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by Men at Large
 

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This second offering from Jason Champion and Dave Tolliver, known collectively as Men at Large, should have benefited from the momentum built by their self-titled debut CD, but without a significant hit to stimulate sales, it sold fewer units. This despite the inclusion of Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert's vocal contributions to "Don't Cry,

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This second offering from Jason Champion and Dave Tolliver, known collectively as Men at Large, should have benefited from the momentum built by their self-titled debut CD, but without a significant hit to stimulate sales, it sold fewer units. This despite the inclusion of Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert's vocal contributions to "Don't Cry," a song co-written by Sweat. This is more mellow then the first album; the ballads are less dramatic, yet still powerfully executed. The guys seem more confident with their singing. "Holiday" is nice, and most will enjoy its family reunion message. The comedy skits that appeared on the first LP are gone, so this may not be as immediately engaging to some. Tolliver sings his lines with the precision of a diamond cutter, while Champion improvises and embellishes his lines with shamelessly soulful vocal runs. Harmony lovers will freak listening to "Don't Cry"; the assembly of voices takes the song to new levels. They sound better than Boyz II Men on the lush ballad, Levert, Sweat, Tolliver, and Champion should do a whole LP together -- they're bad! Traci Hale and Emanuel Officer contribute backing vocals to the floater. The duo remind you of their immense rapping skills on "Better by Myself," a hip-hop club number. The Cleveland natives (Dave Tolliver DJs on WZAK-FM) get low on "First Day," an infectious slinker about a sexual attraction. The 12 numbers are comparably even in appeal; there's not a skip-worthy track on the disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075679245922
catalogNumber:
92459
Rank:
125031

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Men at Large   Primary Artist
Gerald Levert   Track Performer
Men at Work   Background Vocals
Keith Sweat   Track Performer
Alton "Wokie" Stewart   Background Vocals
Larry Abramovitz   Violin
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Patricia Brown   Violin
Larry Gold   Celli
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Helen Kwalwasser   Violin
Edwin Nicholas   Drums,Keyboards
Emanuel Officer   Background Vocals
Jean Perrault   Violin
Christine Reeves   Violin
Nick Smith   Piano
Ruth Wright   Viola
Larry Marcus   Synthesizer,Voice Box
Bonnie Ayers   Violin
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Andre Evans   scratching
Mark Ward   Celli
Bob Antoine   scratching
Traci Hale   Background Vocals
Kenyetta Harvey   Background Vocals
Walter Pteil   Harp
Charles P. Smith   Keyboards
Barbara Sories   Violin
Dennis Wilson   Conductor
Charles Parker   Violin
Robert Crawford   Organ

Technical Credits

Gerald Levert   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Keith Sweat   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Alton "Wokie" Stewart   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
John Anthony   Engineer
Mark de Martini   Engineer
Marc G.   drum programming
John Howcott   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kevin Lively   Engineer
Edwin Nicholas   Arranger,Producer
Emanuel Officer   Vocal Arrangements
Donald Parks   drum programming
Robert Cunningham   drum programming
Larry Marcus   Vocal Arrangements
Ron A. Shaffer   Engineer
Dave Tolliver   Liner Notes
Thomas Bricker   Art Direction
Karl Heilbron   Engineer
Matt Still   Engineer
Jason Champion   Liner Notes
Andre Evans   Sample Editing
Sean Davis   Engineer
Bob Antoine   Sample Editing
James A. Dickinson   Engineer
Matt S.   Engineer
Dennis Wilson   Arranger

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