Lionel Richie

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lionel Richie's solo career began while he was still in the Commodores, as he wrote and sang as a duet with Diana Ross the theme to the Brooke Shields romance Endless Love, which became a bigger hit than any of the group's singles, thereby setting the stage for his departure and his 1982 self-titled solo debut. He wasn't working in unfamiliar territory, or with new musicians. The Commodores decided to work as their own band, so their producer, James Anthony Carmichael, was able to devote his energy to working on Richie's album. Using the pop-crossover ballad style of "Endless Love," "Three Times a Lady," and "Easy" as their template, the duo turned Lionel Richie...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lionel Richie's solo career began while he was still in the Commodores, as he wrote and sang as a duet with Diana Ross the theme to the Brooke Shields romance Endless Love, which became a bigger hit than any of the group's singles, thereby setting the stage for his departure and his 1982 self-titled solo debut. He wasn't working in unfamiliar territory, or with new musicians. The Commodores decided to work as their own band, so their producer, James Anthony Carmichael, was able to devote his energy to working on Richie's album. Using the pop-crossover ballad style of "Endless Love," "Three Times a Lady," and "Easy" as their template, the duo turned Lionel Richie into a sleek, state-of-the-art record that, at its best, provides some irresistible pop pleasures. The key to its success -- and the reason it was scorned by some Commodores fans -- is that Richie doesn't even make a pretense of funk here, leaving behind the loose, elastic grooves of his previous bands a move that makes sense, since his voice never suited that style particularly well, choosing to concentrate on ballads and sparkly mid-tempo pop, peppered with a few stylish dance grooves. The ballads, of course, provided two big hits with "My Love" and "Truly," two numbers that illustrate that he was moving ever-closer to mainstream pop, since these are unapologetic AOR slow-dance tunes. The other big hit, "You Are," is an effervescent, wonderful pop tune that showcases Richie at his sunniest; it's one of his greatest singles. Throughout the first part of the record, the dance numbers are served up and they're very good -- "Serves You Right" has a shiny, propulsive groove, while "Tell Me" jams nicely. After "You Are," the record bogs down with a couple of ballads that are on the wrong side of adult contemporary -- too formless, too hookless to really catch hold -- but they don't hurt the first seven songs, which form a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early '80s had to offer. It's the sound of Lionel Richie finding his solo voice, and, the next time out, he knew how to use it even better than he does here. [The 2003 reissue of Lionel Richie includes two bonus tracks: a solo demo of "Endless Love" which not only fits perfectly with this record, but is less cloying, and an instrumental of "You Are" whose primary worth is to hear the detail and expertise in the production Richie and Carmichael assembled.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1992
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 737463600743
  • Catalog Number: 6007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serves You Right (5:14)
  2. 2 Wandering Stranger (5:38)
  3. 3 Tell Me (5:32)
  4. 4 My Love (4:08)
  5. 5 Round and Round (4:57)
  6. 6 Truly (3:26)
  7. 7 You Are (5:05)
  8. 8 You Mean More to Me (3:08)
  9. 9 Just Put Some Love in Your Heart (1:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lionel Richie Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Joe Walsh Guitar, Soloist
Joe Chemay Bass, Bass Guitar
Jim Atkinson Horn, French Horn
Harry Bluestone Strings, Concert Master
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Vocoder
Mari Tsumura Vocals
Ray Brown Bass
R. Brown Bass
James Anthony Carmichael Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Charles Veal Violin, Vocals
E. Cipriano Woodwind
Gene Cipriano Wind
Dave Cochran Synthesizer, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals
David Cochrane Synthesizer, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass, Soloist, Prophet 5
Jimmy Connors Vocals, Background Vocals
Morty Corb Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Rollice Dale Strings
Assa Drori Strings, Violin, Vocals
B. Douglas Violin, Vocals
Nathan East Bass, Brass
Arni Egilsson Bass, Double Bass
Jesse Ehrlich Cello, Celli
Henry Ferber Strings
B. Findlay Trumpet
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Ronald Folsom Strings
Endre Granat Violin, Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
G.A. Grant Trumpet
William Green Saxophone
W. Green Saxophone
Allan Harshman Strings, Viola
Gary Herbig Saxophone, Woodwind
Jerry Hey Trumpet
P. Hochalter Cello, Celli
Howard Kenny Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
W. Johnson Trumpet
Darryl Jones Guitar, Electric Guitar
Armand Karpoff Strings, Cello, Celli
Dennis Karmazyn Strings, Celli
Howard Kenney Background Vocals
Kenny Rogers Vocals, Background Vocals
William Kurash Strings
Michael Lang Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Gary LeVant Harmonica, Harp
Paul Leim Drums
Paul Liem Drums
J. Llyle Strings, Vocals
W. Lucning Trumpet
Warren Luening Trumpet
Clarence McDonald Keyboards, fender rhodes
A. Maebe French Horn
Arthur Maebe Horn
Virginia Majewski Cello, Viola
Richard Marx Vocals, Background Vocals
Timothy May Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Lew McCreary Trombone
Buell Neidlinger Bass, Double Bass
Erno Neufeld Strings
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe Cello, Viola
B. O'Conner French Horn
David Palmer Vocals
William Payne Keyboards, fender rhodes
Richard Perissi French Horn
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Jupiter 8, Mini Moog
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Nathan Ross Strings
H. Roth Violin, Vocals
Myron Sandler Strings
S. Sanov Violin, Vocals
David Schwartz Strings
F. Sekura Strings
Rick Shlosser Percussion
J. Shulman Violin, Vocals
P. Shure Strings, Violin, Vocals
Henry Sigismonti French Horn
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Deborah Thomas Vocals, Background Vocals
G. Vant Harp
Kin Vassy Vocals, Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Saxophone
E. Watts Saxophone
LaMar Nathan Watts Bass
Terry Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
L. Williams Woodwind
Tibor Zelig Strings
Richie Zito Guitar, Soloist
Alan DeVeritch Viola
Darrell Jones Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Nathan Watts Bass
Mari Tsumura-Botnick Strings, Violin
Rob Dale Strings
Leonard Castro Percussion
Nancy Ross Strings
Larry Williams Wind
W. Kurash Strings
G. Le Vant Harp
D. Palmer Violin
W. Henderson Strings
James Atkinson French Horn
David Duke Horn, French Horn
Donald Ashworth Wind, Woodwind
David H. Speltz Strings
Louise di Tullio Flute
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Gene Page Arranger
James Anthony Carmichael Producer
Jim Cassell Engineer
David Cochrane Arranger, Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Greg Phillinganes Arranger, Composer
John McClain Composer
Calvin Harris Engineer
Johnny Lee Art Direction
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