Suddenly (Billy Ocean album)

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Suddenly
Suddenlyalbum.jpg
Studio album by Billy Ocean
Released September 12, 1984
Recorded August 1983 – March 1984
Studio Battery Studios
(London)
Unique Recording Studios
(New York City)
Genre R&B, post-disco, soul, quiet storm
Length 45:12
Label Jive Records/Arista Records
Producer Keith Diamond
Billy Ocean chronology
Inner Feelings
(1982)
Suddenly
(1984)
Love Zone
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Suddenly is the fifth studio album by British recording artist Billy Ocean, released in 1984. It featured his first major U.S. pop hit single "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)", which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart. Prior to that, his biggest success in the U.S. charts had been a #22 placing for "Love Really Hurts Without You" in 1976, which was one of a number of British hits he had achieved by the release of this album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Ocean and Keith Diamond, except where noted.

  1. "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" - 5:04[2]
  2. "Mystery Lady" (James Woodley) - 5:02
  3. "Syncopation" (Jolyon Skinner) - 5:20
  4. "The Long and Winding Road" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 4:40
  5. "Loverboy" (Robert Lange) - 5:16
  6. "Lucky Man" - 4:21
  7. "Dancefloor" (Barry J. Eastmond) - 4:14
  8. "If I Should Lose You" - 3:59
  9. "Suddenly" - 3:53[3]

On the European release, the first track was "European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (4:50), replacing "Caribbean Queen".[4] On the UK Jive release (HIP 12) the track length was given (and measured) as 7:52 and titled "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)".

Expanded edition (released July 2011)[edit]

Bonus Tracks:

  • "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (Extended mix) - 8:16
  • "Lucky Man" (Extended version) - 6:07
  • "Mystery Lady" (Extended version) - 6:49
  • "Loverboy" (Extended mix) - 8:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Simmons drums, LinnDrum, lead and backing vocals: Billy Ocean
  • Drums on tracks 4 and 9: Terry Silverlight
  • Percussion: Tony Maroni, Andy Newton
  • Bass guitar: Timmy Allen
  • Synth bass: Keith Diamond
  • Keyboards, synthesizer: Barry J. Eastmond
  • Guitar: Clarence "Binky" Brice, Eddie Martinez, Geoff Whitehorn, Vic Linton
  • Saxophone: Jeff Smith
  • Backing vocals: Cindy Myzelle, Chrissie Faith, Curtis King, Katie Kissoon, Lisa Fischer, Meekaeel M., Stevie Lange, Keith Diamond
  • String arrangements by Barry Eastmond

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984-1985) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 13
Canadian Albums Chart 14
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 23
Finnish Albums Chart 10
German Albums Chart[6] 43
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 35
UK Albums Chart[8] 9
US Billboard 200[9] 9
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[10] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
R&B
U.S.
Dance
UK[14] Album
1984 "European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" - - - 82 Suddenly (European version)
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" 1 1 1 6 Suddenly
1985 "Loverboy" 2 20 1 15
"Suddenly" 4 5 - 4
"Mystery Lady" 24 10 - 49

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Keith Diamond
  • Mixed by Keith Diamond and Bryan "Chuck" New
  • Engineered by Pete Robbins, Steve Goldman and Chuck New
  • Cover illustration by Linda Fennimore

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suddenly". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ Discogs album info
  4. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly". 
  6. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly". 
  7. ^ "Billy Ocean - Suddenly". 
  8. ^ "UK Albums Chart - June 30, 1985". Official Charts. 
  9. ^ "Billboard 200 - November 24, 1984". Billboard. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hip Albums Chart - June 22, 1985". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Billy Ocean – Suddenly". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Billy Ocean – Suddenly". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Suddenly in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Ocean – Suddenly". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 402–403. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.