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Right on Time (The Brothers Johnson album)

Right On Time is the second album by the Los Angeles, California-based duo Brothers Johnson. Released in 1977, the album peaked at number two on the R&B albums chart and number thirteen on the pop albums chart in the U.S. It includes the number-one R&B song, Strawberry Letter 23, and winner of a Grammy Award in 1978 for Best R&B Instrumental Performance, "Q".

Right on Time
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 1977
RecordedFeb 1, 1977 - Mar 21, 1977 at A&M Studios, Hollywood
GenreFunk, pop
LabelA&M Records
ProducerQuincy Jones
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Critical receptionEdit

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "C+" grade and panned the duo for how "bland" and lifeless they made their funk: "Pop professionalism reduced to a concept in which all annoyances and other signs of life are eliminated".[1] In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Stephen Cook gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars and credited Quincy Jones for producing a "seamless mix of pop and funk".[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Runnin' For Your Lovin'" - (George Johnson, Louis Johnson) 5:05
  2. "Free Yourself, Be Yourself" - (George Johnson, Louis Johnson) 4:14
  3. "Q" - (George Johnson, Louis Johnson) 3:25
  4. "Right On Time" - (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Quincy Jones) 3:50
  5. "Strawberry Letter 23" - (Shuggie Otis) 4:58
  6. "Brother Man" - (Dave Grusin, George Johnson, Louis Johnson) 3:10
  7. "Never Leave You Lonely" - (Louis Johnson, Peggy Jones, Valerie Johnson) 3:02
  8. "Love Is" - (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Peggy Jones, Quincy Jones) 4:20



Chart (1977) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 13
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 2
Billboard Jazz Albums[3] 4


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1977 "Strawberry Letter 23" 5 1
"Runnin' For Your Lovin'" 107 20
1978 "Love Is" 50


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 5, 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Cook, Stephen. "Right on Time - The Brothers Johnson". Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "The Brothers Johnson US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  4. ^ "The Brothers Johnson US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-08-27.

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