Stone Jam

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Stone Jam
Studio album by Slave
Released November 1980 (1980-11)
Genre Funk
Label Cotillion
Producer Jimmy Douglass, Steve Washington
Slave chronology
Just a Touch of Love
(1979)
Stone Jam
(1980)
Show Time
(1981)

Stone Jam is the fifth album by the American funk band Slave. It was released in 1980 on Cotillion Records and reissued in 1997 on Rhino Records. It was produced by Jimmy Douglass and Steve Washington. The album was listed on the Billboard 200, Billboard's 1981 Year-End Chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It contains the hit singles "Sizzlin' Hot", "Feel My Love", and "Watching You".

Overview[edit]

Slave's fifth album, Stone Jam, was their highest charting since their first, Slave,[1] and their second to be certified Gold,[2] Slave received the certification in 1977.[3] The band's drummer, Steve Arrington, took on more singing responsibilities than on previous albums and this, combined with the vocals of Starleana Young, contributed to the album's success.[4] The single "Watching You" entered the Billboard Hot 100 and also joined "Sizzlin' Hot" and "Feel My Love" on the R&B Singles Chart.[5]

Reception and accolades[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Alex Henderson of Allmusic breaks Slave's brand of funk into two categories; 'hardcore' and 'sophisticated'. He notes that their earlier work falls into the former category but, with the exception of the tracks "Stone Jam" and "Sizzlin' Hot", this album is in the later. He goes on to write that this "sleeker" approach is "every bit as appealing" as their earlier more aggressive work. He describes the tracks "Dreamin'", "Feel My Love" and "Let's Spend Some Time" as "addictive jams" and the album as "consistently melodic".[4]

Jam-Master Jay of Run–D.M.C. has named it as one of his favorite albums.[6] The album made the Billboard 1981 Year-End Pop Chart at number 99[7] and the Soul Chart at number 7.[8]

Tracks[edit]

  1. "Let's Spend Some Time" (Mark Antone Adams/Jimmy Douglass/Mark Hicks/Jennifer Ivory/Curt Jones/Ray Turner/Steve Washington/Starleana Young) – 4:38
  2. "Feel My Love" (Adams/Steve Arrington/Hicks/Jones/Turner/Washington/Danny Webster) – 4:31
  3. "Starting Over" (Adams/Hicks/Jones/Floyd Miller/Turner/Young) – 4:27
  4. "Sizzlin' Hot" (Adams/Arrington/Miller/Turner/Washington/Webster) – 5:07
  5. "Watching You" (Adams/Arrington/Turner/Washington/Webster) – 4:41
  6. "Dreamin'" (Adams/Arrington/Jones/Miller/Turner/Washington) – 4:20
  7. "Never Get Away" (Adams/Arrington/Hicks/Jones/Turner/Webster) – 5:09
  8. "Stone Jam" (Adams/Hicks/Jones/Turner/Washington/Webster/Young) – 6:43

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Feel My Love" [Disco Mix] – 4:47
  2. "Sizzlin' Hot" [Single Version] – 4:06
  3. "Watching You" [Single Version] – 3:28

Personnel[edit]

Charts and sales certification[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1981 Billboard 200 53[1][9]
R&B Albums 5[9]

Single charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
1980 "Sizzlin' Hot" R&B Singles Chart 57[5]
1981 "Feel My Love" 62[5]
"Watching You" 6[5]
Billboard Hot 100 78[5]

RIAA certification[edit]

Format Certification Date
Album Gold 30 March 1981[10]

Release history[edit]

Year Format Label Catalog
1980 Vinyl Cotillion SD 5224[11]
1997 CD Rhino 72625[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2007). The Billboard Albums: Includes Every Album That Made the Billboard 200 Chart. Record Research Inc. p. 963. ISBN 978-0-89820-166-6. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "General News". Billboard. 1 August 1981. p. 6. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Slave Slave". RIAA - Gold & Platinum Database. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "Review: Stone Jam". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Billboard singles: Stone Jam". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Rasen, Edward (May 1985). "Rap 'n' Roll". Spin. p. 27. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Year End-Pop". Billboard. 26 December 1981. p. YE–8. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Year End-Soul". Billboard. 26 December 1981. p. YE–28. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard albums: Stone Jam". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Slave Stone Jam". RIAA - Gold & Platinum Database. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Slave Stone Jam". Discogs. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Overview: Stone Jam". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2011.