Love Lives Forever

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Love Lives Forever
Studio album by Minnie Riperton
Released October 18, 1980
Recorded 1978 (Minnie's Vocals)
1980 (overdubs)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 37:33
Label Capitol
Producer Richard Rudolph, Johnny Pate
Minnie Riperton chronology
Love Lives Forever
The Best of Minnie Riperton
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Love Lives Forever is the sixth and final studio album by American soul singer Minnie Riperton. Released posthumously, it was co-produced by her husband Richard Rudolph and released on her then-label Capitol Records. It consists of unused vocal sessions, put in music and vocally completed by artists she admired or with whom she shared her musical style. Even though most of the selections are set in a midtempo rhythm, they are calm in mood.

This album was the first of its kind, in that all of Minnie's vocals were stripped from their earlier, original music tracks and completely redone. Completed with new musicians, vocalists and arrangements. Producer Quincy Jones described this difficult project best as "keeping the bridge, but moving the water."

The song "Here We Go" was released as a single and hit the top twenty. The single peaked at 14 on the Billboard R&B charts in as many weeks. The second release was "Give Me Time." Not as successful as its predecessor, it still has the untarnished texture for which Riperton's vocals were known and features Stevie Wonder on harmonica.

The back cover contains a quote about Riperton of each artist who participated, and their signature (being a thumbprint for Stevie Wonder). Wonder's quote inspired the album title. Stevie, being a very close friend of Minnie, wrote these lines for her: "I miss you because I cannot touch you...but then again, I guess that I can because you're touching, Love lives forever."

The album title would later be used in the final scene of the 2009 film "Michael Jackson's This Is It".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here We Go" (Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph, Arthur Phillips) – 6:12
  2. "I'm in Love Again" (Riperton, Rudolph) – 4:05
  3. "Strange Affair" (Riperton, Rudolph, Marlo Henderson) – 8:55
  4. "Island in the Sun" (Riperton, Rudolph) – 4:45
    • Tom Scott – tenor sax solo
  5. "Give Me Time" (Leonard Caston, Jr., Lila Hurtado) – 4:25
  6. "You Take My Breath Away" (Riperton, Rudolph, Randy Waldman) – 4:35
  7. "The Song of Life (La-La-La)" (Riperton, Rudolph, Caston, Weider) – 4:10

Additional personnel[edit]


Chart (1980)[2] Peak
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 35
U.S. Billboard Black Albums 11