Suddenly (Billy Ocean album)

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Suddenly
Studio album by Billy Ocean
Released September 12, 1984
Recorded 1983-1984 @Battery Studios, London, UK and Unique Recording Studios NYC
Genre Dance-pop, post-disco, soul, soft rock
Length 45:12
Label Jive Records/Arista Records
Producer Keith Diamond
Billy Ocean chronology
Inner Feelings
(1982)
Suddenly
(1984)
Love Zone
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Suddenly is the fifth studio album by Billy Ocean, released in 1984. It featured his first major U.S. pop hit single "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)", which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Ocean and Keith Diamond, except where noted.

  1. "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" - 5:04[2]
  2. "Mystery Lady" (James Woodley) - 5:02
  3. "Syncopation" (Jolyon Skinner) - 5:20
  4. "The Long and Winding Road" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 4:40
  5. "Loverboy" (Robert Lange) - 5:16
  6. "Lucky Man" - 4:21
  7. "Dancefloor" (Barry J. Eastmond) - 4:14
  8. "If I Should Lose You" - 3:59
  9. "Suddenly" - 3:53[3]

On the European release, the first track was "European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (4:50), replacing "Caribbean Queen".[4] On the UK Jive release (HIP 12) the track length was given (and measured) as 7:52 and titled "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)".

Expanded edition (released July 2011)[edit]

Bonus Tracks:

  • "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (Extended mix) - 8:16
  • "Lucky Man" (Extended version) - 6:07
  • "Mystery Lady" (Extended version) - 6:49
  • "Loverboy" (Extended mix) - 8:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Simmons and Linn drums: Billy Ocean
  • Drums on tracks 4 and 9: Terry Silverlight
  • Percussion: Tony Maroni, Andy Newton
  • Bass: Timmy Allen
  • Synth Bass: Keith Diamond
  • Keyboards, Synthesizer - Barry J. Eastmond
  • Guitar - Clarence "Binky" Brice, Eddie Martinez, Geoff Whitehorn, Vic Linton
  • Saxophone - Jeff Smith
  • Backing vocals - Cindy Myzelle, Chrissie Faith, Curtis King, Katie Kissoon, Lisa Fischer, Meekaeel M., Stevie Lange, Keith Diamond
  • String Arrangements By Barry Eastmond

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Keith Diamond
  • Mixed by Keith Diamond and Bryan "Chuck" New
  • Engineered by Pete Robbins, Steve Goldman and Chuck New
  • Cover illustration by Linda Fennimore

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
R&B
U.S.
Dance
UK[5] Album
1984 "European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" - - - 82 Suddenly (European version)
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" 1 1 1 6 Suddenly
1985 "Loverboy" 2 20 1 15
"Suddenly" 4 5 - 4
"Mystery Lady" 24 10 - 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suddenly". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ Discogs album info
  4. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 402–403. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.