Sky High!

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Sky High!
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Studio album by Tavares
Released May 1976
Genre R&B, soul, disco
Length 39:46
Label Capitol
Producer Freddie Perren
Tavares chronology
In the City
(1975)
Sky High!
(1976)
Love Storm
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]

Sky High! is the fourth album by American soul/R&B group Tavares, released in 1976 on the Capitol label.

Commercial performance[edit]

Their first album with Freddie Perren at the production helm, Sky High! includes R&B-flavored tracks of the kind for which the group had become known via their earlier albums, but is best remembered for its two disco-oriented tracks "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and "Don't Take Away the Music", whose combination of the group's soulful vocals and harmonies with Perren's glossy, shimmering production have proved enduringly popular. These singles also broke Tavares in the United Kingdom, where both reached the top 5 and the album made the top 30. In the United States, Sky High! peaked at #24 on the pop chart and #20 R&B.

The success of the singles from Sky High! contributed towards Tavares' double-edged reputation, which persists to a considerable extent, of being a disco group. This is particularly the case in the UK, where the group's earlier albums and singles were all but unknown outside the specialist soul music market. Though never a single, the track "Bein' With You" has been embraced by the Carolina Beach/Shag Music community.

"Mighty Power of Love" has a footnote in UK music history as the first single to be released commercially to stores in 12-inch format in early 1977. Although it failed to chart in the US, it was a decent-sized hit in Britain, and peaked at #25 on the UK Singles Chart in February, 1977.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Mighty Power of Love" Keni St. Lewis, Freddie Perren 3:58
2. "Ridin' High" Feliciano Tavares, Keni St. Lewis 4:05
3. "To the Other Man" Luther Ingram, Randall Stewart, Johnny Northern, Johnny Baylor 4:34
4. "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" Keni St. Lewis, Freddie Perren 6:32
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Bein' with You" Keni St. Lewis, Freddie Perren 3:45
6. "Wonderful" Homer Banks, Carl Hampton 4:00
7. "Guiding Star" Keni St. Lewis, Freddie Perren 6:34
8. "Don't Take Away the Music" Keni St. Lewis, Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian 6:18

Singles[edit]

  • "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Part 1)" (US Pop #15, US R&B #3, UK #4)
  • "Don't Take Away the Music (Part 1)" (US Pop #34, US R&B #15, UK #4)
  • "Mighty Power of Love" (UK #25)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Sky High! review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sky High! review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

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