Sands of Time (S.O.S. Band album)

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Sands of Time
Studio album by The S.O.S. Band
Released April 09, 1986
Recorded Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc.
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Crawford Post Productions
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm
Length 39:15
Label Tabu
Producer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, The S.O.S. Band
The S.O.S. Band chronology
Just the Way You Like It
Sands of Time
Diamonds in the Raw
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

Sands of Time is the sixth album released by the R&B band The S.O.S. Band on the Tabu label in April 1986. It was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. This would be the last album to feature original lead singer Mary Davis before she left the group to embark on a solo career.


The album peaked at No. 4 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached No. 44 on the Pop albums chart. The lead single, "The Finest", reached the Billboard R&B Top Ten, peaking at No. 2. The single also peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 8 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. Three follow-up singles, "Borrowed Love", "Even When You Sleep", and "No Lies" also reached the R&B chart, peaking at No. 14, No. 34, and No. 43, respectively. "No Lies" peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Terry Lewis and James Harris III, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Even When You Sleep" 4:08
2. "Sands of Time" 4:28
3. "Borrowed Love" 5:26
4. "Nothing But the Best" 4:48
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "The Finest" 6:09
6. "No Lies" 4:58
7. "Two Time Lover" (Jerome Thomas, Lloyd Oby, Jason Bryant, Jr.) 4:30
8. "Do You Still Want To?" (Reather Bryant, Jerome Thomas, Jason Bryant, Jr.) 4:57
9. "Sands of Time (Reprise)" 0:28


  • Jason Bryant – keyboards, lead vocals
  • Mary Davis – lead and background vocals
  • Billy Ellis – saxophone
  • Sonny Killebrew – saxophone
  • Abdul Ra'oof – trumpet, lead vocals
  • John Simpson – bass
  • Bruno Speight – guitar
  • Jerome Thomas – drums, percussion
Additional personnel
  • Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jellybean Johnson, Stewart Hanley, Kurt Mitchel – musicians
  • Mark Smith – background vocals and guest vocalist on bridge of "The Finest"
  • Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal – special guest vocalists (on "The Finest")
  • Terry Lewis, Lisa Keith, Jellybean Johnson, Jimmy Jam, Jerome Benton, Fredi Grace, Lloyd Oby – vocalists


  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – producers, executive producers, recording engineers, assistant engineers
  • The S.O.S. Band – producers (on "Two Time Lover" and "Do You Still Want To?")
  • Tom Race – recording engineer
  • Steve Hodge – assistant engineer, mixing engineer
  • Brian Gardner – mastering engineer
  • Robin Tucker – A&R coordinator
  • Dale Wehlacz – art direction, design, illustration


Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums 44
U.S. Billboard Top Black Albums 4
UK Albums Chart 15
Year Single Peak chart positions


1986 "The Finest" 44 2 8 17
"Borrowed Love" 14 26 50
"Even When You Sleep" 34
1987 "No Lies" 43 2 64


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. Sands of Time > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sands of Time > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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