1985 Patti Austin – Gettin’ Away With Murder

Patti Austin‘s 1985 album, Gettin’ Away With Murder, was her third album in as many years. It produced two more hit singles, “Honey For The Bees” (#24 R&B and #6 Dance) and “The Heat of Heat.” The album used producers Russ Titelman, Tommy LiPuma, Monte Moir (of “The Time”) and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Billy Joel (Austin sang background on his “Just The Way You Are”), Dan Hartman, friends Luther Vandross and Jocelyn Brown and Chaka Khan were among the background vocalists on the project. Songwriters included Randy Goodrum, Steve Porcaro, Michael Bolton and Jam & Lewis.

Tracks

1  Talkin’ Bout My Baby (Michael Bolton; Patrick Henderson) 4:19
2  Big Bad World (Richard Scher; Lotti Golden) 5:02
3  The Heat Of Heat (James Harris; Terry Lewis) 4:49
4  If I Believed (Randy Goodrum) 3:28
5  Honey For The Bees (Steve Jolley; Alison Moyet; Tony Swain) 4:26
6  Gettin’ Away With Murder (Terry Britten; Sue Shifrin) 4:05
7  Anything Can Happen Here (Paul Gordon; Tom Keane; Steve Porcaro) 4:25
8  Only A Breath Away (Monte Moir) 5:14
9  Summer Is The Coldest Time Of Year (James Harris; Terry Lewis) 5:15

Media

Musicians

1 Talkin’ Bout My Baby

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsSteve Ferrone
Drums (programming)Bob Riley
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsJeff Lorber
KeyboardsRobbie Kilgore
PianoPatrick Henderson
SynthesizerJeff Lorber
SynthesizerRobbie Kilgore
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsBilly Joel
Background VocalsDan Hartman
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsRuss Titelman
VocalsPatti Austin


2 Big Bad World

Electric DrumsBob Riley
Drums (programming)Bob Riley
Drums (programming)Richard Scher
GuitarTony Maiden
GuitarIra Siegel
KeyboardsRobbie Kilgore
SynclavierJohn Mahoney
Background VocalsChaka Khan
Background VocalsJocelyn Brown
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
VocalsPatti Austin


3 The Heat Of Heat

Drums (programming)Terry Lewis
DrumsGordy Knudtsen
KeyboardsMonte Moir
KeyboardsTerry Lewis
PianoMonte Moir
SynthesizerMonte Moir
HarpJeanne Ekholm
PercussionJimmy Jam
PercussionTerry Lewis
Background VocalsLucia Newell
VocalsPatti Austin


4 If I Believed

DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsRandy Goodrum
KeyboardsRobbie Kilgore
SynthesizerRobbie Kilgore


5 Honey For The Bees

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsGordon Grody
Background VocalsLani Groves
VocalsPatti Austin


6 Gettin’ Away With Murder

Electric DrumsBob Riley
Drums (programming)Bob Riley
Drums (programming)Robbie Kilgore
GuitarIra Siegel
KeyboardsRobbie Kilgore
VocalsPatti Austin


7 Anything Can Happen Here

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsPatti Austin


8 Only A Breath Away

Drums (programming)Monte Moir
PianoMonte Moir
SynthesizerMonte Moir
PercussionJimmy Jam
PercussionMonte Moir
PercussionTerry Lewis
Background VocalsJimmy Jam
Background VocalsTerry Lewis
VocalsPatti Austin


9 Summer Is The Coldest Time Of Year

Drums (programming)Jimmy Jam
PianoJimmy Jam
SynclavierTodd Yvega
SynthesizerJimmy Jam
SynthesizerHerb Pilhofer
PercussionJimmy Jam
VocalsPatti Austin

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Monte Moir, Tommy Lipuma, Russ Titelman
Producer (Executive) – Russ Titelman, Michael Ostin
Mastered By – Ted Jensen

Art Direction, Design – Laura LiPuma
Photography By (Back Cover) – Phyllis Cuington
Photography By (Front Cover) – Stuart Watson

Distributed By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Qwest Records
Copyright (c) – Qwest Records
Pressed By – Allied Record Company
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Chelsea Sound
Recorded At – Shakedown Sound Studios
Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At – Mediasound
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Mixed At – Power Station
Mixed At – Atlantic Studios
Mixed At – Ocean Way Recording
Mastered At – Sterling Sound