Love Lives Forever

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Love Lives Forever
Lovelivesforever.jpg
Studio album by Minnie Riperton
Released October 18, 1980
Recorded 1978 (Minnie's Vocals)
1980 (overdubs)
Genre
Length 37:33
Label Capitol
Producer
Minnie Riperton chronology
Minnie
(1979)
Love Lives Forever
(1980)
The Best of Minnie Riperton
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Love Lives Forever is the sixth and final studio album by American soul singer Minnie Riperton. Released posthumously in 1980, it was co-produced by her husband Richard Rudolph and released on her then-label Capitol Records. It consists of tracks Riperton recorded in vocal sessions prior to her death, and music recorded after her death .[2]

Background[edit]

All of Riperton's vocals were stripped from earlier, original music tracks, and the backing tracks were completely redone.[3] Completed with new musicians, vocalists and arrangements. Producer Quincy Jones described the project as "keeping the bridge, but moving the water".[4]

The back cover of the vinyl album featured a quote about Riperton from each artist who participated, and their signature (a thumbprint for Stevie Wonder).[5] Wonder's quote inspired the album title: "I miss you because I cannot touch you...but then again, I guess that I can because you're touching me...so, Love lives forever".[6]

Commercial reception[edit]

The song "Here We Go" was released as a single and hit the top twenty. The single peaked at no. 14 on the Billboard R&B Songs chart. The second release was "Give Me Time," featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Here We Go" (Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph, Arthur Phillips) – 6:12
  2. "I'm in Love Again" (Riperton, Rudolph) – 4:05
  3. "Strange Affair" (Riperton, Rudolph, Marlo Henderson) – 8:55
  4. "Island in the Sun" (Riperton, Rudolph) – 4:45
    • Tom Scott – tenor sax solo
Side Two
  1. "Give Me Time" (Leonard Caston, Jr., Lila Hurtado) – 4:25
  2. "You Take My Breath Away" (Riperton, Rudolph, Randy Waldman) – 4:35
  3. "The Song of Life (La-La-La)" (Riperton, Rudolph, Caston, Weider) – 4:10

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980)[7] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 35
U.S. Billboard Black Albums 11

Singles

Year Title US
R&B
[8]
1980 "Here We Go" 14
1981 "Give Me Time" 72

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Minnie Riperton - Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection (CD liner notes) The Right Stuff/Capitol Records 7243 5 29343-2
  3. ^ Minnie Riperton - Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection (CD liner notes) The Right Stuff/Capitol Records 7243 5 29343-2
  4. ^ Minnie Riperton - Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection (CD liner notes) The Right Stuff/Capitol Records 7243 5 29343-2
  5. ^ Minnie Riperton - Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection (CD liner notes) The Right Stuff/Capitol Records 7243 5 29343-2
  6. ^ Minnie Riperton - Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection (CD liner notes) The Right Stuff/Capitol Records 7243 5 29343-2
  7. ^ "Love Lives Forever > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 490.