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Raydio/Rock On


  • 1. Is This a Love Thing
    2. You Need This (To Satisfy That)
    3. Betcha Can't Love Me Just Once
    4. Honey I'm Rich
    5. Jack and Jill
    6. Me
    7. Let's Go All the Way
    8. Get Down
    9. What You Waitin' For
    10. Hot Stuff
    11. You Can't Change That
    12. Rock On
    13. More Than One Way to Love a Woman
    14. When You're in Need of Love
    15. Goin' Thru School and Love
    16. Honey I'm a Star
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EDSS1047

  • Credits
    ProducerRay Parker, Jr.
    EngineerRay Parker, Jr.

    Personnel: Horatio Gordon, Norma Jean Bell (saxophone); Ken Peterson (trumpet, background vocals); Sylvester Rivers (piano); Ollie E. Brown (drums, percussion, background vocals); Jack Ashford (tambourine); Cheryl Brown, Francie Pearlman, Valorie Jones (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Ray Parker, Jr.
    Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.
    Recording information: Raydio Studios.
    Photographers: David Gahr; John Barrett .
    This Edsel release combines Ray Parker, Jr.'s first two Raydio albums, 1977's Raydio and 1978's Rock On. Both Arista releases peaked in the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B Albums chart, catapulted respectively by "Jack and Jill" and "You Can't Change That" -- two of the catchiest late-`70s R&B singles with genuine pop appeal. Between the albums, three additional singles from them -- "Is This a Love Thing," "Honey I'm Rich," and "More Than One Way to Love a Woman" -- were moderately successful, and a handful of album cuts rise above filler level. At the time, Parker was just about living in recording studios, pulling session and songwriting work for dozens of artists, so it's remarkable that he had this much left in him. Casual fans can stick to hits collections. Those who always have time for light, melodic funk with clever songwriting will find much to enjoy. The disc will come as a relief to those who missed out on the early-'90s reissues and the limited 2008 LP-replica remasters that appeared in Japan. ~ Andy Kellman

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