Let the Music Play (Shannon album)

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Let the Music Play
Shannon Let the Music Play album.jpg
Studio album by Shannon
Released February 1, 1984
Recorded 1983
Length 37:28
Label Mirage/Atco/Atlantic Records
Producer Chris Barbosa, Mark Liggett
Shannon chronology
Let the Music Play
Do You Wanna Get Away
(1985)Do You Wanna Get Away1985
Singles from Let the Music Play
  1. "Let the Music Play"
    Released: September 19, 1983
  2. "Give Me Tonight"
    Released: February 1, 1984
  3. "My Heart's Divided"
    Released: March 31, 1984
  4. "Sweet Somebody"
    Released: July 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Wilson & Alroy's3/5 stars[3]

Let the Music Play is the debut studio album by American dance and freestyle singer Shannon. The title track (originally called "Fire and Ice"), written by the team of Chris Barbosa and Ed Chisolm, became a massive hit, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 on the Billboard dance chart. The album itself would go on to sell over one million copies worldwide. The album garnered Shannon her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, presented at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985.

Track listing[edit]


1."Let the Music Play"Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm3:34
2."Sweet Somebody"Ann Godwin, Curtis Josephs, Rob Kilgore4:41
3."Someone Waiting Home" (featuring Herley Johnson Jr)Ann Godwin, Curtis Josephs4:35
4."Give Me Tonight"Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm6:05
5."My Heart's Divided"Ann Godwin, Chris Barbosa4:27
6."It's You"Arnie Roman, Margee Forman4:02
7."One Man"Arnie Roman, Margee Forman3:45
8."Let the Music Play" (Re-mix)Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm6:03

2006 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

9."Sweet Somebody" (Special Extended Version)Ann Godwin, Curtis Josephs, Rob Kilgore6:00
10."Give Me Tonight" (7 Inch Version)Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm3:53
11."Let the Music Play" (12 Inch Version)Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm5:45
12."My Heart's Divided" (Remix)Ann Godwin, Chris Barbosa4:55
13."Sweet Somebody" (Dub Version)Ann Godwin, Curtis Josephs, Rob Kilgore5:16
14."Give Me Tonight" (Dub Version)Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm6:08
15."Let the Music Play" (Dub Version)Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm6:11

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
New Zealand Albums Chart[4] 50
Switzerland Albums Chart[5] 30
UK Albums Chart[6] 52
US Billboard 200[7] 32
US Billboard Top Black Albums[7] 11


  • Executive Producer: Sergio Cossa
  • Produced by Mark Liggett & Chris Barbosa
  • Recorded and Engineered by Frank Heller & Jay
  • Mixed by Chris Barbosa & Chris Lord-Alge
  • Mastered by Herb Powers Jr.


  • Drum Programming: Chris Barbosa, Rob Kilgore
  • Percussion: Rob Kilgore
  • Bass: Tony Bridges
  • Guitars: Carl Sturken, Charlie Strut, Rob Kilgore
  • Keyboards: Rob Kilgore, Curtis Josephs
  • Saxophone: Ed Palermo


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Let the Music Play > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Let the Music Play > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  3. ^ Wilson, David. "Let the Music Play > review". Wilson & Alroy's. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand albums chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Swiss albums chart". Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  6. ^ "UK albums chart". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b "Billboard albums". all.com. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 

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