by Gerald Levert


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Voices, a compilation of duets featuring Gerald LeVert, is neither as great nor as handy as it could have been. Containing three new songs and an assortment of ten other selections picked off nearly as many albums, it has both casual and die-hard fans in mind. The new songs -- featuring a reunion of the LeVert trio, Vanessa Williams, and newcomer Sherena Wynn -- are up to LeVert's usual standard and should make the disc worthwhile for those who have tracked the singer's every move. The previously released material dates back to 1988's "That's What Love Is," a number four R&B hit from Miki Howard's second album, and the later selections are wise in most cases, though a pair of LSG cuts, one from LeVert's solo album G, and another from Father and Son (the album billed to Gerald and Eddie LeVert, Sr.) will be redundant for a lot of the followers. Duets with Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams, Men at Large, and Teena Marie factor in, while Rude Boys' "Written All Over Your Face" is a group effort that showcases LeVert in more of a background role as an arranger and producer. (LeVert's productivity behind the scenes often goes unnoticed. Ask Regina Belle, Millie Jackson, Troop, Silk, Christopher Williams, Stephanie Mills, and several other artists who have benefited from it.) This set could've easily contained a second disc -- scads of equally deserving songs, including Keith Sweat's "Just One of Them Thangs," Mack 10's "Money's Just a Touch Away," and Tamia's "(They Long to Be) Close to You" are absent. A sequel release would be a welcomed thing, especially since a lot of LeVert's duets have slipped through the cracks since the late '80s. When Voices was released, there were eight LeVert solo albums (from 1991's Private Line through 2004's Do I Speak for the World), so a standard greatest-hits really ought to come first.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227321420
catalogNumber: 73214

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerald Levert   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Johnny Gill   Vocals,Background Vocals
Miki Howard   Vocals
Teena Marie   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Keith Sweat   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vanessa Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Yolanda Adams   Vocals
Larry Abramovitz   Violin
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Vivian Barton   Cello
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Patricia Brown   Violin
Clifford Colson   Bass
Glen Estrin   French Horn
Jack Faith   Flute
Marc Gordon   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sean LeVert   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Little   Vocals,Background Vocals
Doug McNames   Cello
Jean Perrault   Violin
Walter Dewey Pfeil   Harp
Christine Reeves   Violin
Jim Salamone   fairlight
Melvin Sephus   Background Vocals
Barbara Sonies   Violin
Jay Williams   Guitar
Ruth Wright   Viola
Sherena Wynn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Faith Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals
Renee Spearman   Background Vocals
Robert Cunningham   Guitar
Douglas Gaines   Saxophone
Jennifer Price   Background Vocals
Larry Marcus   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Richard Schwartz   French Horn
Dennis Williams   Piano,Conductor
Missy Elliott   Vocals
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Tolliver   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kelly Price   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bonnie Ayers   Violin
Jason Champion   Vocals,Background Vocals
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Raymond Reeder   Background Vocals
Mark Ward   Cello
Darrell Crawford   Background Vocals
Nina Cottman   Viola
Victoria Purcell   Background Vocals
Gio Copper   Vocoder
Niles McKimkley   Keyboards
Joe Nero   Percussion
Propensity Choir   Background Vocals
Paul Rosenfeld   French Horn
Helen Wedeen   Violin
Rosalind White Gonsalves   Background Vocals
Edwin "Tony" Nicholas   Bass,Keyboards
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Miki Howard   Composer
Gerald Levert   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Author,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Teena Marie   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Rude Boys   Vocal Arrangements
Larry Henley   Composer
James Allen   Producer
Marc Gordon   Composer,Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Sean LeVert   drum programming
Joe Little   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Jim Salamone   Producer,drum programming
Shawn Smith   Programming,Instrumentation
Sherena Wynn   Vocal Arrangements
Faith Evans   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Larry Marcus   Composer,Producer
Dennis Williams   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kelly Price   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Shep Crawford   Producer,Instrumentation
Warryn Campbell   Producer
Leonard Brooks   Management
Billy Tyrell   String Arrangements,Bell Arrangements
Edwin "Tony" Nicholas   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming

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