Street Talk

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Street Talk
Steve Perry Street Talk.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1984
RecordedRecord One (Los Angeles)
GenreAOR, pop rock
Length39:20
LabelColumbia
ProducerSteve Perry, Bruce Botnick
Steve Perry chronology
Street Talk
(1984)
For the Love of Strange Medicine
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]
The Village VoiceC[4]

Street Talk is Steve Perry's first solo studio album, released in April 1984.

Street Talk contains Perry's biggest hit as a solo artist, "Oh Sherrie", written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford.[5] The song hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Rock chart, and the accompanying music video (also featuring Swafford) was a hit on MTV. Other singles included "Foolish Heart" (peaked at #18), "She's Mine" (peaked at #21), and "Strung Out" (peaked at #40).

There were a number of nods to Perry's pre-Journey band Alien Project on this album—in fact, that band was originally going to be called Street Talk.[6] In the liner notes, Perry dedicates the album to Richard Michaels (the bassist for Alien Project). Also, drummer Craig Krampf was a member of Alien Project later in the 1970s.

In addition to launching Perry's solo career, the cover photo for Street Talk served as a career launchpad for music photographer John Scarpati, who met Perry during the album's recording sessions at a studio in Sherman Oaks.[7]

Street Talk is certified as 2× Platinum (2,000,000) in sales by the RIAA.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Oh Sherrie" (Bill Cuomo, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf, Perry) – 3:48
  2. "I Believe" (Goodrum, Duane Hitchings, Krampf, Perry) – 4:12
  3. "Go Away" (Cuomo, Goodrum, Perry) – 4:05
  4. "Foolish Heart" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:39
  5. "It's Only Love" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:47
  6. "She's Mine" (Goodrum, Perry) – 4:26
  7. "You Should Be Happy" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:20
  8. "Running Alone" (John Bettis, Hitchings, Krampf, Perry) – 4:05
  9. "Captured by the Moment" (Cuomo, Goodrum, Perry) – 3:47
  10. "Strung Out" (Krampf, Perry, Billy Steele) – 3:51
  11. "My My My" (Perry, Krampf, Richard Michaels Haddad, Steve DeLacey) – 2:24 *
  12. "Harmony" (Perry) – 3:58 *
  13. "Makes No Difference" (Perry, Krampf, Haddad, DeLacey) – 4:53 *
  14. "Don't Tell Me Why You're Leaving" (Perry, Danny Kortchmar, Krampf) – 3:13 *
  15. "If Only for the Moment, Girl" (Perry, Goodrum) – 4:09 *
  • Tracks 11 - 15 are bonus tracks on the 2006 CD reissue
  • Tracks 11 - 13 are Alien Project demo recordings
  • Track 14 is the b-side to Oh Sherrie
  • Track 15 is second track from the USA for Africa album "We Are the World" 1985

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 79
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 59
United States (Billboard 200)[10] 12

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Perry – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10)
  • Bill Cuomo – synthesizers (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), acoustic piano (2), synth bells (2), keyboards (3, 6), synth solo (3)
  • Randy GoodrumRhodes (1-6, 9), drum programming (4)
  • Duane Hitchings – synthesizers (8)
  • Steve Goldstein – keyboards (10)
  • Sterling Smith – keyboards (10)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (1-5, 7), guitar solo (6, 9)
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar solo (1), rhythm guitar solo (5)
  • Craig Hull – guitar (8, 10)
  • Billy Steele – guitar (10)
  • Bob Glaub – bass guitar (1-7, 9)
  • Chuck Domanico – string bass (3)
  • Kevin McCormick – bass guitar (8)
  • Bryan Garofalo – bass guitar (10)
  • Larrie Londin – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9), percussion (1, 2, 3, 7)
  • Craig Krampf – drums (8, 10)
  • Robert Greenridge – steel drums (5)
  • Steve Douglas – saxophone solo (2), tenor saxophone (6)

Production[edit]

  • Steve Perry – producer, cover concept
  • Bruce Botnick – executive producer
  • Niko Bolas – recording, mixing
  • Richard Bosworth – recording assistant, additional engineer
  • Denny Densmore – recording assistant (10)
  • Mike Reese – mastering at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, California).
  • Jim Welch – art direction
  • John Scarpati – cover photography
  • Herbie Herbert – personal management

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 494. ISBN 0195313739.
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 541. ISBN 0679737294.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 28, 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Steve Perry talks about the recording of "Oh Sherrie" and Street Talk singles.
  6. ^ Steve Perry discusses the Alien Project story and Street Talk.
  7. ^ Platania, Mike (30 September 2019). "Back in the spotlight: Retired rock photographer adds some shine to Short Pump side gig". Richmond BizSense. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 232. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "Steve Perry - Chart History - Billboard 200". billboard. billboard.com. Archived from the original on September 14, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  • "Street Talk" (Liner Notes); Steve Perry CD, Columbia Records 1984.

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