1982 Shalamar – Friends

Friends is the sixth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1982 on the SOLAR label. The album, which features the ‘classic’ Shalamar line-up (Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley), topped the R&B chart and peaked at #35 on the Billboard chart.

In the United Kingdom Friends gained impetus from a now-legendary demonstration of body-popping by Daniel during a performance of “A Night to Remember” on the BBC programme Top of the Pops. It reached #6 on the UK Albums Chart and produced four top 20 singles.

In 2002, Friends was re-released by Sanctuary Records in the United Kingdom in a double-CD package with Shalamar’s previous album Go for It.

Tracks

Night To Remember (Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers, Nidra Beard) 5:10
2  Don’t Try To Change Me (William Bryant, Tina Scott, Roberta Stiger) 4:10
3  Help Me (Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Jody Watley, Nidra Beard) 5:10
4  On Top Of The World (Dana Meyers, Richard Randolph) 4:06
5  I Don’t Wanna Be The Last (Kevin Spencer, William Shelby, Linda Carriere, Nidra Beard) 3:58
Friends (William Shelby, Glen Barbee, Nidra Beard) 5:00
7  Playing To Win (Jody Watley, Ralph Clayborne, Charmaine Sylvers) 4:17
8  I Just Stopped By Because I Had To (Stephen Shockley, Joey Gallo, Leon Sylvers III, Nidra Beard) 4:06
9  There It Is (Extd Mix) (Nidra Beard, Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers) 4:26
10  I Can Make You Feel Good (William Shelby, Howard Hewett, Renwick Jackson) 4:22
11  There It Is (12inch Mix) (Nidra Beard, Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers) 6:17
12  Night To Remember (M&M 12inch Mix) (Dana Meyers, Charmaine Sylvers, Nidra Beard) 5:31

Musicians

1 Night To Remember

BassJames Ingram
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarnest Reed
GuitarRicky Sylvers
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
KeyboardsJames Ingram
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
VocalsHoward Hewett
VocalsJody Watley


2 Don’t Try To Change Me

BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsWardell Potts Jr
GuitarEarnest Reed
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
Background VocalsHoward Hewett
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
VocalsJody Watley


3 Help Me

BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarRichard Randolph
KeyboardsKevin Spencer
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
Background VocalsJody Watley
VocalsHoward Hewett


4 On Top Of The World

DrumsWardell Potts Jr
GuitarEarnest Reed
GuitarRichard Randolph
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
KeyboardsMichael Nash
KeyboardsWilliam Shelby
PercussionLeon Sylvers
Background VocalsHoward Hewett
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
Background VocalsJody Watley


5 I Don’t Wanna Be The Last

BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsWardell Potts Jr
GuitarEarnest Reed
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
KeyboardsKevin Spencer
KeyboardsRicky Smith
KeyboardsWilliam Shelby
PercussionWayne Milstein
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
VocalsHoward Hewett
VocalsJody Watley


6 Friends

BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarnest Reed
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
KeyboardsMichael Nash
KeyboardsWilliam Shelby
VocalsHoward Hewett
VocalsJeffrey Daniels
VocalsJody Watley


7 Playing To Win

DrumsWardell Potts Jr
GuitarRichard Randolph
GuitarRicky Sylvers
KeyboardsKevin Spencer
KeyboardsPatricia Sylvers
PercussionLeon Sylvers
VocalsHoward Hewett
VocalsJody Watley
VocalsJeffrey Daniels


8 I Just Stopped By Because I Had To

BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsWardell Potts Jr
GuitarEarnest Reed
KeyboardsRicky Smith
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
Background VocalsJody Watley
VocalsHoward Hewett


9 There It Is (Extd Mix)

DrumsWardell Potts Jr
GuitarRichard Randolph
GuitarRicky Sylvers
KeyboardsLeon Sylvers
PercussionWayne Milstein
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
Background VocalsJody Watley
VocalsHoward Hewett


10 I Can Make You Feel Good

BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarnest Reed
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
KeyboardsRicky Smith
KeyboardsWilliam Shelby
PercussionWayne Milstein
Background VocalsJeffrey Daniels
Background VocalsJody Watley
VocalsHoward Hewett

Liner Notes

Producer – Leon Sylvers III
Executive-Producer – Dick Griffey
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Directed By (Director of Production) – Dina Andrews
Engineer (Recording Engineer) – Bob Brown, Jim Shifflett
Engineer (Recording Engineer), Mixed By – Steve Hodge

Art Direction – Norm Ung
Design – Kristen Kasell Nikosey
Photography By – David Zahner

Recorded At – Studio Masters
Recorded At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Mixed At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Mastered At – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles
Published By – Chappell Music Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Solar records
Copyright (c) – Solar records
Distributed By – WEA Records Ltd.
Mastered At – Strawberry Mastering
Pressed By – WEA Records Pressing Plant, West Drayton