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Best of Friends

Twennynine with Lenny WhiteAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000RMJ59I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Citi Dancin'
2. Take Me or Leave Me
3. Best of Friends
4. Peanut Butter
5. Betta
6. Morning Sunrise
7. Oh Sylvie
8. Tropical Nights

Editorial Reviews

First time on CD for the 1979 debut album by this R&B band formed by former Return To Forever drummer Lenny White. This crossover album impressively reached #6 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, #15 on the Billboard Black Albums chart and #54 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and includes the hit single 'Peanut Butter'. Wounded Bird. 2007.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth Of Lenny White's Band August 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It was abundantly apparent on Lenny White's 1978 album Streamline that he was moving away from spastic fusion and into a much more glossy,polished late 70's pop-funk sound. That album had a lot more stylistic diversity among it's songs but with this one that isn't as apparent. Lenny White took in old personel such as Don Blackman and Denzil Miller,added new members and actually transformed his backing musicians into a full on band. Again produced by Larry Dun EWF Phenix Horn members Louis Satterfield,Don Myrick and Andrew Wolfolk are onboard for the ride as well as percussionist Paulinhi Da Costa and backup vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Lynn Davis. With all of these cooks in the kitchen as it were this sould be a very cluttered and overproduced sounding album. Actually it's the exact opposit. Perhaps as something of a reaction to some of the orchestrated excessess of commercial disco songs such as "City Dancin" (very EWF sounding in it's horn arrangement actually),"Take Me Or Leave Me" and the title song are all highly danceable funk/pop/R&B with the tiniest degree of fusion accents on the keyboard parts in particular. These and all of the tracks on this album feature vocals,mostly from the now full time band member Don Blackman. Meanwhile the most famous song from this album actually looks totally to the future. The stripped down,highly digitized electronic synthesizer riffs mixed with multi tracked rhythm guitars on "Peanut Butter" is not only very much new territory for Lenny White's variety of funk but also fully anticipated the types of music that would come from people such as Cameo,Midnight Star,Prince and the majority of the electro/naked funk of the 80's decade to come. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album April 19, 2010
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I am elated to now have this album on c.d. Best of Friends came out right about the time I was graduating from high school and I borrowed it from my brother to combine with others for a mix tape. I liked this album so much that I included every track from it (with the exception of Peanut Butter) on my tape! I am a huge fan of Lenny White because of this album. Having been exposed to different types of music at a young age, I have an appreciation for artists who can play different genres of music. Lenny is one of those artists, and he blends styles so perfectly, it's hard not to find something you like on his records. My favorite cuts on this album are Betta and Best of Friends, two very beautifully written (and performed!) songs. Thankfully, Tropical Nights was included to satisfy the jazz-lover in me! In my opinion, ALL of the tunes on this album were arranged with great perfection and are very pleasant listening. I rank this one as one of the best in my entire music collection and is a treasure to own on c.d.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peanut Butter is still the Jam! April 19, 2010
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I'm surprised no one has written a review about this album. Truthfully I purchased "Best of Friends" for the classic funk hit "Peanut Butter". But Lenny White and Twennynine cranked out a few gem on their debut. I highly recommend tracks 2-5 (with PB being #4). A must listen if you're a fan of the jazz- funk fusion genre.
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