1977 Minnie Riperton – Stay In Love

Stay in Love (full title: Stay in Love: A Romantic Fantasy Set to Music) is the fourth studio album by American singer Minnie Riperton, released under Epic Records. The album features the hits “Young Willing and Able” and the Stevie Wonder collaboration “Stick Together”. Unlike her previous works, the soft soul elements here tend to fade, replaced by a more upbeat disco sound which was the musical trend at the time. “Stick Together” peaked at no. 23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Play, an alternate version known as “Stick Together (Part One)” reached no. 57 on the U.S. Hot Black Singles chart.

Stay in Love was Minnie’s first disco effort – the only of three disco containing releases that is almost entirely focused on that genre. It was also her last album for Epic Records before signing to Capitol Records. Also, this was her first album since Come to My Garden that didn’t feature husband Richard Rudolph as a producer or co-producer, although he still co-wrote all the songs. Instead, the album was produced by veteran Motown producer Freddie Perren.

Tracks

1  Young Willing And Able (Marlo Henderson; Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 03:46
2  Could It Be I’m In Love (Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 04:06
3  Oh Darlin’…Life Goes On (Freddie Perren; Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 03:50
4  Can You Feel What I’m Saying? (Leon Ware; Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 04:18
5  Gettin’ Ready For Your Love (Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 03:38
6  Stick Together (Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph; Stevie Wonder) 06:18
7  Wouldn’t Matter Where You Are (Marlo Henderson; Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 04:00
8  How Could I Love You More (Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 04:05
9  Stay In Love (Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph) 03:18

Musicians

1 Young Willing And Able

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarMarlo Henderson
GuitarBob Bowles
KeyboardsSonny Burke
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsMinnie Riperton


2 Could It Be I’m In Love

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
Acoustic GuitarRichard Rudolph
KeyboardsSonny Burke
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsMinnie Riperton


3 Oh Darlin’…Life Goes On

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
Acoustic GuitarRichard Rudolph
KeyboardsJohn Barnes
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsMinnie Riperton


4 Can You Feel What I’m Saying?

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
KeyboardsSonny Burke
BellsRobert Zimmitti
VibraphoneRobert Zimmitti
ShakerRobert Zimmitti
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBilly Ford
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsCarolyn Majors
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJohn Lehman
VocalsMinnie Riperton


5 Gettin’ Ready For Your Love

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
KeyboardsSonny Burke
Acoustic GuitarRichard Rudolph
FlutePlas Johnson
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsMinnie Riperton


6 Stick Together

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
ClavinetJohn Barnes
PianoSonny Burke
SynthesizerJohn Barnes
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsCarolyn Majors
VocalsMinnie Riperton


7 Wouldn’t Matter Where You Are

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
KeyboardsSonny Burke
PercussionJoe Clayton
Background VocalsBilly Ford
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsCarolyn Majors
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJohn Lehman
VocalsMinnie Riperton


8 How Could I Love You More

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarMarlo Henderson
GuitarBob Bowles
Acoustic GuitarRichard Rudolph
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsMinnie Riperton


9 Stay In Love

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarBob Bowles
Acoustic GuitarTommy Tedesco
KeyboardsSonny Burke
Background VocalsBilly Ford
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsCarolyn Majors
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJohn Lehman
VocalsMinnie Riperton

Liner Notes

Producer – Freddie Perren
Arranged By (Rhythm Arrangements) – Freddie Perren
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Don Peake (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Wade Marcus (Tracks 5, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – O’Dell Brown (Tracks 4, 9)
Engineer (Second) – George Belle, Ty Blair
Engineer (Assistant) – Tyrone Williams
Engineer (Recording, Remix) – Larry Miles
Mastered By – Kevin Gray

Design – John Kosh
Photography By – David Alexander

Mastered At Artisan Sound Recorders
Mastered At Customatrix
Recorded At Total Experience Studios
Recorded At United Western Studios
Recorded At Paramount Recording Studios
Remixed At Total Experience Studios
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