After Dark (Ray Parker Jr. album)

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After Dark
After Dark image.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 1987
Recorded1986–1987; Ameraycan Studios, Ocean Way Recording, Conway Studios and Cherokee Studios (Hollywood, CA); Lion Share Recording and Wonderland Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Devonshire Studios (Burbank, CA)
Ray Parker Jr. chronology
Sex and the Single Man
After Dark
I Love You Like You Are
Singles from After Dark
  1. "I Don't Think That Man Should Sleep Alone"
    Released: April 1987[citation needed]
  2. "Over You"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]

After Dark is the fourth album by guitarist/singer/songwriter Ray Parker Jr. released on August 25, 1987 by Geffen Records.[2] The album rose to No. 27 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[3]

Overview and singles[edit]

After Dark was produced by Ray Parker Jr., Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager.[2] As a single "I Don't Think That Man Should Sleep Alone" rose to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[4] A duet with Natalie Cole called Over You also rose to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Think That Man Should Sleep Alone" Ray Parker Jr. 4:13
2. "Over You" (duet with Natalie Cole) Ray Parker Jr., Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach 4:38
3. "Lovin' You" Ray Parker Jr. 4:08
4. "You Shoulda Kept a Spare" Ray Parker Jr. 4:46
5. "The Past" Ray Parker Jr. 3:27
6. "You Make My Nature Dance" Ray Parker Jr. 4:30
7. "Perfect Lovers" Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach, Nathan East 5:12
8. "After Midnite" Ray Parker Jr. 3:40
9. "I Love Your Daughter" Ray Parker Jr. 3:44
10. "After Dark" Ray Parker Jr. 4:29



Background vocalists[edit]

Ray Parker Jr., Kamaya Koepke, Karyn White, Arnell Carmichael, Keith Harrison, Candice Ghant, Kashif (also BGV arrangement on track 5), Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Yogi Horton, Cornelius Mims, Monty Seward, Lynne Fiddmont, Philip Bailey, Greg Phillinganes, Anita Sherman


  • Producers – Ray Parker Jr. (tracks 1, 3–6, 8, 9 & 10); Burt Bacharach (tracks 4 & 7); Carole Bayer Sager (tracks 4 & 7)
  • Production assistant – Horatio Gordon
  • Engineer – Steve Halquist
  • Additional engineers – Mick Guzauski, Mike Mancini, Gary Olazabal, and Tom Vicari
  • Assistant engineers – Jerry Hall and Ray Parker III
  • Art direction – Laura LiPuma
  • Photography – Victoria Sim



  1. ^ "Ray Parker Jr.: After Dark".
  2. ^ a b c "Ray Parker Jr.: After Dark".
  3. ^ "Ray Parker Jr.: After Dark (Top Soul Albums)".
  4. ^ "Ray Parker Jr.: I Don't Think That Man Should Sleep Alone (Hot Soul Songs)".
  5. ^ "Ray Parker Jr. with Natalie Cole: Over You (Hot Soul Songs)".

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