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Imagination (The Whispers album)

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ReleasedNovember 30, 1980
RecordedJuly–October 1980
StudioStudio Masters, Los Angeles
GenreSoul, boogie, funk, R&B, disco
LabelSOLAR Records
ProducerThe Whispers, Dick Griffey, Leon Sylvers III
The Whispers chronology
The Whispers
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Professional ratings
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Imagination is the tenth studio album by American R&B/soul vocal group the Whispers, released on November 30, 1980, by SOLAR Records.



The album contains two singles which made the U.S. Hot R&B charts: "It's a Love Thing", which peaked at number two in early 1981; and "I Can Make it Better". Both singles were produced by SOLAR Records' main in-house producer Leon F. Sylvers III. Also featured in the album is "Up on Soul Train", the theme song used on the syndicated television series Soul Train from 1980 to 1983; it was composed by the creator, producer, and host of Soul Train, Don Cornelius.

The music video to the single "It's a Love Thing" is notable for having an early appearance from then-unknown actress Daphne Maxwell Reid.[2] As of September 2016, the song appears in a L'Oreal commercial for Preference Mousse Absolue.

Track listing

  1. "Imagination" (Larry White, Grady Wilkins) - 6:15
  2. "It's a Love Thing" (Dana Meyers, William Shelby) - 5:10
  3. "Say You (Would Love for Me Too)" (Nicholas Caldwell) - 5:03
  4. "Continental Shuffle" (Mark Adam Wood, Jr.) - 4:34
  5. "I Can Make It Better" (Meyers, Shelby, Stephen Shockley) - 7:14
  6. "Girl I Need You" (White, Wilkins) - 4:18
  7. "Up on Soul Train" (Don Cornelius) - 5:18
  8. "Fantasy" (Werner Schuchner, Ahaguna Sun) 4:21


  • Wallace "Scotty" Scott, Walter Scott: lead vocals (tenor)
  • Leaveil Degree (falsetto), Marcus Hutson (baritone): background vocals
  • Nicholas Caldwell: background vocals (tenor), arranger, album concept
  • Richard Aguon, Kirk Perkins, Wardell Potts Jr., Ahaguna Sun: drums
  • Dean Boysen, Oscar Brashear, Bobby Bryant, John Parrish: trumpets
  • Melvin Coleman, David Agent, Leon F. Sylvers III, Werner Schuchner: bass
  • Emilio Conesa, Ernest "Pepper" Reed, Werner Schuchner, Stephen Shockley: guitar
  • Albert DeGarcia, Joey Gallo, Kossi Gardner, Greg Phillinganes, William Shelby, Ricky Smith, Kevin Spencer, Grady Wilkins, Mark Adam Wood, Jr.: keyboards
  • David Duke, Barbara Korn, Sidney Muldrew: French horns
  • Fred Jackson, Ruben Laxamana, Sonny Lewis: saxophone
  • Kraig Kilbey, Ross Wilson: trombones
  • Melecio Megdaluyo: flute, saxophone




Year Single Chart positions[7]
1980-1981 It's a Love Thing 28 2 4
"I Can Make It Better" 105 40 4


  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. The Whispers: Imagination > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Whispers - It's A Love Thing Official Video". youtube.com. UnidiscMusic. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Whispers Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "The Whispers Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1981". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  6. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1981". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "The Whispers US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 4, 2011.