by The Company


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Not to be confused with dance-pop outfit Company B, 1970s arena rockers Bad Company, or 1990s hard-rockers Company of Wolves, Company was a seven-man R&B group for whom Irving Azoff's Giant label had high hopes in 1993. That year, Company debuted with Devotion, an urban contemporary outing that finds the vocal harmony group drawing on influences ranging from Take Six to Aaron Hall and Keith Sweat. Though Guy and Hall are among Company's influences, Company isn't influenced by Guy's more rugged and hard-edged new jack swing -- rather, the vocal harmony septet has benefited from Hall's smoother, more romantic offerings. But Company realizes that R&B didn't start with Guy or Sweat, and one also hears influences ranging from Earth, Wind & Fire and the Gap Band to Larry Graham and Stevie Wonder. The Gap Band's Charles Wilson, of course, was a heavy influence on Hall; so being indebted to Hall also means being indebted to Wilson. The members of Company definitely have chops, and their harmonies are fairly impressive on original material as well as on covers of EWF's "Devotion" and Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today." Not outstanding but certainly decent, Devotion indicates that Company was well worth keeping an eye on.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/1994
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992446822
catalogNumber: 24468

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Company   Primary Artist
Rodney Barber   Keyboards
Kevin Bond   Keyboards
Eric Brice   Guitar
Robert Brookins   Keyboards
Flip Kirby   Drums
Michael J. Powell   Guitar,Percussion
Skip Pruitt   Saxophone
Dave Repace   Keyboards
Turner   Bass
Mike Williams   Synthesizer Bass
Bobby Gonzales   Guitar
Donald Lawrence   Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Synthesizer Bass
Jeremy Haynes   drum overdubs
Ziad Rabie   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Paul D. Allen   Engineer
Rodney Barber   Producer,drum programming
Robert Brookins   Producer
Stanley Brown   Producer
Joel Davis   Producer
David Floyd   Engineer
Mitch Gibson   Engineer
Mike Lawler   Programming
Richard Odom   Contributor
Terry Phillips   Contributor,Vocal Arrangements
Michael J. Powell   Producer
Tracy Schroeder   Engineer
David Ward   Programming,Engineer
Mark Williams   Engineer
Mike Williams   Contributor
Cassandra Mills   Executive Producer
Donald Lawrence   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Dave A. Harris   Engineer

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