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When Stargard soared to number one on the R&B singles charts with "Theme From 'Which Way Is Up'" in late 1977, the female trio was hyped as "the next Labelle" -- and Rochelle Runnells, Debra Anderson, and Janice Williams also found themselves being compared to the Pointer Sisters. Labelle and the Pointer Sisters are, in fact, valid comparisons because Stargard was among the grittier female R&B groups to emerge in the late 1970s. If you wanted the sort of breathy sweetness that the Supremes and the Three Degrees were known for, you wouldn't get it from Stargard -- like Labelle and the Pointer Sisters, Stargard favored robust, gospel-minded belting. Regrettably, Stargard only had a few major hits and wasn't as big as it should have been, although the funk-soul trio's recording career got off to a promising start with this 1978 LP (which was produced by Mark Davis). Those who bought Stargard because of "Which Way Is Up" found the rest of the album to be quite solid; the threesome brings as much conviction to exuberant, up-tempo numbers like "Smile" and "Disco Rufus" as it does to the ballads "Love Is So Easy" and "Don't Change." Surprisingly, "Which Way Is Up" turned out to be the album's only major hit. But even so, one could hear a tremendous amount of potential on this excellent debut.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2018
Label: Universal Japan
UPC: 4988031275542
catalogNumber: 1275542
Rank: 51965


  1. Three Girls
  2. Smile
  3. Love Is So Easy
  4. Don't Change
  5. Theme From "Which Way Is Up"
  6. The Force
  7. I'll Always Love You
  8. Disco Rufus
  9. What You Waiting For

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stargard   Primary Artist
Jack Ashford   Tambourine
Joseph Brown   Bass
Kenji Brown   Guitar
Kenny Copeland   Trumpet
Walter Downing   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
James Gadson   Drums
Dean Gant   Piano
Lequeint Jobe   Bass
Mark Kenoly   Bass
Isy Martin   Guitar
Michael Nash   Synthesizer,Piano
Melvin Ragin   Guitar
Terral "Terry" Santiel   Conga
Jimmy Valdez   Drums
Sonny Burke   Piano
Janice Williams   Vocals,Group Member
Victor Nix   Piano
Tiaz Palmer   Bass
Debra Anderson   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Moore   Saxophone
Fred Dunn   Trumpet
Rochelle Runnells   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Chuck Jackson   Composer
Steve Smith   Engineer
Gene Page   String Arrangements
David Blumberg   Arranger,String Arrangements
Leanard Jackson   Engineer
Steve Maslow   Engineer
Michael Nash   Composer
Sergio Reyes   Engineer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Marvin Yancy   Composer
Janice Williams   Composer
George Osaki   Art Direction
Debra Anderson   Composer
Mark Davis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rochelle Runnells   Composer

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