Provision (album)

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Provision
Studio album by Scritti Politti
Released June 1988
Recorded 1987–1988 at Minot Sound, Atlantic, Hit Factory, Right Track, Sorcerer Sound in New York; Britannia Row, AIR, Townhouse, Sarm West, Swan Yard in London
Genre Synthpop, blue-eyed soul, synth-funk, sophisti-pop
Length 39:33 (LP)
53:14 (CD)
Label Virgin (UK) / Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Green Gartside and David Gamson (except "Best Thing Ever" was co-produced with John Potoker)
Scritti Politti chronology
Cupid & Psyche 85
(1985)
Provision
(1988)
Anomie & Bonhomie
(1999)
Singles from Provision
  1. "Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)"
    Released: 1988
  2. "First Boy in This Town (Lovesick)"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Boom! There She Was"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Provision is the third album by the British pop group Scritti Politti, release in June 1988.

The album was the band's second top ten hit in the UK, reaching #8, and was certified Gold by the BPI for 100,000 copies shipped.[3]

The track "Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)" features Miles Davis on trumpet, whose 1986 album Tutu included a cover of Scritti Politti's "Perfect Way" from Cupid & Psyche 85. The track "Boom! There She Was" features Roger Troutman on talk box vocals. The track "Best Thing Ever" was previously released on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Who's That Girl.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Green Gartside and David Gamson; except where indicated

  1. "Boom! There She Was" – 5:00
  2. "Overnite" – 4:44
  3. "First Boy in This Town (Lovesick)" – 4:23
  4. "All That We Are" – 3:31
  5. "Best Thing Ever" (Gartside, Gamson, John Potoker) – 3:51
  6. "Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)" – 4:21
  7. "Bam Salute" – 4:33
  8. "Sugar and Spice" – 4:11
  9. "Philosophy Now" – 4:53
  10. "Oh Patti (Extended)" – 6:32 (CD & cassette only)
  11. "Boom! There She Was (Dub)" – 7:15 (CD & cassette only)

Personnel[edit]

Scritti Politti
Additional personnel
  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Chris Botti – horn
  • Dann Huff – guitar
  • John Mahoney – synclavier
  • Joe Mennonna – horn
  • Jason Miles – keyboard programming
  • Marcus Miller – bass
  • Nick Moroch – guitar
  • Raymond Niznik – synclavier
  • Kent Smith – horn
  • Andy Snitzer – horn
  • Roger Troutman – voice box
  • Mitch Corn – horn
  • Mark Stevens, B.J. Nelson, Fonzi Thornton, Tawatha Agee, Rory Dodd, Diva Gray, Yogi Lee, Eric Troyer – background vocals

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[4] 8
Billboard 200[5] 113

Singles

Single Chart Position
"Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)" UK Singles Chart[4] 13
"First Boy in This Town (Lovesick)" UK Singles Chart[4] 63
"Boom! There She Was" UK Singles Chart[4] 55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 14, 1989). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "British album certifications – Scritti Politti – Provision". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Provision in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  4. ^ a b c d "Chart Stats - Scritti Politti". chartstats.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Provision - Scritti Politti | Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved May 23, 2011.