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Street Called Desire
     

Street Called Desire

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by René & Angela
 

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René & Angela's obvious enthusiasm and for-real emotions make listening to Street Called Desire a pleasure. The uptempo numbers aren't jokes -- the throbbing beat on "I'll Be Good" is mind locking, but the two ballads, "You Don't Have to Cry" and "Your Smile," are outstanding. What makes them work is their unpredictability.

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René & Angela's obvious enthusiasm and for-real emotions make listening to Street Called Desire a pleasure. The uptempo numbers aren't jokes -- the throbbing beat on "I'll Be Good" is mind locking, but the two ballads, "You Don't Have to Cry" and "Your Smile," are outstanding. What makes them work is their unpredictability. No particular or predetermined pattern is set. No attempt is made to divide the lines and choruses equally; each singer unselfishly contributes what's necessary. "Smile" is mostly Angela until René repeatedly chants "No other love can light my life, no one can make things right, 'til my baby smiles." René has more juice on "You Don't Have to Cry," matching alternating verses with Angela, who gives an incredible performance on the heart-stopping ballad. René's brother Bobby Watson (formerly of Rufus) co-produced the sides with Bruce Swedien. "Save Your Love for Number #1" and "Your Smile" both reached number one R&B; "You Don't Have to Cry" went to number two, and "I'll Be Good" climbed to number four. Billboard's pop chart proved a tougher nut for R&A to scale, as a number 47 ranking for "I'll Be Good" was their highest number. Due to personal problems and conflicts, the duo called it quits and released no more LPs. This one is essential for any soul music aficionado.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453475526
catalogNumber:
534755
Rank:
27805

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Performance Credits

René & Angela   Primary Artist
Kurtis Blow   Rap
Paul Pesco   Guitar
René Moore   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Synthesizer Bass
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Ramsey Embick   Synthesizer
André Fischer   Drums
Donald Griffin   Guitar
Ray Griffin   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Michael McGloiry   Guitar
Angela Winbush   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bobby Watson   Bass
Ambrose Price   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Bobby Womack   Composer
René Moore   Producer
Ed Sanders   Engineer
Wayne Edwards   Liner Notes
Jerry Hey   String Arrangements
Dave Iveland   Engineer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
John Stronach   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Producer,Engineer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
John VanNest   Engineer
Angela Winbush   Producer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Dave Crawford   Contributor,String Arrangements
Murry Whiteman   Art Direction
Steve Krause   Engineer
Bill Levy   Art Direction
Bobby Watson   Producer

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Street Called Desire ... And More 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a child of the 80's, and this is one of my favorites from that period. The harmony between the two artists is unmatched, and the songs can stand against anything produced today. From the ballads "Your Smile" and "You Don't Have to Cry" to the upbeat "I'll be Good", Rene and Angela made songs that endure. This CD takes you back to the period before R&B became the disappointment that it is today. This is required music for any 80's R&B fan.