1983 Champaign – Modern Heart

Champaign 1983Champaign was a 1980s American R&B band best known for their 1981 hit, “How ‘Bout Us”.

The septet, who named themselves after their hometown of Champaign, Illinois, included Pauli Carman and Rena Jones (later Day) on vocals; Michael Day and Dana Walden on keyboards; Leon Reeder on guitar; Michael Reed on bass; and Rocky Maffit on percussion/drums. The title track from their 1981 album, “How ‘Bout Us”, was a hit single, reaching #5 in the UK Singles Chart, and on the US Billboard R&B chart (also #12 on the Billboard Hot 100). Their second album, Modern Heart, was released in 1983 and contained the Top 10 hit “Try Again” (also #23 on the Hot 100). Another follow-up, 1984’s Woman in Flames, included the Top 10 song “Off and On Love”. Other songs include “Party People” and “Walkin'”.

Tracks

1  Let Your Body Rock (Arthur King, Bill Millikan, Michael Day, Rocky Maffit, Stephen Wilkin) 4:18
Try Again (Dana Walden, Michael Day, Rocky Maffit) 3:47
3  Party Line (Michael Day, Rocky Maffit) 3:51
4  Cool Running (Michael Day, Rocky Maffit, Pauli Carman) 3:15
5  Walkin’ (Rocky Maffit) 2:08
6  Keep It Up (Michael Day, Rocky Maffit, Pauli Carman, Dana Walden) 3:56
7  Love Games (Dana Walden) 4:38
8  Get It Again (Dana Walden, Leon Reeder, Pauli Carman) 3:38
9  International Feel (Dana Walden, Michael Day, Rocky Maffit) 4:32

Musicians

BassMichael Reed
DrumsRocky Maffitt
GuitarLeon Reeder
KeyboardsMichael Day
KeyboardsDana Walden
Background VocalsRena Day

Other Musicians

DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsMelvin Webb
DrumsJR Robinson
DrumsIan Wallace
BassPaul Richmond
BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
BassNeil Stubenhaus
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsJimi Randolph
KeyboardsBill Payne
HornsJames Mack
TrumpetJerry Hey
MusicianJohn Kellogg
MusicianNeal Robinson
MusicianRon Dewar

Liner Notes

Mastered By – Doug Sax
Performer, Arranged By – Champaign
Producer – Champaign, George Massenburg

Recorded At – Creative Audio
Mixed At – Creative Audio
Recorded At – George Massenburg Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab