Poolside (album)

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Studio album by Nu Shooz
Released May 5, 1986
Recorded January - March 1986
Genre Synthpop
Latin freestyle
Length 37:16
Label Atlantic
Producer John Smith, Rick Waritz
Nu Shooz chronology
Tha's Right
Told U So
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Poolside is the third album by the American popLatin freestyleelectronic dance music group Nu Shooz. It was released on Atlantic Records in the U.S. in the May 1986. At the time, the band was creating music in both the synthpop and freestyle genres. It was the band's first major-label release (an earlier album, Can't Turn It Off, was released by the Nebula Circle label in 1982 and a not-heavily promoted EP, Tha's Right was released in 1985), and it was responsible for its breakthrough on the pop and dance charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The album was certified gold by the RIAA later in the year for sales of over 500,000 units. It peaked on the American album chart at #27[2] and spawned three singles that charted in the U.S.: "I Can't Wait," "Point of No Return," and "Don't Let Me Be the One." In the UK, the album reached #32 on the UK Albums Chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Published By Poolside Music.[4]
  1. "Lost Your Number" (John Smith) 5:43
  2. "I Can't Wait" (Smith) 5:25
  3. "Don't Let Me Be the One" (Smith) 4:23
  4. "Goin' thru the Motions" (Smith, Valerie Day) 4:01
  5. "You Put Me in a Trance" (Smith, Caton Lyles) 4:20
  6. "Point of No Return" (Smith, Day) 4:23
  7. "Secret Message" (Smith, Jeff Lorber, Lewis Livermore) 3:30
  8. "Don't You Be Afraid" (Smith) 5:14


Nu Shooz[edit]

  • Valerie Day: Vocals
  • John Smith: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals

Additional Musicians[edit]

  • Jeff Lorber, Steve Reid: Keyboards
  • Ron Regan: Keyboards, Saxophone
  • Gary Fountaine, Nate Phillips: Bass
  • Marty Higgins: Drums
  • Lewis Livermore: Trumpet
  • Danny Schauffler: Saxophone
  • Shannon Day, Lori Lamphear: Vocal Backing


  • Arranged & Produced By John Smith & Rick Waritz, with additional arrangements by Jeff Lorber
  • Engineered By Tchad Blake, Mike Moore, Fritz Richmond, Stephen Shelton, Bobby Warner, Ellen Fitton, Jim Rodgers
  • Mastered for LP by Dennis King
  • Mastered for compact disc by Barry Diament


Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[5][6] US R&B[7][8] US Dance[9][10][11] UK Pop[3]
1986 "I Can't Wait" 3 2 1 2
1986 "Point of No Return" 28 36 1 48
1986 "Don't Let Me Be the One" - - 39 -