1982 Leon Ware – Leon Ware

This second selftitled album by Leon Ware was released in 1982 at the Elektra label.

Leon Ware (February 16, 1940 – February 23, 2017) was an American music artist, songwriter and composer. Besides a solo career as a performer, Ware was best known for producing hits for other artists including Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Maxwell, Minnie Riperton and Marvin Gaye, co-producing the latter’s album, I Want You.

Ware wrote for numerous artists during this period including Donny Hathaway and The Miracles. In 1974, Quincy Jones booked Ware as songwriter and performer for two songs off Jones’ Body Heat album. The song, “If I Ever Lose This Heaven”, hit the R&B charts in September of the year and was covered by the Average White Band. Ware worked with Minnie Riperton on Jones’ album and collaborated again on Riperton’s album, Adventures in Paradise album, composing Riperton’s R&B hit, “Inside My Love”. Ware and T-Boy Ross worked on demos for Ware’s second album, this one to be issued on Motown Records and also for T-Boy Ross to win a deal. One of the demo recordings, “I Want You”, was heard by Berry Gordy, who decided the song would be a good fit for Marvin Gaye. Gaye heard the other demos and decided to record much of it on what would be his next album, I Want You. Buoyed by the number-one title track, the album peaked at number-one on the R&B charts and reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 selling over a million copies.

Tracks

1  Slippin’ Away (David Foster, David Paich, Leon Ware) 4:14
2  Lost In Love With You (Geoffrey Leib) 3:53
3  Shelter (Leon Ware, Allee Willis) 3:57
4  Why I Came To California (Janis Siegel, Leon Ware) 4:10
5  Deeper Than Love (Marcos Valle, Leon Ware) 3:23
6  Can I Touch You There (William Beck, Leon Ware, James Williams, Clarence Willis) 4:06
7  Words Of Love (Zenobia Conkerite, Marti Sharron) 4:36
8  Miracles (Bill Champlin, Leon Ware) 4:07
9  Somewhere (Laudir DeOliveira, Marcos Valle, Leon Ware) 4:15
10  Where Are They Now (John Betis, Richard Kerr) 4:22

Media

Musicians

1 Slippin’ Away

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesDavid Foster
PianoDavid Paich
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsTamara Champlin


2 Lost In Love With You

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesGeoffrey Leib
PianoDavid Paich
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBonnie Bramlett
Background VocalsChris Bennett
Background VocalsJo Ann Harris
Background VocalsRita Coolidge


3 Shelter

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarDean Parks
PianoDavid Paich
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBill Champlin


4 Why I Came To California

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
Fender RhodesMarty Paich
PianoRoland Burke
PercussionEddie Brown
PercussionLaudier DeOliveira
SaxKurt McGettrick
Background VocalsJanis Siegel


5 Deeper Than Love

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
SaxGato Barbieri


6 Can I Touch You There

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesMarty Paich
SynthesizerGary Change
MoogGeoffrey Leib
SaxKurt McGettrick
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBill Champlin


7 Words Of Love

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
Fender RhodesRoland Burke
SynthesizerGary Change
MoogGeoffrey Leib
PercussionEddie Brown
Background VocalsBonnie Bramlett
Background VocalsChris Bennett
Background VocalsJo Ann Harris
Background VocalsRita Coolidge


8 Miracles

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarDean Parks
PianoBill Champlin
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsTamara Champlin


9 Somewhere

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
SaxGato Barbieri
PercussionLaudier DeOliveira
PercussionAirto Moreira
Background VocalsFlora Purim
Background VocalsAirto Moreira


10 Where Are They Now

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoMarty Paich

Liner Notes

Producer – Leon Ware
Producer (Co-production) – Marty Paich
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey
Arranged By (Strings, Rhythm) – Marty Paich
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Engineer (Assistant) – Mark Ettel, Robin Laine
Engineer (Tracking, Mixing) – Allen Sides
Engineer (Vocals, Overdubs) – John Hanlon

Art Direction – Ron Coro
Design – Kathy Morphesis
Photography By – Bobby Holland

Record Company – Warner Music Group
Marketed By – EastWest Japan
Manufactured By – East West Japan Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records