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)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC favorable[2]
Robert Christgau B-[3]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Night to Remember"   Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers, Nidra Beard 5:08
2. "Don't Try to Change Me"   William Bryant, Tina Scott, Roberta Stiger 4:10
3. "Help Me"   Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Jody Watley, Nidra Beard 5:10
4. "On Top of the World"   Dana Meyers, Richard Randolph 4:06
5. "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know"   Kevin Spencer, William Shelby, Linda Carriere, Nidra Beard 4:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Friends"   William Shelby, Glen Barbee, Nidra Beard 5:00
7. "Playing to Win"   Jody Watley, Ralph E. Clayborne, Charmaine Sylvers 4:24
8. "I Just Stopped By Because I Had To"   Stephen Shockley, Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Nidra Beard 4:08
9. "There It Is"   Nidra Beard, Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers 4:27
10. "I Can Make You Feel Good"   William Shelby, Howard Hewett, Renwick Jackson 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elias, Jason. "Shalamar – Friends". AllMusic. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Easlea, Daryl. "Shalamar – Friends". BBC Music. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Shalamar – Friends". Robert Christgau. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 

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