Any Way You Like It

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Any Way You Like It
Studio album by Thelma Houston
Released October 28, 1976
Recorded 1972–76
Genre R&B, urban, disco
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis, Michael L. Smith, Michael B. Sutton, Harold Johnson, Joe Porter, Clayton Ivey, Terry Woodford, Michael Masser, Ronald Miller, William Goldstein

Any Way You Like It is the fourth album by Thelma Houston, released late October 1976 on Tamla Records.[1] The album features energetic disco songs with fierce vocal performances by Houston on side 1, while side 2 focuses on ballads. It includes the major hit single, "Don't Leave Me This Way", Houston's remake of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes song, zooming to No. 1 in the US charts. In the US, "If It's the Last Thing I Do", a track originally recorded in 1972, was chosen for the second single release on MoWest, while Europe had an edited version of the Stevie Wonder cover, "I Don't Know Why I Love You".

A re-recorded version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" was #19 on the dance charts in December 1994.

The album was arranged by Arthur G. Wright, Michael L. Smith, Harold Johnson, Paul Riser, Clayton Ivey, Ted Stovall, Michael Omartian, Perry Botkin, Jr. and Terry Woodford.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Any Way You Like It" (Michael L. Smith, Thelma Houston, Anthony D. Jones)
  2. "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Carry Gilbert, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)
  3. "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (Don Hunter, Lula Hardaway, Paul Riser, Stevie Wonder)
  4. "Come to Me" (Don Daniels, Jermaine Jackson, Kathy Wakefield)
  5. "Don't Make Me Pay (For Another Girl's Mistake)" (Michael L. Smith)
  6. "Sharing Something Perfect Between Ourselves" (Andrew Porter, Harold Johnson)
  7. "If It's the Last Thing I Do" (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin)
  8. "Differently" (Ralph Graham)

2015 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Do You Know Where You're Going To" (Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin)
  2. "Together" (Pam Sawyer, Michael Masser)
  3. "Today Will Soon Be Yesterday" (Pam Sawyer, Michael B. Sutton)
  4. "You've Been Doing Wrong for So Long" (Frank L. Johnson, Terry Woodford)
  5. "One Out of Every Six" (Censored Version) (Ronald Miller, George Schlatter, William Goldstein) - from the MGM Motion Picture, Norman... Is That You?
  6. "Don't Leave Me This Way" (US Tamla single edit)