1982 Dionne Warwick – Friends In Love

Friends in Love, Dionne Warwick‘s third studio album for the Arista label, was released in 1982. It was recorded during the winter of 1981-82 and was released that spring. The LP was originally issued as number AL 9585 in the Arista Catalog. The disc stalled at a disappointing #87 on the Billboard album chart, selling approximately 200,000 US copies.

Songs on the album include the title track, a duet with singer Johnny Mathis, which made the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #38, in addition to charting on the Billboard R&B and adult contemporary charts at #22 and #5, respectively. A follow-up single, “For You”, peaked at #14 on the adult contemporary chart. This album also contains the Cynthia Weil / Barry Mann song “Never Gonna Let You Go”, which would become a hit the following year for Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes.

Tracks

1  For You (Jay Graydon, John Bettis, Richard Page) 5:01
Friends In Love (Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon) 4:05
3  Never Gonna Let You Go (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) 4:49
4  Can’t Hide Love (Skip Scarborough) 4:52
5  Betcha By Golly Wow (Linda Creed, Thom Bell) 3:30
6  More Than Fascination (Tom Snow) 4:05
7  Got You Where I Want You (Candy Parton, Jim Andron) 3:42
8  With A Touch (Stevie Wonder) 4:59
9  What Is This (Jay Graydon, Mira Waters) 4:01
10  A Love So Right (Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd) 3:57

Musicians

1 For you

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJay Graydon
Fender RhodesRonnie Foster
Fender RhodesSteve Porcaro
SynclavierJay Graydon
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsSteve George


2 Friends In Love

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoDavid Foster
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsJohnny Mathis
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


3 Never Gonna Let You Go

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
PianoRobbie Buchanan
HornJerry Hey
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


4 Can’t Hide Love

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


5 Betcha By Golly Wow

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarMarty Walsh
Acoustic GuitarLarry Carlton
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


6 More Than Fascination

DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerJay Graydon
SynthesizerSteve George
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud

 


7 Got You Where I Want You

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
Fender RhodesDavid Foster
PianoDavid Foster
SynthesizerDavid Foster
SynthesizerJay Graydon
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
HornJerry Hey
VocalsJohnny Mathis
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


8 With A Touch

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
Fender RhodesSteve George
PianoStevie Wonder
SynthesizerSteve George
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


9 What Is This

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarMike Landau
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


10 A Love So Right

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoDavid Foster
PercussionVictor Feldman
SynthesizerMichael Omartian

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Graydon
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Jay Graydon
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey
Arranged By (Strings) – Michael Omartian (Tracks 1, 9, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Foster (Tracks 2, 4)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jeremy Lubbock (Tracks 2, 3, 4)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Robbie Buchanan
Concertmaster (String) – Assa Drori
Engineer (Capitol Records Studio A) – Al Schmitt
Engineer (Garden Rake Studios) – Ian Eales, Jay Graydon

Photography By (Inner Sleeve) – John Pinderhughes

Recorded At – Garden Rake Studios
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Mixed At – Garden Rake Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.