Keepin' Love New

Keepin' Love New

by Howard JohnsonHoward Johnson


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In the early to mid-'80s, few R&B producers were more prolific than Kashif. Whether he was working with Evelyn "Champagne" King, George Benson, or Melba Moore, Kashif had no problem making an R&B recording sound great. Another artist who benefited from Kashif's studio savvy was Howard Johnson, who debuted as a solo artist with 1982's impressive Keepin' Love New. The Kashif sound -- sophisticated and stylish, yet funky and not without grit -- is all over this LP, which he produced with Paul Lawrence Jones and Morrie Brown. Johnson and Kashif prove to be a strong combination throughout this album; the addictive party jam "So Fine" (a Top Five R&B hit that Kashif wrote) is a gem, and album tracks like "Say You Wanna" and "So Glad You're My Lady" are also quite memorable. Freddie Jackson fans should be aware that Keepin' Love New also contains the first recorded version of "Jam Tonight"; Jackson's better-known version didn't come out until 1986. With this release, Johnson's career was off to a promising start. It's too bad the singer didn't have more longevity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 8717438196145
catalogNumber: 1201309
Rank: 26744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Johnson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Freddie Jackson   Background Vocals
Kashif   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Moog Bass,Ob Xa
B.J. Nelson   Background Vocals
Tinker Barfield   Bass
Morrie Brown   Bells,Hand Clapping
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
Kevin Jenkins   Bass
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Paul Lawrence Jones   Piano,Celeste,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Ob Xa
Philip Ballou   Background Vocals
Regi King   Background Vocals
Marvin Flemming   Hand Clapping,Shouts

Technical Credits

Freddie Jackson   Composer
Kashif   Composer,Producer,Rhythm Track Arrangement
Michael Barbiero   Engineer
Morrie Brown   Composer,Producer,Rhythm Track Arrangement
Steve Goldman   Engineer
Ralph Shuckett   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Howard Smiley   Executive Producer
Paul Lawrence Jones   Composer,Producer,Rhythm Track Arrangement

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