Lionel Richie’s ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’

Lionel Richie’s ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ is his third solo album released before he takes a ten years hiatus on July 15, 1986 by Motown.

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Track Listing : 1.Dancing On The Ceiling (Mike Frenchik, Lionel Richie, Carlos Rios) – 04:30 . 2.Se La (Greg Phillinganes, Lionel Richie) – 05:22 . 3.Ballerina Girl (Lionel Richie) – 03:38 . 4.Don’T Stop (John Barnes, Lionel Richie) – 07:43 . 5.Deep River Woman (Lionel Richie) – 04:35 . 6.Love Will Conquer All (Greg Phillinganes, Lionel Richie,Cynthia Weil) – 05:40 . 7.Tonight Will Be Alright (Lionel Richie) – 05:06 . 8.Say You, Say Me (Lionel Richie) – 04:00 . 9.Night Train (Smooth Alligator)(Narada Michael Walden, Jeffery Cohen, Preston Glass, Walter Afanasieff) – 04:59

Musicians : Lionel Richie – Drums, Keyboards, Vocals (Background) . Wilbert Terrell – Assistant, Vocals . Joe Chemay – Bass . Nathan East – Bass . Randy Jackson – Bass . Neil Steubenhaus – Bass . Neil Stubenhaus – Bass . Abraham Laboriel, Sr – Bass . Greg Phillinganes – Drum Machine, Drums, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Synthesizer, Vocals . Narada Michael Walden – Drum Programming, Drums . Paul Leim – Drums . John “J.R.” Robinson – Drums . Eric Clapton – Guitar . Vernon “Ice” Black – Guitar . Charles Fearing – Guitar . Steve Lukather – Guitar . Timothy May – Guitar . Louie Shelton – Guitar . Louis Shelton – Guitar . Carlos Rios – Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Synthesizer . Dave Cochran – Guitar, Saxophone, Synthesizer, Vocals . David Cochrane – Guitar, Vocals (Background) . Michael Lang – Keyboards . Neil Larsen – Keyboards . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Sheila E – Percussion . John Barnes – Piano, Synclavier, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming . Preston Glass – Synthesizer . John Barns – Synthesizer . Michael Boddicker – Synthesizer . Cory Lerios – Synthesizer . Tiger Head Preston – Synthesizer . Maxine Anderson – Vocals . James Anthony Carmichael – Vocals . Jeff Cook – Vocals . Wayne Hargrave – Vocals . Brenda Harvey Ritchie – Vocals . Linda Jenner – Vocals . Kathi Pogoda – Vocals . Cheryl Pyle – Vocals . Maxima Rios – Vocals . Norma Rios – Vocals . Dave Rosen – Vocals . Kelly Ryan – Vocals . Leslie Smith – Vocals . Alabama – Vocals (Background) . Brenda Richie – Vocals (Background) . Maxi Anderson – Vocals (Background) . Kitty Beethoven – Vocals (Background) . Jennifer Hall – Vocals (Background) . Wendy Suzee Ikeda – Vocals (Background) . Billie Barnum – Vocals (Background) . Melinda Chatman – Vocals (Background) . Kevin Dorsey – Vocals (Background) . Theodore Gentry – Vocals (Background) . Karen Jackson – Vocals (Background) . Janice-Marie – Vocals (Background) . Marlena Jeter – Vocals (Background) . Marva King – Vocals (Background) . Richard Marx – Vocals (Background) . Rick Nelson – Vocals (Background) . Randy Owen – Vocals (Background) . Phyllis Saint James – Vocals (Background) . Anita Sherman – Vocals (Background) . Karen Siegel – Vocals (Background) . Alfie Silas – Vocals (Background) . Stephanie Taylor – Vocals (Background) . Deborah Thomas – Vocals (Background) . Julia Tillman Waters – Vocals (Background) . Carmen Twillie – Vocals (Background) . Maxine Willard Waters – Vocals (Background) . Fred Law – Vocals (Background) . Steve Macmillan – Vocals . David Egerton – Vocals

Production : Produced By Bones Howe . Dana Chappelle – Assistant Engineer . Jim Cotton – Assistant Engineer . Stuart Hirotsu – Assistant Engineer . Joe Scaife – Assistant Engineer . Steve Macmillan – Assistant Engineer, Mixing . David Egerton – Assistant Engineer . Fred Law – Assistant Engineer . Dave Frazier – Engineer . Gordon Lyon – Engineer . Calvin Harris – Engineer, Mixing Engineer . Suzee Wendy Ikeda – Engineer

Package : Aaron Rapoport – Photography . Johnny Lee – Art Direction

Recorded 1985-1986.

Released On July 15, 1986 By Motown.

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RateYourMusic
This is certainly a comedown in quality from Can’t Slow Down, although perhaps an understandable one – after an album that amazing, where does a very talented, but fairly conservative adult contemporary balladeer with massive pop ambitions, as Lionel Richie was in 1986, really go? […]

Retro Music Video Reviews
One person is even flipped from the floor to the ceiling and then stars dancing nonchalant! This feel good music video also scores with two efficient celebrity cameos (Cheech Marin and Rodney Dangerfield). This visual treat draws inspiration from Fred Astaire’s dance sequence from the 1951 film “Royal Wedding.” […]

Robert Christgau
Though it’s customary to situate Richie square in the middle of the pop mainstream, in fact he’s more austere than thatand more distinctive–his placidity and simplicity yield a lulling, almost mantralike entertainment that recalls Sade or J.J. Cale. […]

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