On the Rise

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On the Rise
SOS Band album On the rise.jpg
Studio album by The S.O.S. Band
Released July 1, 1983
Recorded 1982–1983
Master Sound Studio
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Larrabee Sound
(Los Angeles, California)
Sound Masters
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Funk, Electro, Boogie, Urban, Soul
Length 42:24
Label Tabu
Producer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Gene Dozier, The S.O.S. Band
The S.O.S. Band chronology
On the Rise
Just the Way You Like It
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

On the Rise is the fourth album released by the R&B band The S.O.S. Band on the Tabu label in July 1983. It was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Gene Dozier.


The album peaked at #7 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #47 on the Billboard 200. The album yielded two Billboard R&B Top Ten singles, "Just Be Good to Me" and "Tell Me If You Still Care", each peaking at #2 and #5 respectively. Both singles also charted on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #55 and #65 respectively. "Just Be Good to Me" also peaked at #3 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and #13 on the UK Singles Chart. The third single, "For Your Love", also charted on the R&B chart, reaching #34. The album also includes a cover of Johnnie Taylor's 1968 hit song, "Who's Making Love". The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD with bonus tracks in 2013 by Demon Music Group.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tell Me If You Still Care" Terry Lewis, James Harris III 6:58
2. "Just Be Good to Me" Terry Lewis, James Harris III 9:03
3. "For Your Love" Terry Lewis, James Harris III 6:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "I'm Not Runnin'" Travis Biggs, Mary Davis, Connie Scotto 4:37
5. "If You Want My Love" Jerome Thomas, John A. Simpson III 4:20
6. "On the Rise" John A. Simpson III 3:30
7. "Who's Making Love" Homer Banks, Don Davis, Raymond Jackson, Bettye Crutcher 4:16
8. "Steppin' the Stones" Gene Dozier, Crystal McCarey 3:23


The S.O.S. Band

  • Jason Bryant – keyboards, vocals
  • Mary Davis – lead vocals
  • Billy Ellis – saxophone
  • Willie "Sonny" Killebrew – saxophone, flute
  • Abdul Ra'oof – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, lead vocals
  • John A. Simpson III – bass
  • Bruno Speight – guitar
  • Jerome "J.T." Thomas – drums, percussion


  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Gene Dozier, The S.O.S. Band – producers, arrangers
  • Clarence Avant – executive producer
  • Tina Stephans – A&R coordinator
  • Ron Cristopher, Bob Brown, Sabrina Buchanek, Judy Clapp, Taavi Mote – engineers
  • Steve Hodge – engineer, mixing engineer
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Bunnie Jackson Ransom – management
  • Ezra Tucker – cover illustration
  • Ford Smith – back cover photo


Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs & Tapes 47
U.S. Billboard Top Black Albums 7
Year Single Peak chart positions


1983 "Just Be Good to Me" 55 2 3 13
"Tell Me If You Still Care" 65 5 81
1984 "For Your Love" 34 26


  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. On the Rise > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ "US Albums Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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