1979 Brenda Russell – Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Brenda Russell, released on 25 July 1979 by A&M Records on the Horizon label. The album peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard R&B albums chart. The album was written almost entirely by Russell and produced by Andre Fischer, who was fresh off of a stint as drummer for Rufus. The single, “So Good So Right”, reached Nos. 8, 15 and 30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary, Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts, respectively.

Tracks

1  So Good, So Right (Brenda Russell) 03:22
2  In The Thick Of It (Brenda Russell) 04:02
3  If Only For One Night (Brenda Russell) 04:16
4  Way Back When (Brenda Russell) 04:25
5  A Little Bit Of Love (Brenda Russell) 04:36
6  You’re Free (Brenda Russell; Andre Fischer) 03:37
7  Think It Over (Brenda Russell; Brian Russel) 05:18
8  God Bless You (Brenda Russell) 05:05

Musicians

1 So Good, So Right

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
GuitarDavid Wolfert
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarGeorge Sopuch
Fender RhodesRon Stockert
PianoBrenda Russell
FlugelhornSteve Madaio
SaxTom Saviano
TrumpetJudd Miller
TrumpetSteve Madaio
VocalsBrenda Russell


2 In The Thick Of It

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
GuitarGeorge Sopuch
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
Fender RhodesRon Stockert
PianoBrenda Russell
SynthesizerIan Underwood
SaxDoug Richardson
PercussionHenry Gibson
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsBrenda Russell


3 If Only For One Night

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
Fender RhodesRon Stockert
VocalsBrenda Russell


4 Way Back When

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
Fender RhodesRon Stockert
OrganClare Fischer
PianoRon Stockert
SynthesizerIan Underwood
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsBrenda Russell


5 A Little Bit Of Love

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
ClavinetRon Stockert
Fender RhodesBrenda Russell
PianoBrenda Russell
FlugelhornChuck Findley
FlugelhornSteve Madaio
FluteLarry Williams
HornBill Reichenbach
SaxLarry Williams
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetSteve Madaio
TrumpetJerry Hey
VibraphoneVictor Feldman
PercussionHector Andrade
VocalsBrenda Russell


6 You’re Free

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
Guitar (solo)George Sopuch
GuitarFred Tackett
FlugelhornChuck Findley
FluteLarry Williams
HornGary Herbig
VocalsBrenda Russell


7 Think It Over

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
GuitarClare Fischer
GuitarDavid Wolfert
Fender RhodesRon Stockert
OrganClare Fischer
WurlitzerBrenda Russell
HarmonicaDavid McKelvy
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBruce Sudano
Background VocalsEddie Hokenson
Background VocalsElaine Hill
Background VocalsJoe Esposito
Background VocalsJohn Finley
Background VocalsMichele Aller
Background VocalsPetsye Powell
Background VocalsSusaye Greene Brown
VocalsBrenda Russell


8 God Bless You

BassEd Brown
DrumsAndre Fischer
Fender RhodesRon Stockert
PianoRon Stockert
SaxDoug Richardson
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsElaine Hill
Background VocalsKathy Collier
Background VocalsMichele Aller
Background VocalsSusaye Greene Brown
Background VocalsNetty Gloud
VocalsBrenda Russell

Liner Notes

Producer – Andre Fischer
Producer (Associate) – Brenda Dash
Arranged By (Horns) – David Wolfert (Track 1)
Arranged By (Horns) – Bill Reichenbach, Brenda Russell (Track 5)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Peters (Track 6)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Andre Fischer
Arranged By (Strings) – David Wolfert (Tracks 1, 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – Clare Fischer (Tracks 3, 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Peters (Tracks 4, 6)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Track 1)
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci (Track 3)
Concertmaster – Assa Drori (Track 4)
Concertmaster – Clare Fischer (Track 6)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Track 7)
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Mixed By (Assistant) – Don Henderson, Murray McFadden, Phil Moores, Terry More
Recorded By – John Rhys

Art Direction – Roland Young
Design – Amy Nagasawa
Photography – Claude Mougin

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Mixed At Capitol Studios
Recorded At Kendun Recorders
Recorded At United Western Studios
Recorded At Conway Studios
Phonographic Copyright A&M Records Inc
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