Straight from the Heart (Peabo Bryson album)

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Straight from the Heart
If Ever You're in My Arms Again.png
Studio album by Peabo Bryson
Released May 1984
Genre R&B, soul
Length 35:05
Label Elektra
Producer Peabo Bryson, Richard Feldman, Rick Kelly, Michael Masser
Peabo Bryson chronology
Don't Play with Fire
Straight from the Heart
Take No Prisoners
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

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



  • Produced by Peabo Bryson, Richard Feldman, Rick Kelly and Michael Masser
  • Assistant producer: Dwight Watkins
  • Engineers: Richard Feldman, Russ Fowler, Michael Mancini
  • Mixing: Peabo Bryson, Russ Fowler, Dwight Watkins

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]


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  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