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Alexander O'Neal wasn't as huge as Luther Vandross or Freddie Jackson; nonetheless, he was among the most exciting male R&B vocalists of the mid- to late '80s. Creatively and commercially, the soul man hit the ground running with this impressive debut album. It's impossible to discuss Alexander O'Neal without mentioning the Time -- O'Neal is an ex-member of that Minneapolis funk-rock combo, and so are the album's producers Monte Moir on three tracks, the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis team on the others. Also, former Time member Jelly Bean Johnson is heard on drums, percussion, and guitar. But despite the participation of so many Time graduates, this release isn't nearly as ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Alexander O'Neal wasn't as huge as Luther Vandross or Freddie Jackson; nonetheless, he was among the most exciting male R&B vocalists of the mid- to late '80s. Creatively and commercially, the soul man hit the ground running with this impressive debut album. It's impossible to discuss Alexander O'Neal without mentioning the Time -- O'Neal is an ex-member of that Minneapolis funk-rock combo, and so are the album's producers Monte Moir on three tracks, the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis team on the others. Also, former Time member Jelly Bean Johnson is heard on drums, percussion, and guitar. But despite the participation of so many Time graduates, this release isn't nearly as Minneapolis-sounding as it could have been. The intoxicating funk hit "Innocent" is very Time influenced, but for the most part, O'Neal comes across as the epitome of a smooth, romantic soul man -- sleek gems like "If You Were Here Tonight," "A Broken Heart Can Mend," and "What's Missing" have more in common with Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, and Kashif than with Prince or the Time. While the solo albums that Morris Day and Jesse Johnson provided in the 1980s were consistently Time-minded, that isn't the case with O'Neal's 1985 debut. Some people found that surprising, but then, O'Neal never actually recorded with the Time -- when the Time recorded its first LP for Warner Bros. in 1981, O'Neal was long gone. Excellent from start to finish, Alexander O'Neal is the singer's most essential album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724354242427
  • Catalog Number: 42424

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexander O'Neal Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cherrelle Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Schnitzer Guitar
David Eiland Saxophone
Jimmy Jam Background Vocals
Jellybean Johnson Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Soloist
Terry Lewis Background Vocals
Monte Moir Background Vocals
Lucia Newell Background Vocals
Thomas Organ Guitar
Gwendolyn Traylor Background Vocals
Marcus Wise Tabla
Technical Credits
Bob Fisher Remastering
Jimmy Jam Producer, Executive Producer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Monte Moir Producer
Randy Tominaga Engineer
Steve Wiese Engineer
Tom Cartwright Reissue Producer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
James Harris Composer
Marlene Bergman Reissue Design
Big Jon Platt Reissue Producer
Jack Daly Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Album

    This is a classic. Put this CD in when your going out of town or just driving around. This CD will mello you out. It's hard to believe that this album was made in 1985. The sounds of this CD sound much later than 1985. This is a must have in your CD collections

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