1996 Lionel Richie – Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words is Lionel Richie’s fourth solo album, released on April 16, 1996. It also marked the first time he released a studio album of new material in ten years. In 1992 he released just three new tracks on his compilation album Back to Front. Louder Than Words debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 with a disappointing sales of 28,000 copies, and only peaked at #28.

Tracks

1  Piece Of Love (Booker T Jones, Marva King, Jeff Byrd) 4:06
2  Still In Love (Lionel Richie) 4:33
3  I Wanna Take You Down (James Harris III, Terry Lewis) 5:04
4  Can’t Get Over You (Lionel Richie) 4:36
5  Change (Lionel Richie, David Cochrane) 5:03
6  Nothing Else Matters (Lionel Richie) 4:36
7  Ordinary Girl (Lionel Richie, Babyface) 5:04
8  Say I Do (James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James Wright) 5:03
9  Paradise (Lionel Richie, Lloyd Tolbert) 5:03
10  Don’t Wanna Lose You (Lionel Richie, James Harris III, Terry Lewis) 5:02
11  Now You’re Gone (Lionel Richie) 5:44
12  Lovers At First Sight (Lionel Richie) 7:00
13  Climbing (Lionel Richie) 6:27

Media

Musicians

1 Piece Of Love

Bass (synthesizer)Lloyd Tolbert
Drums (programming)Lloyd Tolbert
GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsLloyd Tolbert
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerLloyd Tolbert
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
TrumpetJerry Hey
Background VocalsMarva King


2 Still In Love

Drums (programming)Lloyd Tolbert
Bass (synthesizer)Lloyd Tolbert
GuitarMichael Thompson
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarTim May
KeyboardsLionel Richie
KeyboardsJames Anthony Carmichael
SynthesizerLloyd Tolbert
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerJohn Barnes
SynthesizerSimon Franglen
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


3 I Wanna Take You Down

Drums (programming)Alex Richbourg
GuitarMike Scott
KeyboardsJimmy Wright
Background VocalsTony Hightower
Background VocalsRonald Jackson
Background VocalsSammy Crumbly
Background VocalsJason Sylvian


4 Can’t Get Over You

BassSekou Bunch
Drums (programming)Lloyd Tolbert
GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsJames Anthony Carmichael
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsMarva King


5 Change

Drums (programming)David Cochrane
GuitarMichael Thompson
GuitarDavid Cochrane
GuitarRobert Palmer
SynthesizerDavid Cochrane
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SaxDavid Cochrane
TrumpetDarrel Browning
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram
Background VocalsMarva King


6 Nothing Else Matters

BassNathan East
BassSekou Bunch
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarMichael Thompson
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerJohn Barnes
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
HornBrad Warnaar
HornJohn Dickson
HornMarilyn Johnson
SaxBrandon Fields
SaxDan Higgins
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TromboneAndrew Martin
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetOscar Brashear
TrumpetDaniel Fornero
TubaDonald Waldrop


7 Ordinary Girl

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
Drums (programming)Baby Face
KeyboardsBaby Face
SynthesizerSimon Franglen
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsPeter Gabriel
Background VocalsAyub
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsMarva King


8 Say I Do

Drums (programming)Jeff Taylor
GuitarMike Scott
KeyboardsJimmy Wright
Background VocalsTony Hightower
Background VocalsRonald Jackson
Background VocalsSammy Crumbly
Background VocalsJason Sylvian


9 Paradise

Bass (synthesizer)Greg Phillinganes
Drums (programming)Lloyd Tolbert
GuitarMichael Thompson
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsMarva King


10 Don’t Wanna Lose You

DrumsChristopher Dave
GuitarMike Scott
KeyboardsJimmy Wright


11 Now You’re Gone

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsOmar Hakim
Drums (programming)Lloyd Tolbert
KeyboardsLloyd Tolbert
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsLionel Richie
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerJohn Barnes
SynthesizerSimon Franglen
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsMarva King
Background VocalsSue Ann Carwell


12 Lovers At First Sight

BassNathan East
Bass (synthesizer)Lloyd Tolbert
DrumsOmar Hakim
Drums (programming)Lloyd Tolbert
GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsLionel Richie
KeyboardsLloyd Tolbert
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerJohn Barnes
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
HornBrian O’Connor
HornDavid Duke
HornGeorge Bohanon
HornBrad Warnaar
SaxDan Higgins
SaxKim Hutchcroft
SaxBrandon Fields
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetOscar Brashear
TrumpetCharles Davis
TrumpetWarren Leuning
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


13 Climbing

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMichael Thompson
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsDavid Paich
PianoLionel Richie
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerClaude Gaudette
SynthesizerBill Ross
PercussionMike Fisher

Liner Notes

Producer – Lionel Richie (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13)
Producer – James Anthony Carmichael (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Tracks 3, 8, 10)
Producer – David Foster (Tracks 13)
Engineer – Calvin Harris (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Engineer – Milton Chan (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 12)
Engineer – Barney Perkins (Tracks 2, 6, 11, 12)
Engineer – Steve Hodge (Tracks 3, 8, 10)
Engineer – Fred Law (Tracks 4, 9)
Engineer – John Jessel (Tracks 6)
Engineer – Humberto Gatica (Tracks 6, 13)
Engineer – Brad Gilderman (Tracks 7)
Engineer – David Reitzas (Tracks 13)
Mastered By – Guy Costa
Mixed By – Calvin Harris (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Mixed By – Humberto Gatica (Tracks 13)
Mixed By – Steve Hodge (Tracks 3, 8, 10)

Art Direction – Alan Silfen, John Coulter
Photography – Alan Silfen

Record Company – PolyGram Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Columbia House

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