Straight from the Heart (Patrice Rushen album)

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Straight from the Heart
Straight from the Heart Patrice Rushen.jpg
Studio album by Patrice Rushen
Released April 14, 1982
Recorded October 1981-February 1982 at Conway Studios (Hollywood, CA).
Genre
Length 39:54
Label Elektra
Producer
Patrice Rushen chronology
Posh
(1980)Posh1980
Straight from the Heart
(1982)
Now
(1984)Now1984
Singles from Straight from the Heart
  1. "Forget Me Nots"
    Released: April 2, 1982
  2. "Breakout!"
    Released: 1982
  3. "I Was Tired of Being Alone"
    Released: 1982

Straight from the Heart is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Patrice Rushen, released on April 14, 1982, by Elektra Records.[1] It features her most recognizable song, "Forget Me Nots", the oft-sampled "Remind Me" and the popular instrumental workout "Number One".

The album is Rushen's most successful album to date, reaching #14 on the album charts. The success of "Forget Me Nots" is perhaps considered the major contributor to the album's popularity at the time of its release.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave Straight from the Heart a "C+" and said that he prefers side one's "dancy vamp" over the songwriting on side two by Rushen, whom he called a fashionable "ingenue".[3] In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Andy Kellman gave it four out of five stars and called it "an early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Forget Me Nots" Patrice Rushen, Teri McFadden, Freddie Washington 4:45
2. "I Was Tired of Being Alone" Angela Ehgiator, Rushen, Washington, Charles Mims Jr. 3:52
3. "All We Need" Roy Galloway, Rushen 5:54
4. "Number One" (Instrumental) Rushen 4:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Where There Is Love" Lynn Davis, Rushen, Washington 3:11
6. "Breakout!" Rushen, Brenda Russell 4:07
7. "If Only" Mims Jr., Rushen, Syreeta Wright 3:23
8. "Remind Me" Karen Evans, Rushen 5:18
9. "(She Will) Take You Down to Love" Fay Hauser, Rushen 4:24

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Patrice Rushen: lead and backing vocals, arrangements, electric piano (1, 3, 5, 7, 8), synthesizer (1, 5, 7, 8), acoustic piano (2), percussion (2, 3, 5, 8), horn arrangement (2), clavinet (3, 6), vocal arrangement (3), synthesizer arrangement (7), guitar (9)
  • Charles Mims Jr.: electric piano (2), horn arrangement (2), backing vocals (6), acoustic piano (7), synthesizer (7), synthesizer arrangement (7)
  • Ollie E. Brown: drums (1, 6)
  • James Gadson: drums (5, 8)
  • Melvin Webb: drums (2)
  • Tony St. James: drums (3, 7)
  • Paulinho Da Costa: percussion (9)
  • Ulysses Duprée: percussion (3)
  • Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington: bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  • Paul Jackson, Jr.: guitar (2, 3, 6), acoustic guitar (5)
  • Wali Ali: electric guitar (5)
  • Marlo Henderson: lead guitar (6), guitar solo (6)
  • Gerald Albright: saxophone (1, 2)
  • Ray Brown: trumpet (2)
  • Clay Lawry: trombone (2), bass trombone (2)
  • Roy Galloway: backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9), lead vocals (3), vocal arrangement (3)
  • Jeanette Hawes: backing vocals (2)
  • Lynn Davis: backing vocals (3, 5-8)
  • Karen Evans: backing vocals (3)
  • Brenda Russell: backing vocals (6)

Production[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Patrice Rushen
  • Produced by Patrice Rushen and Charles Mims Jr.
  • Recorded by Peter Chaikin
  • Additional Recording by Philip Moores
  • Assistant Engineer: Greg Stout
  • Re-Mixing: F. Byron Clark (Tracks 1-5, 8 & 9); Phillip Moores (Tracks 6 & 7).
  • Mastering: John Golden at K-Disc Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Copyist: Greg Modster
  • Art Direction: Ron Coro
  • Design: John Barr and Ron Coro
  • Photography: Bobby Holland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Straight from the Heart - Patrice Rushen : Release Information". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/straight-from-the-heart-mw0000691216
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 6, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Straight from the Heart - Patrice Rushen". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 

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