Friends (Shalamar album)

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Friends
Studio album by Shalamar
Released January 29, 1982
Recorded 1981 at Studio Masters, Los Angeles, CA, Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA, Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA, and Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA,
Genre Urban
Boogie
Soul
Disco
Length 44:55
Label SOLAR
Producer Leon Sylvers III, Jeffrey Daniel
Shalamar chronology
Go for It
(1981)
Friends
(1982)
The Look
(1983)

Friends is the sixth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1982 on the SOLAR label. The album, which features the 'classic' Shalamar line-up (Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley), topped the R&B chart and peaked at #35 on the Billboard chart.

In the United Kingdom Friends gained impetus from a now-legendary demonstration of body-popping by Daniel during a performance of "A Night to Remember" on the BBC programme Top of the Pops. It reached #6 on the UK Albums Chart and produced four top 20 singles. It is now regarded in the UK as one of the defining albums of 1982.

In 2002, Friends was re-released by Sanctuary Records in the United Kingdom in a Double CD package with Shalamar's previous album Go for It.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
BBC (positive) link

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "A Night to Remember" (Nidra Beard, Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers) 5:08
  2. "Don't Try to Change Me" (Roberta Stiger, Tina Scott, William Bryant) 4:10
  3. "Help Me" (Nidra Beard, Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Jody Watley) 5:10
  4. "On Top of the World" (Dana Meyers, Richard Randolph) 4:06
  5. "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know" (Nidra Beard, Linda Carriere, William Shelby, Kevin Spencer) 4:02

Side Two

  1. "Friends" (Glen Barbee, Nidra Beard, William Shelby) 5:00
  2. "Playing to Win" (Ralph Clayborne, Charmaine Sylvers, Jody Watley) 4:24
  3. "I Just Stopped By Because I Had To" (Nidra Beard, Joey Gallo, Stephen Shockley, Leon Sylvers) 4:08
  4. "There It Is" (Nidra Beard, Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers) 4:27
  5. "I Can Make You Feel Good" (Howard Hewett, Renwick Jackson, William Shelby) 4:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Jody Watley - Lead Vocals, backing vocals
  • Shalamar - Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Leon Sylvers III - Bass, Percussion, Keyboards
  • Wardell Potts, Jr. - Drums
  • Foster Sylvers - Bass
  • Joey Gallo - Keyboards
  • Kevin Spencer - Keyboards
  • James Ingram - Bass, Keyboards
  • Ricky Sylvers - Guitar
  • Ed Green - Drums
  • Ernest "Pepper" Reed - Guitar
  • Richard Randolph - Guitar
  • Michael Nash - Keyboards
  • William Shelby - Keyboards
  • Wayne Milstein - Percussion
  • Ricky Smith - Keyboards
  • Michael Nash - Keyboards
  • Kevin Spencer - Keyboards
  • Patricia Sylvers - Keyboards
  • Jermaine Stewart - Backing Vocals

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 U.S. Album Chart 35
1982 Top R&B/Black Albums 1

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1982 I Can Make You Feel Good Hot Soul Singles 33
1982 A Night to Remember Billboard Hot 100 44
1982 A Night to Remember Hot Soul Singles 8
1982 A Night to Remember US
Dance
15

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