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Men at Large


  • 1. Where's Dave and Jason (Skit Intro)
    2. Use Me - (version #1)
    3. You Me
    4. Would You Like to Dance (With Me)
    5. Um Um Good
    6. Heartbeat
    7. So Alone
    8. Salty Dog
    9. Stay the Night
    10. Ain't It Grand
    11. Use Me - (version #2)
    12. Menz at Larges (Skit Outro)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92159

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Men At Large: David L. Tolliver, Jason L. Champion (rap, background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Michael Calhoun (guitar); Marc Gordon, Edwin Nicholas Robert Cunningham (keyboards, drums, programming, sequencing); Jim Salamone, Pete Tokar (programming, sequencing); Joe Little III (background vocals).
    Producers: Gerald Levert, Marc Gordon, Robert Cunningham, Edwin Nicholas.
    Recorded at Midtown Recording Studio, Cleveland, Ohio, and Digital Tekniques Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Cleveland natives Jason Champion and Dave Tolliver are Men at Large. The hefty young men are an electric act live, and producer Gerald LeVert (along with a handful of co-producers) effectively captured that heat. LeVert incorporates comedy, hip-hop, rap, urban and soul on a blue-plate selection of songs. It opens with a comedy skit, where LeVert is looking for the two overweight lovers. The hip-hop tunes are snappy, danceable items, but the ballads are a different story. Men at Large ballads are not typical '60s/'70s slowies; they're more like mini-dramas intended to evoke screams, not cool "oohs" and "ahhhs." Champion's expressive, demonstrative tenor is a jewel; he'll remind you of multiple exclamation points when he slides into falsetto. The infectious "Heartbeat" has a reggae beat, some slick raps, and a bass voice accenting the beat -- a real charmer. When you play "So Alone," have a hankie ready. It was a modest R&B hit for the fellows. None of the other releases, unfortunately, did much to enhance their popularity. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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