is the third album by Big Fun American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1979 on the SOLAR label. Big Fun was produced by Leon Sylvers III and is the first album to feature what is considered the 'classic' Shalamar line-up ( Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley), with Hewett having replaced Gerald Brown. The album features the group's biggest hit single, " The Second Time Around".
Big Fun has been certified Gold in the United States for sales of over 500,000. It peaked at #4 on the R&B chart and #23 on the Billboard chart (Shalamar's highest-placing album on this chart). In the UK it reached #45.
Big Fun was re-released by Sanctuary Records in the United Kingdom in a two-for-one CD format with Shalamar's following album .
Three for Love
The song "I Owe You One" was sampled in Raw Man's "Beautiful", and
Le Knight Club's "Mosquito".
Reception [ edit ] Allmusic rated the album four out of five stars. Writer  Colin Larkin rated it three out of five.
The album sold 625,000+ units as of July 1982. Its single "The Second Time Around" sold around 1.8 million units.
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Personnel [ edit ]
Shalamar [ edit ]
Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett: lead and backing vocals
Musical Personnel [ edit ]
Kevin Spencer: keyboards,
clavinet William Shelby: keyboards, clavinet,
Fender Rhodes Kossi Gardner: keyboards, Fender Rhodes,
Hammond organ "Gip" Nobels, Gene Dozier, Joey Gallo, John Barnes, Ron Artists: keyboards
Ernest Biles, James Davis: bass
Leon Sylvers III: bass, percussion Ernest Reed, Fred Rheimert,
Steve Shockley: guitars Freeman Brown, Gerald Thompson, Wardell Potts: drums
Greg "Popeye" Dawkins:
congas Fred Lewis: percussion
Christine Ermacoff, Edgar Lustgarten, Harry Shlutz, Marie Fera: cellos
Brian Leanord, David Johnson, Jerry Vinci, Ilkka Talvi, Irma Newman, Norman Carr, Norman Leonard, Reginald Hill, Ronald Fulsom, Sheldon Sanou: violins
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