A Letter to Myself

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For the Sherman Chung album, see A Letter to Myself (Sherman Chung album).
A Letter to Myself
Studio album by The Chi-Lites
Released March 1973
Genre R&B, soul
Length 46:23
Label Brunswick
Producer Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites chronology
Greatest Hits
(1972)
A Letter to Myself
(1973)
Chi-Lites
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

A Letter to Myself is the fifth studio album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced and largely written by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1973 on the Brunswick label.

History[edit]

The first single released from the album was "We Need Order" and the song peaked at #13 on the R&B chart and #61 on Billboard Hot 100. The title track was released as the second single and peaked at #3 on the R&B chart and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was the third of four consecutive Chi-Lites albums to make the R&B top 5 (reaching #4), but has only a moderate critical reputation, with none of the tracks being considered as strong as the highlights on (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People or A Lonely Man.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Letter to Myself"   Eugene Record, Sandra Drayton 5:30
2. "Too Late to Turn Back Now"   Eddie Cornelius 4:25
3. "Just Two Teenage Kids (Still in Love)"   Eugene Record, Barbara Acklin, Carl Davis 5:56
4. "Sally"   Eugene Record, Sandra Drayton 3:36
5. "Someone Else's Arms"   Eugene Record, Barbara Acklin 4:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "We Need Order"   Eugene Record, Quinton Joseph 5:20
7. "Love Comes in All Sizes"   Eugene Record 5:58
8. "My Heart Just Keeps on Breakin'"   Eugene Record, Stan McKinney 4:05
9. "You Smiled the Same Old Way"   Eugene Record 6:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Eugene Record, Marshall Thompson, Robert "Squirrel" Lester, Creadel "Red" Jones – vocals
  • Thomas (Tom Tom) Washington – piano
  • Arthur Hoyle, Raymond Orr, Murray Watson – trumpets
  • Murray Watson, Raymond Orr – flugelhorn
  • Cliff Davis – baritone saxophone, flute, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
  • Gene Barge – alto saxophone
  • Frank Robinson – tenor saxophone, flute
  • William A. Adkins – tenor saxophone, piccolo
  • Morris Ellis – trombone, bass trombone
  • Ethel Merker, Julia M. Studebaker – French horn
  • Bobby Christian, Floyd Morris – marimba, tympani, orchestra bells
  • Floyd Morris – cello
  • Sol Bobrov, Elliot Golab, Edward Green, Gerasim Warutian, Frank Borgognone, Roger Moulton, Johnny Frigo – violins
  • Carl Fruh, Roger Malitz, Emil Mittermann – viola
  • Eugene Record – electric bass, organ, electric guitar
  • William Robinson – electric bass
  • Rufus Reid – upright bass
  • Cy Touff – harmonica
  • Danny Reid – electric guitar
  • Ron Steele – acoustic guitar
  • Quinton Joseph – drums

Production[edit]

  • Eugene Record – producer
  • Thomas (Tom Tom) Washington – arranger, conductor, associate producer
  • Bruce Swedien – audio engineer, associate producer
  • Quinton Joseph – associate producer, director
  • Willie Henderson – director
  • William Sanders – arranger

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
[2]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 50
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 4
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
1972 "We Need Order" 61 13
1973 "A Letter to Myself" 33 3
"My Heart Just Keeps on Breakin'" 92 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. A Letter to Myself review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  2. ^ a b c "US Charts > The Chi-Lites". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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