Guy (album)

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Guy
Studio album by Guy
Released June 13, 1988
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 44:42
Label Uptown
Producer Guy (exec.), Andre Harrell (exec.), Gene Griffin, Teddy Riley
Guy chronology
Guy
(1988)
The Future
(1990)
Singles from Guy
  1. "'Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Groove Me"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Teddy's Jam"
    Released: 1988
  4. "I Like"
    Released: 1989
  5. "Spend the Night"
    Released: 1989

Guy is the eponymous debut studio album by American R&B band Guy, released on June 13, 1988, by Uptown Records. It was produced by group founder Teddy Riley and manager Gene Griffin.

The album peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. In July 1994, it was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of two million copies in the United States.

Background[edit]

After forming his first band Wrecks-N-Effect, multi-instrumentalist and producer Teddy Riley founded Guy in 1987 with vocalists Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling.[2]

The album was recorded at several studios in New York—Chung King Studios, Sound Works Studios, and Unique Studios in New York City, Hillside Studios in Englewood, and Quantum Studios, Jersey City.[3] Along with Riley and Hall, Guy also featured vocals by Timmy Gatling on two songs, but Gatling left the group before the album was completed due to constant fights and disagreements between Riley and Hall.[4] As a result, he would be replaced by Aaron's younger brother Damion Hall by the time the album was released.

A new jack swing album, Guy incorporates hip hop, R&B, and funk styles.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Guy peaked at twenty-seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached number one on the R&B Albums chart where it remained for five nonconsecutive weeks.[6] The album was certified platinum in March 1989 and double platinum by July 1994.[7] In addition, Guy was the highest charting R&B album on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1989.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album an "A–" and recommended for listeners to "absorb the beats and focus in on Aaron Hall". He felt that the band "sound[s] like almost arrogantly anonymous light funksters listeners" and found Riley and Hall underwhelming as soul singers, but stated, "where Bobby Brown and Al B. Sure! play the love man falsetto straight, Hall adds depth by straying toward the manly emotionalism of the church. And unlike most light funksters, Riley doesn't aspire to slow ones."[8] John Leland of Spin viewed Guy as exemplary of contemporary new jack swing albums, which he felt all sound "low-budget, without effects or orchestra, but yet they're very sophisticated".[9]

Alex Henderson of Allmusic gave Guy four-and-a-half out of five stars in a retrospective review, crediting the album for doing "more than any other to make [new jack swing] so incredibly popular in the R&B world" and citing it as "one of the most seminal and influential releases of the late '80s".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Sample(s)[10] Length
1. "Groove Me"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley 4:48
2. "Teddy's Jam"   Griffin, Riley 3:30
3. "Don't Clap... Just Dance"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley   4:59
4. "You Can Call Me Crazy"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley   3:59
5. "Piece of My Love"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley   5:21
6. "I Like"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley 4:50
7. "'Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley   4:07
8. "Spend the Night"   Griffin, Hall, Riley   4:23
9. "Goodbye Love"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley   4:55
10. "My Business"   Gatling, Griffin, Hall, Riley   3:50

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1988)[6] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 27
U.S. R&B Albums 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[11]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1988 "'Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)" 24
"Groove Me" 33 17 4
"Teddy's Jam" 25 8 5
1989 "I Like" 70 36 9 2
"Spend the Night" 35 15

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[12]

  • Arranging – Gene Griffin, Teddy Riley
  • Assistant engineering – Franklin D., Alan Friedman, Alan Gregorie, Jay Henry, Dennis Mitchell, Mario Salvati
  • Composing – Dawn Thomas
  • Engineering – Dave Bennett, Dave Kowalski
  • Executive production – Guy, Andre Harrell
  • Group member – Timmy Gatling
  • Mixing – Timmy Regisford
  • Production – Gene Griffin, Teddy Riley
  • Remixing – Louis Silas, Jr.
  • Vocals – Gene Griffin, Aaron Hall, Damion Hall, Teddy Riley

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddy, Chuck (March 2011). "Essentials: R&B Rubs Hip-Hop the Right Way and the New Jack Swing Era Is Born". Spin (New York): 84. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Guy". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Guy CD Album". CD Universe. Muze. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.soulculture.co.uk/music-blog/teddy-riley-revisits-crafting-guys-debut-album-return-to-the-classics/
  5. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "allmusic ((( Guy > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  6. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Guy > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  7. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - June 29, 2010 : Search Results - Guy". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 14, 1989). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Leland, John; Fab Five Freddy (December 1988). "Spins". Spin (New York): 101. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ - Quick FAQ Search: Guy". The-Breaks.com. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  11. ^ "allmusic ((( Guy > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Guy > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 

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