1990 Gerald Alston – Open Invitation

Open Invitation is the second album by Gerald Alston, released in 1990.

Gerald Alston (born November 8, 1951) is an American R&B singer, and the lead singer with The Manhattans. Between 1988 and 1995, he left the group to record five albums (later recording his tribute to Sam Cooke in 2008) and ten solo singles, including “Take Me Where You Want To,” “Slow Motion,” a remake of Atlantic Starr’s “Send For Me,” and “Activated,” most of which was for Motown Records. He joined the Manhattans in 1970, shortly after the death of their former lead singer George Smith and helped the group remain a fixture on the R&B top ten as lead on songs like “Kiss And Say Goodbye,” “There’s No Me Without You”, and “Shining Star”. He is the nephew of Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead singer of The Shirelles and rejoined the group in 1995.

Tracks

1  Slow Motion (Aaron Smith, Stan Sheppard) 5:32
2  Getting Back Into Love (Jimmy Varner, Stan Sheppard) 4:47
3  Don’t You Know How I Feel (Jimmy Varner, Stan Sheppard) 4:58
4  I’ll Go Crazy (Bruce Malament, Louis Johnson, Vesta Williams) 5:34
5  Never Give Up (David Bellochio, Stacy Habeeb) 5:05
6  Tell Me This Night Won’t End (Lorrin Bates, Percy Bady, Ray Fuller) 4:44
7  Open Invitation (Jeff Franzel, Norma Jean Wright) 4:53
8  Still in Love (Mark Holden, Richard Scher) 4:34
9  Any Day Now (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 4:26

Media

Musicians

1 Slow Motion

Drums (programming)Aaron Smith
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsJimmy Garner
KeyboardsAaron Smith
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsCrystal Gayle


2 Getting Back Into Love

Drums (programming)Jimmy Garner
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsJimmy Garner
SaxGerald Albright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsCrystal Gayle
Background VocalsPenny Wilson


3 Don’t You Know How I Feel

Drums (programming)Jimmy Garner
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsJimmy Garner
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsCrystal Gayle


4 I’ll Go Crazy

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoJerry Peters
SynthesizerJerry Peters
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsMarva King


5 Never Give Up

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoJerry Peters
SynthesizerJerry Peters
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsMarva King
Background VocalsBillie Barnum
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews


6 Tell Me This Night Won’t End

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoJerry Peters
SynthesizerJerry Peters
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsBrenda Russell


7 Open Invitation

All InstrumentsLevi Seacer Jr
SaxGerald Albright
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsFred Sawyers


8 Still In Love

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoJerry Peters
SynthesizerJerry Peters
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsMarva King


9 Any Day Now

All InstrumentsLevi Seacer Jr
Background VocalsKevin Jackson
Background VocalsConstina Jackson

Liner Notes

Producer – James Anthony Carmichael (Tracks 4, 5, 6, 8)
Producer – Stan Sheppard, Jimmy Varner (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
Producer – Levi Seacer Jr (Tracks 7, 9)
Producer (Executive) – Debbie Sandridge

Arranged By [Rhythm] – Stan Sheppard, Jimmy Varner (Tracks 1, 2, 3)

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