The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson

The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson

by Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson


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Rhino's 2002 release The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson comes very close to being a complete greatest hits, but it stumbles on a major point -- it only contains two songs from the group's Capitol recordings from the early '80s, including the hit "Solid." The rest is devoted to the duo's Warner recordings of the '70s. This isn't a bad thing, actually, since Ashford & Simpson were at their creative peak then, and this collection also touches on their superb writing gig at Motown with an opening live medley. So, this hits nearly all the bases -- but misses just enough to stop it from being definitive. Still, it's arguably the best Ashford & Simpson collection assembled, and it will satisfy many listeners looking for a collection like this.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2009
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227985370
catalogNumber: 79804
Rank: 18363


  1. Medley: You're All I Need to Get By/Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing [
  2. (I'd Know You) Anywhere
  3. Somebody Told a Lie
  4. Send It
  5. Don't Cost You Nothing
  6. By Way of Love's Express
  7. Stuff Like That
  8. It Seems to Hang On
  9. Is It Still Good to Ya
  10. Found a Cure
  11. Nobody Knows
  12. Love Don't Make It Right
  13. Happy Endings
  14. Street Corner
  15. Solid

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashford & Simpson   Primary Artist
John Tropea   Guitar
Patti Austin   Concert Mistress
Gwen Guthrie   Vocals
Luther Vandross   Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Buddy Collette   Horn
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Don Grolnick   Keyboards
Hubert Laws   Horn
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer
Bill Perkins   Horn
Jerome Richardson   Horn
Bud Shank   Alto Flute
George Young   Horn,Alto Saxophone
Howard Johnson   Horn
Seldon Powell   Saxophone
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Conga,Syndrum
Andy Abrams   Horn Engineer
Joshie Armstead   Background Vocals,Voices
Nick Ashford   Background Vocals,Voices,Human Whistle
Eluriel Tinker Barfield   Bass
Dave Bargeron   Trombone
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Vocoder
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Pete Cannarozzi   fender rhodes
David Carey   Percussion
Francisco Centeno   Bass
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Vivian Cherry   Vocals
Ray Chew   Synthesizer,Clavinet,Mini Moog
Eddie Daniels   Alto Saxophone
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
Lani Groves   Vocals
Yogi Horton   Drums
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Charles Loper   Trombone
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Raymond Maldonado   Trumpet
Johnny Mandel   Percussion
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Ullanda McCullough   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sidney Muldrow   French Horn
Chris Parker   Drums
Robert Payne   Trombone
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
Zachary Sanders   Vocals
Andy Schwartz   Guitar
Henry Sigismonti   French Horn
Valerie Simpson   Piano,Background Vocals
John Sussewell   Drums
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
David Tofani   Horn,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Tose   Horn Engineer
Harold Vick   Horn
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Philip Woo   Moog Synthesizer
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Charlie Collins   Drums
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Raymond Simpson   Background Vocals
Ed Rackowitz   Horn Engineer
Frank Floyd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums
David Earl Taylor   Trombone
Bill Lamb   Trumpet
David Duke   French Horn
Donald Waldrop   Trombone
Andrew Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Donna Lynn   Cover Photo
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Tom Bahler   Director
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Ray Chew   rhythm arrangement
Jon Child   Engineer
Jim Dougherty   Vocal Engineer
Steve Gadd   Composer
Eric Gale   Composer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
François Kevorkian   Remixing
Bob Liftin   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Synthesizer Arrangements
Tony May   Engineer
Leon Pendarvis   Horn Arrangements
Johnny Potoker   Vocal Engineer
Walter Raim   String Arrangements
Paul Riser   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Richard Tee   Composer
Tim Cox   Engineer
Steven Chean   Editorial Research
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Jerry Block   Engineer
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination

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