Pulse (Greg Phillinganes album)

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Pulse by greg phillinganes.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 17, 1984
RecordedStudio 55, The Room, Bodifications, and The Music Grinder (all in Los Angeles, California) [1]
GenreDance-pop, soul, R&B, electronic
LabelPlanet Records
ProducerRichard Perry, with additional co-production listed under various tracks
Greg Phillinganes chronology
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Pulse is the title of the second solo album from session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes. Released on July 17, 1984, the album included what is perhaps Phillinganes' best-known solo "hit," a cover of Japanese synthpop band Yellow Magic Orchestra's song, "Behind the Mask," with additional lyrics by Michael Jackson. The track "Countdown to Love" was also featured in the 1984 film, Streets of Fire, while both "Playin' with Fire" and "Signals" would later appear in the 1986 film, Touch and Go.[2] In addition, the song "Lazy Nina" was written by Donald Fagen exclusively for Phillinganes, and has never been recorded by Fagen himself. The details of the release are below.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Behind the Mask" (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chris Mosdell, Michael Jackson) (4:48)
  2. "Won't Be Long Now" (Robbie Nevil, Mark Muller (sic)) (5:05)
  3. "Playin' With Fire" (Jackie Jackson, Pamela Phillips-Oland, Jack Wargo) (4:46)
  4. "I Have Dreamed" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) (4:39)
  5. "Come As You Are" (Brock Walsh, Nevil) (4:18)
  6. "Lazy Nina" (Donald Fagen) (5:25)
  7. "Signals" (Richard Page, John Lang, Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East) (5:00)
  8. "Countdown To Love" (Kenny Vance, Marty Kupersmith) (2:56)
  9. "Shake It" (Anthony Marinelli, Share Stallings, Brian Banks) (6:08)[1]


Additional track-by-track personnel[edit]

"Behind the Mask"[edit]

"Won't Be Long Now"[edit]

"Playin' With Fire"[edit]

"I Have Dreamed"[edit]

  • Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli – synthesizer programming
  • John Robinson – cymbals, hi-hat
  • Arranger: Greg Phillinganes
  • Additional engineering: John Vigran

"Come as You Are"[edit]

  • Robbie Nevil – guitar
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard, and Clydene Jackson – additional backing vocals
  • Associate producers: Brock Walsh, Robbie Nevil
  • Arranger: Robbie Nevil
  • Track engineer: Bert Battaglia

"Lazy Nina"[edit]

  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer programming
  • John Robinson – drums
  • Philip Perry, Maxi Anderson, Darryl Phinnessee, and Gwen Matthews – additional backing vocals
  • Greg Phillinganes, Cherron Taylor-Phillinganes, Shyra Mason, and Howard Dresden – claps
  • Arrangers: Donald Fagen and Greg Phillinganes
  • Additional engineering: Jeremy Smith and John Vigran


  • Bo Tomlyn – synthesizer programming
  • Nathan Eastbass
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Richard Page, Steve George – additional backing vocals
  • Arranger: Greg Phillinganes

"Countdown to Love"[edit]

  • Howie Rice – synthesizer
  • Greg Phillinganes – additional keyboards, synthesizer solo
  • Dennis Herring – guitar
  • Arranger: Howie Rice
  • Additional Engineering: John Arrias and Roger Paglia

"Shake It"[edit]

  • Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks – synthesizers and synthesizer programming
  • Daryl Phinnessee – backing vocals and chants
  • Associate Producers: Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks
  • Arrangers: Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks, Greg Phillinganes
  • Engineers: Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks

Production credits[edit]

  • Producer: Richard Perry
  • Recording Engineer: Michael Brooks (except where noted above)
  • Assistant Engineers: Greg Holguin, Bob Loftus, and Alex Schmoll
  • Remix Engineers: Bill Schnee, Michael Brooks, John Arrias, and Lew Hahn
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen (at Precision Lacquer)[1]


  1. ^ a b c Greg Phillinganes (1984). Pulse (Media notes). |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Touch and Go soundtrack details". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Greg Phillinganes - Pulse". Discogs.com. Retrieved 31 December 2014.