Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Shalamar “Big Fun”


Big Fun
( LP Solar Records, 1979 )
Catalog # BXL1 3479

A1 The Right Time For Us (5:53)
Written-By – Dick Griffey , Leon Sylvers
A2 Take Me To The River (4:57)
Written-By – Renaldo Benson , Roquel Payton
A3 Right In The Socket (6:51)
Written-By – Dick Griffey , Kevin Spencer , Leon Sylvers
B1 The Second Time Around (4:10)
Written-By – Leon Sylvers , William Shelby
B2 I Owe You One (5:11)
Written-By – Joey Gallo , Leon Sylvers
B3 Let’s Find The Time For Love (4:36)
Written-By – Kevin Spencer , Leon Sylvers
B4 Girl (5:24)
Written-By – Kossi Gardner

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Horn & String] – David Crawford (tracks: A1) , Gene Dozier
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Kossi Gardner (tracks: B4) , Leon Sylvers,
Renaldo Benson (tracks: A2) , William Shelby (tracks: B1)
Arranged By [Vocal] – Leon Sylvers
Bass – Ernest Biles (tracks: B4) , James Davis , Leon Sylvers
Cello – Christine Ermacoff , Edgar Lustgarten, Harry Shlutz, Marie Fera
Clavinet – Kevin Spencer , William Shelby
Co-producer – Renaldo Benson (tracks: A2)
Congas – Greg “Popeye” Dawkins
Drums – Freeman Brown (tracks: B4) , Gerald Thompson , Wardell Potts
Electric Piano – Kossi Gardner (tracks: B4)
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Kossi Gardner (tracks: B4) , William Shelby
Engineer [Recording, Studio Masters] – Bob Brown
Engineer [Recording, Westlake Audio] – Steve Hodge
Executive Producer – Dick Griffey
Guitar – Ernest Reed , Fred Rheimert (tracks: B4) , Steve Shockley
Keyboards – “Gip” Nobels , Gene Dozier , Joey Gallo , John Barnes,
Kevin Spencer , Kossi Gardner (tracks: B4) , Ron Artists , William Shelby
Mastered By [Engineer] – Wally Traugott
Mixed By – Steve Hodge
Organ – Kossi Gardner
Other [A&r Coordination, For Rca Records] – Nancy Atkins
Other [A&r Coordinator, For Solar Records] – Dina Andrews
Other [Art Direction] – Gribbitt! , Henry Vizcarra , Tim Bryant
Other [Horn Contractor] – Fred Jackson
Other [String Contractor] – Jerry Vinci
Percussion – Fred Lewis, Greg “Popeye” Dawkins , Leon Sylvers
Photography – Ron Slenzak
Producer – Leon Sylvers
Violin – Brian Leanord, David Johnson, Jerry Vinci, Ilkka Talvi,
Irma Newman, Norman Carr , Norman Leonard , Reginald Hill,
Ronald Fulsom, Sheldon Sanou

Recorded at Studio Masters, Los Angeles, CA.
Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, TENN.
Mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.

With its third album, Big Fun, Shalamar unveiled its best-known and most successful lineup. Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels were still on board, but Gerald Brown had been replaced by the charismatic Howard Hewett. Both creatively and commercially, this album would take Shalamar to new heights and establish the trio as one of the best soul-pop units of 1979-1983. The single that made Hewett famous and really sent Shalamar into orbit was “Second Time Around,” but the classic Hewett/Watley/Daniels lineup also excels on everything from the insistent “Right in the Socket” to the playfully funky “Take Me to the River” (not the 1974 Al Green classic) and the smooth, Philadelphia soul-type ballad “Let’s Find the Time for Love.” Definitely one of Shalamar’s essential releases, Big Fun was reissued by The Right Stuff in 1996.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Celo

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