Lionel Richie (album)

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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie (self-titled album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Lionel Richie
Released October 6, 1982
Recorded 1981–1982 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles; mixed at Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Genre R&B, disco, soul
Length 38:27
Label Motown
Producer James Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie chronology
Lionel Richie
(1982)
Can't Slow Down
(1983)Can't Slow Down1983
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".

As well as featuring English musician Thomas Dolby on synthesizers, 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"Richie3:26
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]

  • Jerry Hey - trumpet, horn arrangements
  • Bob Findley - trumpet
  • Gary Grant - trumpet
  • Walter Johnson - trumpet
  • Warren Luening - trumpet
  • Bill Reichenbach, Jr. - trombone
  • Don Ashworth - woodwinds (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Gene Cipriano - woodwinds (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Larry Williams - woodwinds (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Gary Herbig - saxophone, woodwinds
  • Armand Kaproff - cello
  • Dennis Karmazyn - cello
  • Jesse Ehrlich - cello
  • Paula Hochhalter - cello
  • Arni Egilsson - double bass
  • Buell Neidlinger - double bass
  • Morty Corb - double bass
  • Ray Brown - double bass
  • Louise Di Tullo - flute
  • Art Maebe - French horn
  • Brian O'Connor - French horn
  • David Duke - French horn
  • Henry Sigismonti - French horn
  • Jim Atkinson - French horn
  • Gayle Levant - harp
  • David Schwartz - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • David Speltz - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Erno Neufeld - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Fred Seykora - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Henry Ferber - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Mari Tsumura - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Myron Sandler - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Nathan Ross - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Rollice Dale - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Ronald Folsom - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Tibor Zelig - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • William Henderson - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • William Kurasch - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Harry Bluestone - string arrangements (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)

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. Enter Lionel Richie in the search 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