Monday, 31 August 2009

GQ ''GQ Two''


''GQ Two''
( LP Arista Records, 1980 )
Catalog # AL 9511

A1 Standing Ovation (5:32)
A2 Is It Cool (4:05)
A3 Someday (In Your Life) (4:56)
A4 Lies (5:19)
B1 GQ Down (3:56)
B2 Don't Stop This Feeling (4:59)
B3 Reason For The Season (3:41)
B4 Sitting In The Park (3:18)
Written-By - Billy Stewart
B5 It's Like That (4:17)

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Art Direction] - Donn Davenport
Artwork By [Logo Design] - Gerard Huerta
Bass, Vocals - Keith "Sabu" Crier
Drums, Vocals - Paul Service
Engineer [Assistant] - Karla Bandini, Craig Michaels,
Doug Grinbergs, John Potoker, Matthew Weiner
Engineer [Recording, Mixing] - Michael Hutchinson
Engineer [Recording] - Steve Toos
Executive Producer - Larkin Arnold
Guitar [Lead, Rhythm], Lead Vocals - Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc
Keyboards, Vocals - Herb Lane
Mastered By - Stewart Romaine
Other [Hair] - Webster McKnight
Other [Studio Coordinator] - Barbara Tiesi
Other [Stylist] - Lisa Daurio
Photography - John Ford
Producer, Mixed By - Jimmy Simpson
Written-By - Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc (tracks: A1 to B3, B5),
Herb Lane (tracks: A1 to B3, B5),
Keith "Sabu" Crier (tracks: A1 to B3, B5),
Paul Service (tracks: A1 to B3, B5)

Produced for Tony Productions
Recorded and Mixed at Sigma Sound Studio, New York City
Mastered at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City
1980 Arista Records, Inc.
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Original vinyl record, not the cd reissue.

With the success of "Disco Nights" taken from their debut album, GQ followed with another upbeat number, "Standing Ovation." Not as groovin' as its predecessor, nonetheless it manages to stand in at number 12 after 15 weeks on the Billboard R&B charts. The quartet followed with the re-make of a song that Billy Stewart made popular among R&B lovers, "Sitting in the Park." The patient rhythms of the track provide a humble foundation for Emmanuel Raheim LeBlanc to dislpay his appealing vocals. After 16 weeks, the single maxed out at number nine.
This review cannot conclude without taking notice of "Don't Stop This Feeling." With a combination of R&B and smooth jazz, this composition maintains a steady rhythm seasoned with LeBlanc's placid articulation of each lyric and improvising guitar solo. Though this number was not a release, it has become popular on the play lists of many quiet storm formats.
By Craig Lytle (AMG)

By Pier

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