How Could It Be

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How Could It Be
How It Could Be.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 1985
Recorded1985[1]
StudioWonderland Studios, Joint Recording Studios, Soundworks Studios, Clinton Recording, The Power Station
Genre
Length34:53
LabelColumbia
Producer
Eddie Murphy chronology
Eddie Murphy: Comedian
(1983)
How Could It Be
(1985)
So Happy
(1989)
Singles from Dogg Food
  1. "Party All the Time"
    Released: May 23, 1985
  2. "How Could It Be"
    Released: 1985

How Could It Be is the debut musical studio album by comedian/actor Eddie Murphy. The album was released on July 20, 1985, on Columbia Records and was produced by Aquil Fudge, with the exception of the hit top ten single "Party All the Time", which was produced by Rick James.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(C-)[3]

The album was a commercial success, making it to #26 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Two singles were released: "Party All the Time", which made it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the title track, which became a minor R&B hit.

Background[edit]

For this album, Murphy enlisted other well-known musicians to help him create his first musical studio album. The record has two Stevie Wonder produced and written tracks, “Do I” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” There are also two songs that Rick James produced and wrote—the title track (a minor R&B hit) and the successful hit, "Party All the Time.”[1]

Murphy wrote three tracks on the album in which he also gets sole writing credit for. On those tracks, he gets pretty experimental to test himself in what he can do in music. Those three tracks are “Con Confused”, a disco track, “I, Me, Us, We”, a Parliament worship, and “My God Is Color Blind”, an anti-racism song.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Do I"Stevie Wonder3:56
2."C-O-N Confused"Murphy3:41
3."How Could It Be" (featuring Crystal Blake)Frank Hamilton, Rick James, Murphy4:39
4."I Wish (I Could Tell You When)"David Allen Jones, Murphy4:28
5."Party All the Time" (featuring Rick James)Rick James, Kevin Johnston4:12
6."I, Me, Us, We"Murphy4:41
7."My God Is Color Blind"Murphy4:42
8."Everything's Coming Up Roses"Stevie Wonder4:34

Personnel[edit]

  • James Allen, Dennis Davis, Rick James - drums, Oberheim DMX (track 5)
  • Aquil Fudge - percussion
  • Frank Hamilton, Michael McKinney, Fred Washington - bass
  • Gordon Banks, Ben Bridges, Kenny Hawkins, Larry John McNally, Mike O'Neil, Paul Pesco, Greg Poree, David Williams, Larry Menally - guitar
  • Frank Hamilton, Greg Levias, Jeff Lorber, Greg Phillinganes, Darryl Ross, Levi Ruffin Jr., Bill Wolfer, Stevie Wonder, Bill Young - keyboards, synthesizers, Roland Juno-60 bass (track 5)
  • Abdoulaye Soumare, Bob Bradlove - synthesizer programming
  • Stevie Wonder - harmonica
  • Steve Porcaro - Synths on Party all the time
  • Larry Fast - Synth
  • Earl Gardner, Richard Gibbs, Larry Gittens, Bob Malach, Keith Quinn - horns
  • Roderick Bascom, Crystal Blake, Alvin "Blues" Broussard, Anthony Clark, Carlotta Clark, Lisa Clark, Paul Freudenburg, Larry Gittens, Rod Gordon, Cynthia Green, Bruce Hawes, Rick James, David Allen Jones, Jacque Kimbrough, Derek Lawrence, Lorelei McBroom, Daryl Murphy, LaMorris Payne, Darryl Phinnessee, William Rivera, Dwayne Roberson, Darryl Ross, Levi Ruffin, Howard Smith, Spartacus R., Michelle Wiley, Philip "Bully" Williams, Steven Lindstrom - backing vocals
Technical
  • Larkin Arnold - executive producer
  • Nancy Greenberg - art direction
  • Annie Leibovitz - photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985–86) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Current Albums[4] 26
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 26
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[6] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Paul Blest (2015-01-28). "Put a Boogie in Your Butt: A Look Back at the Musical Career of Eddie Murphy". Vice. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  2. ^ Brian Flota. "How Could It Be - Eddie Murphy | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  3. ^ "CG: Eddie Murphy". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  4. ^ "Top Current Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  5. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  6. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Eddie Murphy – How Could It Be". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.