It's Your Night

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It's Your Night
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 27, 1983
Recorded1982–1983 at Westlake Audio and Ocean Way Recording (Los Angeles, CA).
GenreR&B, disco, funk, soul
Length41:19
LabelQwest Records
Warner Bros. Records
ProducerQuincy Jones
James Ingram chronology
It's Your Night
(1983)
Never Felt So Good
(1986)

It's Your Night is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter James Ingram, released by Qwest/Warner Bros. Records on July 27, 1983. The album was commercially successful, as it peaked at number 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart and reached number 14 on the Top Black Albums chart. It was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in early 1984, making this his highest-charting album and only album to be certified by the RIAA.

Ingram was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1984 and 1985. The album cut "Party Animal" received a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 26th Grammy Awards in 1984. It's Your Night and the album's second single, "Yah Mo B There" (a duet with Michael McDonald) received nominations for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, winning in the latter.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

It is also his first on Qwest Records, which was run by Quincy Jones. It features the song "Yah Mo B There", which is a duet with singer Michael McDonald. It has been certified gold by the RIAA and is his highest-charting album ever.

Track listing[edit]

Side A.
  1. "Party Animal" (Ingram, Richard Page, Mark Vieha) - 4:55
  2. "Yah Mo B There" (Ingram, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, Rod Temperton) - 4:40
  3. "She Loves Me (The Best That I Can Be)" (Brian Neary, Jim Photoglo) - 3:40
  4. "Try Your Love Again" (Glen Ballard, Brock Walsh) - 4:25
Side B.
  1. "Whatever We Imagine" (David Foster, Paul Gordon, Jeremy Lubbock) - 3:58
  2. "One More Rhythm" (Rod Temperton) - 4:05
  3. "There's No Easy Way" (Barry Mann) - 3:51
  4. "It's Your Night" (Ingram, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 3:37
  5. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) - 4:16

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Quincy Jones
  • Co-Producer on Track 9 – Johnny Mandel
  • Production Assistants – Steve Ray and Mark Ross
  • Tracks 1-8 recorded and mixed by Bruce Swedien
  • Track 9 recorded by Joel Moss
  • Additional Recording and Technical Director – Matt Forger
  • Assistant Engineers – Steve Bates, Ric Butz, Mark Ettel and Greg Laney.
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Simon Levy and Jeri McManus
  • Design – Jeri McManus
  • Photography – Matthew Rolston
  • Sleeve Notes – James Ingram and Quincy Jones

Popular culture[edit]

The song "Whatever We Imagine" was used as the closing theme for both 1984 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and 1986 NBA Finals for CBS Sports.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[2] 46
Billboard Top Soul Albums[2] 14

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
Billboard Hot 100 US
R&B
Adult Contemporary
1983 "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" 45 6 5
"Party Animal" - 21 -
"Yah Mo B There" 19 5 10 (1984)
1984 "She Loves Me (The Best That I Can Be)" - 59 19
"There s No Easy Way" 58 14 10

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Music, All. James Ingram: It's Your Night > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b "James Ingram US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  3. ^ "James Ingram US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27.