The Day (Babyface album)

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The Day
The Day (Babyface album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 1996
StudioBrandon's Way Recording
The Record Plant
Conway Recording
Ocean Way Recording
Capitol Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
The TracKen Place
(Beverly Hills, California)
Larrabee Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Quad Studios
(Manhattan, New York)
Barking Doctor Recording
(Mount Kisco, New York)
ProducerKenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Babyface chronology
For the Cool in You
The Day
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA− [2]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars [3]
The New York Times(Mixed) [4]
The Village VoiceA− [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]

The Day is the fourth studio album by American R&B artist Babyface, released in October 1996 on Epic Records.[1] The album peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 4 on the Top R&B Albums chart.[7][8] The Day has also been certified double Platinum in the US by the RIAA.[9] Additionally, The Day was Grammy nominated for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album respectively.[10]


From the album, the track "Every Time I Close My Eyes" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. A duet with Stevie Wonder, titled "How Come, How Long", was also Grammy nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.[10]

Additionally, the singles "This Is for the Lover in You" and "Every Time I Close My Eyes" both reached No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

1."Every Time I Close My Eyes" (featuring Mariah Carey with Kenny G)Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds4:56
2."Talk to Me" (featuring Eric Clapton)Edmonds4:54
3."I Said I Love You"Edmonds4:05
4."When Your Body Gets Weak"Edmonds5:40
5."Simple Days"Edmonds, Robbie Nevil, Emanuel Officer, Bradley Spalter4:31
6."All Day Thinkin'"Edmonds4:23
7."Seven Seas"Edmonds, Marc Nelson4:02
8."The Day (That You Gave Me a Son)"Edmonds4:29
9."How Come, How Long" (featuring Stevie Wonder)Edmonds, Stevie Wonder5:15
10."This Is for the Lover in You" (featuring LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel)Howard Hewett, Dana Meyers5:26
Bonus tracks (2001 reissue)
11."Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Timbaland Remix)Edmonds4:50
12."Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Urban Soul Basement Mix)Edmonds4:40
13."This Is for the Lover in You" (Honey Lookin' Laced Extended Remix)Hewett, Meyers5:26


  • Produced by: Babyface (except "All Day Thinkin'" co-produced by Gerald Baillergeau; "Simple Days" co-produced by Bradley; and "This Is For The Lover In You" co-produced by LL Cool J, Trackmasters, Bryce Wilson)
  • Engineered by Brad Gilderman and Thom Russo
  • Mixed by Jon Gass, Mick Guzauski and Bob Brockmann
  • Strings on "The Day" engineered by Humberto Gatica
  • Background vocals on "Every Time I Close My Eyes" engineered by Mike Scott
  • Recorded at The Tracken Place, Beverly Hills, CA and The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA.
  • Additional recording at Larrabee Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Ocean Way Recordings, Hollywood, CA, Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood CA and Quad Studios, New York, NY.
  • Mixed at Brandon's Way Recording, Hollywood CA, The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA, Conway Recording, Hollywood, CA and Barking Doctor Recording, Mt. Kisco, NY.
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering
  • MIDI Programmer: Randy Walker
  • Production coordinator: Ivy Skoff
  • Art direction: Bennet/Novak and company
  • Design: Vincent Oto
  • Booklet and Spike Photography: Anton Corbijn
  • Cover photography: Beisig and Taylor
  • Styling: Bernard C. Jacobs
  • Grooming: Melvonne
  • Hair: Tim Carter



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