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All Music Guide - Leo Stanley
Rick James spent most of the '90s either fighting the law or incarcerated, which naturally hurt his career. But what was more damaging to his musical reputation was the fact that he had spent the latter half of the '80s in creative limbo, producing only a handful of worthy tracks. Urban Rapsody was the 1997 comeback effort that was supposed to restore his personal and professional reputations, and to a certain extent, it does just that. The media blitz that accompanied its release did forcefully bring him back into the spotlight, and his collaborations with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Rappin' 4-Tay brought him to a younger audience, while his collaborations with Bobby Womack and ...
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All Music Guide - Leo Stanley
Rick James spent most of the '90s either fighting the law or incarcerated, which naturally hurt his career. But what was more damaging to his musical reputation was the fact that he had spent the latter half of the '80s in creative limbo, producing only a handful of worthy tracks. Urban Rapsody was the 1997 comeback effort that was supposed to restore his personal and professional reputations, and to a certain extent, it does just that. The media blitz that accompanied its release did forcefully bring him back into the spotlight, and his collaborations with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Rappin' 4-Tay brought him to a younger audience, while his collaborations with Bobby Womack and Charlie Wilson retained his older following. However, Urban Rapsody doesn't really offer anything new -- it's the same collection of smooth ballads and freaky urban funk that he'd been peddling since the late '70s. The lack of variety is a bit of a disappointment, but that disappointment is tempered by the fact that much of the album is well crafted and performed, illustrating that James has not entirely lost it. While the lack of variety prevents Urban Rapsody from being a totally triumphant comeback, the cuts that do work help make the record his best album in over a decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 646341707026
  • Catalog Number: 417070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Urban Rapsody (4:00)
  2. 2 West Coast Thing (4:10)
  3. 3 Somebody's Watching You (5:35)
  4. 4 Back in You Again (4:40)
  5. 5 Turn It Out (5:02)
  6. 6 Good Ol Days (5:32)
  7. 7 Player's Way (5:10)
  8. 8 Never Say You Love Me (6:57)
  9. 9 It's Time (4:09)
  10. 10 So Soft So Wet (4:28)
  11. 11 Bring on the Love (5:53)
  12. 12 Mama's Eyes (5:22)
  13. 13 Soul Sista (5:52)
  14. 14 Favorite Flava (4:13)
  15. 15 Urban Rapsody (Reprise) (1:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick James Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Teena Marie Background Vocals
Bobby Womack Vocals, Background Vocals
Penny Ford Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg Rap
Rappin' 4-Tay Rap
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Kimberly Brewer Background Vocals
John Ervin Trombone
John Forbes Keyboards
Doug Grigsby Bass Guitar
Kenny Hawkins Guitar
Michael Hunter Trumpet
Daniel LeMelle Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone
Jai Vatuk Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Charlie Wilson Vocals, Background Vocals
Allen McGrier Bass Guitar
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Lisa Sarna Background Vocals
Neb Love Rap
Barry Sheppard Guitar
JoJo McDuffie-Funderburg Vocals, Background Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bryant Woodert Background Vocals
Ricky Ricardo Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Taylor Alonso Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lisa Daniels Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Eddie Drayton Percussion
Eddie Townes Guitar
Diana Petras Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Rachel Smith Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
Rick James Arranger, Producer
Bobby Womack Contributor
Snoop Dogg Contributor
Rappin' 4-Tay Contributor
Bobby Brooks Engineer
Daniel LeMelle Arranger, Programming, Producer
Charlie Wilson Contributor
Misa Takada Artwork
Jo-Jo Contributor
Tom Brown Mastering
Tim Alexander Artwork, Art Direction
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