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Groove On [Gerald LeVert]

  • 1. Groove On
    2. Rock Me (All Nite Long)
    3. Let the Juices Flow
    4. I'd Give Anything
    5. Answering Service
    6. Someone
    7. How Many Times
    8. Can't Help Myself
    9. Have Mercy
    10. Same Place, Same Time
    11. Nice & Wet
    12. Love Street - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92416

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Gerald Levert (vocals); Greg Charley (various instruments, background vocals); Michael Thompson, Randy Bowland (guitar); Bonnie Ayers, Patricia Brown (violin); Ruth Wright (viola); Larry Gold, Mark Ward (cello); Walter Pfeil (harp); Jack Faith (flute); Richard Swartz (French horn); Marc G. (keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Edwin "Tony" Nicholas (keyboards, drums, programming); Troy Patterson, Michael Goods (keyboards, programming); David Foster (keyboards); Tony Smith, Dwain Mitchell (programming).
    Background vocals: Warren Wiebe, Gerard Labeaud, James Labeaud, Christopher Kelly, Richard Chatman, John Winston.
    Producers: Gerald Levert, Marc G. (track 1); Gerald Levert, Edwin "Tony" Nicholas (tracks 2-3, 5, 7-9, 11-12); David Foster (track 4); Greg Charley, John Winston (track 6); Gerald Levert, Dwain Mitchell (track 10).
    Engineers: Craig Caruth, Jim Salamone (track 1); Michael Tarsia, Ron A. Shaffer (track 2); Ron A. Shaffer (track 3); Dave Reitzas (track 4); Pete Tokar, Michael Tarsia, Arthur Stoppe (tracks 5, 7, 9); Dwayne Jones (track 6); Pete Tokar, Michael Tarsia, Gordon Rice (track 8); Ron A. Shaffer, Michael Tarsia, Mark Demartini (track 10); Pete Tokar, Michael Tarsia (track 11); Michael Tarsia, Arthur Stoppe (track 12).
    All songs co-written by Gerald Levert except "I'd Give Anything" (C. Farren/J. Steele/V. Milamed/L. Foster) and "Someone" (Greg Charley).
    Gerald Levert oozes seduction from every pore of his musical body--turning clever lines, smooth silky vocals, and sickly clean beats into siren calls which seduce his soon-to-be vanquished paramours. Throughout GROOVE ON Levert exudes an abundant amount of each of those qualities, and does so with a sleek candle-light, soul-man demeanor well-suited for a singer who helped invent the very pose he's projecting.
    Gerald Levert's vocal abilities were inherited from his father--O'Jay's vocalist, Eddie Levert--but his position as one of gentleman soul's elder statesman was clearly earned as a member of LeVert. That group, which also featured his brother Sean, helped sow the first seeds of R&B's post-Cameo direction in the mid to late 80's. (The band's 1987 smash "Casanova" is a classic new jack single, and required listening for all the four-part harmony romantics currently blazing the charts.)
    On GROOVE ON we find Levert doing what he knows best: crooning his way in and out of hearts and bedrooms. With the help of co-producer Edwin "Tony" Nicholas, Levert lays down a cornucopia of slow and mid-tempo grooves that listeners won't be able to escape.
    Personnel: Gerald Levert (vocals, background vocals); Michael Thompson , Randy Bowland (guitar); Bonnie Ayers, Larry Abramovitz, Patricia Brown, Jean Perrault, Christine Reeves, Barbara Sonies, Emma Kummrow, Olga Konopelsky (violin); Ruth Wright, Davis A. Barnett (viola); Larry Gold, Mark Ward (cello); Jack Faith (flute); Richard Schwartz, Glen Estrin (French horn); Marc G. (keyboards, drums, keyboard programming, background vocals); Edwin Nicholas (keyboards, drums, keyboard programming); Troy Patterson, Michael Goods (keyboards, drum programming); David Foster (keyboards); Claude Gaudette, Tony Smith (synthesizer, programming); Dwain Mitchell (drum programming); John Winston, Greg Charley, Warren Wiebe (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: John Winston; Gerard Smerek; Greg Charley; Troy Patterson; Mick Guzauski; Mike Tarsia; Ron A. Shaffer.
    Liner Note Author: Gerald Levert.
    Recording information: Chartmaker Studios, Devonshire, Larrabb; Digital Tekniques, Philadelphia, PA; Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
    Photographer: Ruven Afanador.
    Arrangers: Dwain Mitchell; Edwin Nicholas; Gerald Levert; Marc G.; David Foster.
    Gerald Levert's emotive baritone excels on Groove On. The Levert feel is evident on every side. Productions, arrangements and songs are by Gerald Levert and Edwin Nicholas, save for a couple, the most notable being "I'd Give Anything" by David Foster. "Answering Service" stands out with its opening monologue; "Have Mercy" illustrates Gerald's powerful begging style of delivery to perfection. A more even collection than his debut, Private Line. ~ Andrew Hamilton

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (9/9/94, p.84) - "...a Barry White for the '90s?..."
    - Rating: A-
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