Big Fun (Shalamar album)

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Big Fun
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Studio album by Shalamar
Released August 30, 1979
Recorded 1979 at Studio Masters, Los Angeles, CA, Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, TN
Genre R&B
Length 37:07
Label SOLAR
Producer Leon Sylvers III
Shalamar chronology
Disco Gardens
(1978)
Big Fun
(1979)
Three for Love
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Big Fun is the third album by 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.

In 2002, 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".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Right Time for Us" Leon Sylvers III, Dick Griffey 5:53
2. "Take Me to the River" Renaldo Benson, Lawrence Payton 4:57
3. "Right in the Socket" Kevin Spencer, Leon Sylvers III, Dick Griffey 6:51
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "The Second Time Around" Leon Sylvers III, William Shelby 7:05
5. "I Owe You One" Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III 5:11
6. "Let's Find the Time for Love" Kevin Spencer, Leon Sylvers III 4:36
7. "Girl" Kossi Gardner 5:24

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

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1980 U.S. Album Chart 23
1980 Top R&B/Black Albums 4

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1979 I Owe You One Hot Soul Singles 60
1980 The Second Time Around Billboard Hot 100 8
1980 The Second Time Around Hot Soul Singles 1
1980 Right in the Socket Hot Soul Singles 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Shalamar – Big Fun". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 

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