Lionel Richie (album)

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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie (self-titled album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 1982
Recorded1981–1982 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles; Mixed at Hitsville U.S.A. , Los Angeles.
GenreR&B, disco, soul
Length38:27
LabelMotown
ProducerJames Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie chronology
Lionel Richie
(1982)
Can't Slow Down
(1983)
Singles from Lionel Richie
  1. "Truly"
    Released: September 1982
  2. "You Are"
    Released: January 1983
  3. "My Love"
    Released: April 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Lionel Richie is the eponymous debut solo studio album by American singer Lionel Richie, released on October 6, 1982, on Motown Records. It was recorded and released while Richie was still a member of the Commodores; he would leave the group shortly after the album's release. The first single from the album, "Truly", topped the Billboard Hot 100. Follow-up single "You Are" reached number four, and "My Love" reached number five. The album was also a hit, reaching number one on the Cashbox albums chart on December 11, 1982.[4]

In 2003, Lionel Richie was re-released as part of a remaster series that saw two additional tracks added: a solo version of "Endless Love" and an instrumental version of "You Are". Eagles member Joe Walsh provided the guitar solo for the song "Wandering Stranger".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Serves You Right"
5:14
2."Wandering Stranger"Richie5:38
3."Tell Me"
5:32
4."My Love"Richie4:08
5."Round and Round"
  • David Cochrane
  • Richie
4:57
6."Truly"Richie3:21
7."You Are"
  • Brenda Harvey-Richie
  • Richie
5:05
8."You Mean More to Me"Richie3:08
9."Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"Richie1:27

In popular culture[edit]

In a Season 3 episode of Friends, Chandler is seen holding a copy of this album and singing "Endless Love". The song was not a part of this release; however, the song now appears on the 2003 remastered edition as one of two bonus tracks (as a solo performance only). At the time, "Endless Love" was available only on the original soundtrack to the 1981 movie of the same name starring Brooke Shields.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Discogs.[5]

Musicians[edit]

Horns, strings and woodwinds[edit]

  • Louise Di Tullo – flute (3, 6, 9)
  • Art Maebe – French horn (3, 4, 6, 8, 9)
  • Richard Perissi – French horn (3, 6, 9)
  • Henry Sigismonti – French horn (3, 6, 9)
  • Jim Atkinson – French horn (4, 8)
  • David Duke – French horn (4, 8)
  • Brian O'Connor – French horn (4, 8)
  • William Green – saxophone (5, 7)
  • Ernie Watts – saxophone (5, 7)
  • Lew McCreary – trombone (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Bill Reichenbach, Jr. – trombone (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Gary Grant – trumpet (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Walter Johnson – trumpet (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Warren Luening – trumpet (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Bob Findley – trumpet (5, 7)
  • Don Ashworth – woodwinds (4, 8)
  • Gene Cipriano – woodwinds (4, 8)
  • Gary Herbig – woodwinds (4, 8), saxophone (5, 7)
  • Larry Williams – woodwinds (4, 8)
  • Gayle Levant – harp (2, 4-9)
  • Jesse Ehrlich – cello (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Armand Kaproff – cello (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello (2, 6, 9)
  • Dennis Karmazyn – cello (2, 6, 9)
  • Arni Egilsson - double bass (2, 6, 9)
  • Buell Neidlinger – double bass (2, 6, 9)
  • Ray Brown – double bass (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Morty Corb – double bass (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Alan DeVeritch – viola (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Allan Harshman – viola (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Virginia Majewski – viola (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Gareth Nuttycombe – viola (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Bonnie Douglas – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Assa Drori – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Endre Granat – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Joy Lyle – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Donald Palmer – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Henry Roth – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Sheldon Sanov – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Jack Shulman – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Paul Shure – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Mari Tsumura-Botnick – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Charles Veal, Jr. – violin (2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Rollice Dale – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Henry Ferber – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Ronald Folsom – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • William Henderson – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • William Kurasch – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Erno Neufeld – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Nathan Ross - strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Myron Sandler – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • David Schwartz – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Fred Seykora – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • David Speltz – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Mari Tsumura – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Tibor Zelig – strings (4, 5, 7, 8)

Personnel[edit]

  • Producers – James Anthony Carmichael and Lionel Richie
  • Production Assistant – Brenda Harvey-Richie
  • Recorded and Mixed by Calvin Harris
  • Second Recording Engineer – Jim Cassell
  • Second Mix Engineers – Michael Johnson, Fred Law and Stephan Smith.
  • Additional Mixing – Jane Clark
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Creative Assistant – Rita Leigh
  • Art Direction – Johnny Lee
  • Photography – David Alexander

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982-83) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[6] 21
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 9
US Billboard 200[10] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] 4× Platinum 400,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "楽天が運営するポータルサイト : 【インフォシーク】Infoseek". Msdb.hp.infoseek.co.jp. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  5. ^ Personnel - Discogs
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Lionel Richie | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Black LPs". Billboard - November 27, 1982. Billboard Magazine. Google Books. p. 56. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie". Music Canada. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Lionel Richie in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.