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Right On Time Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Includes Runnin' for Your Lovin'; Free Yourself, Be Yourself; Brother Man; Strawberry Letter 23 ; the title track, and more.

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Louis and George Johnson formed the Brothers Johnson under the auspices of Quincy Jones in 1975, releasing this second album in 1977. With Quincy at the helm as producer, the duo quickly broke wide open with its debut album Looking Out for #1, which contained the No. 1 R&B smash "I'll Be Good to You" as well as the funk jam "Get the Funk Out My Face." The album's standout is "Strawberry Letter #23," their second No. 1 R&B hit, but it also contains "Runnin' for Your Lovin'," a Top 10 in R&B. Remaining tracks prove spottier, however, with significant filler between the two hits. --Tom Vickers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000002GA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andre' S Grindle on August 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the Bros' second offering and it's a bit of a smoother ride then the first time around,but that's only a

relative term.When the Johnson's are smooth they've OVERHEATED

and the funk is sooooo deep it almost burns!That's exactly what

happens on the instrumental "Q"-it starts off as a quint little

pop-jazz instrumental fit for an elevator THEN breaks into a

full blast of funky heat when these guys come on the bass and

guitar-bopping and riffing away!"Runnin' From Your Lovin" finds

a nice soulful middle ground in the affair even as they make

a total killing on Shuggie Otis's "Strawberry Letter 23" and

frankly wipe the floor with his version-a Johnson classic to be

sure."Brother Man" offers up a maddeningly funky instrumental

and the title song only adds vocals for a rhythm that changes nothing!Sometimes 'Right On Time' feels very glossy and

polished but it's sudtle too,making it work in both ways!So

it really IS okay to like this-when even an album's soft spots

punch you out (ie Graham Central Station) then your not faking

the funk!And these brothers never did!So pick this up and it'll

go great with the other three Quincy Jones produced Brothers

Johnson CD's in print-they're all soooo excellent!
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One of the more underrated releases of the 1970s - Brothers Johnson, and this disc in particular - have aged very, very well, which is more than you can say about 95% of their contemporaries. At the time, I know everyone noticed how great of a funk/r&b album it was - I had the album as a kid, and the magnificent cover of Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" was one of THE car radio hits of '77.

But I don't know if everyone noticed how THOUGHTFUL this stuff is, and the subtle sonic diversity underneath the grooves: fluid shifts from jazzy to danceable to folk/pastoral on the last tune, and through this broad musical range, the sense of rhythm and melody never fails. To pull this off and not come across as trendy, or pretentious is quite an accomplishment. These guys talent is never in question, but their musical and imaginative sense of adventure, combined with a genuine charm and sense of really enjoying what they were doing is what makes this disc sound fresh going on 30 years after it's original release.

It should be noted how specific the lyrical imagery is as well - at the time this disc was being made, times were getting a little weird, and the rather precise romanticism that emerges in the words here was - I think - another calculated move (and a good one): what might have seemed a little hippy-dippy in 1970 was a statement of calm, quiet defiance seven years later, at a time when cynicism or nihilism would have been the easier or more expected path to take - witness punk and disco - two contemporary musical movements that both produced some very interesting stuff, but also often got very soulless.
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This cd still holds up I'm happy to say. I give 5 stars to Strawberry Letter 23 and the whole cd is strong. Compares to Earth Wind and Fire. Quincy Jones produced this album and it shows. It's like jumping into a timemachine back to the late 70's, early 80's. If you like smooth, funky R&B then you should check this out. Unfortunately, they didn't do a lot more. They have one other release of new material and then a greatest hits package. Too bad. These guys seemed to have a lot of potential. Great fun. Buy and enjoy.
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My lord, 36 years have past and this disc hasn't changed one bit. It's barely 30minutes long with 8 tracks and with A&M records gone, the current owners shows no care or inclination to make this album any better to current music buyers at all.

My 35 year old vinyl is just as good as this thing and that pretty painful for a current buyers. I think it's nearly unforgivable for Universal Music Group to forget about these guys. Probably one of the many reasons the A&M Records formed by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss; later sued PolyGram and still later the Universal Music Group. Wall street and big corporate money is here and now.
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OF COURSE, LIKE THE REST OF THE MUSIC-LOVING WORLD, I FELL FOR THESE GUYS HARD AT THE OUTBREAK OF "STRAWBERRY LETTER 23" BUT THAT WAS NOT MY INTRODUCTION TO BROTHERS JOHNSON. "GET THE FUNK OUT MY FACE" ON THE "LOOK OUT FOR #1" ALBUM WAS MY FIRST TASTE, THANKS TO A COUSIN IN CT. WHERE I LIVED FOR A YEAR. I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING TO HER LP FOR 12 MONTHS. WHEN I GOT BACK TO NYC, "RIGHT ON TIME" LP CAME OUT WITH "STRAWBERRY..." AS THE BIG HIT. I DIDN'T EXPECT TO LOVE THE ALBUM SO-O-O MUCH THAT NOW 40 YEARS LATER, I FOUND THEM BOTH ON CD AT AMAZON AND HAD TO HAVE THEM AFTER SEARCHING FOR AGES! I LOVE COMPUTERS NOW! AND YOU'LL LOVE BOTH CD's.
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I order this cd for a friend,she enjoy this music from the brother Johnson.I will order from this seller again.The cd was in ok condition and it came pass the due date..But over all as lone as she was ok with it It is all good...
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