If Only...

If Only...

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by Howard Hewett
     
 

Although Howard Hewett is best known for his contributions to Shalamar (which he joined in 1979 and left in 1985), the R&B veteran has actually devoted a lot more time to his solo career. By 2007, Hewett had been performing as a solo artist for 22 years, whereas he only spent six years with Shalamar (not counting his contributions to someSee more details below

Overview

Although Howard Hewett is best known for his contributions to Shalamar (which he joined in 1979 and left in 1985), the R&B veteran has actually devoted a lot more time to his solo career. By 2007, Hewett had been performing as a solo artist for 22 years, whereas he only spent six years with Shalamar (not counting his contributions to some occasional Shalamar reunion gigs with Jeffrey Daniel and singer Carolyn Griffey in England in the 2000s). If Only... marks Hewett's return to secular R&B (after providing a few gospel-oriented albums), and this 2007 release is clearly among his more consistent solo efforts. One of the things that makes If Only... a creative success for Hewett (who turned 52 on October 1, 2007) is the fact that he is being true to himself throughout the album. Hewett doesn't jump through hoops trying to make this 56-minute disc relevant to the hip-hop-drenched R&B scene of 2007 -- there are no guest appearances by Jay-Z or 50 Cent -- and instead of fighting to sound modern, Hewett simply concentrates on delivering an old-fashioned soul album that emphasizes ballads and romantic slow jams. Tracks like "Is This True Love" and "Ill Be Right Here" don't run away from being old-school; they embrace it, which is a good thing because If Only... always sounds natural rather than forced, awkward, or contrived. Despite its secular orientation, If Only... is not without spiritual concerns; Hewett sets "The Lord's Prayer" to music and has no problem putting an R&B spin on John Lennon's "Imagine" (which is not a religious song per se but does, to a degree, reflect Lennon's interactions with Srila Prabhupada and the Hare Krishna sect). Nonetheless, If Only... is a romantic soul album first and foremost, and it is an album that -- although not groundbreaking or terribly ambitious -- is bound to please those who like Hewett as a love-minded crooner.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Machine Productions
UPC:
0804879067825
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
85223

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Hewett   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ
Gerald Albright   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Howard McCrary   Bass (Vocal)
Jimmy Miller   Guitar
Eric Brice   Guitar
Robert Brookins   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Mark Cargill   Strings
Stanley Clarke   Bass Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Raymond Crossley   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Rayford Griffin   Drums
Loris Holland   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Kayla Parker   Background Vocals
Bill Ruppert   Guitar
Monty Seward   Piano,Keyboards
Wendell Stewart   Drums
Robert Moe   Background Vocals
Richie Davis   Guitar
Shelton.Rodney   Keyboards
Kimaya Seward   Background Vocals
Latasha Spencer   Background Vocals
Johnny Wolfe   Keyboards
Ralph Boyd Johnson   Keyboards
Neil Artwick   Keyboards
Val Watson   Vocals
June Matayoshi   Oboe
Joe Lindsay   Guitar
Trevor Job   Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Howard Hewett   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Billy Preston   Contributor
Ron Boustead   Mastering
George Duke   Producer,String Arrangements
Marc Nelson   Composer,Producer
Randy Bowland   Composer
Robert Brookins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mark Cargill   Engineer,String Arrangements
Raymond Crossley   Producer
Loris Holland   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Ian William Keene   Engineer
Wade Norton   Engineer
David Rideau   Engineer
Monty Seward   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Butch Stewart   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Joe Wolfe   Producer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Shelton.Rodney   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Gerald McCauley   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Ralph Boyd Johnson   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Val Watson   Vocal Arrangements
Brandon Howard   Composer
Carla Fleming   Composer
Cadence Blaze   Producer

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