1990 Laura Branigan – Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan is the sixth album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1990.

The album’s second single, “Never in a Million Years”, was an AC hit for Branigan. The album also brought the singer back to the tops of the Hi-NRG charts and dancefloors with its first single, “Moonlight on Water”, and a trendy update of Vicki Sue Robinson’s disco-era “Turn the Beat Around”. The latter was the first of many songs on which Branigan added production to her list of credits. A slew of promo remixes were embraced by many of the DJs who first brought her to fame with “Gloria”, but “Turn the Beat Around” did not make the broader US national dance chart and did not receive an official single release.

While a sexy video supported the lead-off single (which was subtitled “Sex on the Beach” on DJ pressings), Laura Branigan became her first album since 1983’s Branigan 2 to be promoted by only one music video. While the album was Laura’s last to be commercially available as a vinyl LP, “Moonlight on Water” and “Never in a Million Years” were also Branigan’s first singles not to be released in the 7″ vinyl format. This was Branigan’s first album not to produce a Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit.

The song “Unison” was recorded by Celine Dion the same year. The album’s final track was another Branigan production, a subdued cover of Bryan Adams’ “The Best Was Yet to Come”.

Tracks

1  Moonlight On Water (Andy Goldmark; Steve Kipner) 4:39
2  Bad Attitude (Paul Bliss; Steve Kipner) 4:00
3  Never In A Million Years (Van Stephenson; Dave Robbins; Bob Farell) 4:08
4  Smoke Screen (Steve Kipner; Clif Magness) 4:06
5  Let Me In (David Matkosky; Paul Gordon) 5:18
6  Turn The Beat Around (Gerald Jackson; Peter Jackson) 4:22
7  Unison (Bruce Roberts; Andy Goldmark) 4:40
8  No Promise, No Guarantee (Bonnie Karlyle; Pat Robinson) 5:00
9  Reverse Psychology (Steve Kipner; Clif Magness) 3:33
10  The Best Was Yet To Come (Bryan Adams; Jim Vallance) 3:21

Media

Musicians

1 Moonlight On Water

BassMichael Dunlap
GuitarJames Harrah
Drums (programming)Howie Rice
Drums (programming)Andy Goldmark
Drums (programming)Steve Kipner
GuitarHowie Rice
KeyboardsSteve Lindsey
KeyboardsHowie Rice
KeyboardsAndy Goldmark
Background VocalsAndy Goldmark
VocalsLaura Branigan


2 Bad Attitude

Drums (programming)Howie Rice
Drums (programming)Richard Perry
Drums (programming)Steve Kipner
GuitarHowie Rice
KeyboardsMichael Dunlap
KeyboardsHowie Rice
KeyboardsSteve Lindsey
KeyboardsRamsey Embick
PercussionHowie Rice
PercussionRamsey Embick
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsPeggi Blu
Background VocalsJean Johnson
VocalsLaura Branigan


3 Never In A Million Years

All Other InstrumentsPeter Wolf
GuitarPeter Maunu
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsIna Wolf
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsJoe Pizzulo
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram
Background VocalsDorian Holley
VocalsLaura Branigan


4 Smoke Screen

Drums (programming)Clif Magness
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
GuitarJames Harrah
KeyboardsSteve Lindsey
KeyboardsClif Magness
KeyboardsSteve Goldstein
SaxBrandon Fields
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
VocalsLaura Branigan


5 Let Me In

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJames Harrah
KeyboardsDennis Matkosky
KeyboardsSteve Lindsey
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsDanny Peck
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsLeslie Hall
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
VocalsLaura Branigan


6 Turn The Beat Around

Drums (programming)Steve Lindsey
Drums (programming)Khris Kellow
HiHAtJR Robinson
GuitarJames Harrah
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsMona Lisa Young
Background VocalsPeggi Blu
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
VocalsLaura Branigan


7 Unison

DrumsPeter Bunetta
Drums (programming)Peter Bunetta
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsRick Chudacoff
Background VocalsLeslie Smith
Background VocalsJoey Diggs
Background VocalsIvory Stone
Background VocalsPatti Henley
Background VocalsMichael Williams
VocalsLaura Branigan


8 No Promise, No Guarantee

All Other InstrumentsPeter Wolf
GuitarPeter Maunu
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsIna Wolf
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsJoe Pizzulo
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram
Background VocalsDorian Holley
VocalsLaura Branigan


9 Reverse Psychology

Drums (programming)Clif Magness
GuitarJames Harrah
GuitarClif Magness
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsClif Magness
KeyboardsSteve Lindsey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsMona Lisa Young
Background VocalsPeggi Blu
Background VocalsFrancine Howard
Background VocalsBernadette Barlow
VocalsLaura Branigan


10 The Best Was Yet To Come

BassLarry Klein
Drums (programming)Steve Lindsey
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
PianoRandy Kerber
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Perry (Tracks 1, 2, 4)
Producer – Steve Lindsey (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10)
Producer – Laura Branigan (Tracks 5, 6, 10)
Producer (Executive) – Doug Morris
Arranged By – Khris Kellow
Arranged By – Dennis Matkosky (Track 5)
Arranged By – Steve Lindsey (Track 6)
Arranged By – Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff (Track 7)
Arranged By – Peter Wolf (Track 8)
Arranged By – Laura Branigan (Tracks 10)
Mixed By – Keith Cohen (Tracks 1)
Mixed By – Norman Whitfield, Jr (Track 2)
Mixed By – Alan Meyerson (Tracks 4, 6)
Mixed By – Paul Ericksen (Tracks 5, 10)