1982 Tavares – New Directions

New Directions is the eleventh album by American soul/R&B group Tavares, released in 1982. It is the group’s first album for RCA following their departure from Capitol. Lead single “A Penny for Your Thoughts” peaked at #16 on the R&B chart and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, the group’s highest placing on that chart since 1977, and which would turn out to be their last single to register there. The track was nominated for a Grammy award in 1982. New Directions reached #30 on the R&B albums chart.

Tracks

A Penny For Your Thoughts (Kenny Nolan) 04:24
2  I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me (Bill LaBounty; Jay Senter) 03:52
3  Mystery Lady (Kenny Nolan) 05:11
4  Abra-Ca-Dabra Love You Too (Kenny Nolan) 03:43
5  Got To Find My Way Back To You (Richard Wyatt Jr; Kris Young) 04:58
6  Maybe We’ll Fall In Love Again (Richard Wyatt Jr; Kris Young) 04:59
7  The Skin You’re In (Kenny Nolan) 04:26
8  Wanna Be Close To You (Rene Moore; Angela Winbush) 04:26

Musicians

1 A Penny For Your Thoughts

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsBill Meyers
SynthesizerRick Kelly
PercussionMike Fisher


2 I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsBill Meyers
SynthesizerIan Underwood
PercussionMike Fisher


3 Mystery Lady

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCharles Johnson
KeyboardsBill Meyers
SynthesizerIan Underwood
PercussionMike Fisher


4 Abra-Ca-Dabra Love You Too

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsBill Meyers
SynthesizerIan Underwood
PercussionMike Fisher


5 Got To Find My Way Back To You

BassCornelius Mims
DrumsMelvin Webb
DrumsRichard Wyatt Jr
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsRichard Wyatt Jr
SynthesizerRichard Wyatt Jr
ReedsBobby Navarette
SaxJohnny Washington
TromboneBobby Loya
TrumpetBobby Loya


6 Maybe We’ll Fall In Love Again

Bass (synthesizer)Richard Wyatt Jr
DrumsRichard Wyatt Jr
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsRichard Wyatt Jr
SynthesizerRichard Wyatt Jr


7 The Skin You’re In

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCharles Johnson
KeyboardsBill Meyers
SynthesizerRick Kelly
PercussionMike Fisher


8 Wanna Be Close To You

BassFreddie Washington
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarMarlo Henderson
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
KeyboardsBenjamin Wright
ProphetBenjamin Wright
SynclavierGuy Babylon
SynclavierBenjamin Wright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Other Musicians

Horns – The Mexican Connection (Track 5)

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Senter, Kenny Nolan (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)
Producer – Richard Wyatt Jr (Tracks 5, 6)
Producer – Benjamin F Wright Jr (Track 8)
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Billy Meyers (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)
Arranged By (Horn, Rhythm, Strings) – Richard Wyatt Jr (Tracks 5, 6)
Contrator (Strings) – Lori Woods (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
Engineer – Ed Biggs (Tracks 5, 6)
Engineer – Art Stewart (Track 8)
Engineer (Additional) – Reggie Kendall (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Mixed By – Ed Biggs (Tracks 5, 6)
Orchestrated By – Sam Brown III (Tracks 5, 6)
Recorded By – Peter Bishop (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)

Art Direction, Design – Michele Hart, Phyllis Chotin
Graphics – Bob Carroll
Photography – Bobby Holland

Mixed At The Moms & Pops Co Store
Recorded At The Moms & Pops Co Store
Recorded At Jennifudy Studios
Recorded At Kendun Recorders