Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson album)

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Out Of The Blue
Front cover, Atlantic SD 81780.
Studio album by Debbie Gibson
Released August 18, 1987 (U.S.)
Recorded 1986–1987 at Z Studio, Brooklyn, NY, Sorcerer Sound, Right Track, and Quad Recording NYC, and International Sound, Miami, FL
Genre Pop, teen pop, pop rock, dance-pop, freestyle, R&B
Length 40:53
Label Atlantic
Producer Fred Zarr, Debbie Gibson, John Morales, Sergio Munzibai, Lewis A. Martineé
Debbie Gibson album chronology
Out Of The Blue
(1987)
Electric Youth
(1989)
Singles from Out of the Blue
  1. "Only in My Dreams"
    Released: February 1987
  2. "Shake Your Love"
    Released: September 1987
  3. "Out of the Blue"
    Released: January 1988
  4. "Foolish Beat"
    Released: April 1988
  5. "Staying Together"
    Released: September 1988
  6. "Red Hot*"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Out of the Blue (LP 81780) is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Deborah Gibson, then known as Debbie Gibson, released in August 1987. Gibson personally wrote all ten songs on this album. As executive producer, Douglas Breitbart of Broadbeard Productions, Inc. (whom Gibson's mother had hired as manager five years before), assembled a team of producers from both New York and Florida: Fred Zarr, John Morales, Sergio Munzibai and Lewis A. Martineé.

Zarr produced "Shake Your Love" and "Fallen Angel" in addition to "Only in My Dreams," and co-produced "Out of the Blue," "Staying Together" and "Wake Up to Love" with Gibson, sole producer for "Foolish Beat." Morales and Munzibai produced "Red Hot" and "Between the Lines." Martineé produced "Play the Field".

Out of the Blue made #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums chart and #26 on the U.K. album chart. The album sold over 3 million copies in the United States (over 8 million worldwide) and was certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Debbie Gibson.

Side One
  1. "Out of the Blue" (3:55)
  2. "Staying Together" (4:07)
  3. "Only in My Dreams" (3:54)
  4. "Foolish Beat" (4:25)
  5. "Red Hot" (3:54)
Side Two
  1. "Wake Up to Love" (3:42)
  2. "Shake Your Love" (3:44)
  3. "Fallen Angel" (3:43)
  4. "Play the Field" (4:37)*
  5. "Between the Lines" (4:42)

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Debbie Gibson - lead and backup vocals, rhythm programs, keyboard, synthesizer, additional keyboards
  • Fred Zarr - rhythm programs, keyboards, synthesizer, additional keyboards (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • John Morales - programming, sequencing (tracks 5, 10)
  • David "Jaz" Grant - keyboard overdubs, guitar (tracks 5, 7–8, 10)
  • Lewis A. Martinee - rhythm programs, keyboards, backup vocals (track 9)
  • Mike Baskt - keyboards (track 9)
  • Ira Siegel - guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar (tracks 1–4)
  • Tommy Williams - guitar, electric guitar (tracks 1, 6)
  • Nestor Gomez - guitar (track 9)
  • Gary Down - bass (track 3)
  • Bashiri Johnson - percussion (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • Billy Amendola - Tom Tom overdubs (track 3)
  • Jimmy Maelen - percussion overdubs (tracks 5, 10)
  • Jeff Smith - saxophone, sax overdubs, backup vocals (tracks 2–8, 10)
  • LaRita Gaskins - backup vocals (tracks 1–3, 6)
  • Carrie Johnson - backup vocals (tracks 1–2, 4, 6–8)
  • Libby Johnson - backup vocals (tracks 1–2, 6–8)
  • Norma Jean Wright - backup vocals (track 3)
  • Tim Lawless - backup vocals (track 4)
  • Connie Harvey - backup vocals (tracks 5, 10)
  • Janet Wright - backup vocals (tracks 5, 10)
  • Wendell Morrison - backup vocals (tracks 5, 10)
  • Haydee - backup vocals (track 9)

Production

  • Debbie Gibson - arranger (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • Fred Zarr - arranger, mixing (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • John Morales - arranger, mix engineer (tracks 5, 10)
  • Sergio Munzibai - arranger (track 5)
  • Lewis A. Martinee - arranger, engineer (track 9)
  • Don Feinberg - recording engineer (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • Bernard Bullock - recording engineer (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • Phil Castellano - recording engineer, mixing (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • Peter Sturge - recording engineer (tracks 5, 10)
  • Billy Esses - assistant engineer (tracks 1–4, 6–8)
  • Jim Goatley - assistant mix engineer (tracks 1–2, 4, 6–8)
  • Carlos Santos - assistant (track 9)
  • Michael Hutchinson - mixing (tracks 2, 6)
  • "Little" Louie Vega - mixing (track 3)
  • Doc Dougherty - mixing (track 3)
  • Douglas Breitbart - executive producer, management (Broadbeard Productions, Inc.)
  • Greg Porto - art direction
  • Adrian Buckmaster - photography
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering (Masterdisk)

References[edit]

  1. /Pop2/DeborahGibsonDiscog/Discog.txt at AngelFire.com.
  2. Liner notes, SD 81780. NYC: Atlantic Recording Corp., 1987.
  3. Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson songbook), CatNo. HL00356822. Hal Leonard, 1988.