A Woman Needs Love

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A Woman Needs Love followed Two Places at the Same Time as the second of two albums credited to Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio. It was the first time Parker got the front sleeve to himself -- a signal that he had become the focal point, even though Raydio was his baby from the beginning. While Arnell Carmichael continued to provide some lead and background vocals, Parker stepped up -- making the most out of his limited range -- and performed the entirety of the lead on the album's first single. "A Woman Needs Love Just Like You Do," a clever and efficient slice of adult contemporary bubblegum R&B, addressed men, appealed to women, and threw in a shrewd reference to "Jack ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A Woman Needs Love followed Two Places at the Same Time as the second of two albums credited to Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio. It was the first time Parker got the front sleeve to himself -- a signal that he had become the focal point, even though Raydio was his baby from the beginning. While Arnell Carmichael continued to provide some lead and background vocals, Parker stepped up -- making the most out of his limited range -- and performed the entirety of the lead on the album's first single. "A Woman Needs Love Just Like You Do," a clever and efficient slice of adult contemporary bubblegum R&B, addressed men, appealed to women, and threw in a shrewd reference to "Jack and Jill." It topped Billboard's Soul chart and came three spots short of topping the Hot 100. The album's other two charting singles -- "It's Your Night," a soft funk number featuring Cheryl Lynn, and the wistful "That Old Song," where Gene Page-arranged strings play as much of a role as Parker and Carmichael -- didn't fare nearly as well. Other notables include the very Heatwave/Rob Temperton-like "All in the Way You Get Down," as well as "Still in the Groove," a sequel to the previous year's instrumental funk hit "For Those Who Like to Groove." As usual, RPJ's likable, sly, and affable nature makes the lesser material go down easy. [Funky Town Grooves' 2012 reissue adds three bonus mixes from the album's 7" and 12" releases.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2015
  • Label: Funky Town Grooves
  • UPC: 851903003397
  • Catalog Number: 288
  • Sales rank: 357,512

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio Primary Artist
Ray Parker Jr. Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals
Cheryl Lynn Background Vocals
Jerry Knight Background Vocals
Jack Ashford Tambourine
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Ollie E. Brown Percussion, Drums
Arnell Carmichael Vocals
Darren Carmichael Background Vocals
Jesse Ehrlich Celli
Henry Ferber Violin
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Marvin Limonick Violin
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe Viola
Don Palmer Violin
Sylvester Rivers Synthesizer, Piano
David Schwartz Viola
Marshall Sosson Violin
Deborah Thomas Background Vocals
Larry Tolbert Drums
Kenny Flood Flute
J.D. Nicholas Background Vocals
Sharon Jack Background Vocals
Sister Josephine James Background Vocals
Robert Sushell Violin
Technical Credits
Gene Page String Arrangements
Ray Parker Jr. Composer
Ria Lewerke Shapiro Art Direction
Tony Calvert Reissue Producer
Randy Mahon Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Sean Brennan Remastering
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