Brenda Russell (album)

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Brenda Russell
Brenda-Russell-album.jpg
Original cover art (1979)
Studio album by Brenda Russell
Released February 23, 1979
Recorded 1978
Studio Kendun Recorders, Conway Recording Studios, United Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length 34:00
Label Horizon Records
Producer André Fischer
Brenda Russell chronology
Brenda Russell
(1979)
Love Life
(1981)
Alternative cover
Cover of the 2000 re-release
Cover of the 2000 re-release

Brenda Russell is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Brenda Russell, released on February 23, 1979 by Horizon Records.[1] After working for several years with her then-husband Brian Russell as session musicians and by themselves as the duo Brian & Brenda in the mid-1970s, the couple divorced and Brenda Russell embarked on a solo career by signing with A&M Records.

Written almost entirely by Russell herself, the album included the singles "So Good, So Right" (released as a double A-sided single in the UK with "In The Thick Of It") and "Way Back When". The track "Think It Over", written by Russell with her then-husband Brian, was previously recorded by Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd and was a top 40 for her in 1978 (Ladd and Brian Russell would later marry in 1981). The track "If Only For One Night" was covered by Luther Vandross in 1985.

Sampling[edit]

In 1998, American rapper Big Pun sampled "A Little Bit of Love" on his hit single "Still Not a Player". In 2003, Mexican singer Thalía sampled the song in "I Want You", and in 2013 Ariana Grande and Mac Miller sampled the same song for their hit single, "The Way". In 2001, singer Mary J. Blige sampled "God Bless You" in her song "Flying Away". In 2006 singer Janet Jackson sampled "If Only For One Night" in her song "Do It 2 Me" off the album 20 Y.O..

In 2000, the album was re-released on CD with new cover artwork and included Russell's most well known hit "Piano in the Dark" from 1988 as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "So Good, So Right" - 3:20
  2. "In The Thick of It" - 3:56
  3. "If Only For One Night" - 4:13
  4. "Way Back When" - 4:23
  5. "A Little Bit of Love" - 4:41
  6. "You're Free" – 3:30
  7. "Think It Over" - 5:17
  8. "God Bless You" - 4:48

All tracks composed by Brenda Russell, except:
"You're Free" (lyrics:Brenda Russell, music: Andre Fischer, Brenda Russell)
"Think It Over" (lyrics:Brenda Russell, music: Brian Russell, Brenda Russell).

Personnel[edit]

    • As noted at Allmusic:
  • Brenda Russell - lead vocals, backing vocals (1-7), acoustic piano (1, 2, 3, 5), Wurlitzer (4, 7), Fender Rhodes (5), horn arrangement (5), rhythm arrangements, vocal arrangements
  • Ron Stockert - Fender Rhodes (1, 3, 4, 7, 8), acoustic piano (4, 8), clavinet (5)
  • Ian Underwood - synthesizer (2, 4)
  • Clare Fischer - string arrangements (3, 8), organ (4, 7), concertmaster (6), electric guitar (7)
  • David Wolfert - electric guitar (1, 7), horn arrangements (1), string arrangements (1, 7)
  • Fred Tackett - electric guitar (1, 6), acoustic guitar (2)
  • George Sopuch - electric guitar (1, 2, 6), guitar solo (6)
  • Ed Brown - bass
  • Andre Fischer - drums, rhythm arrangements
  • Victor Feldman - percussion (2, 4), vibraphone (5)
  • Henry Gibson - percussion (2)
  • Hector Andrade - timbales (5)
  • Judd Miller - trumpet (1)
  • Steve Madaio - trumpet (1), flugelhorn (1)
  • Tom Saviano - soprano saxophone (1)
  • Doug Richardson - tenor saxophone (2, 8)
  • Chuck Findley - flugelhorn (5, 6), piccolo trumpet (5)
  • Jerry Hey - trumpet (5)
  • Larry Williams - alto flute (5, 6), baritone saxophone (5)
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. - baritone (5), bass trombone (5), horn arrangement (5)
  • Gary Herbig - English horn (6)
  • David McKelvy - harmonica (7)
  • Jerry Peters - string arrangements (4, 6), horn arrangements (6)
  • Harry Bluestone - concertmaster (1, 7)
  • Gerald Vinci - concertmaster (3, 8)
  • Assa Drori - concertmaster (4)
  • Doublerock Baptist Junior Choir - backing vocals (5)
  • Elaine Hill - backing vocals (5, 7, 8)
  • Michele Aller - backing vocals (5, 7, 8)
  • Susaye Greene - backing vocals (5, 7, 8)
  • Arnold McCuller - backing vocals (7)
  • Bruce Sudano - backing vocals (7)
  • Eddie Hokenson - backing vocals (7)
  • Joe Esposito - backing vocals (7)
  • Petsye Powell - backing vocals (7)
  • Carmen Twillie - backing vocals (8)
  • Kathy Collier - backing vocals (8)
  • Venette Gloud - backing vocals (8)

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Andre Fischer
  • Associate Producer: Brenda Dash
  • Recorded by John Rhys
  • Mixed by Al Schmitt
  • Mix Assistants: Don Henderson, Murray McFadden, Phil Moores and Terry More.
  • Mastered by Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction: Roland Young
  • Design: Amy Nagasawa
  • Photography: Claude Mougin

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1979 US Billboard 200 65
1979 US R&B Chart 26

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "So Good, So Right" US Billboard Hot 100[2] 30
1980 "So Good, So Right" /
"In The Thick Of It"
UK Singles Chart[3] 51

References[edit]