Make It Last Forever (album)

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Make It Last Forever
Studio album by Keith Sweat
Released November 24, 1987[1]
Recorded INS Recording, Power Play Studios; New York City
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 41:32
Label Vintertainment, Elektra
Producer Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley
Keith Sweat chronology
Make it Last Forever
(1987)
I'll Give All My Love to You
(1990)

Make It Last Forever is the debut album of American R&B recording artist Keith Sweat. It was recorded at INS Recording and Power Play Studios in New York City.[2] Released on November 24, 1987, the album went to #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart for three weeks (and topped the Billboard Year-End R&B chart for 1988), and #5 on the Billboard 200. Make It Last Forever was one of the earliest R&B albums to showcase the up-and-coming new jack swing sound, as it was mostly produced by Sweat himself and music producer Teddy Riley.

The album's biggest hit was "I Want Her", a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first #1 R&B hit for Sweat. The title track (a duet with Jacci McGhee) followed "I Want Her", making the #2 R&B spot, while "Don't Stop Your Love" and "Something Just Ain't Right" were also major top ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts. In addition, album tracks such as "Right and a Wrong Way" and "How Deep is Your Love" received substantial radio airplay and can still be heard on quiet storm format stations. On April 6, 1994, Make It Last Forever was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of three million copies in the United States.[3] The single "I Want Her" was certified gold by the RIAA on June 13, 1989, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the US.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

J.D. Considine of Musician stated in a review upon the album's release, "Though Keith Sweat is B-Boy enough to relish the cheap-drum-machine clatter of the classic hip-hop groove, he's also sufficiently soulful to keep that from crowding his vocal style".[4] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave Make It Last Forever a "B".[5] Christgau commented that "the beats prove Teddy Riley New York's answer to Jam & Lewis" and stated, "For credentials the next big love man proffers beats on the slow ones and lyrics whose seduction strategy is never to offend".[5] In a retrospective review, Allmusic editor Andrew Hamilton gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars and viewed it as Sweat's best album. He complimented his "pleading, whining tenor" and wrote that it "adroitly draws you into every song, demanding an emotional commitment".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Something Just Ain't Right" (Keith Sweat/Teddy Riley) 5:22
  2. "Right and A Wrong Way" (Sweat/Riley) 5:17
  3. "Tell Me It's Me You Want" (Sweat/Riley) 4:44
  4. "I Want Her" (Sweat/Riley) 5:58
  5. "Make It Last Forever" (featuring Jacci McGhee) (Sweat/Riley) 4:55
  6. "In the Rain" (Tony Hester) 5:42
  7. "How Deep Is Your Love" (Sweat/Riley) 4:47
  8. "Don't Stop Your Love" (Sweat) 6:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[2]

  • Keith Sweat – Main Performer, Producer
  • Teddy Riley – Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming
  • Fred McFarlane  - Keyboards
  • Jeff Neiblum – Recording Engineer, Percussion
  • Clifford Branch – Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr)
  • George Heylinger – Vocals (bckgr)
  • Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc – Vocals (bckgr)
  • Jacci McGhee – Vocals (bckgr), Performer
  • Vivian Sessoms – Vocals (bckgr)
  • Dave Dachinger  - Mixing Engineer
  • Herb Powers, Jr.  - Mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 41
US Billboard 200[9] 15
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "I Want Her" Billboard Hot 100 5
Hot R&B Songs 1
Dance/Club Play Songs 38
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales 5
1988 "Make It Last Forever" Billboard Hot 100 59
Hot R&B Songs 2
"Something Just Ain't Right" Billboard Hot 100 79
Hot R&B Songs 3
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales 49
"Don't Stop Your Love" Hot R&B Songs 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Williams, Chris (November 23, 2012). "'We Gave R&B a New Lifeline': How Teddy Riley Invented New Jack Swing". The Atlantic (New York). Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Make It Last Forever (CD liner notes). Keith Sweat. Elektra Records. 1987. 9 60763-2. 
  3. ^ a b RIAA - Gold & Platinum: Keith Sweat. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (1988). "Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever (Elektra)". Musician (Amordian Press) (111–116): 126. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 12, 1988). Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Apr. 12, 1988. Robert Christgau. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2011-04-11.
  6. ^ Hamilton, Andrew (August 1, 2003). Make It Last Forever - Keith Sweat | AllMusic: Review. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-04-11.
  7. ^ "Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Keith Sweat | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Keith Sweat Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Keith Sweat. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "Keith Sweat Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Keith Sweat. Retrieved November 4, 2013.

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