Lionel Richie [Bonus Tracks]

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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 044003830127
  • Catalog Number: 0383012
  • Sales rank: 31,900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serves You Right (5:09)
  2. 2 Wandering Stranger (5:34)
  3. 3 Tell Me (5:29)
  4. 4 My Love (4:06)
  5. 5 Round and Round (4:55)
  6. 6 Truly (3:22)
  7. 7 You Are (5:02)
  8. 8 You Mean More to Me (3:05)
  9. 9 Just Put Some Love in Your Heart (1:29)
  10. 10 Endless Love (3:58)
  11. 11 You Are (5:05)
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Album Credits

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