Rude Awakening

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All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
The debut album from the Rude Boys featured two chart-topping singles. The first was "Written All Over Your Face." Penned by group member Larry Marcus, the single introduced the group to the national stage with its bouncy groove; Marcus describes his hopping beat as the "bingo bounce." The song showcases the vocals of Joe Little III, Edward Buddy Banks, and a cameo appearance by Gerald LeVert; the single rode the charts for 31 weeks. The other big hit was "Are You Lonely for Me." With the well-rounded, riffing baritone of Little and the vibrating, towering tenor of Banks, the single rose straight to the top. This is one of the few songs, since the emergence of videos, to ...
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All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
The debut album from the Rude Boys featured two chart-topping singles. The first was "Written All Over Your Face." Penned by group member Larry Marcus, the single introduced the group to the national stage with its bouncy groove; Marcus describes his hopping beat as the "bingo bounce." The song showcases the vocals of Joe Little III, Edward Buddy Banks, and a cameo appearance by Gerald LeVert; the single rode the charts for 31 weeks. The other big hit was "Are You Lonely for Me." With the well-rounded, riffing baritone of Little and the vibrating, towering tenor of Banks, the single rose straight to the top. This is one of the few songs, since the emergence of videos, to gain the number one ranking without a video. "Come on Let's Do This" and "Heaven" were also releases. Both were moderately paced numbers tempo-wise, but "Heaven" is naturally more soulful with its peppy rhythm. It peaked at number 15 on the charts. This album also featured other outstanding tracks. "I Feel for You" is a tight dance track with much energy; "I Need You" and "I'm Going Thru" are two classic R&B ballads in which Banks and Little convey an emotional testimony. However, that is nothing unusual for the two outstanding singers because they make good on the delivery of all the vocals of this project.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/1990
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678212123
  • Catalog Number: 82121
  • Sales rank: 78,927

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rude Boys Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Gerald LeVert Background Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Cantor Keyboards
Curtis Dowd Jr. Keyboards
Mike Ferguson Keyboards
Marc Gordon Drums, Keyboards
Ron Kerber Drums, Saxophone
Joe Little III Rap
Edwin Nicholas Keyboards
Donald Robinson Keyboards
Jim Salamone Drums, Keyboards
Melvin Sephus Rap
Larry Marcus Guitar, Keyboards, Rap
Russell Thompson Saxophone
Tony Nicholas Keyboards
Technical Credits
Gerald LeVert Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Bell Arrangements
The Rude Boys Vocal Arrangements
Edward Buddy Banks Arranger
Mike Ferguson Arranger, Producer
Marc Gordon Arranger, Producer
Ron Kerber Producer
Edwin Nicholas Producer
Jim Salamone Producer
Pete Tokar Arranger, Contributor, String Arrangements, Bell Arrangements
Dennis King Mastering
Larry Marcus Producer
Tony Nicholas Arranger, Producer
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