Missing You

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
By calling this comeback album Missing You, veteran soul balladeer Peabo Bryson turns the tables on those who, he hopes, have been missing him. His 20th album, it is his first non-holiday studio recording of new material in eight years, since Private Music took Unconditional Love to number 75 in Billboard's R&B chart in 1999. The 56-year-old has not been inactive by any means since then, but he has not interested the major labels, which moved on to younger, hipper lovermen. The first question with a new album for such a performer is to what extent he may have felt it necessary to accommodate himself to new styles, but that question is to some extent answered in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
By calling this comeback album Missing You, veteran soul balladeer Peabo Bryson turns the tables on those who, he hopes, have been missing him. His 20th album, it is his first non-holiday studio recording of new material in eight years, since Private Music took Unconditional Love to number 75 in Billboard's R&B chart in 1999. The 56-year-old has not been inactive by any means since then, but he has not interested the major labels, which moved on to younger, hipper lovermen. The first question with a new album for such a performer is to what extent he may have felt it necessary to accommodate himself to new styles, but that question is to some extent answered in advance by noting that he chose to align himself with Peak Records, a label known for smooth jazz. Missing You is not without its contemporary touches, notably in the computer-generated rhythm tracks. But Bryson is not really out to compete with Usher and R. Kelly for the hearts of teenagers here. There are no guest rappers, and the hip-hop elements are kept to a minimum; Missing You is an album intended primarily for Bryson's existing fan base and secondarily for smooth jazz fans. Presumably, there are quite a few of the former who will recall the 45 songs Bryson placed in the R&B singles charts between 1976 and 1993. They are likely to revel in the familiar combination of proclamations of undying love like "Count on Me" and "I Promise I Do" and laments of lost love like "Missing You" and "Don't Make Me Cry." Smooth jazz fans, meanwhile, will welcome the guest appearances by Boney James "Don't Make Me Cry", Norman Brown "10,000 Reasons", and Paul Taylor a cover of Angela Bofill's "I Try". Other notable instrumentalists are producer Barry J. Eastmond, who plays piano on the title song, and Bryson himself, who handles a lead acoustic guitar part on "To Love About." This is material the singer will have no problem integrating into a stage act dominated by his greatest hits, and it should be welcomed by those who enjoyed his earlier work. It may have been a long time between albums, but musically Bryson acts as though no time at all has passed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072302334
  • Catalog Number: 30233
  • Sales rank: 66,454

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heavenly (4:35)
  2. 2 Count on Me (4:40)
  3. 3 Waiting for Tomorrow (4:04)
  4. 4 I Promise I Do (5:18)
  5. 5 Missing You (3:56)
  6. 6 To Love About (4:26)
  7. 7 Don't Make Me Cry (5:09)
  8. 8 10, 000 Reasons (4:09)
  9. 9 Don't Give Your Heart (4:48)
  10. 10 I Try (5:06)
  11. 11 My Last Goodbye (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peabo Bryson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Lead
Bobby Lyle Piano, Keyboards
Boney James Saxophone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Barry J. Eastmond Piano, Strings, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Paul Jackson Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Ricky Lawson Drums
Dwight Watkins Background Vocals
Regina Troupe Strings, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Nate Phillips Bass
Marc Freeman Strings, Keyboards
Clark Anderson Keyboards, Background Vocals
Claude Kelly Background Vocals
Paul Taylor Choristers Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Technical Credits
Angela Bofill Composer
Peabo Bryson Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Bobby Lyle Producer, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Johnny Britt Composer
Norman Connors Producer
Barry J. Eastmond Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Martin Kember Composer
Jack Kugell Composer
Sonny Mediana Art Direction
Dennis Moody Engineer
David Rideau Engineer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
Allan Rich Composer
Regina Troupe Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Vic Anesini Mastering
Blake Eiseman Programming
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Glenn Matullo Engineer
Marc Freeman Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Eric "Ebo" Butler String Contractor
Clark Anderson Composer
Ledisi Young Composer
Jason Pennock Composer
Sundra "Sun" Manning Composer
Peter Stengaard Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Rick DeVarona Engineer
Aaron Holton Engineer
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