Dream On

Dream On

by George DukeGeorge Duke

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On his R&B-oriented records of the late '70s, George Duke often shared the lead vocals with such band members as Lynn Davis, Josie James, and Napoleon Brock, but none of them are employed on 1982's Dream On, which finds him handling most of the lead vocals himself. And that isn't a bad thing, because Duke is a soulful and charismatic singer -- there is no reason why he shouldn't hog the microphone on his own albums. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot of first-rate material to work with on this competent, if uneven and unfocused, LP. Dream On isn't a bad album; sleek R&B ballads like "I Will Always Be Your Friend," "Let Your Love Shine," and "You" are pleasant, but they aren't remarkable, and while Dream On simmers, it never burns and never explodes. Even "Son of Reach for It (The Funky Dream)" -- a sequel to Duke's 1977 smash "Reach for It" -- isn't all that exciting. The best thing on the record is a remake of the mellow soul ballad "Someday," which he had previously recorded for 1975's I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry. Again, Dream On isn't a disaster, but it isn't one of Duke's more impressive albums either. This LP is strictly for completists.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2017
Label: Funkytown Grooves
UPC: 0886979358027
catalogNumber: 260
Rank: 97856


  1. Shine On
  2. You
  3. Dream On
  4. I Will Always Be Your Friend
  5. Framed
  6. Ride on Love
  7. Son of Reach for It
  8. Someday
  9. Positive Energy
  10. Let Your Love Shine
  11. Shine On

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Duke   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Arp Bass,Melodeon,Prophet 5
Jean Carn   Vocals
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Carl Carlwell   Background Vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Rollice Dale   Viola
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Henry Ferber   Violin
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Byron Miller   Bass
Nils Oliver   Cello
Flora Purim   Vocals
Daniel Rothmuller   Cello
Bob Sanov   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Carol Shive   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin
Deborah Thomas   Vocals
Sybil Thomas   Vocals
Barbara Thomason   Viola
Marcia Van Dyke   Violin
Dorothy Wade   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Virginia Majenski   Viola
Charles "Icarus" Johnson   Guitar
Larry Williams   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Julie Buffum   Cello
Charles Veal   Concert Master
Paula Hockhalter   Cello
Mari Botnick   Violin
Franklin Foser   Violin
Dee Hendricks   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Duke   Composer,Arp String Ensemble
Kerry McNabb   Engineer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Kevin Goins   Liner Notes
Sam Emerson   Sleeve Photo
Rosemary Veal   String Contractor
Donald Cleveland   Reissue Producer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Robert Duffy   Concept
Randy Moses   Concept
Jack Duffey   Location Assistant

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