‘Lionel Richie’

‘Lionel Richie’ is his debut solo album after he left the Commodores, released on October 6, 1982 By Motown.

Track Listing : 1.Serves You Right (John Mcclain, Greg Phillinganes, Lionel Richie) – 05:14 . 2.Wandering Stranger (Lionel Richie) – 05:38 . 3.Tell Me (David Cochrane, Lionel Richie) – 05:32 . 4.My Love (Lionel Richie) – 04:08 . 5.Round And Round (David Cochrane, Lionel Richie) – 04:57 . 6.Truly (Lionel Richie) – 03:26 . 7.You Are (Brenda Harvey Lionel Richie, Lionel Richie) – 05:05 . 8.You Mean More To Me (Lionel Richie) – 03:08 . 9.Just Put Some Love In Your Heart (Lionel Richie) – 01:27

Musicians : Lionel Richie – Lead Vocals . David Cochrane – Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesized Bass, Backing Vocals . Darrell Jones – Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric) . Tim May – Guitars . Richie Zito – Guitars . Joe Walsh – Guitars . Fred Tackett – Guitars . Greg Phillinganes – Keyboards . Clarence Mcdonald – Keyboards . William Payne – Keyboards . Michael Lang – Keyboards . James Anthony Carmichael – Celeste . Ernie Watts – Saxophone . William Green – Saxophone . Nathan Lemar Watts – Bass Guitar . Nathan East – Bass Guitar . Joe Chemay – Bass Guitar . John Robinson – Drums . Paul Leim – Drums . N’Dugu Chancler – Drums . Leonard Castro – Percussion . Rick Schlosser – Percussion . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Don Ashworth – Woodwinds . Gene Cipriano – Woodwinds . Larry Williams – Woodwinds . Armand Kaproff – Celli . Dennis Karmazyn – Celli . Jesse Erlich – Celli . Paula Hochhalter – Celli . Arni Egilsson – Double Bass . Buell Neidlinger – Double Bass . Morty Corb – Double Bass . Ray Brown – Double Bass . Louise Di Tullo – Flute . Art Maebe – French Horn . Brian O’Connor – French Horn . David Duke – French Horn . Henry Sigismonti – French Horn . Jim Atkinson – French Horn . Gayle Levant – Harp . David Schwartz – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . David Speltz – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Erno Neufeld – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Fred Seykora – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Henry Ferber – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Mari Tsumura – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Myron Sandler – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Nathan Ross – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Rollice Dale – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Ronald Folsom – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Tibor Zelig – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . William Henderson – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . William Kurasch – Strings On (4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Jimmy Connors – Backing Vocals . Kin Vassy – Backing Vocals . Terry Williams – Backing Vocals . Deborah Thomas – Backing Vocals . Kenny Rogers – Backing Vocals . Richard Marx – Backing Vocals

Production : Produced By James Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie . Jim Cassell – Engineer . Jane Clark – Mixing . Bernie Grundman – Mastering . Calvin Harris – Engineer, Mixing Engineer . Fred Law – Mixing Engineer . Gene Page – Arranger . Stephan Smith – Mixing Engineer . Stephen Amate Smith – Mixing Engineer

Package : David Alexander – Photography . Johnny Lee – Art Direction

Recorded 1981–82.

Released October 6, 1982 By Motown.

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allmusic
After “You Are,” the record bogs down with a couple of ballads that are on the wrong side of adult contemporary — too formless, too hookless to really catch hold — but they don’t hurt the first seven songs, which form a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early ’80s had to offer. It’s the sound of Lionel Richie finding his solo voiceand, the next time out, he knew how to use it even better than he does here. […]

Robert Christgau
At least Jeffrey Osborne wants to sing like Peabo Bryson or somebody; no sooner does Richie split off from his unnecessarily successful funk group than he starts making like Andy Williams. […]

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