Good to Be Back

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Good to Be Back
Natalie Cole - Good To Be Back (small).png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 1989
Recorded1988–1989 at Ocean Way Recording, Westlake Audio, Record Plant, Hitsville U.S.A., Ground Control Studios, A.E.M.P. and Jones Studio (Los Angeles, CA); Steve Lindsey Studio, Conway Studios and Larrabee Sound Studios (Hollywood, CA); Devonshire Sound Studios (Burbank, CA); Aire L.A. Studios (Glendale, CA); Tarpan Studios (San Rafael, CA); O'Henry Sound Studios (Toluca Lake, CA); Can-Am Recorders (Tarzana, CA); Cove City Sound Studios (Long Island, NY); Shakedown Sound Studios (New York, NY).
Genre
Length46:34
Label
Producer
Natalie Cole chronology
The Natalie Cole Collection
(1987)
Good to Be Back
(1989)
Unforgettable... with Love
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Good to Be Back is a 1989 album by American singer Natalie Cole. Released on April 19, 1989 by EMI USA, It includes the single "Miss You Like Crazy" which peaked at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary and R&B charts in 1989.[2] It reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming her biggest hit there.[3] Two further singles were released from the album: "The Rest of the Night" (UK #56) and "Starting Over Again" (UK #56).[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Safe" (Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert) - 3:46
  2. "As a Matter of Fact" (Don Boyette, Siedah Garrett) - 3:57
  3. "The Rest of the Night" (Glen Ballard, Randy Goodrum) - 4:33
  4. "Miss You Like Crazy" (Preston Glass, Gerry Goffin, Michael Masser) 3:53
  5. "I Do" (duet with Freddie Jackson) (Frank Wildhorn) - 3:56
  6. "Good to Be Back" (Pam Reswick, Steve Werfel) - 4:19
  7. "Gonna Make You Mine" (Garry Glenn) - 4:34
  8. "Starting Over Again" (Gerry Goffin, Michael Masser) - 4:13
  9. "Don't Mention My Heartache" (Clydene Jackson, Catherine Wilmore) - 4:44
  10. "I Can't Cry" (Shelly Peiken) - 4:17
  11. "Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat" (Leon René, Otis René) - 4:05
NB UK LP #MTLX 1042 (EMI USA label) has "Wild Women Do (Power Mix with Rap)" (the original version of which appeared on the Pretty Woman soundtrack), written by Greg Prestopino, Sam Lorber and Matthew Wilder and produced by Andre Fischer, as track 1 (12 tracks total). The track length is 4:18. The track was also noted to have been produced in 1990 rather than 1989 so this was probably a later issue of the album as the copyright notice was for 1990. The track is not listed on the various releases for this album in either Allmusic or Discogs listings,[4] but had been released in various mixes as 7", 12" and CD singles in 1990.[5]

Personnel[edit]

