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Friends [Bonus Tracks]

Friends [Bonus Tracks]

by Shalamar Shalamar

CD(Canadian Import)

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Although the group had been around since the late '70s, Shalamar didn't really gel until vocalist Howard Hewett joined original members Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley. While Friends' predecessor, Three for Love, offered more hits, Friends is a sometimes-cautious though fulfilling continuation of the style. The biggest hit and leadoff track, "A Night to Remember," successfully mixes a subtle flash and a bittersweet melody that made the track an instant classic. As disco was long gone at this point, Friends represents the production style inherent in Solar and a fair amount of R&B of the time. "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know" coasts on the same smooth sound of their 1981 hit, "The Lover in You." At this point, the separate skills of the trio were beginning to supersede the act. Hewett ably handles the hooky and insinuating ballad "I Just Stopped by Because I Had To." The textbook Solar style and Leon F. Sylvers III's production on "There It Is" get back to the trio harmonies and aesthetic. Friends is not only an assured Shalamar, a fact that was a given with this version of the group, it's also a great representation of the Solar sound and early-'80s R&B.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Unidisc Records
UPC: 0068381207524
catalogNumber: 2075
Rank: 58673


  1. A Night to Remember
  2. Don't Try to Change Me
  3. Help Me
  4. On Top of the World
  5. I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know
  6. Friends
  7. Playing to Win
  8. I Just Stopped by Because I Had To
  9. There It Is
  10. I Can Make You Feel Good
  11. A Night to Remember
  12. A Night to Remember

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shalamar   Primary Artist
Howard Hewett   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Ingram   Bass,Keyboards
Leon Sylvers   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Jody Watley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeffrey Daniel   Background Vocals
Joey Gallo   Keyboards
Janice Gower   Concert Master
Wardell Potts   Drums
Richard Randolph   Guitar
Ernest "Pepper" Reed   Guitar
William Shelby   Keyboards
Foster Sylvers   Bass
Patricia Sylvers   Keyboards
Ricky Sylvers   Guitar
Kevin Spencer Family   Keyboards
Wayne Milstein   Percussion
Ed Green   Drums
Ricky "Freeze" Smith   Keyboards
Michael Nash   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Leon Sylvers   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jeffrey Daniel   Producer
Joey Gallo   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Dick Griffey   Executive Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
William Shelby   rhythm arrangement
Foster Sylvers   rhythm arrangement
Ricky Sylvers   rhythm arrangement
Benjamin F. Wright   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dina Andrews   Production Director
Gene Dozier   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Norm Ung   Art Direction
Jim Shifflet   Engineer
Dana Meyers   Vocal Arrangements
Ricky "Freeze" Smith   rhythm arrangement

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