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Barry White's new album proves that he's still the Sultan of Sex, the Baron of Booty, the Don of Gettin' It On. While there's nothing on STAYING POWER that's as stunning as White's 1994 comeback smash "Practice What You Preach," the album still delivers the slinky grooves and double- or often single- entendre lyrics that have defined his music for more than 25 years. At age 55, White is still singing songs with titles like "I Get Off On You," words like "Tease me with your emotion/ Soon we'll share nature's body lotion," and feelings like those of the title track, which manages to be a tribute to both his career longevity and his, um, stamina. Covers of War's "Low Rider" mixed by Sean "Puffy" Combs and Sly Stone's ...
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Barry White's new album proves that he's still the Sultan of Sex, the Baron of Booty, the Don of Gettin' It On. While there's nothing on STAYING POWER that's as stunning as White's 1994 comeback smash "Practice What You Preach," the album still delivers the slinky grooves and double- or often single- entendre lyrics that have defined his music for more than 25 years. At age 55, White is still singing songs with titles like "I Get Off On You," words like "Tease me with your emotion/ Soon we'll share nature's body lotion," and feelings like those of the title track, which manages to be a tribute to both his career longevity and his, um, stamina. Covers of War's "Low Rider" mixed by Sean "Puffy" Combs and Sly Stone's "Thank You Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin" are well-chosen if less than revelatory. And on "Sometimes" and "Get Up," White comes off like a positive-thinking motivational speaker highlighted by the inspirational line "Get up off your ass and do something". But most of STAYING POWER -- like the two versions of "The Longer We Make Love," sung as a duet with both Chaka Khan and Lisa Stansfield -- simmers with the heat of funk's smoothest operator. Alan Light
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By the late '90s, Barry White was primarily known as an icon. His music was well-known, but his voice was known better, as it stood for the epitome of sultry, sexy soul. And, befitting his icon status, he could still support a large audience in concerts, which led to new recordings -- recordings that were minor hits upon their release, but never eclipsing his classic hits. Staying Power, his first album since 1994's The Icon Is Love, fits neatly into that category. It certainly is an enjoyable album, since White's voice is aging remarkably well and the production is uniformly appealing, but it's never a memorable one. Like most contemporary albums by veterans, it's littered with cameos that are designed to broaden his audience and increase chances of airplay. With the exception of the Bone Thugs N Harmony duet "Thank You" -- which is the worst track on the album -- they all work pretty well, and the Chaka Khan & Lisa Stansfield showcase "The Longer We Make Love" is very good indeed. However, the record sounds the best when the spotlight is on White. Nevertheless, once the album is completed, it's hard to remember any of it, even if it was enjoyable as it spun. Which means Staying Power is a standard-issue iconic release -- it's classy and entertaining, but doesn't add to the legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 010058218524
  • Catalog Number: 582185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Staying Power (6:10)
  2. 2 Don't Play Games (7:24)
  3. 3 The Longer We Make Love - Chaka Khan (5:48)
  4. 4 I Get off on You (6:30)
  5. 5 Which Way Is Up (5:42)
  6. 6 Get Up (6:11)
  7. 7 Sometimes (6:55)
  8. 8 Low Rider (5:17)
  9. 9 Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (5:46)
  10. 10 Slow Your Roll (5:46)
  11. 11 The Longer We Make Love - Lisa Stansfield (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry White Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
H.B. Barnum Conductor
Chaka Khan Vocals, Rhythm, Track Performer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Jack Perry Synthesizer, Conductor, Keyboards
Lisa Stansfield Vocals, Track Performer
Bridget White Background Vocals
Mister Rogers Rap
Wa Wa Watson Guitar
Glodean White Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Barry White Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
H.B. Barnum Orchestration
Michael Patterson Engineer
Jack Perry Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration, drum programming
Joe Schiff Engineer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Marc Eliot Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Ever

    Barry White, has alwayshad an awesome, deep,yet,oh so romantic sound, thatyou can't help but go crazyover. But, this album,Stayingpower, tops them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Maestro Delivers Again!

    A truely great CD for fans with an ear for sultry sounds. Greet your other half at the door with a glass of whine and Barry. You are bound to have an evening you will not soon forget!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sing it Mr White

    say this is great music. it takes me back to the 70s remembering me and my brother getting down in our bell bottoms to the soft mellow tunes of Mr. Barry White

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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