Bonafide (Maxi Priest album)

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Bonafide
Studio album by Maxi Priest
Released June 1990
Genre Reggae fusion, pop, R&B
Length 53:07
Label Charisma
Producer Phil Bodger, Geoffrey Chung, Augustus "Gussie" Clarke, Peter D., Sly Dunbar, D. Germain, Nellee Hooper, Jazzie B., Carlton Ogilvie, Handel Tucker
Maxi Priest chronology
Maxi Priest
(1988)
Bonafide
(1990)
Fe Real
(1992)

Bonafide is 1990 album by pop/reggae singer Maxi Priest. It was released on Charisma Records; his first for the label, though his fifth recording overall. It reached a peak of number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, while its biggest hit, "Close to You", was a smash, peaking at number one that year.

Three more singles were issued: "Human Work of Art" ("Close to You"'s predecessor, which did not chart in the States), "Just a Little Bit Longer" (a minor hit at 62) and "Space In My Heart" (failed to chart). However, the success of "Close to You" (a gold single on October 30, 1990) drove the parent album to gold status, which it received on January 30, 1991 by the RIAA.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 2 stars stating "Priest scored a #1 pop hit with "I Just Want to Be Close to You" from this album, which is more pop/R&B with a reggae touch than it is real reggae.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just a Little Longer" (Handel Tucker) – 4:23
  2. "Close to You" (Priest, Gary Benson, Winston Sela) – 5:25
  3. "Never Did Say Goodbye" (Max Elliott, I. Green, Jean-Paul Maunick) – 4:05
  4. "Best of Me" (Elliott, Peter Hunningale) – 3:38
  5. "Space in My Heart" (Dallas Austin, Max Elliott) – 3:41
  6. "Human Work of Art" (Michael Leeson, Peter Vale) – 4:09
  7. "Temptress" (M. Bennett) – 5:06
  8. "Peace Throughout the World" featuring Jazzie B (Elliott, Maunick) – 4:38
  9. "You" (Benson, Priest, Sela) – 4:29
  10. "Sure Fire Love" (Elliott, Phil Radford, Peter Yellowstone) – 3:54
  11. "Life" (Elliott, Paul Robinson) – 4:15
  12. "Prayer for the World" (Jimmy Scott, Frank Musker) – 5:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Cleveland "Clevie" Browne: Drums, Percussion
  • Luís Jardim, Erskine Thompson: Percussion
  • Peter D. Rose: Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming
  • Sly Dunbar: Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming
  • Leo Grant: Keyboards
  • Nellee Hooper: Drums, Percussion
  • Robert Lyn: Bass, Keyboards
  • Carlton Ogilvie: Keyboards, Drum Programming
  • Martin Phillipps: Keyboards
  • Dennis Rollins: Trumpet
  • Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
  • Handel Tucker: Keyboards, Drum Programming
  • Stanley Andrews: Guitars
  • Danny Browne: Guitars, Piano
  • Margo Sagov: Backing Vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed July 4, 2012