License to Dream

License to Dream

by Kleeer


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License to Dream

Wrapped in one of the most creatively corny sleeve designs imaginable -- an actual license to dream signed by "B. Positive" and "D. Termination," who have suspiciously identical handwriting -- the third Kleeer album was the group's most successful, despite being powered only by a couple moderately popular singles, neither of which would ever be considered the group's defining work. The album maintains the rare balance of slickness and grittiness (topped only by Slave and Cameo) of 1979's Winners, and it's a little heavier on ballads and synthesizer work. If it weren't for its silly John Wayne impersonation (years before Shawn Brown's "Rappin' Duke"), "Get Tough" wouldn't be too distinguishable from the raft of simply functional funk singles of the year, but the follow-up, "Running Back to You," works a dramatic midtempo groove as well as the Gap Band's "Early in the Morning" -- and in this case, the protagonist is more forthcoming about why things went wrong and is desperate to straighten them out. "Say You Love Me" should've been a regular presence on quiet storm programs, and a couple other cuts -- "Hypnotized," "Where Would I Be (Without Your Love)" -- demonstrate the shortcomings of the two Kleeer anthologies that appeared before the dawn of the 2000s.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431775226
catalogNumber: 7752

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kleeer   Primary Artist
Lisa Fischer   Vocals
Isabelle Coles   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Crutchfield   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Woody Cunningham   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Timbales,Vocals,cowbell,oberheim
Terry Dolphin   Piano,Vibes,fender rhodes
Norman Durham   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Clavinet,Arp Strings
Yvette Flowers   Vocals,Soloist
Melanie Moore   Vocals
Janice Pendarvis   Vocals
Carole Sylvan   Vocals
Dennis King   Vocals
Eric Rohrbaugh   Clavinet,Mini Moog
Richard Lee   Guitar
Yvette Flowers   Background Vocals
Melanie Moore   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Crutchfield   Arranger,Composer
Woody Cunningham   Arranger,Composer,Impersonations
Norman Durham   Arranger,Composer,Synthesizer Arrangements,Impersonations
Eric Rohrbaugh   Contributor
Dennis King   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Eric Rohrbaugh   Sound Effects
Kleer   Audio Production

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