Friends (Shalamar album)

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Friends
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1982
Recorded1981
StudioStudio Masters
Larrabee Sound
The Record Plant
Kendun Recorders
(Los Angeles)
GenreUrban, soul, R&B, post-disco
Length44:55
LabelSOLAR
ProducerLeon Sylvers III, Jeffrey Daniel
Shalamar chronology
Go for It
(1981)
Friends
(1982)
The Look
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
BBCfavorable[2]
Robert ChristgauB-[3]

Friends is the sixth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1982 on the SOLAR label. The album, which features the 'classic' Shalamar line-up (Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley), topped the R&B chart and peaked at #35 on the Billboard chart. It has been certified Gold in the United States for sales over 500,000. It would eventually go Platinum. In the United Kingdom Friends gained impetus from a now-legendary demonstration of body-popping by Daniel during a performance of "A Night to Remember" on the BBC programme Top of the Pops. It reached #6 on the UK Albums Chart and produced four top 20 singles.

In 2002, Friends was re-released by Sanctuary Records in the United Kingdom in a double-CD package with Shalamar's previous album Go for It.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."A Night to Remember"Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers, Nidra Beard5:08
2."Don't Try to Change Me"William Bryant, Tina Scott, Roberta Stiger4:10
3."Help Me"Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Jody Watley, Nidra Beard5:10
4."On Top of the World"Dana Meyers, Richard Randolph4:06
5."I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know"Kevin Spencer, William Shelby, Linda Carriere, Nidra Beard4:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Friends"William Shelby, Glen Barbee, Nidra Beard5:00
7."Playing to Win"Jody Watley, Ralph E. Clayborne, Charmaine Sylvers4:24
8."I Just Stopped By Because I Had To"Stephen Shockley, Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Nidra Beard4:08
9."There It Is"Nidra Beard, Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers4:27
10."I Can Make You Feel Good"William Shelby, Howard Hewett, Renwick Jackson4:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Shalamar - lead & backing vocals
  • Leon Sylvers III - bass, percussion, keyboards
  • Wardell Potts, Jr. - drums
  • Foster Sylvers - bass
  • Joey Gallo - keyboards
  • Kevin Spencer - keyboards
  • James Ingram - bass, keyboards
  • Ricky Sylvers - guitar
  • Ed Green - drums
  • Ernest "Pepper" Reed - guitar
  • Richard Randolph - guitar
  • Michael Nash - keyboards
  • William Shelby - keyboards
  • Wayne Milstein - percussion

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 U.S. Album Chart 35
1982 Top R&B/Black Albums 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1982 I Can Make You Feel Good Hot Soul Singles 33
1982 A Night to Remember Billboard Hot 100 44
1982 A Night to Remember Hot Soul Singles 8
1982 A Night to Remember US
Dance
15
1982 There It Is UK Singles 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elias, Jason. "Shalamar – Friends". AllMusic. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Easlea, Daryl. "Shalamar – Friends". BBC Music. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Shalamar – Friends". Robert Christgau. Retrieved December 27, 2014.

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