You're the One for Me

You're the One for Me

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by D Train
     
 

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Some of the most memorable and fresh-sounding R&B of the early to mid-'80s came from D Train, a group that had one foot in soul music and the other in urban contemporary. Blessed with a big, booming voice, lead vocalist James "D-Train" Williams was, in many respects, the epitome of the classic soul belter. Williams, like so many of the great

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Some of the most memorable and fresh-sounding R&B of the early to mid-'80s came from D Train, a group that had one foot in soul music and the other in urban contemporary. Blessed with a big, booming voice, lead vocalist James "D-Train" Williams was, in many respects, the epitome of the classic soul belter. Williams, like so many of the great soulsters of the 1960s and 1970s, brought a strong gospel influence to secular lyrics and wasn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. But in terms of production, Williams' partner, Hubert Eaves III, was very urban contemporary. When Eaves produced the duo's self-titled debut album in 1981 and 1982, he made sure that his distinctive keyboards were quite prominent. Horns and strings are employed, but keyboards are really the main instrument on funk gems like "You're the One for Me" (a major hit), "Keep on," and "Love Vibration." And keyboards are equally important on the ballads, which include the Philadelphia soul-influenced "Lucky Day" and an inspired remake of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David favorite "Walk on By" (which had previously been recorded by Isaac Hayes, Dionne Warwick, and Gloria Gaynor). Many 1970s funk bands thought of horn sections as part of the main course and keyboards as a mere side dish -- on this superb LP, it's just the opposite. Not that Eaves was alone in pushing R&B in a more keyboards-minded direction; anyone who listened to urban radio in 1982 realized that R&B producers in general were using more and more keyboards and synthesizers. From Eaves' attractive production to Williams' inspired singing and the duo's first-rate songwriting, D Train is a stunning debut all around.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/1993
Label:
Unidisc Records
UPC:
0068381123725
catalogNumber:
51237
Rank:
16025

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Performance Credits

D Train   Primary Artist
Hubert Eaves   Percussion,Keyboards
Kamau Adilifu   Trumpet
Seymour Barab   Cello
Julien Barber   Viola
Seymour Berman   Viola
Gene Bianco   Harp
Butch Campbell   Guitar
James "D-Train" Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Max Ellen   Strings
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Paul Gershman   Strings
Eugene Ghee   Saxophone
Regis Iandiorio   Strings
Theodore Israel   Viola
Howard King   Drums
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Jesse Levy   Cello
Guy Lumia   Concert Master
Ed Tree Moore   Guitar
William Spaceman Paterson   Guitar
Billy Patterson   Guitar
Marilyn Wright   Strings
Harry Zaratzian   Viola
Janice Robinson   Trombone
Frank Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

James Williams   Vocal Arrangements
Hubert Eaves   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,keyboard arrangements
Sinclair Acey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gene Bianco   String Contractor
James "D-Train" Williams   Vocal Arrangements
Pete Diorio   Engineer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Ben Wisch   Engineer
Lisa Fisher   Vocal Arrangements
Trudy Schlachter   Art Direction
Fredericka   Contributor
Neil   Contributor

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You're the One for Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those whose consider themselves collectors and/or afficianados of 80s soul, funk, and R&B, this collection of heartfelt musical renderings is a must have. From "must dance" riffs and hooks, to slow jam favorites, I guarantee that this one has at least two songs that will make your personal instant classic list. I've been looking to replace my cassette of this for over 7 years. Don't hesitate. Buy it and enjoy funk at its' full throated best.