From the Bottom Up

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All Music Guide - William Cooper
The Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio Brownstone released its first album From the Bottom Up on Michael Jackson's label in 1995. A solid debut, From the Bottom Up showcases the group's considerable vocal talents, but Brownstone is somewhat distinctive in that the group's members also had a hand in writing their own material. Predictably, the album's songs alternate between R&B funk workouts and slinky slow jams, but the vocals rise above the material, making the album a delightful listen. The opener, "Party Wit' Me," gets things off to a funky start, and the hip-shakers "Pass the Lovin'" and "True to Me" prove Brownstone, unlike many R&B vocal groups, doesn't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Cooper
The Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio Brownstone released its first album From the Bottom Up on Michael Jackson's label in 1995. A solid debut, From the Bottom Up showcases the group's considerable vocal talents, but Brownstone is somewhat distinctive in that the group's members also had a hand in writing their own material. Predictably, the album's songs alternate between R&B funk workouts and slinky slow jams, but the vocals rise above the material, making the album a delightful listen. The opener, "Party Wit' Me," gets things off to a funky start, and the hip-shakers "Pass the Lovin'" and "True to Me" prove Brownstone, unlike many R&B vocal groups, doesn't rely too heavily on ballads. Fortunately, the album's slow numbers are just as strong as the more up-tempo material; the group's Gospel influences are evident in the album's hit single, "If You Love Me" a slow-burning slice of R&B vocal heaven and especially in the slow, sad "Don't Cry for Me." Brownstone's unlikely cover of the Eagles' hit ballad "I Can't Tell You Why" is one of the album's most successful tracks, as is the beautiful, piano-led "Half of You." From the Bottom Up is somewhat undermined by an overabundance of producers of the album's 12 tunes, the group uses no less than ten producers/production teams. But this doesn't take away from the quality of the songs and the solid vocal performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972366821
  • Catalog Number: 723668
  • Sales rank: 45,183

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Party Wit Me (4:43)
  2. 2 Grapevyne (5:38)
  3. 3 If You Love Me (5:04)
  4. 4 Sometimes Dancin' (5:02)
  5. 5 I Can't Tell You Why (4:06)
  6. 6 Don't Cry for Me (5:19)
  7. 7 Pass the Lovin' (3:51)
  8. 8 Fruit of Life (5:14)
  9. 9 True to Me (3:51)
  10. 10 Wipe It Up (3:25)
  11. 11 Deeper Feelings (Ooh la La) (5:30)
  12. 12 Half of You (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brownstone Primary Artist
Marlon McClain Guitar
Gordon Chambers Piano, Vocals, Piano (Grand)
Keith Lewis Keyboards
Shawn Lilly Multi Instruments
P. Dennis Mitchell Percussion
Troy Taylor Bass, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Ida Bodin Bass, Upright Bass, Standup Bass
James Strong Bass
Eduardo Rickets Percussion
Torrel Ruffin Guitar
Nicci Gilbert Percussion
Technical Credits
Michael Jackson Executive Producer
Juliana Hatfield Composer
Gerald Baillergeau Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Dewey Browder III Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Gordon Chambers Lyricist, Producer, Writer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Russell Elevado Engineer
Charles Farrar Producer
Jerry Greenberg Producer, Executive Producer
Lloyd James Composer
Ken Kessie Producer, Engineer
Jay Lean Engineer
Keith Lewis Programming, Producer
Shawn Lilly Instrumentation
Dennis Mitchell Engineer
P. Dennis Mitchell Engineer
Rob Paustian Engineer
Soulshock Composer, Producer
John P. Strohm Composer
Troy Taylor Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Darin Whittington Composer, Producer
Keston Wright Engineer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Brownstone Lyricist, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Karlin Composer, Producer
Jorge Corante Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer, Instrumentation, Assistant Tracking Engineer
Ken Kessier Producer, Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Chad Fridirici Engineer
Charmayne Maxwell Lyricist
Ron Martin Composer
Dave Hall Producer, Vocal Producer
Charlie Watts Engineer
Nicci Gilbert Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Writer, Contributor
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