Naked and True

Naked and True

by Randy CrawfordRandy Crawford


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Released when Randy Crawford was 43, Naked and True came 16 years after the singer enjoyed her greatest visibility with the Crusaders' 1979 hit "Street Life." At that point in her career, Crawford enjoyed little or no interest from urban contemporary radio. But then, Naked and True is hardly album that goes out of its way to appeal to urban contemporary tastes of the '90s. Much of the time, the CD sounds like it could have been recorded in the late '70s or early '80s instead of the mid-'90s. Dominated by cover songs, Naked and True finds the singer putting her recognizable stamp on R&B hits ranging from the Spinners' "I'll Be Around," Change's "The Glow of Love" and George Benson's "Give Me the Night" to Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots" and Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years." Especially noteworthy is her cover of Prince's "Purple Rain," which she changes from a rock/soul ballad to a jazzier, more quiet storm-ish number. Naked and True often sounds dated, but dated in a good sense -- if you consider the late '70s and early '80s a great period for R&B, you'll find a lot to like about this enjoyable, if less than essential, CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/1995
Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
UPC: 0075679266224
catalogNumber: 92662
Rank: 54561


  1. Cajun Moon
  2. Give Me the Night
  3. The Glow of Love
  4. Purple Rain
  5. Forget Me Nots
  6. I'll Be Around
  7. Joy Inside My Tears
  8. Come into My Life
  9. What a Diff'rence a Day Makes
  10. Holding Back the Years
  11. All the King's Horses
  12. Give Me the Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Crawford   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Clarinet,fender rhodes
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Hugh Ragin   Trombone,Trumpet
Jürgen Attig   Bass
Bootsy Collins   Bass
Christoph Isermann   Bass
Hiko Schomerus   Percussion
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Karl Denson   Flute,Saxophone
Ralf Petter   Clarinet,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Thomas Zander   Saxophone
Christof Littmann   Organ,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Jael Jones   Background Vocals
Jochen Wollenhaupt   Organ,Clarinet
Mark Figge   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Jens Krause   Producer,Remixing
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Ralf Droesemeyer   Producer,Contributor
Thomas Zander   Horn Arrangements
Femi Williams   drum programming
Christof Littmann   String Arrangements
Jochen Wollenhaupt   String Mixing

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