Slingshot

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the mid- to late '70s, Michael Henderson had a reputation for being a quiet storm-oriented singer. R&B fans associated him primarily with romantic material, whether it was with Norman Connors ("Valentine Love," "You Are My Starship," "We Both Need Each Other") or on his own ("At the Concert," "Take Me, I'm Yours," "Be My Girl," "In the Night-Time"). But the success of the quirky "Wide Receiver" in 1980 reminded Henderson's admirers that he was also quite capable of delivering an aggressive funk jam. Nonetheless, romantic soul ballads and slow jams remained a high priority for him, and they dominate 1981's Slingshot (which was originally released on vinyl LP by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the mid- to late '70s, Michael Henderson had a reputation for being a quiet storm-oriented singer. R&B fans associated him primarily with romantic material, whether it was with Norman Connors ("Valentine Love," "You Are My Starship," "We Both Need Each Other") or on his own ("At the Concert," "Take Me, I'm Yours," "Be My Girl," "In the Night-Time"). But the success of the quirky "Wide Receiver" in 1980 reminded Henderson's admirers that he was also quite capable of delivering an aggressive funk jam. Nonetheless, romantic soul ballads and slow jams remained a high priority for him, and they dominate 1981's Slingshot (which was originally released on vinyl LP by Buddah before being reissued on CD by The Right Stuff in 1995 and Funky Town Grooves in 2011). Slingshot contains a few infectious funk smokers ("Geek You Up" and the title track), but for the most part, this is a quiet storm album, and Slingshot's biggest hit, "Can't We Fall in Love Again," is a romantic duet with the late Phyllis Hyman. Quiet storm enthusiasts also found a lot to admire about "Come to Me" (a male/female duet with singer Venna Keith) and "Take Care." It should be noted that although most of Slingshot was produced by Henderson himself, Chuck Jackson produced "Can't We Fall in Love Again" as well as two gems associated with Jerry Butler, aka the Ice Man: "Never Gonna Give You Up" (which Butler co-wrote with Philadelphia soul icons Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff) and Burt Bacharach/Hal David's "Make It Easy on Yourself." Henderson (who turned 60 in July 7, 2011) excels on both of those Butler-associated classics, and it isn't hard to understand why quiet storm stations paid a lot of attention to this album. Indeed, lovers of romantic soul can't go wrong with Slingshot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Funky Town Grooves
  • UPC: 886979277724
  • Catalog Number: 251

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slingshot - Carl Austin's Strings (4:23)
  2. 2 Never Gonna Give You Up (4:14)
  3. 3 Can't We Fall In Love Again (3:46)
  4. 4 Take Care - Carl Austin's Strings (6:39)
  5. 5 Make It Easy On Yourself (3:51)
  6. 6 (We Are Here To) Geek You Up - Carl Austin's Strings (6:34)
  7. 7 In It For the Goodies - Carl Austin's Strings (3:40)
  8. 8 Come To Me - Carl Austin's Strings (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Henderson Primary Artist, Bass, Background Vocals
Chuck Jackson Percussion
Gene Page Conductor
John Trudell Percussion
Ralph Armstrong Guitar
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Tony Coleman Percussion
The Detroit Horns Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Alan Estes Percussion
Mitch Holder Guitar
Venna Keith Background Vocals, Soloist
Michael Lang Keyboards
Timothy May Guitar
Luis Resto Keyboards
The Waters Background Vocals
Lester Williams Keyboards
Benjamin F. Wright Conductor
David Miles Guitar, Soloist
Mario Resto Guitar
John Barnes Keyboards
Carl Small Percussion
Dwayne Harris Background Vocals
Ted Harris Jr. Keyboards
Michael Caylor Keyboards
Rich Allen Drums
Dennis Briggs Guitar
Darryl Jennings Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Butler Composer
Chuck Jackson Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gene Page Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Peter Ivers Composer
Curtiss Boone Composer
Herschel Boone Composer
David Cole Liner Notes
Tony Coleman Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Hal David Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Michael Henderson Composer, Producer
Leon Huff Composer
Frank Kejmar Engineer
David Van De Pitte Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Johnny Pate Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Benjamin F. Wright Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
John Lewis Parker Composer
Leonard Brown Composer
Donn Davenport Art Direction
Donald Cleveland Reissue Producer
Everett Boone Composer
Maria Triana Mastering
Warren D. Wood Jr. Engineer
David Boyer Engineer
Tony Calvert Reissue Producer
Tmothy McGhee Composer
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