Stand Up! was the first album in which former female vocalist Nancye Short-Tsapralis did not participate. Although Tsapralis sang background vocals on the prior Fresh Surrender project (un-credited), Janice Archer’s voice was used on female leads. Recording began in late 1978 and continued through early 1979. It is distinctive for a number of notable guest artist appearances, including Billy Preston, who played the Hammond B-3 on the group’s cover of his spiritual, “God Loves You”, which also featured Sandra Crouch and Nichol Larson on back-up vocals.
Steely Dan alumnus Ernie Watts was also featured on tenor sax for the up-tempo song “Only His Love”. Once again, the group was accompanied by a virtual “who’s who” of LA studio players, with David Hungate returning on bass along with Reinie Press and Dean Parks on guitar. Also featured were Archers’ tour band players, Phil Kristianson (keyboards) and Tony Sena (guitar).
The album produced a number of hits, most notably Steve Archer’s title tune and Tim Archer’s “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”. Also receiving solid airplay were “Fools Paradise”, Janice Archer’s cover of Kelly Willard’s smash “Blame It On The One I Love”.
1 Only His Love (Don Aldridge) 4:32
2 We’re All Gonna Leave Here (Hadley Hockensmith, Bruce Hibbard) 3:05
3 Fool’s Paradise (Steve Bower) 3:48
4 Moments I Spend With You (Learning) 3:47
5 Stand Up (Steve Archer, Kristensen) 4:38
6 Blame It On The One I Love (Kelly Willard) 2:41
7 More (Don Aldridge) 3:28
8 Livin’ In Your Love (Jon Sherberg) 4:08
9 God Loves You (Billy Preston) 2:48
10 Pickin’ Up The Pieces (Tim Archer) 4:55
Producer – John Guess, Larry Muhoberac
Co-producer – Steve Archer, Tim Archer
Executive-Producer – Bill Cole
Arranged By – Larry Muhoberac
Concertmaster – James Getzoff
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – John Guess
Recorded By – John Guess
Strings – James Getzoff
Art Direction – Klingensmith Design Group, Inc.
Photography By – Alan Bergman
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Lexicon Music, Inc.
Recorded At – Jennifudy Studios
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Devonshire Studios
Recorded At – Hollywood Central Studio
Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios