Touch (Laura Branigan album)

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Touch
Laura Branigan - Touch.png
Studio album by Laura Branigan
Released July 7, 1987
Genre
Label Atlantic
Producer Matt Aitken, Albert Cabrera, David Kershenbaum, Tony Moran,
Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
Laura Branigan chronology
Hold Me
(1985)Hold Me1985
Touch
(1987)
The Best of Laura Branigan
(1988)The Best of Laura Branigan1988
Singles from Touch
  1. "Shattered Glass"
    Released: June 1987
  2. "Power of Love"
    Released: October 1987
  3. "Cry Wolf"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Touch is the fifth album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in 1987 on Atlantic Records.

This album marked a change in Branigan's career. Under new management and using a different producer, the singer took a more active role in the studio, gaining hands-on experience which she used to self-produce tracks on her subsequent albums.

Touch also saw her return to dancefloors with the first single, the Stock/Aitken/Waterman-produced "Shattered Glass", which was released in June 1987 and was a US top 50 hit. She had a Top 40 hit with a cover of Jennifer Rush's minor U.S. hit, "Power of Love", which was released in October 1987. "Spirit of Love" was released as a single in Europe. "Cry Wolf" was the album's third single release in the US, and was a top 30 AC hit.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Over Love" Sue Shifrin, Bob Marlette 3:49
2. "Shadow of Love" Sue Shifrin, Bob Marlette 5:05
3. "Angels Calling" Rosetta Stone, Jan Mullaney 3:47
4. "Meaning of the Word" Rick Palombi, Roy Freeland 5:41
5. "Power of Love" Candy DeRouge, Gunther Mende, Jennifer Rush, Mary Susan Applegate 5:19
6. "Shattered Glass" Bob Mitchell, Steve Coe 3:41
7. "Whatever I Do" Mike Stock, Matt Aitken 4:01
8. "Spirit of Love" Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley, Billy Steinberg 4:11
9. "Name Game" Shirley Ellis, Lincoln Chase 4:50
10. "Touch" Sue Shifrin, Bob Marlette 4:06
11. "Cry Wolf" Jude Johnstone 4:49
12. "Statue in the Rain" (CD bonus track) Rick Palombi, Mathew Garey 4:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Laura Branigan – lead vocals, background vocals (1, 2, 8)
  • Matt Aitken – guitars (6, 7), keyboards (6, 7), Linn 9000 programming (6, 7)
  • Donna de Lory – background vocals (4)
  • Coral Gordon – background vocals (6, 7)
  • Dennis Henson – background vocals (4)
  • David J. Holman – PPG Wave synthesizer programming (2-11)
  • Kenneth G. Kugler – strings copyist (5, 11)
  • Michael Landau – guitars (4)
  • Mark Leggett – keyboards (4), guitars (8), drum programming (8), arrangements (8)
  • Dee Lewis – background vocals (6, 7)
  • A. Linn – Linn 9000 drum programming (6, 7)
  • Jeff Lorber – arrangements (9), keyboards (9), drum programming (9)
  • Bob Marlette – arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11), guitars (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11), drum programming (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11), keyboards (2, 3, 5, 10, 11), string arrangements (5, 11), additional keyboards (8)
  • John Nelson – guitars (11)
  • John O'Hara – keyboards (6, 7)
  • Rick Palombi – arrangements (4, 8), drum programming (4, 8), keyboards (4, 8), background vocals (4, 8)
  • St. Finbar School – background vocals (9)
  • Kim Scharnberg – string arrangements and conductor (5, 11)
  • Sue Shifrin – background vocals (1, 10)
  • Mike Stock – keyboards (6, 7), Linn 9000 programming (6, 7), background vocals (6, 7)
  • Andrew Thomas – PPG Wave synthesizer programming (1)
  • Carlos Vega – drums (11)
  • Mona Lisa Young – background vocals (4, 10)
  • Strings (5, 11) – Julie Ann Gigante, Clayton Haslop, Alexander Horvath, Dennis Karmazyn, Armen Ksjikian, Kenneth G. Kugler, Margot MacLaine, Michael Matthews, Ralph D. Morrison III, Michael Nowak R.F. Peterson, Kim Scharnberg, Raymond J. Tischer II and Arthur Zadinsky

Production[edit]

  • Producers: David Kershenbaum (Tracks 1-5 & 8-11); Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman (Tracks 6 & 7).
  • Additional Production on Track 9: Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran
  • Engineers: John Guess (Tracks 1, 2 & 4); David J. Holman (Tracks 3, 5, 8, 9 & 11); Troy Krueger (Track 10); Mark McGuire (Tracks 6 & 7).
  • Additional Engineering: David J. Holman (Tracks 1, 2, 4 & 10); Cliff Jones (Track 2); Troy Krueger (Track 4)
  • Second Engineers: Troy Krueger and Ray Leonard
  • Mixing: Albert Cabrera (Track 9); Peter Hammond (Tracks 6 & 7); David J. Holman (Tracks 1-5 & 8-11); Tony Moran (Track 9).
  • Recorded and Mixed at Powertrax Studio (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction and Design: Janis Wilkins
  • Photography: Victoria Pearson
  • Hair Stylist: Hugh Ragan

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 94
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 20
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 24
U.S. Billboard 200[7] 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Touch - Laura Branigan - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "AllMusic Review by Bryan Buss". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Laura Branigan - Touch". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Laura Branigan - Touch". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Laura Branigan". billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-26.