1980 Minnie Riperton – Love Lives Forever

riperton-minnie-1980Love Lives Forever is the sixth and final studio album by American soul singer Minnie Riperton. Released posthumously in 1980, it was co-produced by her husband Richard Rudolph and released on her then-label Capitol Records. It consists of tracks Riperton recorded in vocal sessions prior to her death, and music recorded after her death.

All of Riperton’s vocals were stripped from earlier, original music tracks, and the backing tracks were completely redone. Completed with new musicians, vocalists and arrangements. Producer Quincy Jones described the project as “keeping the bridge, but moving the water”.

The back cover of the vinyl album featured a quote about Riperton from each artist who participated, and their signature (a thumbprint for Stevie Wonder). Wonder’s quote inspired the album title: “I miss you because I cannot touch you…but then again, I guess that I can because you’re touching me…so, Love lives forever”

Tracks

1  Here We Go (Art Phillips, Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph) 6:49
2  I’m In Love Again (Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph) 4:06
3  Strange Affair (Marlo Henderson, Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph) 7:46
4  Island In The Sun (Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph) 4:41
5  Give Me Time (Leonard Caston, Lila Hurtado) 4:20
6  You Take My Breath Away (Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph, Randy Waldman) 4:23
7  The Song Of Life (La-La-La) (Judy Weider, Leonard Caston, Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph) 4:10

Media

Musicians

Bass  Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums  Harvey Mason Sr
Guitar  Lee Ritenour
Guitar  Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards  Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer  Greg Phillinganes
Harp  Gayle Levant
Percussion  Lenny Castro
Percussion  Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals  Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals  Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals  Stephanie Spruill

Other Musicians

1 Here We Go

Sax Tom Scott
Background Vocals Peabo Bryson
Background Vocals Roberta Flack


2 I’m In Love Again

Flute Hubert Laws
Background Vocals Michael Jackson


3 Strange Affair

Synthesizer Michael Boddicker


4 Island In The Sun

Sax Tom Scott


5 Give Me Time

Harmonica Stevie Wonder
Violin Gerry Vinci


6 You Take My Breath Away

Background Vocals George Benson


7 The Song Of Life (La-La-La)

Piano Patrice Rushen
Background Vocals Patrice Rushen

Liner Notes

Producer – Johnny Pate, Richard Rudolph
Producer (Vocals) – Leonard Caston
Producer (Executive) – Cecil Hale
Arranged By – Johnny Pate
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci
Conductor – Johnny Pate
Orchestrated By – Johnny Pate
Copyist – Eric Niam
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Bob Mockler, Johnny Pate, Richard Rudolph
Mixed By – Gary Olazabal (Track 3)
Recorded By – Bob Mockler

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Design – Phil Shima
Photography – Charles Bush

Mixed At Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mastered At A&M Studios
Recorded At Hollywood Sound Recorders
Phonographic Copyright Capitol Records Inc
Copyright Capitol Records Inc

Producer – Johnny Pate, Richard Rudolph
Producer (Vocals) – Leonard Caston
Producer (Executive) – Cecil Hale
Arranged By – Johnny Pate
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci
Conductor – Johnny Pate
Orchestrated By – Johnny Pate
Copyist – Eric Niam
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Bob Mockler, Johnny Pate, Richard Rudolph
Mixed By – Gary Olazabal (Track 3)
Recorded By – Bob Mockler

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Design – Phil Shima
Photography – Charles Bush

Mixed At Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mastered At A&M Studios
Recorded At Hollywood Sound Recorders
Phonographic Copyright Capitol Records Inc
Copyright Capitol Records Inc