1987 Five Star – Between The Lines

Between The Lines is the third album by the British pop group Five Star, released in September 1987. The album peaked at number 7 in the UK.

Between The Lines was recorded in early 1987. The opening four tracks were recorded in Los Angeles with the producer Dennis Lambert. Two more tracks were recorded there with Richard James Burgess, who had produced tracks on their previous album. The rest of the album was made up of songs written by the band members with the writers producing their own tracks with their father, Buster Pearson, in London. Deniece sings lead on all tracks except “You Should Have Waited” (sung by Lorraine) and “Knock Twice” (sung by Doris).

The album did not sell as well as its predecessor, Silk & Steel, and spent only two weeks in the top 10, and 17 weeks on the UK Albums Chart altogether. However, the album was certified Platinum for sales of over 300,000 copies by summer 1988. It did not chart at all in the US.

The first single, “Whenever You’re Ready”, was released a month prior to the album in the UK and peaked at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart but only managed to reach number 39 on the US Hot R&B Singles chart, missing the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad “Strong as Steel”, written by Diane Warren, was the second single but fared even worse, peaking at number 16 in the UK in October and not charting at all in the US. When the third UK single, “Somewhere Somebody”, failed to reach the top 20 in December of that year (peaking at #23), promotion of the album ended with no further singles released (there had been seven and six UK singles from their first two albums respectively). Having released a single every two to four months since 1985, the band released no new material for six months and subsequently changed their image for their next album.

An expanded version of Between the Lines was released by Cherry Pop Records in April 2012.

Tracks

Somewhere, Somebody (Dean Chamberlain; Martin Briley) 04:06
Whenever You’re Ready (Bill Hagans; Cliff Dawson; Lionel Job) 04:16
3  Strong As Steel (Diane Warren) 04:28
4  Read Between The Lines (Clif Magness; Marti Sharron) 04:51
5  Live Giving Love (Deniece Pearson) 05:02
6  Ain’t Watcha Do (Amy Sky; Jeff Hull; Scott Cutler) 03:39
7  Made Out Of Love (Joey Gallo; Pamela Phillips Oland; Wardell Potts Jr) 04:28
8  You Should Have Waited (Lorraine Pearson) 03:36
9  Knock Twice (Delroy Pearson; Doris Pearson) 04:12
10  Hard Race (Deniece Pearson) 04:25

Musicians

1 Somewhere, Somebody

BassNathan East
DrumsMike Baird
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
KeyboardsDennis Lambert
ProgrammingClaude Gaudette
Background VocalsFive Star
VocalsDeniece Pearson


2 Whenever You’re Ready

DrumsMike Baird
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
ProgrammingClaude Gaudette
SaxDave Koz
Background VocalsDennis Lambert
Background VocalsFive Star
VocalsDeniece Pearson


3 Strong As Steel

BassNathan East
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsDennis Lambert
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
ProgrammingClaude Gaudette
Background VocalsDennis Lambert
Background VocalsFive Star
VocalsDeniece Pearson


4 Read Between The Lines

DrumsMike Baird
GuitarDann Huff
KeyboardsJeff Lorber
KeyboardsDennis Lambert
PianoClaude Gaudette
ProgrammingJeff Lorber
Background VocalsFive Star
VocalsDeniece Pearson


5 Live Giving Love

BassDeon Estus
DrumsLuis Jardim
GuitarTim Cansfield
KeyboardsMichael Graves
SaxJamie Talbot
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsDeniece Pearson


6 Ain’t Watcha Do

DrumsRichard James Burgess
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRichard Gibbs
ProgrammingRichard James Burgess
PercussionRichard James Burgess
VocalsDeniece Pearson


7 Made Out Of Love

DrumsRichard James Burgess
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRichard Gibbs
ProgrammingRichard James Burgess
SaxTom Scott
PercussionRichard James Burgess
VocalsDeniece Pearson


8 You Should Have Waited

DrumsLuis Jardim
GuitarTim Cansfield
KeyboardsMichael Graves
BrassMichael Graves
SaxFrank Mead
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsLorraine Pearson


9 Knock Twice

DrumsDelroy Pearson
DrumsLuis Jardim
GuitarTim Cansfield
GuitarVic Linton
KeyboardsMichael Graves
KeyboardsFred McFarlane
SaxFrank Mead
PercussionDelroy Pearson
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsDelroy Pearson


10 Hard Race

BassLuis Jardim
DrumsLuis Jardim
GuitarTim Cansfield
KeyboardsMichael Graves
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsDeniece Pearson

Liner Notes

Producer – Dennis Lambert (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
Producer – Buster Pearson, Deniece Pearson (Tracks 5, 8, 10)
Producer – Richard James Burgess (Tracks 6, 7)
Producer – Buster Pearson, Delroy Pearson, Doris Pearson (Track 9)
Producer (Additional) – Shep Pettibone (Track 9)
Producer (Assistant) – Marrianne Pellicci (Track 2)
Arranged By – Claude Gaudette (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
Arranged By – Jeff Lorber (Track 4)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Five Star (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Dennis Lambert (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
Arranged By (Strings) – Richard Niles (Track 5)
Engineer – Christopher Marc Potter (Tracks 5, 8, 9, 10)
Engineer – Frank Roszak (Tracks 6, 7)
Engineer – Simon Osborne (Track 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Liz Cluse, Mike Tacci, Nicolas Varak (Tracks 1, 3, 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bino Espinoza (Tracks 1, 3)
Engineer (Assistant) – John van Nest, Ron DaSilva (Track 4)
Engineer (Mix) – Steve Peck (Track 9)
Mastered By – Denise Blackham (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Mixed By – Jeremy Smith, Mike Tacci (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
Mixed By – Bryan “Chuck” New (Tracks 5, 8, 10)
Mixed By – Shep Pettibone (Track 9)
Recorded By – Jeremy Smith (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
Recorded By (Additional) – John van Nest (Track 4)

Art Direction, Design – The Leisure Process
Photography By – Terence Donovan

Phonographic Copyright (p) – BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
Copyright (c) – BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
Distributed By – BMG Ariola
Distributed By – BMG Records
Mastered At – Tape One
Recorded At – Buckman Studio
Recorded At – Maison Rouge
Recorded At – Soundcastle
Mixed At – Soundcastle
Recorded At – Image Recording Studios
Mixed At – Battery Studios, London
Recorded At – O’Henry Sound Studios
Mixed At – Swanyard Studios
Recorded At – Soundworks, New York