A Woman Needs Love

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A Woman Needs Love
Studio album by Raydio
Released 1981
Recorded 1979-1980
Genre R&B/Funk/Soul
Length 40:29
Label Arista
Producer Ray Parker, Jr.
Raydio chronology
Two Places at the Same Time
(1980)
A Woman Needs Love
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

A Woman Needs Love is the fourth and final album by the group Raydio, led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Ray Parker, Jr.

History[edit]

It again includes eight tracks, but this time, all of them were written and produced by Parker himself. The album, released in 1981, gave Raydio their biggest pop hit in the form of the title track, which peaked at number 4 on the pop charts. It also reached number 1 on the R&B charts and number 11 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It was followed by two more singles; "That Old Song" (21 pop, 26 R&B, 7 AC) and "It's Your Night" (73 R&B). The album itself peaked at number 13 and was certified gold by the RIAA. "Still in the Groove" is a sequel to the previous album's "For Those Who Like to Groove".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ray Parker, Jr.

  1. "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" – 4:07
  2. "It's Your Night" – 6:39
  3. "That Old Song" – 4:25
  4. "All In the Way You Get Down" – 3:55
  5. "You Can't Fight What You Feel" – 5:48
  6. "Old Pro" – 4:45
  7. "Still In The Groove" – 6:21
  8. "So Into You" – 4:29

Personnel[edit]

Raydio[edit]

  • Arnell Carmichael – lead & backing vocals
  • Ray Parker, Jr. – vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizer, piano, drums, percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jack Ashford – tambourine
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizers
  • Ollie E. Brown – drums, percussion
  • Jesse Erlich – cello
  • Henry Ferber – violin
  • Kenny Flood – flute
  • Charles Green – wind instruments
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitars
  • Marvin Limonick – violin
  • Gareth Nuttycombe – viola
  • Gene Page – steel pan
  • Don Palmer – violin
  • Sylvester Rivers – piano, synthesizers
  • David Schwartz – viola
  • Marshall Sosson – violin
  • Bob Sushell – violin
  • Larry Tolbert – drums

Production[edit]

  • Written, Arranged, Produced & Mixed By Ray Parker Jr.
  • Engineers: Reginald Dozier, Ray Parker Jr.
  • Assistant Engineer: Al Ramirez
  • Mastering: Bernie Grundman

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
[3]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 13
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
A/C

[3]
US
Dan

[3]
1981 "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" 4 1 11
"Still in the Groove" 35
"That Old Song" 21 26 7
"It's Your Night" 73

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. A Woman Needs Love > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "A Woman Needs Love > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Raydio". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 

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