Dancing on the Ceiling [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lionel Richie wasn't necessarily emboldened by the success of Can't Slow Down -- after all, he had experienced huge success since the Commodores -- but there is nevertheless a sense of swagger on its 1986 successor, Dancing on the Ceiling. This isn't entirely a good thing, since it means he indulges in silliness the title track and sappiness "Ballerina Girl" in equal measure, seemingly without quite realizing how ridiculous either extreme is. Maybe that's because he still has a strong sense of popcraft, something that makes "Dancing in the Ceiling" stick in the head even if its lyrics are awful, something that makes "Ballerina Girl" work for a slow dance even if...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lionel Richie wasn't necessarily emboldened by the success of Can't Slow Down -- after all, he had experienced huge success since the Commodores -- but there is nevertheless a sense of swagger on its 1986 successor, Dancing on the Ceiling. This isn't entirely a good thing, since it means he indulges in silliness the title track and sappiness "Ballerina Girl" in equal measure, seemingly without quite realizing how ridiculous either extreme is. Maybe that's because he still has a strong sense of popcraft, something that makes "Dancing in the Ceiling" stick in the head even if its lyrics are awful, something that makes "Ballerina Girl" work for a slow dance even if it is awfully sugary. This dichotomy is evident throughout the record, as Richie pulls out good music even if he indulges all of his worst impulses a little bit too much. He adds a bit more dance to this album, and while the grooves are funkier than anything since the Commodores, they run on too long -- at eight minutes, "Don't Stop" takes its title command far too seriously. This same tendency is apparent on the ballads and slower songs, which all stay around a little longer than they should, something that gives the impression that this record is a little less focused or consistent than the two blockbusters that preceded it. While it is true that there is nothing here nearly as good as the hits on Lionel Richie and Can't Slow Down, it also is true that on a track-by-track level, it's more consistent, never having resorting to the formless filler that peppered those two otherwise excellent records. This is a good thing, but it would have been better if the record had boasted one or two undeniable singles, or, if it didn't, would at least have been a little tighter. That said, Dancing on the Ceiling is a solid, enjoyable affair -- a comedown after the peaks of Lionel Richie and Can't Slow Down, and one that suggests that Richie needed the extended break he took after its release, but a good record all the same. [In 2003, Dancing on the Ceiling was reissued in a remastered version with four bonus tracks: 12" remixes of "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Se La," "Don't Stop," and "Love Will Conquer All." All are inconsequential -- no new ideas, just longer versions -- but collectors may like them, although they may find this reissue's biggest attractions to be its overall remastering and packaging.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044003830028
  • Catalog Number: 038300
  • Sales rank: 43,055

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lionel Richie Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Phyllis Saint James Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Hall Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Billie Barnum Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kitty Beethoven Background Vocals
Vernon "Ice" Black Guitar, Soloist
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Melinda Chatman Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eric Clapton Guitar, Soloist
David Cochrane Guitar, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sheila E. Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Charles Fearing Guitar
Theodore Gentry Background Vocals
Preston Glass Synthesizer
Suzee Wendy Ikeda Background Vocals
Karen Jackson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Marva King Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Lang Keyboards
Neil Larsen Keyboards
Fred Law Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Paul Leim Drums
Cory Lerios Synthesizer
Steve Lukather Guitar
Richard Marx Background Vocals
Timothy May Guitar
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Randy Owen Background Vocals
Brenda Richie Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Carlos Rios Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Soloist
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Anita Sherman Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Karen Siegel Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Alfie Silas Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Stephanie Taylor Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Deborah Thomas Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Janine Marie Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Neil Steubenhaus Bass
Jeff Cook Background Vocals
Ricky Nelson Background Vocals
Leslie O. Smith Choir, Chorus
Carmen Twillman Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Barnes Synthesizer, Piano, Synclavier
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum machine, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Choir Arrangement
Ken Caillat Engineer
James Anthony Carmichael Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
David Egerton Engineer
Mike Frenchik Composer
Preston Glass Composer
Wayne Hargrave Contributor
Suzee Wendy Ikeda Production Director
Linda Jenner Contributor
Fred Law Engineer
Paul Leim drum machine
Steve MacMillan Sound Effects
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Greg Phillinganes Composer
Kathi Pogoda Contributor
Cheryl Pyle Contributor
Carlos Rios Composer, rhythm arrangement
Dave Rosen Contributor
Kelly Ryan Contributor
Cynthia Weil Composer
Bill Whitten Fashion Advisor
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Tom Jones Engineer
Calvin Harris Engineer
John Barnes Arranger, Composer, Programming
Johnny Lee Art Direction
Jeffrey Cohen Composer
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