1985 Dionne Warwick – Friends

Warwick, Dionne 1985Friends is a Gold-plus album recorded by Dionne Warwick, her seventh for the Arista label. It was recorded during the fall of 1985 and was released that December. The LP was originally issued as number AL 8-8398 in the Arista Catalog. It stands as one of Warwick’s most successful albums.

The album was executive produced by Clive Davis. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard album chart in March 1986. It was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, at the 1987 Grammy Awards, eventually selling 900,000 US copies. The album yielded the single “That’s What Friends Are For”, which became Dionne’s biggest career hit, spending four weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

“On My Own”, a song recorded by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, was originally written for Warwick (as the writers are Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager). She recorded the song to be released on this album. However, it wasn’t included in the final track list. It was later released by the above mentioned singers and it turned out to be a hit. Warwick did sing the song live on several occasions. A second single the song “Whisper in the dark” was released.(source)

Tracks

That’s What Friends Are For (Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach) 4:16
Whisper In The Dark (Bruce Roberts, Edgar Bronfman Jr) 4:36
3  Remember Your Heart (Dan Navarro, David P Bryant) 3:44
4  Love At Second Sight (David Foster, Paul Gordon) 4:40
5  Moments Aren’t Moments (Stevie Wonder) 4:34
6  Stronger Than Before (Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Roberts) 3:23
7  Stay Devoted (Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach) 3:36
8  No One There (To Sing Me A Love Song) (Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass, Randy Jackson, Walter Afanasieff) 4:28
9  How Long? (Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach) 4:12
10  Extravagant Gestures (Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach) 4:57

Musicians

1 That’s What Friends Are For

Bass Fred Washington
Drums Carlos Vega
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Mike Landau
Keyboards Randy Kerber
Synthesizer David Foster
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Elton John
Vocals Gladys Knight
Vocals / Harmonica Stevie Wonder


2 Whisper In The Dark

Bass Nathan East
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dann Huff
Synthesizer Peter Wolf
Synthesizer Peter Wolf
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Mike Fisher
Background Vocals Bruce Roberts
Background Vocals Marty McCall


3 Remember Your Heart

Bass Nathan East
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dann Huff
Synthesizer Peter Wolf
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Mike Fisher
Background Vocals Clydene Jackson
Background Vocals Marty McCall
Background Vocals Debbie Hall


4 Love At Second Sight

Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Mike Landau
Keyboards David Foster
Keyboards Tom Keane


5 Moments Aren’t Moments

Drums Stevie Wonder
Synclavier Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Trumpet Larry Gittens


6 Stronger Than Before

Bass Fred Washington
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Keyboards John Barnes


7 Stay Devoted

Bass Fred Washington
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Keyboards John Barnes
Keyboards Randy Kerber
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


8 No One There (To Sing Me A Love Song)

Bass Nathan East
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Charles Fearing
Fender Rhodes Greg Phillinganes
Piano Artie Butler
Percussion Alan Estes
Background Vocals Tom Kelly
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Tommy Funderburk


9 How Long?

Bass Fred Washington
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Keyboards Randy Kerber
Keyboards John Barnes
Sax David Boruss
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


10 Extravagant Gestures

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jim Keltner
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Alan Pasqua
Strings Sid Sharp

Liner Notes

Producer – Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager (Tracks 1, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Producer – Albhy Galuten (Tracks 2, 3
Producer – David Foster (Track 4)
Producer – Stevie Wonder (Track 5)
Producer – Barry Manilow (Track 8)
Producer (Executive) – Clive Davis
Arranged By – Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager (Tracks 1, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Arranged By – Albhy Galuten (Tracks 2, 3
Arranged By – David Foster (Track 4)
Arranged By – Stevie Wonder (Track 5)
Arranged By – Artie Butler, Barry Manilow (Track 8)

Art Direction – Donn Davenport
Photography By – David Vance
Photography By (Back Cover Group Shot) – Ron Batzdorff

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Arista Records, Inc.
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis