A Woman Needs Love [Bonus Tracks Edition]

A Woman Needs Love [Bonus Tracks Edition]

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Overview

A Woman Needs Love followed Two Places at the Same Time as the second of two albums credited to Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio. It was the first time Parker got the front sleeve to himself -- a signal that he had become the focal point, even though Raydio was his baby from the beginning. While Arnell Carmichael continued to provide some lead and background vocals, Parker stepped up -- making the most out of his limited range -- and performed the entirety of the lead on the album's first single. "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)," a clever and efficient slice of adult contemporary bubblegum R&B, addressed men, appealed to women, and threw in a shrewd reference to "Jack and Jill." It topped Billboard's Soul chart and came three spots short of topping the Hot 100. The album's other two charting singles -- "It's Your Night," a soft funk number featuring Cheryl Lynn, and the wistful "That Old Song," where Gene Page-arranged strings play as much of a role as Parker and Carmichael -- didn't fare nearly as well. Other notables include the very Heatwave/Rob Temperton-like "All in the Way You Get Down," as well as "Still in the Groove," a sequel to the previous year's instrumental funk hit "For Those Who Like to Groove." As usual, RPJ's likable, sly, and affable nature makes the lesser material go down easy. [Funky Town Grooves' 2012 reissue adds three bonus mixes from the album's 7" and 12" releases.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2017
Label: Funkytown Grooves
UPC: 0851903003397
catalogNumber: 288
Rank: 12030

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio   Primary Artist
Cheryl Lynn   Background Vocals
Jerry Knight   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Tambourine
Harry Bluestone   Concert Master
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion,Drums
Arnell Carmichael   Vocals
Darren Carmichael   Background Vocals
Jesse Ehrlich   Celli
Henry Ferber   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe   Viola
Don Palmer   Violin
Ray Parker   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Sylvester Rivers   Synthesizer,Piano
David Schwartz   Viola
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Deborah Thomas   Background Vocals
Larry Tolbert   Drums
Kenny Flood   Flute
J.D. Nicholas   Background Vocals
Sharon Jack   Background Vocals
Sister Josephine James   Background Vocals
Robert Sushell   Violin

Technical Credits

Gene Page   String Arrangements
Ray Parker   Composer
Ria Lewerke Shapiro   Art Direction
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Randy Mahon   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer

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A Woman Needs Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
I was only four years old when this album came out, but it sure brings back some memories to when life was simple, simply because I was just a baby. Even though I was only four I still remember that sound. As I got older, I could distinguish between artists and their particular sound, and once I found out who Ray Parker Jr. was I never forgot his sound and his talent. Memories come flooding back now. Cool album.