Rock Solid

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Rock Solid
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Studio album by Commodores
Released 1988
Recorded 1987 at Ameraycan Studios (North Hollywood, CA); The Lighthouse (North Hollywood, CA); Foot On The Hill Studio (Los Angeles, CA); Lion Share Recording (Los Angeles, CA); Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA); Yamaha R&D Studio (Glendale, CA); Paragon Studios (Chicago, IL); Hillside Sound Studios (Englewood, NJ); Soundtrack Studios (New York, NY); Quad Recording Studios (New York, NY);
Genre R&B
Label Polydor
Commodores chronology
United
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(1988)
Commodores Christmas
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Rock Solid is the 13th studio album by the Commodores, released in 1988. At this time in the band's career, hits were no longer forthcoming, and this album failed to enter the Billboard album charts. One single, the perhaps appropriately titled "Solitaire" fizzled at #51 on the R&B chart, and no other tracks from the album charted. It is the last of the band's albums with keyboard player and founding member Milan Williams, who left after a dispute about playing in South Africa.

Track listing[edit]

Tracks Title Composer
1 Grrip Elcock, Orange
2 Bump the la la Orange
3 Thank You Hudson, King, King
4 I'm Gonna Need Your Loving Oland, Orange
5 Solitaire Cameron, Torano
6 Homeless Goodrum, Malloy, Sharron
7 Miracle Man Nicholas, Smith
8 Right Here 'N Now Pomerantz, Potts, Stober
9 Stretchhh Nicholas, Reynolds
10 Ain't Givin' Up Smith, Stanton, Williams
11 So Nice Malloy, Rich

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the AllMusic credits.[2]

  • Gerald Albright – saxophone solo (11)
  • Ruben Alvarez – percussion (5)
  • Dave Battelene – guitar (10)
  • Jim Blair – overdubs (9)
  • Ray Blair – engineer (9)
  • Erich Bulling – electronic programming (6)
  • Carl Caldwell – backing vocals (6, 8)
  • Chris Cameron – arrangements (5), keyboards (5), programming (5)
  • Ian Carter – stylist
  • Marietta Carter – make-up
  • Terry Christian – engineer (6)
  • Shawn Christopher – backing vocals (5)
  • David Cochrane – soprano sax solo (3)
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums (5)
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (2, 3)
  • Donna Davidson – backing vocals (11)
  • Lynn Davis – backing vocals (6)
  • George DukeSynclavier strings (8)
  • Steve Eisen – tenor saxophone (5)
  • Ramsey Embick – electronic programming (7, 9)
  • Rick Emerson – additional keyboards (11)
  • Ray Fuller – guitar (2, 8)
  • Jo Anne Geffen – management
  • John Gilutin – acoustic piano (3)
  • Ed Greene – additional drums (11)
  • Tori Greene – hair
  • Portia Griffith – backing vocals (4)
  • Randy Hall – backing vocals (9, 10)
  • Stewart Hanley – engineer (7, 9), keyboards (7)
  • Mark Harman – assistant engineer (2)
  • Steve Harvey – producer (1, 2, 4), electronic programming (1, 2, 4), additional keyboards (1, 4), vocal arrangements (1, 4), arrangements (2), backing vocals (4)
  • Howard Hewett – mixing (8), producer (8), vocal arrangements (8)
  • Marva Hicks – backing vocals (2)
  • Harold Hudson – keyboards (10)
  • Dann Huff – guitar (11)
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar (1, 3, 4)
  • Josie James – backing vocals (6, 8)
  • Cliff Jones – engineer (8)
  • Shirley King – Spanish translation (2)
  • William King – guitar, keyboards, trumpet, backing vocals (1, 9, 10), producer (3, 5, 11), mixing (3)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (3, 6)
  • Jeff Lorber – additional keyboards (1, 4), grand piano (2)
  • Jeff Lorenzo – engineer (1, 2, 4), backing vocals (4)
  • Kevin Mahoney – Synclavier (6)
  • Alan Meyerson – engineer (1-4, 11), mixing (1-5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Isaac Morris – drums (10)
  • J.D. Nicholas – keyboards, backing vocals (1, 5-11), lead vocals (3, 6-10), associate producer (7), vocal arrangements (7, 8, 9), producer (8, 9), mixing (9)
  • Tom Nikosey – art direction
  • Michael Omartian – drums (6), keyboards (6), producer (6)
  • Walter Orange – drums, keyboards, vocal arrangements (1, 4), lead vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11), backing vocals (1, 2, 6, 9, 10), producer (1, 2, 11), arrangements (2), electronic programming (2, 4), additional vocals (10)
  • Gene Page – arrangements (3)
  • Mark Partis – mixing assistant (5), assistant engineer (11)
  • Elliott Peters – assistant engineer (5)
  • Alejo Poveda – additional percussion (5)
  • Tony Prendatt – keyboards (3), producer (3, 11), executive producer (5), additional keyboards (11)
  • Sheldon Reynolds – guitar (7, 9), backing vocals (7)
  • Howie Rice – producer (7, 9)
  • John "J.R." Robinson – drums (3)
  • David Rosenberg – additional percussion (5)
  • Micajah Ryan – assistant engineer (3, 9, 11)
  • Monty Seward – additional keyboards (8), electronic programming (8)
  • Marti Sharron – associate producer (6)
  • Dori Shear – hair
  • Alfie Silas – backing vocals (9)
  • Ron Slenzak – photography
  • Tyron Stanton – bass (10)
  • Mia Tabares – backing vocals (8, 9)
  • Sandy Torano – backing vocals (5), guitar (5), arrangements (5), producer (5), keyboards
  • Tony Volante – engineer (11), mixing (11)
  • John Van Nest – engineer (11)
  • George Warner – engineer (5)
  • Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington – bass (3, 11)
  • Sherri Wells – backing vocals (9)
  • Karyn White – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 10, 11)
  • Norman Whitfield, Jr. – engineer (7, 9)
  • Larry Williams – saxophone (6)
  • Milan Williams – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1, 10), producer (10)
  • Hawk Wolinski – producer (10)

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