Touch (Laura Branigan album)

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Touch
Studio album by Laura Branigan
Released July 7, 1987
Genre Pop/rock
Length 53:49
Label Atlantic
Producer Matt Aitken, Albert Cabrera, David Kershenbaum, Tony Moran,
Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
Laura Branigan chronology
Hold Me
(1985)
Touch
(1987)
The Best of Laura Branigan
(1988)
Singles from Touch
  1. "Shattered Glass"
    Released: June 1987
  2. "Power of Love"
    Released: October 1987
  3. "Spirit of Love"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Cry Wolf"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Touch is the fifth album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in 1987 on Atlantic Records.

This album marked a change in Branigan's career. Under new management and using a different producer, the singer took a more active role in the studio, gaining hands-on experience which she used to self-produce tracks on her subsequent albums. Touch also saw her return to dancefloors with the first single, the Stock/Aitken/Waterman-produced "Shattered Glass", which was released in June 1987 and was a US top 50 hit. She had a Top 40 hit with a cover of Jennifer Rush's minor U.S. hit, "Power of Love", which was released in October 1987. "Spirit of Love" was released as a single in Europe. "Cry Wolf" was the album's third single release in the US, and was a top 30 AC hit.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Over Love"   Sue Shifrin, Bob Marlette 3:49
2. "Shadow of Love"   Shifrin, Marlette 5:05
3. "Angels Calling"   Rosetta Stone, Jan Mullaney 3:47
4. "Meaning of the Word"   Rick Palombi, Roy Freeland 5:41
5. "Power of Love"   Candy DeRouge, Gunther Mende, Jennifer Rush, Mary Susan Applegate 5:26
6. "Shattered Glass"   Bob Mitchell, Steve Coe 3:41
7. "Whatever I Do"   Mike Stock, Matt Aitken 4:01
8. "Spirit of Love"   Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley, Billy Steinberg 4:11
9. "Name Game"   Shirley Ellis, Lincoln Chase 4:50
10. "Touch"   Shifrin, Marlette 4:06
11. "Cry Wolf"   Jude Johnstone 4:49
12. "Statue in the Rain" (CD bonus track) Rick Palombi, Mathew Garey 4:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Laura Branigan - vocals, background vocals
  • Matt Aitken - guitar, keyboards
  • Donna Delory - background vocals
  • Coral Gordon - background vocals
  • Dennis Henson - background vocals
  • Michael Landau - guitar
  • Mark Leggett - guitar, keyboards
  • Dee Lewis - background vocals
  • A. Linn - drums (Linn drum machine)
  • Jeff Lorber - keyboards
  • Bob Marlette - guitar, drums, keyboards, vocals
  • John Nelson - guitar
  • John O'Hara - keyboards
  • Rick Palombi - drums, keyboards, background vocals
  • Kim Scharnberg - strings
  • Sue Shifrin - background vocals
  • Mike Stock - keyboards, background vocals
  • Carlos Vega - drums
  • Monalisa Young - background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Albert Cabrera, David Kershenbaum, Tony Moran, Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman
  • Engineers: John Guess, David J. Holman, Cliff Jones, Ray Leonard, Mark McGuire
  • Mixing: Albert Cabrera, Peter Hammond, David J. Holman, Tony Moran
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Programming: Matt Aitken, David J. Holman, Jeff Lorber, Bob Marlette, Rick Palombi, Mike Stock, Andrew Thomas
  • Drum programming: Jeff Lorber, Bob Marlette
  • Arranger: Mark Leggett, Jeff Lorber, Bob Marlette, Rick Palombi
  • Design: Janis Wilkins
  • Art Direction: Janis Wilkins
  • Photography: Victoria Pearson
  • Hair Stylist: Hugh Ragan

Charts[edit]

Album[2]

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 87

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Shattered Glass" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 13
1987 "Shattered Glass" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 15
1987 "Shattered Glass" Adult Contemporary 27
1987 "Shattered Glass" The Billboard Hot 100 48
1987-88 "Power Of Love" Adult Contemporary 19
1987-88 "Power of Love" The Billboard Hot 100 26
1988 "Cry Wolf" Adult Contemporary 21

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