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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Although the group had been around since the late '70s, Shalamar didn't really gel until vocalist Howard Hewett joined original members Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley. While Friends' predecessor, Three for Love, offered more hits, Friends is a sometimes-cautious though fulfilling continuation of the style. The biggest hit and leadoff track, "A Night to Remember," successfully mixes a subtle flash and a bittersweet melody that made the track an instant classic. As disco was long gone at this point, Friends represents the production style inherent in Solar and a fair amount of R&B of the time. "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know" coasts on the same smooth sound of their ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Although the group had been around since the late '70s, Shalamar didn't really gel until vocalist Howard Hewett joined original members Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley. While Friends' predecessor, Three for Love, offered more hits, Friends is a sometimes-cautious though fulfilling continuation of the style. The biggest hit and leadoff track, "A Night to Remember," successfully mixes a subtle flash and a bittersweet melody that made the track an instant classic. As disco was long gone at this point, Friends represents the production style inherent in Solar and a fair amount of R&B of the time. "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know" coasts on the same smooth sound of their 1981 hit, "The Lover in You." At this point, the separate skills of the trio were beginning to supersede the act. Hewett ably handles the hooky and insinuating ballad "I Just Stopped by Because I Had To." The textbook Solar style and Leon F. Sylvers III's production on "There It Is" get back to the trio harmonies and aesthetic. Friends is not only an assured Shalamar, a fact that was a given with this version of the group, it's also a great representation of the Solar sound and early-'80s R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/1996
  • Label: Sequel Records Uk
  • UPC: 602923878928
  • Catalog Number: 789

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shalamar Primary Artist
Howard Hewett Vocals, Background Vocals
James Ingram Bass, Keyboards
Leon F. Sylvers III Bass, Percussion
Jody Watley Vocals, Background Vocals
Kevin Spencer Keyboards
William Bryant Keyboards
Jeffrey Daniel Background Vocals
Joey Gallo Keyboards
Ed Greene Drums
Michael Nash Keyboards
Wardell Potts Jr. Drums
Richard Randolph Guitar
Ernest Redd Guitar
William Shelby Keyboards
Patricia Sylvers Keyboards
Ricky Sylvers Guitar
Wayne Milstein Percussion
Rick Smith Keyboards
Technical Credits
Shalamar Vocal Arrangements
Leon F. Sylvers III Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Joey Gallo rhythm arrangement
Foster Sylvers rhythm arrangement
Richard Torres Liner Notes
Benjamin F. Wright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Tom Cartwright Reissue Producer
Gene Dozier Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dave Schultz Mastering
Dana Meyers Vocal Arrangements
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