1992 Wilson Phillips – Shadows & Light

Shadows and Light is the second album by Wilson Phillips, released in 1992.

Following their best-selling debut album Wilson Phillips, the trio enlisted the production again of Glen Ballard, who had also produced their debut.

The album’s songs had a big contrast with the ones on their debut. While the majority of the songs on their debut album featured upbeat songs with positive, lightweight lyrics, Shadows and Light featured darker songwriting from the trio that dealt with personal issues, such as the estrangement with their fathers (“Flesh and Blood”, “All the Way from New York”), or child abuse (“Where Are You?”).

The album received mixed reviews and, although peaking at #4 in the USA and being certified Platinum, it was seen as a commercial failure. Three singles were released from the album, and they had much less success than those featured on their debut. The ballad “You Won’t See Me Cry” peaked at #20, the uptempo “Give It Up” peaked at #30 and the final single, the ballad “Flesh and Blood” failed to reach the top 100 altogether, peaking at #115. By the end of the year, Chynna Phillips left the band and the group disbanded for 12 years.

Tracks

1  I Hear You (Prelude) (Carnie Wilson) 0:53
2  It’s Only Life (Bob Marlette; Wilson Phillips) 5:24
You Won’t See Me Cry (Glen Ballard; Wilson Phillips) 3:52
4  Give It Up (Glen Ballard; Wilson Phillips) 4:50
5  This Doesn’t Have to Be Love (Glen Ballard; Wilson Phillips) 4:40
6  Where Are You (Chynna Phillips; Glen Ballard) 5:23
7  Flesh and Blood (Glen Ballard; Wilson Phillips) 5:34
8  Don’t Take Me Down (Bob Marlette; Wilson Phillips) 4:42
9  All the Way from New York (Chynna Phillips) 3:37
10  Fueled for Houston (Glen Ballard; Wilson Phillips) 4:15
11  Goodbye, Carmen (Glen Ballard; Wilson Phillips) 5:17
12  Alone (Wendy Wilson) 5:16
13  I Hear You (Reprise) (Carnie Wilson) 2:06

Musicians

2 It’s Only Life

Bass (synthesizer)Bob Marlette
Bass (synthesizer)Robbie Buchanan
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
SaxDan Higgins
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetGary Grant


3 You Won’t See Me Cry

Bass (synthesizer)Greg Phillinganes
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarBasil Fung
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerGlen Ballard
SaxMarc Russo


4 Give It Up

Bass (synthesizer)Glen Ballard
GuitarJames Harrah
GuitarMichael Thompson
OrganRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGlen Ballard
SaxDan Higgins
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetGary Grant


5 This Doesn’t Have to Be Love

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGlen Ballard


6 Where Are You

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
PianoRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGlen Ballard


7 Flesh And Blood

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
PianoRandy Kerber
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGlen Ballard


8 Don’t Take Me Down

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
OrganRandy Kerber
SynthesizerBob Marlette
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


9 All The Way From New York

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMike Landau
PianoRandy Kerber
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGlen Ballard


10 Fueled for Houston

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarBasil Fung
OrganRandy Kerber
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGlen Ballard
HarmonicaJoshua Trossman
SaxDan Higgins
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetGary Grant


11 Goodbye, Carmen

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerGlen Ballard


12 Alone

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerGlen Ballard
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


13 I Hear You (Reprise)

PianoCarnie Wilson
SynthesizerGlen Ballard

Strings

Concertmaster – Clayton Haslop (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Bass (Upright) – Chuck Domanico, Ken Wild (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Cello – Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Todd Hemmenway (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Viola – Brian Dembow, Marlow Fisher, Michael Nowak, Roland Kato (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Violin – Claudia Parducci, Helen Nightengale, Karen Jones, Leslie Katz, Lily Ho Chen, Mari Tsumura Botnick, Ralph Morrison, Reginald Hill, Richard Altenbach, Ronald Folsom (Tracks 3, 9, 11)

Liner Notes

Producer – Glen Ballard
Producer (Executive) – Charles Koppelman
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Glen Ballard, Wilson Phillips
Engineer (Assistant) – Charlie Paakkari, John Fundingsland, Jon Dickinson, Judy Kirschner, Peter Doell, Thomas Hardisti, Tom Biener
Management – Howard Kaufman, Trudy Green
Mastered By – Chris Bellman
Mixed By – Francis Buckley

Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – SBK Records
Copyright (c) – SBK Records
Pressed By – Capitol Jax