Let's Get The Mood Right CD (1996)

Artist: Johnny Gill

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Label Uni/motown
SKU 60032845
UPC 731453064621
UPC 14 00731453064621
Format CD
Release Date 10/8/1996
Author Johnny Gill
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Compilation Appearance All The Number Ones
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Compilation Appearance Gold
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Compilation Appearance Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection
Compilation Appearance Till The Morning
Compilation Appearance Old School Gold Box Set
Compilation Appearance Old School Vol 9
Associated Artist/Work Lattisaw, Stacy
Associated Artist/Work Ranks, Shabba
Associated Artist/Work Summer, Donna
Associated Artist/Work Summer, Donna (Vocalist)
Associated Artist/Work Summer, Donna (Vocals)
Technical Info
Engineer Neal Pogue; Joe Primeau; Joe Primo; Eliud "Lou" Ortiz; David Rideaux; Tom Herzer; Al Alberts, Jr.; Peter Mokran; Phil Tan; Steve Hodge
CatalogID 530646
Lable Name Motown
Released 10/08/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 17s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453064621
Musical Guests
Stevie Wonder
R. Kelly
Roger Troutman
Al B. Sure!
Jimmy Jam
Terry Lewis
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Johnny Gill (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, programming); Stevie Wonder, Roger Troutman (vocals); Ronnie DeVoe (rap); Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, R. Kelly (various instruments); Tony Rich (acoustic guitar, programming, background vocals); Keith Andes (piano, synthesizer, programming); Al B. Sure! (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Troy Taylor (keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, background vocals); Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Jerome Jefferson, The Characters, Billy Steele (programming); Joseph Powell (programming, background vocals); Nathan East, Marc Jefferson, Nathan Watts (bass); Marc Nelson, Melvin Edmonds, Big Bub (background vocals).
Producers include: Johnny Gill, R. Kelly, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Al B. Sure!
Able to leap flawlessly from one vocal register to the next, Johnny Gill is his generation's Teddy Pendergrass. His sultry music evokes the soul that dominated R&B radio in the 1970s, and it returns a sense of maturity to the genre. Gill added a near-gospel flavor to HOME AGAIN, the reunion album by his old band, New Edition, and LET'S GET THE MOOD RIGHT, which arrived in stores less than a month later, finds him mastering the simple love song.
There are old-school soul touches all over Gill's romantic crooning on this one. "Touch" is based on the O'Jays' "Cry Together," from which it heavily samples, and Gill ends up inhabiting the O'Jays' old turf. On "Simply Say I Love U," he duets with his friend Stevie Wonder. Producers Tony Rich, Babyface and R. Kelly surround Gill--who also plays guitar, bass and keyboards--with a gentle R&B sound that highlights Gill's talents that much more.
Personnel: Johnny Gill (guitar, keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Kairi Guinn Styles, Ronnie DeVoe (rap vocals); Babyface (soprano, drum programming); Mike Scott , Nathan East, Charles Fearing (guitar); Tony Rich (acoustic guitar, keyboard programming, drum programming, background vocals); Peter Moore (acoustic guitar); Keith Andes (piano, synthesizer, drum programming); Jimmy Wright (piano); Troy Taylor (keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals); Kyle West (keyboards); Jerome "Rome" Jefferson (keyboard programming, drum programming); Joseph Powell (drum programming, background vocals); Levar "Lil' Tone" Wilson, Neron Thomas, Tonya Bolden, Tony Hightower, Joe Rich, Manuel Seal, Jr., Marc Nelson, Melvin Edmonds, Angel, R. Kelly, Big Bub, Charles Farrar (background vocals).
Recording information: Ameraycan Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Electric Ladyland Studio, New York, NY; Enterprise Studio, Burbank, CA; Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; KrossWire Studio, Atlanta, GA; Larabee North, Hollywood, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Sound Spa, Philadelphia, PA; Studio LaCoCo, Atlanta, GA; Tracken Place, Beverly Hills, CA; Unique Recording Studio, New York, NY; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Carol Friedman.
Arrangers: Jimmy Jam; Joseph Powell; R. Kelly; Troy Taylor; Terry Lewis.
Johnny Gill released his fifth album, Let's Get the Mood Right, only a few months after he participated in the New Edition reunion. In other words, it was timed to cash in on the group's massive comeback success. If he had delivered a dud, such crass commercial planning would have been in poor taste, but it's his strongest album in years, thanks to an excellent selection of songs and a stellar cast of producers, including Babyface, Tony Rich, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Gill shines at smooth soul like the title track, but what is remarkable about the album is how comfortable he sounds with the uptempo, albeit low-key, dance numbers. It's his best, most consistent album since Johnny Gill. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Let's Get The Mood Right
2 Touch
3 Maybe
4 Having Illusions
5 Bring It On
6 Take Me (I'm Yours)
7 Love In An Elevator
8 It's Your Body - (featuring Roger Troutman)
9 Someone To Love
10 4 U Alone
11 Love U Right
12 Simply Say I Love U - (featuring Stevie Wonder)
13 I Know You Want Me
14 So Gentle

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