Straight from the Heart (Peabo Bryson album)

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Straight from the Heart
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1984
GenreR&B, soul
Length35:05
LabelElektra
ProducerPeabo Bryson, Richard Feldman, Rick Kelly, Michael Masser
Peabo Bryson chronology
Don't Play with Fire
(1982)
Straight from the Heart
(1984)
Take No Prisoners
(1985)
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Straight from the Heart is the tenth full-length album by R&B/soul singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson. It was released in 1984 on Elektra Records, his first of four discs for the label. The album peaked at #44 on the US Billboard 200, and featured three singles: his first top ten pop hit "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (also #6 R&B, and #1 Adult contemporary), "Slow Dancin'" (#82 pop, #35 R&B), and "Learning the Ways of Love", which failed to chart. Bryson himself co-produced the record, as well as writing five of the eight songs himself and playing keyboards throughout the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Slow Dancin'" (Peabo Bryson) - 3:55
  2. "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (Michael Masser, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow) - 4:14
  3. "Straight from the Heart" (Bryson) - 4:35
  4. "There's No Getting Over You (La Theme De Sharon)" (Bryson) - 4:02
  5. "I Get Nervous" (Richard Feldman, Larry John McNally, Rick Kelly) - 4:10
  6. "Learning the Ways of Love" (Gerry Goffin, Masser) - 3:12
  7. "Real Deal" (Bryson) - 4:32
  8. "Love Means Forever" (Bryson) - 4:21

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Peabo Bryson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8); Richard Feldman and Rick Kelly (Track 5); Michael Masser (Tracks 2 & 6).
  • Assistant producer: Dwight Watkins
  • Engineers: Richard Feldman (Track 5); Russ Fowler (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8); Rick Kelly (Track 5); Michael Mancini (Tracks 2 & 6); Bill Schnee (Tracks 2 & 6).
  • Assistant Engineer on Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8: Don M. Radick
  • Mixing: Peabo Bryson, Russ Fowler and Dwight Watkins (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8).
  • Recorded and Mixed at Cheshire Studio (Atlanta, GA).
  • Track 5 recorded at Orca Studios (Encino, CA).
  • Rhythm Tracks and Vocals on Tracks 2 & 6 recorded at Devonshire Studios (Burbank, CA).
  • Strings recorded at Evergreen Studios (Burbank, CA).
  • Mixed at Bill Schnee Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction: HSU
  • Photography: Beverly Parker

In popular culture[edit]

The song "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" was utilized as a love theme for Joe Perkins and Kelly Capwell on the American daytime drama Santa Barbara.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Santa Barbara". www.cybercom.net.
  2. ^ Roos, Henrietta. Soap Opera Super Couples: The Great Romances of Daytime Drama. Jefferson: McFarland, 2017. Amazon Kindle. 15 Dec. 2016.
  • Peabo Bryson, "Straight From The Heart" CD Liner Notes. Elektra Records, 1984