'80s Soul Gold

'80s Soul Gold

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Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of the major label Universal, often licenses tracks from other record companies to broaden the selections on its compilation albums. But in assembling '80s Soul Gold, an entry in Hip-O's discount-priced series of double-CD collections, compilation producer Harry Weinger must have felt that suchSee more details below

Overview

Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of the major label Universal, often licenses tracks from other record companies to broaden the selections on its compilation albums. But in assembling '80s Soul Gold, an entry in Hip-O's discount-priced series of double-CD collections, compilation producer Harry Weinger must have felt that such borrowings were unnecessary. After all, Universal, a company formed by the merger of MCA and PolyGram, already has deep holdings in soul music, starting with the Motown catalog and including MCA itself, which was a big player on the R&B scene in the '80s. The 30-track album Weinger has compiled cannot be called a greatest soul hits of the decade exactly. It contains only three songs that were among Billboard magazine's 25 biggest R&B records of the '80s -- the Dazz Band's "Let It Whip," Smokey Robinson's "Being with You," and Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me." But it is hardly lacking in hits. Every track but one reached the R&B Top Ten (the exception, Billy Preston and Syreeta's "With You I'm Born Again," hit the Top Ten of the pop and adult contemporary charts), and 16 -- more than half -- went to number one. As such, the album provides a good sense of what R&B music sounded like in the decade. That sense is enhanced by Weinger's wise decision to sequence the album in roughly chronological order. The '80s was a transitional decade for R&B (as is every decade, come to think of it), and the beats that were moving listeners early on were replaced by other ones as time went on. By the end of the second disc, one can hear hip-hop coming on with the cutups and James Brown sampling of Vanessa Williams' "The Right Stuff" and the very '90s-like sound of Guy's "I Like," the final track.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602517048225
catalogNumber:
000739102
Rank:
31709

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'm Coming Out  - Diana Ross
  2. She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)
  3. Super Freak  - Rick James
  4. Being with You  - Smokey Robinson
  5. With You I'm Born Again  -  Syreeta
  6. When She Was My Girl
  7. Let It Whip
  8. Early in the Morning  -  Gap Band
  9. Cutie Pie  -  One Way Ride
  10. All This Love
  11. Don't Look Any Further  - Siedah Garrett
  12. Treat Her Like a Lady
  13. Mr. Telephone Man  -  New Edition
  14. Somebody's Watching Me  -  Rockwell
  15. Meeting in the Ladies Room  -  Klymaxx

Disc 2

  1. Nightshift  -  Commodores
  2. Cherish
  3. Oh Sheila
  4. Secret Lovers
  5. Your Smile  -  René & Angela
  6. I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love
  7. You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)  - Jeffrey Osborne
  8. Ain't Nothin' Going on But the Rent
  9. Candy  -  Cameo
  10. Looking for a New Love
  11. Mercedes Boy  -  Pebbles
  12. Little Walter  -  Tony! Toni! Toné!
  13. The Right Stuff  - Vanessa Williams
  14. My Prerogative
  15. I Like  -  Guy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Iantosca   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Gwen Guthrie   Composer,Producer
Rick James   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kool & the Gang   Composer
Ready for the World   Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
James "J.T." Taylor   Composer
Jody Watley   Composer
Bill Meyers   rhythm arrangement
Bernard Edwards   Composer,Producer
Leon Haywood   Composer,Producer
Bruce Roberts   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer,Producer
André Cymone   Composer,Producer
Andy Goldmark   Composer
Bobby Brown   Composer
Franne Golde   Composer
Aaron Hall   Composer
Melvin Riley   Composer
Reggie Andrews   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Larry Blackmon   Composer,Producer
Ronald Bell   Composer,Producer
Chuckii Booker   Arranger
Reggie Calloway   Composer
Vincent Calloway   Composer,Producer
Victor Carstarphen   rhythm arrangement
David Z.   Producer
DeBarge   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
James Di Pasquale   Producer
Ed Eckstine   Executive Producer
Denzil Foster   Composer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Iris Gordy   Producer
Lawrence Gottlieb   Composer
Gene Griffin   Composer,Producer
Duane Hitchings   Composer
Suzee Ikeda   Executive Producer
Kipper Jones   Composer
Ron Kersey   Producer
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Dennis Lambert   Composer,Producer
Daniel LeMelle   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Wayne Lewis   Producer
Thomas McElroy   Composer
McKay   Producer
Alonzo Miller   Composer,Executive Producer
Terry Morgan   Composer
Curtis Anthony Nolen   Arranger,Producer
Walter Orange   Composer
Ray Parker   Producer
Lawrence Payton   Vocal Arrangements
Richard Perry   Producer
Mike Piccirillo   Arranger,Producer
Dave Roberson   Composer
Rex Salas   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Shire   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lonnie Simmons   Producer
Rudy Taylor   Composer
George Tobin   Arranger,Producer
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Bo Watson   Producer
D'Wayne Wiggins   Composer
Angela Winbush   Composer
Peter Wolfe   Arranger
David Wolfert   Producer
Suzanne de Passe   Executive Producer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler   Producer,beats
Benjamin F. Wright   rhythm arrangement
Marc Blatte   Composer
Bill Stephney   Producer,beats
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Jonathan "Corky" Meadows   Composer
Gordon Strozier   Composer
Rick Iantosca   Programming
Jim Bonnefond   Producer
David Lombard   Executive Producer
Terence Dudley   Composer
Carol Connors   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Bobby Ray Watson   Producer
Hank Schocklee   Producer,beats
Uncle Dave Lewis   Producer
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Composer
Tony Jones   Executive Producer
David Lewis   Composer

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