1985 Peabo Bryson – Take No Prisoners

Peabo Bryson - Take No PrisonersPeabo Bryson (born Robert Peapo Bryson, April 13, 1951, given name changed from “Peapo” to Peabo c. 1965) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is well known for singing soft-rock ballads (often as a duo with female singers) and has contribution to at least 3 Disney animated feature soundtracks.

Bryson marked his professional debut at age 14, singing backup for Al Freeman and the Upsetters, a local Greenville group. It was Freeman’s difficulty in pronouncing Bryson’s French West-Indian name, “Peapo”, that led Bryson to change its spelling to Peabo. Two years later, he left home to tour the chitlin’ circuit with another local band, Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display. Bryson’s first break came during a recording session at Atlanta’s Bang Records. Although Bang was not impressed with Dillard’s band, the young backup singer caught the ear of the label’s general manager, Eddie Biscoe. Biscoe signed Bryson to a contract as a writer, producer, and arranger and encouraged Bryson to perform his own songs. For several years, Bryson worked with hometown bands and wrote and produced for Bang. In 1976, he launched his own recording career with “Underground Music” on the Bang label. His first album, Peabo, followed shortly thereafter. Although only a regional success, Bryson signed to Capitol Records in 1977.

Bryson’s greatest solo hits include 1977’s “Feel the Fire” and “Reaching for the Sky”, 1978’s “I’m So Into You” and “Crosswinds”, 1982’s “Let the Feeling Flow”, 1984’s “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” (his first Top 10 pop single, at #10 in the US), 1989’s “Show and Tell”, and the 1991 hit “Can You Stop the Rain”. In 1985, he appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live to sing a lyrical version of its theme song. Bryson’s vocals were added to the regular theme song in 1987 and his voice was heard daily until 1992. He recorded the successful album of romantic love duets with Roberta Flack (Born to Love) in 1983.

Tracks

1  Take No Prisoners (In The Game Of Love) (Billy Livsey, Sue Shifrin) 4:15
2  There’s Nothin’ Out There (David Wolinski, Keithen Carter, Patrick Leonard) 5:26
3  Let’s Apologize (Gary Usher, Bill Steinberg, Tom Kelly) 4:01
4  Irresistible (Never Run Away From Love) (Arif Mardin, Billy Livsey, Peabo Bryson, Philippe Saisse) 5:30
5  Love Always Finds A Way (Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow) 4:49
6  Falling For You (Peabo Bryson) 4:14
7  I’m In Love (Peabo Bryson) 4:17
8  When You Talk To Me (Larry Di Tomaso, Ralph Dino) 4:13
9  She’s Over Me (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) 3:29

Musicians

1 Take No Prisoners (In The Game Of Love)

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
Background VocalsEdie Lahmann
Background VocalsGordon Grody
Background VocalsDiva Gray
Background VocalsErin Dickins


2 There’s Nothin’ Out There

GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerPhilippe Saisse
PercussionSteve Ferrone
Background VocalsGordon Grody
Background VocalsDiva Gray
Background VocalsMark Stevens
Background VocalsErin Dickins
Background VocalsErin Dickins
VocalsChaka Khan


3 Let’s Apologize

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
Background VocalsEdie Lahmann
Background VocalsGordon Grody
Background VocalsDiva Gray
Background VocalsErin Dickins


4 Irresistible (Never Run Away From Love)

DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsPhilippe Saisse
SynthesizerPhilippe Saisse
Background VocalsKashif
Background VocalsBrenda Nelson
Background VocalsYolanda Lewis


5 Love Always Finds A Way

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsJennifer Holliday
Background VocalsStephanie James


6 Falling For You

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsDave Weckl
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxRon Dover


7 I’m In Love

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
Background VocalsEdie Lahmann
Background VocalsGordon Grody
Background VocalsDiva Gray
Background VocalsErin Dickins


8 When You Talk To Me

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMichael Sembello


9 She’s Over Me

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro

Liner Notes

Producer – Arif Mardin (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)
Producer – Tommy LiPuma (Tracks 5, 6, 8, 9)
Arranged By – Robbie Buchanan

Art Direction, Photography By – Carol Friedman
Design – Carin Goldberg

Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Recorded At – Clinton Recording Studio
Mixed At – Bill Schnee Studios
Mastered At – Sterling Sound