2005 The Pussycat Dolls – PCD

PCD is the debut studio album by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls, released on September 12, 2005, by A&M Records. In 1995, the Pussycat Dolls were created as a burlesque troupe by choreographer Robin Antin. After attracting media attention, Antin struck a joint venture with Interscope Records to develop the Pussycat Dolls into a brand, with Jimmy Iovine assigning the project to Ron Fair. As one of the executive producers Fair produced the majority of the album and collaborated with producers like Kwamé, Polow da Don and Rich Harrison. The music style of PCD was described as pop/R&B and urban dance-pop. Lyrically the album incorporates sexual innuendo and explores the themes of feminism and romance. It features guest vocals from rappers Busta Rhymes, Timbaland and will.i.am.

PCD received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics who were favorable towards the selection of dance-pop songs but criticized the album’s ballads and covers, feeling it contradicted the group’s sexual image. PCD exceeded industry expectations and became a commercial success, reaching the summit in New Zealand and peaking in the top-ten in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In the United States, it peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 selling nearly three million copies and currently stands as fourth best-selling album by a girl group in the United Kingdom (with sales of 1.3 million copies) where it reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart.

Tracks

1  Don’t Cha (Anthony Ray; Thomas Callaway; Trevor Smith) 04:32
2  Beep (William Adams; Kara DioGuardi; Jeff Lynne) 03:49
Wait A Minute (Timothy Mosley; Keri Hilson; Craig Longmiles) 03:42
4  Stickwitu (Franne Golde; Kasia Livingston; Robert D Palmer) 03:28
5  Buttons (Sean Garrett; Jamal Jones; Jason Perry; Nicole Scherzinger) 03:46
I Don’t Need A Man (Rich Harrison; Nicole Scherzinger; Kara DioGuardi; Vanessa Brown) 03:40
7  Hot Stuff (I Want You Back) (Pete Bellotte; Harold Faltermeyer; Keith Forsey; Siobhan Fahey; Clare Kenny; Steven Gallifent; Will Blanchard) 03:48
8  How Many Times, How Many Lies (Diane Warren) 03:54
9  Bite The Dust (Keri Hilson; Kwame Holland) 03:34
10  Right Now (Herbie Mann; Carl Sigman) 02:28
11  Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Ed Cobb; Edward Holland; Lamont Dozier; Brian Holland) 03:26
12  Feelin’ Good (Leslie Bricusse; Anthony Newley) 04:18

Musicians

VocalsNicole Scherzinger
VocalsCarmit Bachar
VocalsMelody Thornton
VocalsAshley Roberts
VocalsJessica Sutta
VocalsKimberly Wyatt

Other Musicians

1 Don’t Cha

GuitarJohn Goux
SaxRay Herrmann
TromboneNick Lane
TrumpetBill Churchville
TrumpetChris Tedesco


2 Beep

BassTal Herzberg
WurlitzerRon Fair
ProgrammingTal Herzberg
ViolinCharlie Bisharat


3 Wait A Minute

HornsDan Higgins
HornsBill Reichenbach
HornsGary Grant
HornsJerry Hey


4 Stickwitu

BassTal Herzberg
DrumsRobert D Palmer
Fender RhodesCori Jacobs
Fender RhodesRon Fair
OrganRon Fair
PianoRon Fair
HarmonicaRon Fair


5 Buttons

ProgrammingPolow Da Don
PercussionLuis Conte
ViolinCharlie Bisharat


6 I Don’t Need A Man

BassTal Herzberg
PianoRon Fair
WurlitzerRon Fair
ProgrammingRich Harrison
HornsDan Higgins
HornsBill Reichenbach
HornsGary Grant
HornsJerry Hey
GlockenspielRon Fair


8 How Many Times, How Many Lies

BassTal Herzberg
ClavinetRon Fair
OrganTim Carmon
PianoRon Fair
WurlitzerRon Fair
ProgrammingTyler Coomes
HarmonicaRon Fair


9 Bite The Dust

HornsDan Higgins
HornsBill Reichenbach
HornsGary Grant
HornsJerry Hey


10 Right Now

BassMike Valerio
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
TromboneAndy Martin
TromboneBruce Otto
TromboneLarry Hall
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetLarry Hall
TrumpetWayne Bergeron
TrumpetJerry Hey
WoodwindsBill Liston
WoodwindsBrandon Fields
WoodwindsDan Higgins
WoodwindsJoel Peskin
WoodwindsLarry Williams
TimpaniRobert Zimmitti
PercussionLuis Conte


11 Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go

BassTal Herzberg
GuitarJohn Goux
KeyboardsRon Fair
HornsDan Higgins
HornsBill Reichenbach
HornsGary Grant
HornsJerry Hey


12 Feelin’ Good

BassAlex Al
DrumsAbe Laboriel Jr
OrganRon Fair
PianoRon Fair
HarmonicaRon Fair

Strings

Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Cecilia Tsan, David Low, Larry Corbett, Steve Erdody, Suzie Katayama (Tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Viola – Brian Dembow, Darrin McCann, Matt Funes, Sam Formicola, Simon Oswell, Vicki Miskolczy (Tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Violin – Alan Grunfeld, Alyssa Park, Anatoly Rosinsky, Armen Garabedian, Bruce Dukov, Charlie Bisharat, Endre Granat, Jackie Brand, Joel Derouin, Josefina Vergara, Katia Popov, Mario DeLeon, Natalie Leggett, Phillip Levy, Roberto Cani, Robin Olson, Sara Parkins, Sarah Thornblade, Sid Page, Songa Lee, Tamara Hatwan, Tereza Stanislov (Tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Liner Notes

Producer – Cee-Lo Green (Track 1)
Producer – will.i.am (Track 2)
Producer – Timbaland, Ron Fair (Track 3)
Producer – Ron Fair (Tracks 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Producer – Polow Da Don, Sean Garrett (Track 5)
Producer – Rich Harrison (Track 6)
Producer – Siobhan Fahey, Steven Gallifent, The Droyds (Track 7)
Producer – K1MiL (Track 9)
Producer – Big Tank (Track 11)
Co-producer – Tal Herzberg (Tracks 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Co-producer – Young Smoke (Track 5)
Producer (Vocals) – Ron Fair (Tracks 2, 5, 6, 7)
Producer (Vocals) – Keri Hilson (Tracks 3, 9)
Producer (Additional) – Ron Fair (Tracks 2, 5, 6, 9)
Producer (Executive) – Jimmy Iovine, Ron Fair, Robin Antin
Arranged By – Polow Da Don (Track 5)
Arranged By – Andy Chatterley (Track 7)
Arranged By – Jerry Hey (Track 10)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 3, 6, 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Ron Fair (Tracks 2, 7, 9, 12)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Ron Fair (Tracks 6, 7)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Nicole Scherzinger (Track 7)
Arranged By (Additional) – Ron Fair (Track 2)
Arranged By (Additional Strings) – Ron Fair (Track 10)
Conductor – Ron Fair (Tracks 2, 7, 9, 12)
Conductor – Jerry Hey (Track 10)
Contractor – Bill Hughes
Coordinator – Justin Siegel
Engineer – Ethan Mates (Track 1)
Engineer – Tal Herzberg (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Engineer – JD Andrew, Mike Eleopoulos (Tracks 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Engineer – Scotty Beats (Track 6)
Engineer – Anthony Kilhoffer (Track 9)
Engineer (Assistant Mix) – Ariel Chobaz (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 9)
Engineer (Assistant Mix) – Mike Hogue (Tracks 4, 6)
Engineer (Assistant Mix) – Jun Ishizeki (Tracks 8, 11)
Engineer (Assistant Mix) – Brian Vibberts (Track 10)
Engineer (Assistant Mix) – Dean Nelson (Track 12)
Engineer (Additional) – Mike Eleopoulos (Tracks 2, 9)
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Mixed By – Steve Baughman (Track 1)
Mixed By – Dave Pensado (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 9)
Mixed By – Ron Fair (Tracks 3, 7)
Mixed By – Peter Mokran (Tracks 4, 6, 8)
Mixed By – Michael C Ross (Track 10)
Mixed By – Tony Maserati (Track 11)
Mixed By – Jack Joseph Puig (Track 12)
Recorded By – Demacio Castellon, Marcella Araica (Track 3)
Recorded By – Mike Eleopoulos (Track 4)
Recorded By (Horns) – Frank Wolf (Track 10)
Recorded By (Strings) – Bill Schnee (Tracks 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Recorded By (Strings) – Allen Sides (Track 4)
Recorded By (Vocals) – JD Andrew (Tracks 2, 11)
Recorded By (Vocals) – Mike Eleopoulos (Track 11)

Design – Julian Peploe
Photography By – James White

Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering
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