1984 Teddy Pendergrass – Love Language

Love Language was the eighth album by R&B/Soul crooner Teddy Pendergrass. It was his first record for Asylum Records after being a longtime artist on Philadelphia International Records. It did much better on the Billboard 200 than his last two records, peaking at #38. He had not reached the top 40 on the album charts since 1981’s It’s Time for Love. The album was composed and produced by Michael Masser, with the exception of the track You’re My Choice Tonight (Choose Me) (#15 R&B chart, November 3, 1984), which was produced by Luther Vandross and featured Cissy Houston on background vocals and as “Solo Female Voice”.

Hold Me (#46 Hot 100, July 28, 1984; #6 Adult Contemporary Chart) written by Masser and Linda Creed was a duet with Whitney Houston (it later turned up on Houston’s debut album). As a result of having recorded this duet in 1984, Houston was disqualified from consideration as Grammy Best New Artist of 1985.

The track “In My Time” reached number 11 on the South African charts, spending seven weeks in the top 20.

Songs from the album were used on the soundtrack to Alan Rudolph’s 1984 film Choose Me. In her review of the film, critic Pauline Kael stated: “The songs are performed by Teddy Pendergrass and he’s just right. The entire movie has a lilting, loose, choreographic flow to it.”

Tracks

1  In My Time (Michael Masser; Cynthia Weil) 03:52
2  So Sad The Song (Gerry Goffin; Michael Masser) 03:25
3  Hot Love (Linda Creed; Michael Masser; Ray Parker Jr) 04:45
4  Stay With Me (Gerry Goffin; Michael Masser) 04:22
5  Hold Me (Linda Creed; Michael Masser) 06:02
6  You’re My Choice Tonight (Choose Me) (Marcus Miller; Luther Vandross) 04:50
7  Love (Randy Goodrum; Michael Masser) 04:31
8  This Time Is Ours (Gerry Goffin; Michael Masser) 03:22

Media

Musicians

1 In My Time

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


2 So Sad The Song

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsMichael Masser
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


3 Hot Love

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarRay Parker Jr
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


4 Stay With Me

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


5 Hold Me

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsWhitney Houston
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


6 You’re My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
SynthesizerMarcus Miller
PercussionCrusher Bennett
PercussionSteve Kroon
Background VocalsAlfa Anderson
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsMichelle Cobbs
Background VocalsPhilip Ballou
Background VocalsRichard Marx
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
VocalsCissy Houston
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


7 Love

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


8 This Time Is Ours

BassNathan East
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael Masser (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Prodcuer – Luther Vandross (Track 6)
Arranged By (Rhythm, Synthesizer) – Marcus Miller (Track 6)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Gene Page (tracks: A1, A3), Lee Holdridge (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8)
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Nate Adderley Jr (Track 6)
Arranged By (Strings) – Gene Page (tracks: A1, B3, B4), Lee Holdridge (Tracks 2, 4)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Luther Vandross (Track 6)
Engineer – Doug Epstein, Michael Barbiero, Michael Brauer, Ray Bardani (Track 6)
Engineer ((Devonshire Recording Studios) – Michael Mancini (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – Cliff Bonnell, Harry Spiridakis, Michael Christopher (Track 6)
Engineer (Assistant) (Devonshire Recording Studios) – Dean Burt (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Engineer (Assistant) (Le Mobile) – Cliff Bonnell (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Engineer (Evergreen Studios) – Rick Riccio (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Engineer (Le Mobile) – Guy Charbonneau
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Master Mix (Editing) – Alan Hirshberg
Mixed By – Guy Charbonneau (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Remix – Bill Schnee (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)

Art Direction – HSU
Photography By – Annie Leibovitz

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records