It's Real (James Ingram album)

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It's Real
Studio album by James Ingram
Released May 23, 1989
Recorded 1987–89
Genre R&B, new jack swing, soul, pop
Length 51:27
Label Qwest Records, Warner Bros. Records
Producer James Ingram, Thom Bell, Gene Griffin, Gerald Levert, Dennis Matkosky, Michael J. Powell, Bernard Taylor
James Ingram chronology
Never Felt So Good
(1986)Never Felt So Good1986
It's Real
Always You
(1993)Always You1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

It's Real is the title of the third full-length recording from American R&B singer-songwriter James Ingram. It was released in 1989 on Quest/Warner Bros. Records, and features the smash hit single "I Don't Have the Heart", which peaked at number 1 for 1 week. It also features a remake of the classic song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", re-written with different lyrics and entitled "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man".

Track listing[edit]

Side one - It's Real Hard[edit]

  1. "It's Real" (Kemp Frank, Gene Griffin, Barry Hankerson, Ingram) 5:13
  2. "I Wanna Come Back" (Marc Gordon, Gerald Levert) 4:51
  3. "Call On Me" (Ingram, Bernard Taylor) 4:03Z
  4. "So Fine" (Ingram, Bernard Taylor) 4:04
  5. "Love Come Down" (Gene Griffin, Ingram) 5:40
  6. "Baby Be Mine" (Bell, Ingram) 5:00

Side two - It's Real Soft[edit]

  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler) 5:04
  2. "Love One Day At a Time" (Ingram, Monty Seward) 4:31
  3. "I Don't Have the Heart" (Jud Friedman, Allan Rich) 4:14
  4. "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Donny Hathaway, Edward Howard) 4:10
  5. "When Was the Last Time the Music Made You Cry" (Ingram, Dennis Matkosky, Kathy Wakefield) 4:57


  • Produced By Gene Griffin, Gerald Levert, Marc Gordon, James Ingram, Bernard Taylor, Thom Bell, Michael J. Powell, Monty Seward & Matkosky
  • Engineered & Mixed By Dave Way, Mike Tarsia, Paul Ericksen, Steve Van Arden, Sidney Burton, Winston Johnson, Robert Loftus, Barney Perkins & Dennis Matkosky
  • Mastered By Bernie Grundman