Crucial

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite a couple of unsure moments, Ali's debut album Crucial is an impressive effort from a contemporary soul singer determined to keep the spirit of classic soul alive. Throughout Crucial, Ali demonstrates an understanding of classic Al Green and Sam Cooke, but he's sensible enough to keep the beats fresh and funky, so it will appeal to a post-new jack generation. Even if he isn't able to pull off a completely successful record, the album remains an impressive debut, with the best moments, such as the single "Love Letters," proving that Ali is a fine, nuanced vocalist and a promising songwriter.
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite a couple of unsure moments, Ali's debut album Crucial is an impressive effort from a contemporary soul singer determined to keep the spirit of classic soul alive. Throughout Crucial, Ali demonstrates an understanding of classic Al Green and Sam Cooke, but he's sensible enough to keep the beats fresh and funky, so it will appeal to a post-new jack generation. Even if he isn't able to pull off a completely successful record, the album remains an impressive debut, with the best moments, such as the single "Love Letters," proving that Ali is a fine, nuanced vocalist and a promising songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453948327
  • Catalog Number: 539483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Letters (4:13)
  2. 2 Tomorrow (5:17)
  3. 3 In and out of My Life (4:18)
  4. 4 Whatever You Want (4:36)
  5. 5 Sure (4:03)
  6. 6 Wish You Better (4:20)
  7. 7 Crucial (5:16)
  8. 8 Since Loving You Is Crucial (Reprise) (1:05)
  9. 9 It Only Takes a Minute - Wayne Hector (4:51)
  10. 10 Crazy Don't (4:25)
  11. 11 Bitter Honey (4:26)
  12. 12 So in Love (4:21)
  13. 13 Feelin' You (4:43)
  14. 14 Maybe Today (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ali Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Alan Ross Guitar
Jacci McGhee Background Vocals
Bob Brockman Trumpet, Keyboards
Graham Hawthorne Percussion, Drums
Dan Levine Trombone
Peter Lord Keyboards
Joe Mardin Conductor
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Leslie Ming Drums
Sandra Park Strings, Violin
Troy Taylor Background Vocals
Isaac Vere Guitar
Tracy Wormworth Bass
MACK Ninety Six Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Dexter Simmons Keyboards
Teddy Kumpel Guitar
Latasha Spencer Background Vocals
DeLouie Avante Jr. Background Vocals
Leslie Lemon Bass
Sharon Yamada Violin
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
T-Bone Wolk Acoustic Guitar
Paul Shapiro Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Alan Stepansky Cello
Technical Credits
The Family Stand Producer
Edison Electric Band Producer
Bob Brockman Producer, Engineer
Earl Cohen Engineer
Charles Farrar Producer
Hiriam Hicks Executive Producer
Joe Mardin String Arrangements
Jay Mark Engineer
Rob Mathes Arranger
Peter Moshay Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Salaam Remi Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Troy Taylor Producer
Richard Travali Engineer
Gary Noble Engineer
MACK Ninety Six Engineer, drum programming
Dexter Simmons Producer, Engineer
Judy Troilo Art Direction
Ali Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Alison Riley Art Direction
The Characters Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Wayne Hector Vocal Arrangements
Colin Barlow Executive Producer
Jackie Davidson Executive Producer
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