Face to Face [Bonus Tracks]

Face to Face [Bonus Tracks]

by Evelyn "Champagne" King

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Overview

The years 1981 and 1982 could be described as Evelyn "Champagne" King's Kashif period. Working with producer/songwriter Kashif on 1981's I'm in Love and 1982's Get Loose, the East Coast singer provided some of the most rewarding and essential albums of her career. But King's Kashif period ended with 1983's Face to Face, which found her restoring the "Champagne" moniker (on I'm in Love and Get Loose, she was only listed as Evelyn King rather than Evelyn "Champagne" King) and working with different producers. The material on Face to Face, which was King's sixth album, was produced by either André Cymone (Prince's former bassist) or the team of Leon Sylvers III, Foster Sylvers, and Joey Gallo, and all of those producers push King in the direction of the dancefloor. Quiet storm listeners aren't exactly a high priority on Face to Face; except for the slow jam "Makin' Me So Proud," this is an exuberant, highly energetic synth-funk/urban album with a lot of dancefloor appeal. And some of these jams incorporate new wave elements. This is true of "Don't It Feel Good," "Let's Get Crazy," and "Givin' You My Love (What Cha Gonna Do with It)," as well as the title song and "Tell Me Something Good" (not to be confused with the Rufus/Chaka Khan hit from 1974). Another tune with new wave elements is "Teenager," which is arguably the best thing on the album and combines that new wave influence with an appreciation of '60s soul-pop; "Teenager" is urban contemporary, new wave, and '60s-influenced all at the same time. And for 1983, it wasn't all that unusual for an R&B artist to be influenced by new wave; that year, new wave was affecting everyone from Prince and the Time to the Pointer Sisters to Shalamar to Nona Hendryx to the Mary Jane Girls. Face to Face (which Funky Town Grooves reissued on CD with four bonus tracks in 2011) is not in a class with King's work with Kashif and wasn't a blockbuster (the album made it to number 24 on Billboard's R&B albums chart). In 1983, some of King's fans were, understandably, wishing that she had continued to work with Kashif. Nonetheless, Face to Face is a generally fun, if uneven, listen even though it isn't among King's essential albums and isn't recommended to casual listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2019
Label: Funkytown Grooves
UPC: 0886979321021
catalogNumber: 12736252
Rank: 159314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evelyn "Champagne" King   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Leon Sylvers   Composer,Producer
André Cymone   Composer,Producer
Jim Dougherty   Engineer
Terry Murphy   Composer
Wilmer Raglin   Composer
Foster Sylvers   Composer,Producer
David Todd   Remixing
Tony Humphries   Remixing
Pamela Phillips-Oland   Composer
Justin Kantor   Liner Notes
Donald Cleveland   Reissue Producer
Dana Meyers   Composer
Tina Scott   Composer
William Bryant   Composer
Ricky Smith   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Nicki Martinelli   Remixing
Delores Warren   Composer
Roberta Stiger   Composer
Karen Floyd   Composer
Joey Fallo   Producer

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