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Keep Your Eye on Me
     

Keep Your Eye on Me

by Herb Alpert
 

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The unbelievable sales success of this record is a testament to Herb Alpert's extraordinary ability to keep his ear to the ground -- no doubt aided by his position as vice-chairman and co-owner of A&M Records -- and adapt to the times. At a time when A&M's Janet Jackson was blazing up the charts, Alpert journeyed to Minneapolis and cut some tracks with Jackson's

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The unbelievable sales success of this record is a testament to Herb Alpert's extraordinary ability to keep his ear to the ground -- no doubt aided by his position as vice-chairman and co-owner of A&M Records -- and adapt to the times. At a time when A&M's Janet Jackson was blazing up the charts, Alpert journeyed to Minneapolis and cut some tracks with Jackson's producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producing the others himself in a mostly similar techno-pop vein. Presto!, three Top Ten R&B singles came out of the album, "Keep Your Eye on Me," "Making Love in the Rain," and the number one hit "Diamonds." The flashy, trashy "Diamonds" no doubt was aided on its rush up the charts by Jackson and Lisa Keith's bouncy lead vocals; it's really their record and that of Jam and Lewis, despite Alpert's top billing. Jackson and Keith also take the lead in the simple-minded lyrics of "Making Love in the Rain," which nevertheless has a haunting effect accented by Alpert's muted musings through an electronic gauze. At first, this seems like a gleaming digital machine of a record, loaded with repetitive sampling effects and drum machines churning out that ubiquitous '80s backbeat. But the techno stuff gradually gives way to Alpert's humane trumpet, which in a touching valentine to the '60s on Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," is eventually allowed to soar unimpeded over the electronics.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0075021512528
catalogNumber:
5125

Tracks

  1. Keep Your Eye on Me
  2. Hot Shot
  3. Diamonds
  4. Traffic Jam
  5. Cat Man Do
  6. Pillow
  7. Our Song
  8. Making Love in the Rain
  9. Rocket to the Moon
  10. Stranger on the Shore

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Trumpet,Celeste,Flugelhorn
Janet Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lani Hall   Vocals
Laythan Armor   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Jerome Benton   Vocals
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Chuck Domanico   Acoustic Bass
David Eiland   Sampling
James Greer   Vocals
Paul Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Jam   Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar
Jellybean Johnson   Percussion,Vocals
Lisa Keith   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Terry Lewis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Pierce   Drums,Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
John Barnes   Organ,Tuba,Keyboards,Voices
Steven Schaeffer   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Lani Hall   Vocal Arrangements
Albert Hammond   Arranger
Laythan Armor   Arranger,Programming,Contributor
Bill Bottrell   Engineer
Robert DeLaGarza   Engineer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Contributor,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Lisa Keith   Vocal Arrangements
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Pierce   Arranger,Programming
Michael Stokes   Arranger
Shelly Yakus   Producer
John Pace   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
James Harris   Composer
John Barnes   Arranger

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