Light Up the Night

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Light Up the Night marked the end of an era for the Brothers Johnson -- it was the last of four albums that Quincy Jones produced for the Los Angeles siblings, and it was the last time a Brothers Johnson album was truly excellent instead of merely decent. When Jones was producing the Brothers Johnson's albums from 1976-1980, he gave them something their subsequent albums lacked -- consistency. Even though George and Lewis Johnson recorded some decent material after Light Up the Night, none of their post-Jones albums had the type of consistency that Jones gives this 1980 release. The album gets off to an impressive start with the major hit "Stomp!" a definitive example of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Light Up the Night marked the end of an era for the Brothers Johnson -- it was the last of four albums that Quincy Jones produced for the Los Angeles siblings, and it was the last time a Brothers Johnson album was truly excellent instead of merely decent. When Jones was producing the Brothers Johnson's albums from 1976-1980, he gave them something their subsequent albums lacked -- consistency. Even though George and Lewis Johnson recorded some decent material after Light Up the Night, none of their post-Jones albums had the type of consistency that Jones gives this 1980 release. The album gets off to an impressive start with the major hit "Stomp!" a definitive example of the smooth, sleek brand of funk that was termed sophisticated funk in the late '70s and early '80s, and the tracks that follow are equally memorable. From the sleek sophisti-funk of "You Make Me Wanna Wiggle," "This Had to Be" which was co-written by Michael Jackson and employs him as a background vocalist, and the title song to the tender R&B/pop ballads "Treasure" and "All About the Heaven," Light Up the Night is without a dull moment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1996
  • Label: A&M Super Budget
  • UPC: 075021371620
  • Catalog Number: 213716
  • Sales rank: 19,657

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Brothers Johnson Primary Artist
Michael Jackson Background Vocals
Quincy Jones Background Vocals
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Vocal Percussion
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Susaye Greene Brown Background Vocals
Richard Heath Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn
Kim Hutchcroft Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Josie James Background Vocals
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
George Johnson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Valerie Johnson Background Vocals
Scherrie Payne Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Rod Temperton Electric Piano
Alex Weir Vocals, Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone, Trumpet, Conductor, Euphonium
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
The Brothers Johnson Contributor
Michael Jackson Vocal Arrangements
Quincy Jones Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements, Audio Production
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
Ed Eckstine Artwork
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
George Johnson Composer, rhythm arrangement
Louis Johnson Composer, rhythm arrangement
Johnny Mandel Synthesizer Arrangements
Steve Porcaro Programming
Bruce Swedien Engineer
Rod Temperton Composer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Glenn Wexler Artwork, Art Direction
Dave Collins Remastering
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Kurt Triffet Illustrations
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