatest of Pleasure

by Pleasure


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In the 1980s and 1990s, Pleasure's die-hard fans were hoping that Fantasy would reissue its entire catalog on CD. Regrettably, that didn't happen, although Fantasy did assemble this generally excellent collection in 1993. The Greatest of Pleasure, as the title indicates, boasts some of the Oregon funksters' most essential work. Naturally, this CD contains "Glide,"which was Pleasure's biggest hit -- not only is the original hit version from 1979 included, but Fantasy also provides a remix and an interesting, if less than essential, hip-hop remake featuring rapper Psycho (who was a member of the shocking, over-the-top gangsta rap group Insane Poetry). The tracks that are essential range from the hit single version of "Glide" to other jazz-influenced 1970s funk smokers such as "Dance to the Music," "The Real Thing," "Joyous," and "Let's Dance" (which wasn't a major hit for Pleasure but became better known when the West Street Mob recorded a cover version for Sugar Hill in 1981). Not that everything on this collection is uptempo; the dreamy "Sassafras Girl" is a fine example of Pleasure's mellow quiet storm side. For those who are seeking an introductory overview of Pleasure's exciting but underexposed Fantasy output, The Greatest of Pleasure would be the logical starting point.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/1993
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218791229
catalogNumber: 79012
Rank: 61642

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pleasure   Primary Artist
Dennis Springer   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Lorber   Prophet Synthesizer
Herman Riley   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marlon McClain   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Robert Adcock   Cello
Murray Adler   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
Harry Bluestone   Violin
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bruce Carter   Drums
Dennis Christianson   Trumpet
Tony Collins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Douglas Davis   Cello
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Nathan Gershman   Cello
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Tim Gorman   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer
Allan Harshman   Viola
Pat Henderson   Background Vocals
Donald Hepburn   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Hepburn   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Selene Hurford   Cello
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Nathan Kaproff   Violin,Cello
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Betty LaMagna   Violin
Janet Lakatos   Violin
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Marti McCall   Background Vocals
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Sylvia Nabors   Background Vocals
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Jack Pepper   Violin
Jerry Peters   Electric Piano,Clavinet
Nathaniel Phillips   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Nathan Ross   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Paul Shure   Concert Master
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet
Robert Sushel   Violin
Mayo Tiana   Trombone
Dorothy Wade   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Yoko Matsuda   Violin
Sherman Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dan Brewster   Trombone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Alex Neimann   Viola
Larry Williams   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bruce Smith   Percussion,Background Vocals
Doug Lewis   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Robert Carr   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Wayne Henderson   Producer
Dennis Springer   Contributor
Jeff Lorber   Programming
Pleasure   Producer,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Marlon McClain   Producer,Contributor
Wally Buck   Engineer
Bruce Carter   Contributor
F. Byron Clark   Engineer,Remixing
Bonnie Douglas   Contributor
Reginald Dozier   Engineer
Tim Gorman   Programming
Donald Hepburn   Contributor
Michael Hepburn   Contributor,Horn Arrangements
Phil Kaffel   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Nathaniel Phillips   Contributor,rhythm arrangement
Ernie Watts   Contributor
Eddie Bill Harris   Engineer
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Dan Brewster   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Contributor
Dez Parkes   Liner Notes
Psycho   Contributor
Bruce Smith   Contributor
George Del Barrio   String Arrangements

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