Round 2 (The Stylistics album)

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Round 2
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Studio album by The Stylistics
Released October 1972
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 37:36
Label Avco
AV 11006
Producer Thom Bell
The Stylistics chronology
The Stylistics
(1971)
Round 2
(1972)
Rockin' Roll Baby
(1973)
Singles from Round 2
  1. "I'm Stone in Love with You"
    Released: 1972
  2. "Break Up to Make Up"
    Released: 1973
  3. "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)"
    Released: 1973
  4. "Peek-A-Boo"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Round 2 is the second studio album recorded by American R&B group The Stylistics, released in October 1972 on the Avco label. It was produced by Thom Bell and recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia.

History[edit]

The album reached #32 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the R&B albums chart. It features the hit singles "Break Up to Make Up", "I'm Stone in Love with You", and "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)". All three singles reached the top-ten on the R&B charts. "Break Up to Make Up" and "I'm Stone in Love with You" also reached the top-ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I'm Stone in Love with You" (T. Bell, Creed, Anthony Bell) 3:19
2. "If You Don't Watch Out"   2:34
3. "You and Me"   2:43
4. "It's Too Late" (Carole King, Toni Stern) 4:34
5. "Children of the Night"   7:00
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 3:38
7. "Break Up to Make Up" (T. Bell, Creed, Kenneth Gamble) 4:00
8. "Peek-A-Boo" (Gregory Guess) 2:53
9. "You're as Right as Rain"   3:46
10. "Pieces"   3:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. – lead vocals
  • Airrion Love, James Smith, Herb Murrell, James Dunn – vocals
  • Linda Creed, Barbara Ingram – background vocals
  • Norman Harris, Roland Chambers, Tony Bell, Eli Tartarsky – guitar
  • Ronnie Baker – bass
  • Earl Young – drums
  • Larry Washington – congas
  • Vince Montana – percussion
  • Thom Bell – piano, harpsichord
  • Joe DeAngelis, Stephanie Fauber, Robert Martin – French horn
  • Rocco Bene, Bobby Hartzell – trumpet
  • Jack Faith – alto saxophone, flute
  • George Shaw – flute
  • Vincent Forchetti, Bob Moore, Richard Genevese – trombone
  • Don Renaldo, Tony Sinagoga, Albert Berone, Rudy Malizia, Angelo Pretrella, Romeo Di Stefano, Charles Apollonia, Davis Barnett, Richard Jones, Herschel Wise – strings
  • Mary Gale – harp
  • Fredric Cohen – oboe

Charts[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
[3]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 32
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 3
Singles
Year Single Peak chart position
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
A/C

[3]
UK
[4]
1972 "I'm Stone in Love with You" 10 4 27 9
1973 "Break Up to Make Up" 5 5 20 34
"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" 23 8 4
"Peek-A-Boo" 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Round 2 review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Round 2 review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Stylistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > The Stylistics". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 

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