1984 Peabo Bryson – Straight From The Heart

Straight From The Heart is the tenth full-length album by R&B/soul singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson. It was released in 1984 on Elektra Records, his first of four discs for the label. The album peaked at #44 on the US Billboard 200, and featured three singles: his first top ten pop hit “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” (also #6 R&B, and #1 Adult contemporary), “Slow Dancin'” (#82 pop, #35 R&B), and “Learning the Ways of Love”, which failed to chart. Bryson himself co-produced the record, as well as writing five of the eight songs himself and playing keyboards throughout the album.

Tracks

1  Slow Dancin’ (Peabo Bryson) 03:54
2  If Ever You’re In My Arms Again (Cynthia Weill; Michael Masser; Tom Snow) 04:14
3  Straight From The Heart (Peabo Bryson) 04:39
4  There’s No Getting Over You (La Theme de Sharon) (Peabo Bryson) 04:05
5  I Get Nervous (Larry John McNally; Richard Feldman; Rick Kelly) 05:53
6  Learning The Ways Of Love (Gerry Goffin; Michael Masser) 03:14
7  Real Deal (Peabo Bryson) 04:34
8  Love Means Forever (Peabo Bryson) 04:23

Media

Musicians

1 Slow Dancin’

BassDwight Watkins
DrumsAndre Robinson
GuitarJohn Hauser
Fender RhodesMyra Walker
PianoMyra Walker
SynthesizerPeabo Bryson
PercussionPeabo Bryson
PercussionCharles Bryson
VocalsPeabo Bryson


2 If Ever You’re In My Arms Again

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoRandy Kerber
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsRichard Marx
VocalsPeabo Bryson


3 Straight From The Heart

BassDwight Watkins
DrumsAndre Robinson
GuitarJohn Hauser
GuitarRichard Horton
PianoMyra Walker
SynthesizerMyra Walker
SynthesizerTrammell Starks
SaxRon Dover
Background VocalsDwight Watkins
Background VocalsMyra Walker
VocalsPeabo Bryson


4 There’s No Getting Over You (La Theme de Sharon)

SynthesizerPeabo Bryson
SynthesizerTrammell Starks
SynthesizerMyra Walker
VocalsPeabo Bryson


5 I Get Nervous

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarRichard Feldman
KeyboardsRick Kelly
PercussionMike Fisher
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsLynn Davis
Background VocalsMarcy Levy


6 Learning The Ways Of Love

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoRandy Kerber
SynthaxeRandy Kerber
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsRichard Marx
VocalsPeabo Bryson


7 Real Deal

BassDwight Watkins
DrumsAndre Robinson
GuitarRichard Horton
Fender RhodesMyra Walker
PianoMyra Walker
SynthesizerPeabo Bryson
SynthesizerTrammell Starks
SynthesizerMark Parrish
Background VocalsMyra Walker
VocalsPeabo Bryson


8 Love Means Forever

BassDwight Watkins
DrumsAndre Robinson
Acoustic GuitarRichard Horton
PianoMyra Walker
Fender RhodesMyra Walker
SynthesizerPeabo Bryson
SynthesizerMark Parrish
SynthesizerTrammell Starks
FlugelhornDwight Watkins
FluteJim Boling
FluteRon Dover
SaxRon Dover
VocalsPeabo Bryson

Liner Notes

Producer – Peabo Bryson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8)
Producer – Michael Masser (Track 2)
Producer – Richard Feldman, Rick Kelly (Track 5)
Arranged By – Peabo Bryson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm Tracks) – Gene Page (Tracks 2, 6)
Arranged By (Rhythm Tracks) – Michael Masser (Track 2)
Arranged By (Strings) – Lee Holdridge (Tracks 2, 6, 8)
Conductor – Lee Holdridge (Tracks 2, 6)
Engineer – Russ Fowler (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Engineer – Bill Schnee, Michael Mancini, Rick Ricco (Tracks 2, 6)
Engineer – Richard Feldman, Rick Kelly (Track 5)
Engineer (Assistant) – Don Radick (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Mastered By – Jack Skinner
Mixed By – Dwight Watkins, Peabo Bryson, Russ Fowler (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Remix – Dwight Watkins, Peabo Bryson, Russ Fowler (Track 5)

Art Direction – HSU
Photography By – Beverly Parker

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – Elektra
Copyright (c) – Asylum Records
Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Mixed At Cheshire Studio, Atlanta, GA
Mixed at Bill Schnee Studios
Mastered at The Mastering Lab
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Recorded Cheshire Studio, Atlanta, GA
Recorded At Orca Studios, Encino, CA
Recorded At Devonshire Studios
Recorded At Evergreen Studios