  • Natalie Cole – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9), vocal arrangements (1, 3, 7)
  • Claude Gaudette – keyboards (1, 3, 6), synthesizer (1, 3), arrangements (1, 3, 6)
  • Don Boyette – keyboards (2), synthesizer (2), bass (2), arrangements (2)
  • Roman Johnson – synthesizer (2, 7), keyboards (7)
  • Steve Lindsey – synthesizer, programming (2), sounds (2)
  • Sam Ward – synthesizer, programming (2, 7), sounds (2, 7)
  • Robbie Buchanan – piano (4, 8), Fender Rhodes (4, 8), rhythm arrangements (4, 8), string arrangements (8)
  • Walter Afanasieff – keyboards (5), synthesizer (5), bass guitar (5), programming (5)
  • Ren Klyce – programming (5)
  • Jeff Scott – piano (9), Fender Rhodes (9)
  • Lee Curreri – keyboards (9), piano (9), synthesizer, programming (9), arrangements (9)
  • Jeff Rona – synthesizer, programming (9)
  • Phil Shenale – synthesizer, programming (9)
  • Booker T. Jones – Hammond B3 organ (9)
  • Rich Tancredi – keyboards (10), arrangements (10)
  • Charles Floyd – piano (11), synthesizer (11)
  • Teddy Castellucci – guitar (1)
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (3, 4, 6, 8)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (4)
  • Michael Thompson – guitar (7)
  • Bob Cadway – guitar (10)
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass guitar (3, 6, 9)
  • Paul Robinson – bass guitar (4)
  • Mike Porcaro – bass guitar (8)
  • James Johnson – bass guitar (11)
  • John Robinson – drums (3)
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (4, 7, 8), percussion (7)
  • Joey Franco – drums (10)
  • Ric Wake – drums (10), arrangements (10)
  • Armand Grimaldi – drums (11)
  • Luis Conte – percussion (1, 3, 6)
  • Greg Gigi Gonaway – cymbal (5)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (9)
  • Tom Scott – alto saxophone (9)
  • David Woodford – baritone saxophone (9)
  • Jimmy Roberts – tenor saxophone (9)
  • Garrett Adkins – trombone (9)
  • Rick Braun – trumpet (9)
  • André Fischer – arrangements (2), brush overdubs (11)
  • Michael Masser – rhythm arrangements (8), string arrangements (8)
  • Steve Skinner – arrangements (10)
  • Dennis Lambert – vocal arrangements (1, 3, 6)
  • Penny Ford – vocal arrangements (7)
  • Eddie Cole – backing vocals (1), arrangements (11), finger snaps (11)
  • David Joyce – backing vocals (1), synthesizer (11), arrangements (11)
  • Katrina Perkins – backing vocals (1, 7)
  • Sandra Simmons – backing vocals (1)
  • Freddie Jackson – lead vocals (5)
  • Jamillah Muhammad – backing vocals (10)
  • Shelly Peiken – backing vocals (10)
  • Billy T. Scott – backing vocals (10)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Dennis Lambert (Tracks 1, 3 & 6); Don Boyette (Track 2); André Fischer (Tracks 2 & 7); Michael Masser (Tracks 4 & 8); Narada Michael Walden (Track 5); Roman Johnson (Track 7); Lee Curreri (Track 9); Ric Wake (Track 10); Eddie Cole (Track 11).
  • Executive Producers – Dan Cleary and Natalie Cole
  • Production Coordination on Tracks 4 & 8 – Steve James
  • Recording Engineers – Doug Rider (Tracks 1, 3 & 6); Mick Guzauski and Richard McKernan (Tracks 2 & 7); Russ Terrana (Track 4); Calvin Harris (Tracks 4 & 8); David Frazer (Track 5); John Carter, Jimmy Hoyson, John Beverly Jones and Rick McCormick (Track 9); Bob Cadway (Track 10); Craig Burbidge (Track 11).
  • Additional Recording – Dave Bianco (Tracks 1, 3 & 6); Brian Malouf (Tracks 1 & 6); Gabe Veltri (Tracks 1, 3 & 6).
  • Assistant Engineers – Richard McKernan, Claudio Ordenas, Jeff Poe and Toby Wright (Tracks 3 & 6); Steve James (Tracks 4 & 8); Dana Jon Chappelle (Track 5); Rick Butz, Jim McCaan and Marnie Riley (Track 7); Bill Dooley, Mark Hagen, Joe Schiff and Paul Wertheimer (Track 8); Chris Fuhrman, Jimmy Hoyson and Craig Johnson (Track 9).
  • Mixing – Brian Malouf (Tracks 1, 3 & 6); André Fischer (Tracks 2, 9 & 11); Mick Guzauski (Tracks 2, 7, 9 & 11); Calvin Harris (Tracks 4 & 8); David Frazer (Track 5); Bob Cadway (Track 10); Eddie Cole (Track 11).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Henry Marquez
  • Design – LuAnn Graffeo
  • Photography – Matthew Ralston
  • Management – Dan Cleary Management Associates

Singles[edit]

  • "Miss You Like Crazy" – Released: March 15, 1989
  • "I Do" (duet with Freddie Jackson) – Released: June 10, 1989
  • "The Rest of the Night" – Released: September 4, 1989
  • "As A Matter Of Fact" – Released: October 30, 1989
  • "Good To Be Back" - Released: November 26, 1989
  • "Starting Over Again" – Released: January 1, 1990
  • "Wild Women Do (Power Mix with Rap)" – Released: February 26, 1990

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989)[6] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 59
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 21
UK Albums Chart 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ ""Miss You Like Crazy" entry at billboard.com, Billboard Hot 100 Tracks". Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Natalie Cole" at Official Charts.
  4. ^ Original album
  5. ^ discogs.com/Natalie-Cole-Wild-Women-Do/release/3703049
  6. ^ "Good to Be Back > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved April 12, 2009.