A Long Time Coming

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Take the title to Wayne Brady's full-length singing debut as bombastic -- as in "the great Wayne Brady will finally grace us with song" -- and you're missing the point and more importantly, the charm. One listen and A Long Time Coming instantly feels like a reference to Brady's enthusiasm over living the dream, recording R&B that's influenced by Babyface and Luther Vandross, plus a bit of what came before with a touch of adult contemporary. This is grown folks music with a demographic that matches daytime television's but it's hardly contrived. In the case of "Can't Buy Me Love," it's quite inspired with Brady turning the Beatles' chestnut into a slow jam ballad, one...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Take the title to Wayne Brady's full-length singing debut as bombastic -- as in "the great Wayne Brady will finally grace us with song" -- and you're missing the point and more importantly, the charm. One listen and A Long Time Coming instantly feels like a reference to Brady's enthusiasm over living the dream, recording R&B that's influenced by Babyface and Luther Vandross, plus a bit of what came before with a touch of adult contemporary. This is grown folks music with a demographic that matches daytime television's but it's hardly contrived. In the case of "Can't Buy Me Love," it's quite inspired with Brady turning the Beatles' chestnut into a slow jam ballad, one perfect for whatever "Pillow Talk" show the local R&B station airs on weeknights. High-top fade and moms who wouldn't let you get Jheri curls are the sweet memories that fill "Back in the Day," a giddy highlight that doesn't blush when gushing over Thundercats, friendship bracelets, and "Members Only/Kid 'N Play/That's how we did back in the day." Just as good and even more old-school is "I Ain't Movin," a finger-snapping mod-soul song featuring authentic farfisa organ and tambourine. With an orchestra behind him, Brady does just fine when walking on hallowed ground and delivering "A Change Is Gonna Come" in way that's both respectful and obviously enamored with Sam Cooke's performance. "F.W.B." stands for "Friends with Benefits" giving the album its raciest moment, with "Ordinary" and the previously mentioned "I Ain't Movin'" both singing the praises of long-term monogamy. Going where Usher won't, the wholesome "All Naturally" gets sugary about that "just woke up" look with "You don't have to wear lipstick/To make me wanna come taste your kisses/You don't have to get your hair did/To make me wanna run my fingers through it." It's that "hair did" line that Celine would never deliver -- at least not as sincerely -- that reminds listeners there's been a gap in adult music since Luther left and Anita Baker became underproductive. With a George Duke guest performance, gorgeously polished production from the Heavyweights team, plus plenty of heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, Brady helps fill that gap, giving the R&B-loving Mom and Dad their next great date night album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072306653
  • Catalog Number: 30665
  • Sales rank: 60,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ordinary (3:23)
  2. 2 F.W.B. (4:06)
  3. 3 Can't Buy Me Love (3:21)
  4. 4 Back in the Day (3:21)
  5. 5 Sweetest Berry (4:18)
  6. 6 A Change Is Gonna Come (3:10)
  7. 7 I Ain't Movin' (3:14)
  8. 8 Make Heaven Wait (3:54)
  9. 9 All Naturally (3:40)
  10. 10 All I Do (4:25)
  11. 11 Beautiful Ugly (3:20)
  12. 12 You and Me (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wayne Brady Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
George Duke Piano, Electric Piano
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Alex Al Bass
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Dave Carpenter Bass
Oskar Cartaya Bass
Larry Corbett Cello
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Keith Fiddmont Saxophone
Stefanie Fife Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Diane Gordon Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Conductor
Dan Higgins Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jamey Jaz Background Vocals
Martin Kember Background Vocals
Bill Liston Saxophone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Bob McChesney Trombone
Joel Peskin Saxophone
Mark Robertson Violin
David Ryan Trombone
Kim Scholes Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Randy Waldman Piano
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Ken Yerke Violin, Concert Master
Suzie Katayama Conductor
David Ryan Harris Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Nico Abondolo Bass
Andrew Martin Trombone
Michael Valerio Bass
Thomas Dienner Viola
Philip Vaiman Violin
Jason Pennock Piano
Teddy Campbell Drums
Cat Gray Synthesizer, Talk Box
Shalini Vijayan Violin
Larry Hall Trumpet
Stephanie O'Keefe French Horn
Gerardo Hilera Violin
Audrey Solomon Violin
Craig Gosnell Trombone
Andrew Radford Bassoon
Steve Richards Cello
Searmi Park Violin
Robert Brophy Viola
Jamie Jones Background Vocals
Jamie, Carol, And James Jones Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Cymbals, Timpani
Alex Iles Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Mario de León Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
James Sawyer Trombone
Cheaza Figueroa Background Vocals
Yvonne S. Moriarity French Horn
Billy Walton Background Vocals
David Ryan Trombone
Robert Sanders Bass Trombone
Tim Stewart Guitar
Kevin Connolly Violin
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Steve Kipner Composer
Jerry Hey Arranger
Jamey Jaz Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Martin Kember Composer
Jack Kugell Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Clarence Paul Composer
David Rideau Engineer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Sarah Nagourney Composer
Suzie Katayama Arranger, String Arrangements
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Morris Broadnax Composer
Jason Pennock Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production, Piano Programming
Monty Neuble Programming
Wayne Brady Composer, Executive Producer
Heavy Weights Arranger, Programming, Audio Production
Jamie Jones Arranger, Programming, Audio Production, Bass Programming
Jamie, Carol, And James Jones Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Reo Programming, drum programming
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    absolutely genius

    this cd is great. I certainly hope that he comes out with more smoooth music like this. vocals are amazing. Its no wonder he was nominated for a grammy.
    I know of his comedic talent but didnt realize he was a truly talented singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing

    If you bought the CD just for the song Ordinary it would be worth it. It speaks of the irreplaceble in ones life and treasuring that. When I buy music, I usually end up liking only one or 2 songs anyway. Although I appreciated the uniqueness of of each song choice and the range of the artist, Ordinary is the only one that appeals to me. Thank God we are all different and what you like will be great to you for different reasons.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL MASTERPIECE!!!

    I am so excited about this Wonderful Masterpiece! When I first heard "Ordinary," I was working and listening to the radio online. I wasn't really paying attention to the music, until this song came on. After the words got my attention, I pulled up the page to see who was singing. When I saw it was Wayne Brady, I was instantly happy for him, because I know this album is going to do GREAT! The sound, his voice - is so clear, original, and extremely soothing. This was definitely worth the wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Shocking!!!

    It was not shocking to see that Wayne Brady could put together a project of this nature. He dazzles with nice arrangements and puts his own stamp on a Stevie Wonder and a Sam Cooke hit. With this splendor on a debut album I look forward to the sophomore production.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album!

    I had always known Wayne had talent. I saw him sing nicely in his Vegas show and on TV. Therefore, I was not surprised that he made such a great album. His songs are reminiscent of a time that I loved (we are the same age). His voice is great and goes with so many genres of music. I think the song Ordinary is extraordinary, as are the other songs that deal with monogamy and relationships. My husband and I love the disc. Only downer- I would have left out Can't Buy Me Love- it brings the album down. Otherwise, great effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UNBELIEVABLE GRATIFICATION!!!!!!!

    Too Long Coming is more like it. I always wanted to hear more of Wayne's singing. Well, careful what you wish for, you just might get it. And Yeah!!! I got it. He blows me away!. Wayne delivers music that is timeless. Everyone will enjoy this trip into Wayne's soul. Don't deprive yourself traveling into this MASTERPIECE!!!!!!

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    Posted November 15, 2008

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