1983 Brenda Russell – Two Eyes

russell-brenda-1983Two Eyes is the third studio album by the American singer/songwriter Brenda Russell, released in 1983.

The track “Hello People” was co-written and performed with Michael McDonald, whereas the track “Look Down, Young Soldier” featured a whole chorus of star names including Rita Coolidge, Pattie Brooks, Randy Crawford, Christopher Cross, James Ingram, Patrice Rushen, Joe Esposito, Leon Ware, and Al Jarreau (who was the subject of the track “Jarreau” that Russell had written for the album).

Two Eyes was Russell’s first and only album with Warner Bros. Records, whom she signed with after leaving A&M Records (the label that had released her first two solo albums). However, despite the impressive list of personnel, the album was not a commercial success and Russell’s contract with Warner Bros. came to an end. Russell would return to A&M a few years later for her next album.

In 1990, singer Lalah Hathaway covered the song “It’s Something” under the title “Somethin'” on her self-titled debut album. Later in 2013 Lalah Hathaway with Snarky Puppy did another rendition of the song for the album ‘Family Dinner – Volume 1’, which on January 26, 2014, won a Grammy Award in the “Best R&B Performance” category.

Tracks

1  I Want Love To Find Me (Brenda Russell, Bill LaBounty) 3:05
2  It’s Something! (Brenda Russell, David Foster) 3:32
3  Hello People (Brenda Russell, Michael McDonald) 3:25
4  Two Eyes (Brenda Russell) 3:17
5  Stay Close (Brenda Russell, Don Grusin) 4:24
6  Jarreau (Brenda Russell) 3:14
7  New York Bars (Brenda Russell) 4:05
8  I’ll See You Again (Brenda Russell) 4:21
9  Look Down, Young Soldier (Brenda Russell) 4:43

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Musicians

1 I Want Love To Find Me

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxLarry Williams
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetGary Grant


2 It’s Something!

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
SynthesizerDavid Foster


3 Hello People

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
Fender RhodesMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionJeffrey Porcaro


4 Two Eyes

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


5 Stay Close

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerDon Grusin


6 Jarreau

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesLeon Pendarvis
PianoBrenda Russell
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxLarry Williams
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


7 New York Bars

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
Fender RhodesLeon Pendarvis
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxLarry Williams
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetGary Grant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


8 I’ll See You Again

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCaleb Quaye
Fender RhodesLeon Pendarvis
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
HarmonicaStevie Wonder
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


9 Look Down, Young Soldier

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDavid Williams
Fender RhodesLeon Pendarvis
FluteLarry Williams
FluteKim Hutchcroft
PiccoloLarry Williams
PiccoloKim Hutchcroft
TubaBill Reichenbach
Background VocalsPatti Brooks
Background VocalsRita Coolidge
Background VocalsRandy Crawford
Background VocalsChristopher Cross
Background VocalsJoe Esposito
Background VocalsDonny Gerrard
Background VocalsJames Ingram
Background VocalsJulie Inouye
Background VocalsAl Jarreau
Background VocalsBill Labounty
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsMaureen McDonald
Background VocalsPetsye Powell
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsPatrice Rushen
Background VocalsCinnamon Sharpe
Background VocalsKathy Walker
Background VocalsLeon Ware

Liner Notes

Producer – Tommy LiPuma
Producer (Executive) – David Nathan, Paul Tarnopol
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Remastered By (Digital Re-mastering) – Ivan Joseph Goldberg

1983 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Made by Warner-Pioneer Corporation, Japan
Recorded at Sound Labs, Hollywood, CA
Recorded at Lion Share Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA