Slave includes: Danny Webster (vocals, guitar, percussion); Charles Carter (vocals, flute, saxophone, keyboards); Floyd Miller (vocals, trumpet, trombone, percussion); Mark Adams (vocals, keyboards, bass, percussion); Steve Arrington (vocals, drums, percussion, sound effects); Curt Jones (vocals, guitar); Starleana Young (vocals); Mark Hicks (guitar, background vocals).
Producers include: Jeff Dixon, Jimmy Douglas, Steve Washington, Mark Adams, Keg Johnson.
Compilation producers: Barry Benson.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Danny Webster, Curt Jones (vocals, guitar, percussion); Charles Carter (vocals, flute, saxophone, keyboards, background vocals); Delbert "Big D" Taylor (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, percussion); Steve Arrington (vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, hand claps, percussion); Mark Antone Adams (vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion); Sam "Rapster" Carter (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Marvin Wheatley (vocals, keyboards); Tim Dozier (vocals, drums, percussion); Ron Cochran (vocals, drums); Starleana Young (vocals, percussion); Steve Washington (guitar, trumpet, bass guitar, drums, percussion, background vocals); Craig T. Cooper (guitar, keyboards); Kevin Eubanks (guitar, bass guitar); Arthur Rhames (guitar); Jonathan Abramowitz, Marilyn Wright, Guy Lumia, Mitsue Takayama, Harold Kohon, Jesse Levine, Frederick Zlotkin, Harry Lookofsky (strings); Bruce Victor Godsey (flute, keyboards, background vocals); Tom Lockett (saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Orion Wilhoite, Michael Brecker (saxophone); Paul Brown , Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Ken Johnston (trombone); Raye Turner, Carter Bradley, Philip Field, William "Dr. Z." Zimmerman, Ramsey Embick (keyboards); Buddy Hankerson (bass guitar, background vocals); Ricky Brown (bass guitar); Roger Parker (drums, percussion, background vocals); Jennifer Ivory (hand claps, percussion); Gary Jackson (percussion, background vocals); Jonathan Salas (percussion); Jimmy Douglass (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Julian Robertson; Mark Antone Adams ; Gary Platt; Gary Dobbins; Jimmy Schifflett; Jimmy Douglass; Steve Washington .
Audio Remasterer: Pat Kraus .
Audio Remixer: Jimmy Douglass.
Liner Note Author: Rickey Vincent.
Recording information: 5th Floor Studios, Cincinnati, OH; Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY; Boogie Hotel, Port Jefferson, NY; Century Sound Studios, Sayreville, NJ; Dawnbreaker Recording Studios, San Fernando, CA; House Of Music, West Orange, NJ; Power Station, New York, NY.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Alan Rubin; Lou Marini; Tom "Bones" Malone.
Arrangers: Craig T. Cooper; Wilmer Raglin; Mark Antone Adams ; Delbert "Big D" Taylor; William "Dr. Z." Zimmerman; Keg Johnson; Ramsey Embick; Slave; Steve Arrington; Steve Washington .
Party Lights is the sequel to 1994's Stellar Funk, and it picks up where its predecessor left off, focusing on Slave in the '80s while tying up loose ends from the previous decade. The group made a smooth transition into the '80s and remained formidable throughout the first half of that decade; though they rounded off the gritty edges that made them one of the best funk bands of the '70s, their increased reliance on slower tempos and brighter sounds had more to do with evolution than a compromise for the sake of accessibility. Like Stellar Funk, Party Lights scatters a handful of tracks from Slave's offshoots, including a track apiece from Steve Arrington, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame, and Aurra (who deserve to be regarded as a group in its own right, not just a pet project of Arrington's). The non-Slave inclusions are particularly puzzling since these Rhino compilations fail to exhaust Slave's charting singles -- neither "Shake It Up" (a number 22 black single) nor "Do You Like It" (number 73) are included. ~ Andy Kellman