Johnny Gill [1990]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Johnny Gill re-established himself as a solo artist in 1990, and he did so in tremendous fashion, recording an astonishing self-titled debut for Motown that brought together the hitmaking duos Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and L.A. & Babyface to produce an album chock-full of hits. The combination of these two duos was unprecedented. Along with Teddy Riley, they had dominated late-'80s urban radio, utterly and absolutely, churning out hit after hit after hit and co-defining the burgeoning new jack swing movement in the process. Gill likewise had recently experienced enormous success during the late '80s when, following two flat solo albums for Atlantic, he joined New...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Johnny Gill re-established himself as a solo artist in 1990, and he did so in tremendous fashion, recording an astonishing self-titled debut for Motown that brought together the hitmaking duos Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and L.A. & Babyface to produce an album chock-full of hits. The combination of these two duos was unprecedented. Along with Teddy Riley, they had dominated late-'80s urban radio, utterly and absolutely, churning out hit after hit after hit and co-defining the burgeoning new jack swing movement in the process. Gill likewise had recently experienced enormous success during the late '80s when, following two flat solo albums for Atlantic, he joined New Edition for its Heart Break album and its long run of hits, including "Can You Stand the Rain," a number one hit that featured him prominently. Thus it was only fitting that Motown's visionary teaming of these artists at their respective primes culminated in a set of wonderful songs, chief among them "Rub You the Right Way" a Jam & Lewis production and "My, My, My" L.A. & Babyface. The former was a high-energy, pleading chart-stormer that infiltrated urban radio with brute force and sent Gill straight up the charts in the process; the song furthermore became a coast-to-coast club favorite -- and remained so for years upon years afterward, standing tall as one of the definitive new jack swing anthems of the era. The latter was the yin to "Rub You the Right Way"'s yang; it became a quiet storm favorite and even crossed over to the pop and smooth jazz markets, reprising many of the same qualities that had made Babyface's own "Whip Appeal" single such an across-the-board chart-topper only a year earlier. While nothing else on Johnny Gill quite rivaled "Rub You the Right Way" and "My, My, My," the remainder of the album still had more than its fair share of highlights. There was a second round of singles "Fairweather Friend" was another new jack stepper, "Wrap My Body Tight" another slow jam, as well as a couple of excellent album tracks "Feels So Much Better" and "Giving My All to You" that could have been hits for anyone else. But after four singles and a good year or so of chart saturation, Gill and Motown collected their winnings and moved on. To the continual frustration of the singer, he would be forever dogged by this unduplicatable success, an album so massive, so epochal it would become, in a sense, his ultimate legacy. And a fine legacy it is, indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1992
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 737463628327
  • Catalog Number: 6283
  • Sales rank: 10,536

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Gill Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Keyboards
Pebbles Background Vocals
Karyn White Background Vocals
Kenny G Saxophone
Lance Ellington Background Vocals
After 7 Background Vocals
Kayo Bass
Linda Brown Background Vocals
Cirocco Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Jim Demgen Keyboards
Lucio Hopper Bass
Jimmy Jam Percussion, Keyboards
Steve Kroon Percussion
Terry Lewis Percussion, Background Vocals
O'Jania Background Vocals
Randy Ran Keyboards, Background Vocals
L.A. Reid Percussion, Drums
Daryl Simmons Background Vocals
Tony Tolbert Background Vocals
The Waters Background Vocals
Buddy Williams Drums
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Nat Adderley Producer
Jheryl Busby Executive Producer
Cirocco Arranger, Sound Effects, Special Effects, Additional Production
Jim Dutt Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Jon Gass Engineer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Terry Lewis Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Steve Meltzer Artwork
Louis Padgett Engineer
Randy Ran Arranger, Producer, drum programming
L.A. Reid Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Daryl Simmons Composer
James Harris Composer
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