1982 Bugatti and Musker – The Dukes

The Dukes was produced by Arif Mardin, and recorded and mixed by Gary Skardina at The Music Grinder Studios (Hollywood, California), Chelsea Sound and Atlantic Studios (New York), Maison Rouge, and Oddysey Studios (London)
Bugatti & Musker are known as the UK songwriter team for their smash hit such as “Modern Girl” performed by Sheena Easton in 1982. “Every Woman In The World” performed by Air Supply was ranked # 5 on US Single Chart in 1980. Patti Austin performed “Every Home Should Have One” in 1981 as the title track of her album. In 1981, Chaka Kahn performed “Fate” which was included on Bugatti & Musker’s own album afterwards. This is the only one commercial release album of this melody-maker team, one of the eternal masterpiece album. This is their one and only own album fully supported by Westcoast Musicians.

The story began back in the ’70s when Musker was writing with Dominic Bugatti, and [music publisher Johnny] Stirling, heading Pendulum Music at the time, signed them. The duo penned a string of hits including “My Simple Heart” and “A Woman In Love” for the Three Degrees; “Dancing With The Captain” and “Grandma’s Party,” recorded by Paul Nicholas; and “Modern Girl” by Sheena Easton, plus successful cuts by Chaka Khan and Bette Midler. “Every Woman In The World,” recorded by Air Supply, was their biggest American success with over 2 million plays logged by BMI.

Pendulum won the rating of top U.K. independent publisher during the early ’80s and had a co-publishing deal with Chappell Music, including use of the latter’s demo facilities.

“Those were stimulating days,” recalls Musker, a Cambridge University law graduate. “Chappell had four studios on the premises as well as a musical instrument store, and you could also get Chappell executive decisions on your songs the same day that you demoed them.”

Tracks

1  Fate (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 3:41
2  Mystery Girl (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 4:44
3  Survivor (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 3:21
4  Thank You For The Party (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 3:42
5  Memories (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker, George Martin) 3:19
6  Excitement Of The New (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 5:34
7  Love Dance (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 3:45
8  Soul Mates (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 3:42
9  So Much In Love (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 4:19
10  Nite Music (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) 3:58

Media

Musicians

BassAbe Laboriel
BassWill Lee
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCarlos Rios
GuitarDavid Williams
GuitarPaul Jackson
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerBob Christianson
KeyboardsPete Cannarozzi
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionSteve Forman
HornRobert Mintzer
HornEarl Gardner
HornKeith O’Quin
HornLew Soloff
TrumpetRandy Brecker
HornRoger Rosenberg
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
Background VocalsMarcy Levy
Background VocalsMark Stevens
Background VocalsMary Gaglia
Background VocalsRobin Beck
Background VocalsWill Lee

Other Musicians

6 Excitement Of The New

KeyboardsRichard Tee


7 Love Dance

KeyboardsRichard Tee

Liner Notes

Producer – Arif Mardin
Arranged By – Arif Mardin, Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker
Arranged By (Horns) – Larry Williams
Engineer – Gary Skardina, Michael O’Reilly, Phil Bulla
Engineer (Assistant) – George Hallal, Karen Taylor, Mike Allaire, Tom Cardace
Remix – Arif Mardin, Gary Skardina, Jimmy Douglass, Michael O’Reilly

Art Direction – Sue Proudlove
Photography By – Norman Seeff