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L is for Lover is a studio album by Al Jarreau, released in 1986. Nile Rodgers, the album's producer, called it "the best thing I ever made that didn't sell" in the July 27, 2015, issue of New York magazine. "The theme from Moonlighting was on it, but Al and I thought it wasn't cool enough. So we took it off the album. That becomes a hit, and the album sank. Shows what I know."[3] The single version of the Moonlighting theme, originally included on the show's 1987 soundtrack album, was added to Friday Music's 2011 reissue of L Is for Lover along with a remix of the album's title track and the 12-inch extended mix of "Tell Me What I Gotta Do."[4] The Rodgers-produced version of Moonlighting's theme song was used in the opening and closing credits of each episode of the show's fourth ('87-'88) and fifth ('88-'89) seasons.

L Is for Lover
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1986[1]
RecordedSkyline Studios, New York,1986
GenreR&B, jazz, pop, soul
Length45:01
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerNile Rodgers
Al Jarreau chronology
In London
(1985)
L Is for Lover
(1986)
Heart's Horizon
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tell Me What I Gotta Do"Jay Graydon, Mike Himelstein, Tom Keane4:00
2."L Is for Lover"David Gamson, Green Gartside5:25
3."Says"Al Jarreau, Philippe Saisse3:51
4."Pleasure"Robert Brookins, Tony Haynes4:00
5."Golden Girl"Jimmy Felber5:50
6."Across the Midnight Sky"Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau, Richard Page5:35
7."(We Got) Telepathy"Paul Bliss, Ian Prince4:27
8."Give a Little More Lovin'"Jonathan Butler, Simon May5:12
9."No Ordinary Romance"Michael Gregory3:31
10."Real Tight"Mark Mueller, Robbie Nevil, John Van Tongeren, Brock Walsh3:10
Total length:45:01

PersonnelEdit

  • Al Jarreau: lead vocals, backing vocals (2, 7, 10), vocoder (10)
  • Nile Rodgers: guitar (1-10), keyboard bass (1, 2), keyboards (2), backing vocals (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10), vocoder (10)
  • Philippe Saisse: keyboards (1-10), keyboard bass (3, 4, 7, 9), piano solo (5), Synclavier horns (10)
  • Kevin Jones: Synclavier programming (1-10)
  • Peter Scherer: keyboards (9, 10), keyboard bass (10)
  • Hiram Bullock: guitar (4, 8), guitar solo (8)
  • Anthony Jackson: bass guitar (6, 8)
  • Jimmy Bralower: drums (1, 2), percussion (1, 2)
  • Steve Ferrone: second hi-hat cymbal (2), drums (3-10)
  • Leonard Gibbs: percussion (1, 3, 5-10)
  • Mac Gollehon: brass (1)
  • Robert Aaron: reeds (2)
  • Tawatha Agee: backing vocals (2, 3, 6, 7, 10)
  • Lisa Fischer: backing vocals (2, 7, 10)
  • Diane Garisto: backing vocals (2, 7, 10)
  • Terri Gonzalez: backing vocals (2, 8)
  • Brenda King: backing vocals (2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Curtis King: backing vocals (2-8, 10)
  • Michelle Cobbs: backing vocals (3-6, 8)
  • Fonzi Thornton: backing vocals (3, 6)
  • Cindy Mizelle: backing vocals (4, 5, 8)

ProductionEdit

  • Producer: Nile Rodgers
  • Recorded and Mixed by James Farber at Skyline Studios (New York, NY).
  • Second Engineer: Scott Ansell
  • Additional Second Engineering: Tom Durack
  • Digitally Edited by Barry Diament at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY).
  • Digitally Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Production Managers: Kevin Jones and Budd Tunick
  • Album Coordination: Shirley Klein
  • Art Direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff and Michael Hodgson
  • Design: Michael Hodgson
  • Styling: Maria Sarno/Dangerous Wardrobe
  • Management: Patrick Raines & Associates (Los Angeles, CA).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grein, Paul (September 6, 1986). "Multiplatinum Acts Lead Sept. Product Onslaught". Google Books. Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ L Is for Lover at AllMusic
  3. ^ Marchese, David (July 26, 2015). "The Deep Hidden Meaning of Nile Rodgers". Vulture. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Al Jarreau – L Is For Lover". Discogs. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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