Get Here (album)

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Get Here
Studio album by Brenda Russell
Released 1988
Recorded Stockholm: Atlantis Studios
Los Angeles: Cherokee Recording, Elumba Recording, The Grey Room, Mama Joe's Studio, Ocean Way Studios, Bill Schnee Studio, Take One Recording, The Village Recorder, Westlake Audio, 1985-1987
Genre R&B, pop, dance
Length 35:09
Label A&M
Producer Brenda Russell, Stanley Clarke, André Fischer, Jeff Hull, Peter O. Ekberg
Brenda Russell chronology
Two Eyes
(1983)
Get Here
(1988)
Kiss Me With The Wind
(1990)

Get Here is the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Brenda Russell. Released in 1988, it is Russell's most successful album to date and includes her hit single "Piano in the Dark".

Album History[edit]

After the release of her third album, Two Eyes (1983), Russell moved to Stockholm, Sweden and began writing songs for her fourth album in 1984.[1] Working with several producers and recorded at ten different studios in Stockholm and Los Angeles, the album was ultimately released in 1988 and saw Russell return to the A&M Records label that had released her first two solo albums in 1979 and 1981 (her 1983 album had been released via Warner Bros.). The album peaked at #49 on the US Billboard 200 and #20 on the Billboard R&B chart.

The first single from the album was the ballad "Piano in the Dark", released in February 1988. The single, which featured vocals by Joe "Bean" Esposito, became (and remains) Russell's biggest hit, peaking at #6 on the US Billboard 100 and was also a Top 30 hit in the UK (#23), as well as earning Grammy nominations for "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Duo Performance" (Russell would also garner a nomination for "Best Pop Female Vocal" for Get Here).[2] Other singles from the album include "Le Restaurant" (featuring David Sanborn on saxophone) and the dance track "Gravity". The title track of the album was also released as a single and was a minor R&B hit. It was later recorded by Oleta Adams and became a huge trans-Atlantic hit for her in 1991 (US #5, UK #4).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gravity" (Brenda Russell/Gardner Cole)
  2. "Just A Believer" (Russell/Jeff Hull)
  3. "Piano in the Dark" (Russell/Hull/Scott Cutler)
  4. "This Time I Need You" (Russell/Joe Turano)
  5. "Make My Day" (Russell)
  6. "Le Restaurant" (Russell)
  7. "Midnight Eyes" (Russell)
  8. "Get Here" (Russell)

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1988 US Billboard 200 49
1988 US R&B Chart 20
1988 UK Album Chart 77

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Piano In The Dark" US Billboard Hot 100 6
1988 "Piano In The Dark" US R&B Chart 8
1988 "Piano In The Dark" US Adult Contemporary 3
1988 "Piano In The Dark" UK Singles Chart 23
1988 "Gravity" US R&B Chart 42
1988 "Gravity" UK Singles Chart 77
1988 "Get Here" US R&B Chart 37
1989 "Le Restaurant" US R&B Chart 93

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview (24 April 2007). SongFacts.com. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  2. ^ Billboard - Brenda Russell bio. (Retrieved 18 April 2010)