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Tuskegee (2012)

Artist: Lionel Richie
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Format: CD
Sku: 228870403
UPC: 602527806372
UPC 14: 00602527806372
Release Date: 3/26/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. You Are - (featuring Blake Shelton) ~ Lionel Richie
2. Say You, Say Me ~ Lionel Richie
3. Stuck on You - (featuring Darius Rucker) ~ Lionel Richie
4. Deep River Woman - (featuring Little Big Town) ~ Lionel Richie
5. My Love ~ Lionel Richie
6. Dancing On the Ceiling ~ Lionel Richie
7. Hello ~ Lionel Richie
8. Sail On - (featuring Tim McGraw) ~ Lionel Richie
9. Endless Love ~ Lionel Richie
10. Just For You ~ Lionel Richie
11. Lady - (featuring Kenny Rogers) ~ Lionel Richie
12. Easy - (featuring Willie Nelson) ~ Lionel Richie
13. All Night Long - (featuring Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band) ~ Lionel Richie

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Lionel Richie (keyboards, background vocals); Mac McAnally, Peter Mayer (guitar, background vocals); Ilya Toshinsky, Kenny Greenberg, Willie Nelson, Tom Bukovac (guitar); Dan Dugmore, Doyle Grisham, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); John Lovell (trumpet); Michael Utley, John Jarvis, Steve Nathan , Gordon Mote (keyboards); Roger Guth, Chad Cromwell (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drum); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Chris Rodriguez, Tina Gullickson, Jim Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor, Perry Coleman, Kim Keyes (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Chuck Ainlay.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar, New York, NY; Backstage At Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN; Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN; Blackbird Studios; Love Shack Recording Studio; OpalOna Studio; Pain In The Art Studios; Sound Emporium Studios; Starstruck Studios; The Grip Studios, Nashville, TN; Westwood Studios, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Photographer: Alan Silfen.
Muze PNote Lionel Richie's birthplace is Tuskegee, Alabama so for his 2012 country duets album, Tuskegee, he is trumpeted as the country boy returning to his roots. And there's something to that: as a songwriter, Richie has had success on the country charts, scoring big with Kenny Rogers of "Lady," one of many Lionel covers Kenny sang over the years. Rogers' enthusiastic embrace of Richie is an indication that the former Commodore's definition of country isn't quite down-home, and Tuskegee proves that assumption true, with each of Lionel's partners coming from the pop side of Nashville. A few perennials crop up -- Kenny comes in for a revival of "Lady," Willie Nelson stops by to lay some guitar and vocals on "Easy" -- but the point of the album is as much to have current stars pay tribute to Richie as it is to ease him onto country-pop airwaves. Tuskegee winds up being fairly successful in this regard. No matter how many fiddles and steel guitars are added -- and there are never too many -- the songs are never so altered as to be unrecognizable, the melodies are always proudly prominent, and there isn't a speck of dirt to be found anywhere, so it's suited for any clean crossover occasion. Apart from Pixie Lott -- a singer who has absolutely nothing to do with country -- popping up on the international version of the album and maybe the revival of the recent "Just for You," there are no surprises on Tuskegee; even the partners match up correctly, with Jimmy Buffett adding good times to "All Night Long," Shania Twain playing the Diana Ross role on "Endless Love," Rascal Flatts forcefully pumping out the good cheer on "Dancing on the Ceiling," Blake Shelton smiling along on "You Are." Even if the production has changed -- it's not as glossy as the '80s, there are fewer keyboards and more guitars-the sensibility remains the same, so Tuskegee generates a bit of d?j? vu: the surroundings are new, yet everything feels familiar. Whether that's a comfortable bit of nostalgia or just a shade too predictable depends entirely on the tastes of the listener. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Tony Brown; Lionel Richie

Engineer: Chuck Ainlay; Mickey Jack; Jeff Balding; Brandon Schexnayder; Steve Marcantonio; Casey Wood

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Blake Shelton
Muze Guest Artist Jason Aldean
Muze Guest Artist Darius Rucker
Muze Guest Artist Little Big Town
Muze Guest Artist Kenny Chesney
Muze Guest Artist Rascal Flatts
Muze Guest Artist Jennifer Nettles
Muze Guest Artist Tim McGraw
Muze Guest Artist Shania Twain
Muze Guest Artist Billy Currington
Muze Guest Artist Kenny Rogers
Muze Guest Artist Willie Nelson
Muze Guest Artist Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
Muze Guest Artist Jill Johnson

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Wedding Album
Muze Music Compilations Pure 80s Love: The No.01 Hits
Muze Music Compilations Gold
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Gold: 80's
Muze Music Compilations Pure 80's:number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Motown Number 1's Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs 3
Muze Music Compilations Modern Bride Presents The Wedding Alb
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call The 80S Volume
Muze Music Compilations Motown 50 Fanthology
Muze Music Compilations Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Muze Music Compilations Classic Album Collection(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paddington (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Kwassa Kwassa
Muze Music Compilations While We're Young (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Muze Music Compilations Number 1'S
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 5
Muze Music Compilations Icon
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection

Associated Artists and Works

Bomha, Dinu
Gold ~ Commodores (The)
Dinu Bomha

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B 001600100
Music Label Name Label : Mercury
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527806372

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.72)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese collaborations jell because Richie's style is so expansive, musically and emotionally..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.73)
- "[It's] gratifying to see how many A-list Nashville stars lined up for guest spots here...and to hear how naturally the Alabama native countrifies R&B classics like 'Endless Love'..." -- Grade: A-

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Richie,Lionel
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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