On the Rise

On the Rise

by The S.O.S. Band


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On the Rise

After a strong start at the beginning of the 1980s, the S.O.S. Band quickly hit that rut which is so sadly common among young bands needing a second shot of gold and, by 1983, they were teetering on the edge of an oncoming oblivion. It is to their ever-lasting credit that not only were they able to pull out of the nosedive, they did it with such aplomb that On the Rise could easily have been retitled Back on Top. Teaming with hot writing/production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, a completely revitalized S.O.S. Band found themselves firmly on the top of the charts and in the public eye. Hip, slick, and full of dance tricks, the band infused On the Rise with enough '80s synth sounds to break through in the clubs, while keeping their funk roots intact. Energized throughout, the set hardly slows down for a moment. From "For Your Love" and the stellar second side opener, "I'm Not Runnin'," to the Motown soul stylings of "Who's Making Love," the S.O.S. Band proved they still had their moves. The album spun two songs into the top of the R&B charts -- "Tell Me if You Still Care" reached number five, while the showstopping "Just Be Good to Me" dropped in at number two, not only becoming one of 1983's defining songs, but also returning the band to the spotlight in 1991, when the English house band Beats International revisited the grooves across their smash "Dub Be Good to Me." On the Rise is the sound of a band finding their feet again -- and knowing what to do with them once they'd found them.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Tabu Demon
UPC: 5014797139466
catalogNumber: 9713946
Rank: 53123

Album Credits

Performance Credits

S.O.S. Band   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Mary Davis   Vocals,Group Member
Phyllis Saint James   Background Vocals
Phyllis Battle   Background Vocals
Jason Bryant   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Janelle Hayman   Background Vocals
Joyce "Fenderella" Irby   Background Vocals
Willie "Sonny" Killebrew   Flute,Saxophone,Group Member
Terry Lewis   Background Vocals
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Crystal McCarey   Background Vocals
Monte Moir   Background Vocals
Abdul Ra'oof   Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Group Member
John Alexander Simpson   Bass,Group Member
Bruno Speight   Guitar,Group Member
Jerome Thomas   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Billy Ellis   Saxophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mary Davis   Composer
Travis Biggs   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Ron Christopher   Engineer
Don Davis   Composer
Andrew Hughes   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Crystal McCarey   Composer
Taavi Mote   Engineer
S.O.S. Band   Arranger,Producer
John Alexander Simpson   Composer
Jerome Thomas   Composer
Gene Dozier   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James Harris   Composer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Clarence Avant   Executive Producer
Sabrina Buchanek   Engineer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Ezra Tucker   Cover Illustration
Connie Scotto   Composer
Justin Kantor   Liner Notes
Judi Clapp   Engineer
Stephen Manderson   Composer
Bob Brown   Engineer
Steven Hodge   Engineer
Ford Smith   Back Cover Photo

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