Open Book

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Whenever there is some type of event where the DJ is spinning old-school soul, funk, and disco -- an event that could be taking place anywhere from Cherry Hill, NJ to Newcastle, England -- one question that inevitably comes up a lot is "Whatever happened to?" You know, whatever happened to McFadden & Whitehead sadly, both died in the 2000s, or whatever happened to Teena Marie? "Lady T" came out with an album called Sapphire in 2006. And if the DJ is playing crowd-pleasers like 1977's "Shame" or 1982's "Love Come Down," someone inevitably wonders what Evelyn "Champagne" King has been up to. King flew under the radar in the '90s and early 2000s, but admirers of the ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Whenever there is some type of event where the DJ is spinning old-school soul, funk, and disco -- an event that could be taking place anywhere from Cherry Hill, NJ to Newcastle, England -- one question that inevitably comes up a lot is "Whatever happened to?" You know, whatever happened to McFadden & Whitehead sadly, both died in the 2000s, or whatever happened to Teena Marie? "Lady T" came out with an album called Sapphire in 2006. And if the DJ is playing crowd-pleasers like 1977's "Shame" or 1982's "Love Come Down," someone inevitably wonders what Evelyn "Champagne" King has been up to. King flew under the radar in the '90s and early 2000s, but admirers of the Bronx native's '70s and '80s hits will be glad to know that she is in generally good form on her 2007 comeback album Open Book. King, who turned 47 on July 1, 2007, hasn't lost anything in terms of vocal power -- and she has respectable material to work with on a CD that, for the most part, successfully balances 2007 considerations and old-school R&B considerations. The album's most overtly 2007-sounding track is the single "Skillz," which is very much in the hip-hop-minded Mary J. Blige/Beyoncé Knowles/Olivia vein. "Skillz" tries a little too hard to be relevant to 2007 tastes and ends up sounding a bit forced, but even so, the tune is catchy. Most of the time, however, Open Book achieves a more organic and natural-sounding balance of the classic and the contemporary by 2007 standards, and that approach serves King well whether she is embracing a quiet storm groove on the laid-back "Whole Lotta Yum Yum," getting into dance diva mode on "The Dance" which house fans will definitely appreciate or favoring an urban/adult contemporary blend on the title song an introspective ballad. Although not in a class with essential gems like 1977's Smooth Talk, 1981's I'm in Love, and 1982's Get Loose, Open Book is a generally pleasing and respectable return to the studio for the veteran singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Thump Records
  • UPC: 802631100520
  • Catalog Number: 311005
  • Sales rank: 193,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Skillz (3:33)
  2. 2 Whole Lotta Yum Yum (4:54)
  3. 3 Open Book (5:25)
  4. 4 Standing On The Rock Of Love (5:05)
  5. 5 Nobody Knows (5:14)
  6. 6 (You Deserve) An Academy Award (4:51)
  7. 7 Paradise (4:42)
  8. 8 True to My Boo (5:01)
  9. 9 Creepin' - Silver Turtle (5:14)
  10. 10 Not That Kinda Party (5:02)
  11. 11 The Dance (5:28)
  12. 12 The Dance (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Evelyn "Champagne" King Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Graham Bass
Val Young Background Vocals
Terry Adams Cello
Alex Al Bass
Eamonn Flynn Piano
Freddie Fox Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Soloist
Preston Glass Guitar, Keyboards
Joel Jaffe Keyboards
Kathy Marshall Violin
Jean McClain Background Vocals
ELaine Gibbs Background Vocals
Shannon Pearson Background Vocals
Tim Carmen Organ, Keyboards, Clavinet
Silver Turtle Rap
Terry Adams Cello
Neice Knight Preuitt Background Vocals
Lisa Fraiser Background Vocals
Kathy Marshall Violin
Judith Hill Background Vocals
Bambie Jones Background Vocals
Meg Tichener Violin
Gemia August Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Griffin Composer
John Barnes Composer
Freddie Fox Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Preston Glass Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Tony Haynes Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Joel Jaffe Producer, Mastering
Evelyn "Champagne" King Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Narada Michael Walden Composer
Cindy Mizelle Composer
Don Tittle Engineer
Christopher Troy keyboard arrangements
Richard "Hock" Walsh Arranger
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Edward B. McClary String Contractor
Dale Voelker Art Direction
Silver Turtle Composer
Michael Kashif Jones Composer
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