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June 24, 2016

LaToya Jackson – Heart Don´t Lie (1984)

by Record Facts

LaToya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956) is an American singer, songwriter, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family.

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Artist:  LaToya Jackson
Title:  Heart Don´t Lie
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  Private Records
Catalog#  540085

“Heart Don’t Lie” is the third album released by singer La Toya Jackson. It is her most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album to date.
The album was produced by Amir Bayyan, brother of Khalis Bayyan and Robert Bell of Kool & the Gang, who was hired after Joe Jackson, La Toya’s father and then-manager, heard his tapes. Jackson recorded the album sporadically over a six-month period.

Despite a very mild public response to her first two albums, Jackson showed no signs of giving up, moving to Private I and recording this album of youthful, highly danceable material.
Whereas most of the instrumentation on the earlier albums was live and authentic, drum programming and  overdubs entered the picture in a big way here but not to the total exclusion of the real thing. The title track, which became the most successful entry, is the most gimmicky.

The album features a plethora of musical guests, including Shalamar’s Howard Hewett and reggae-pop group Musical Youth on the title track, musicians from Kool & the Gang on several tracks throughout the album, and collaborations with her siblings, including Marlon, Janet, and Tito, who co-produced the track “Frustration”.

More believable and alluring are the sprightly, soulful “Bet’cha Gonna Need My Lovin’” and “Think Twice,” the latter featuring a surprisingly colorful trumpet solo.
Amir Bayyan’s production gets a bit repetitive on occasion, resulting in a few sound-alike tunes, and Jackson’s presence isn’t as distinguishable as on previous output.

 

Side one
1.  Think Twice  (4:36)
2.  Heart Don’t Lie  (4:34)
3.  Bet’cha Gonna Need My Lovin’  (4:26)
4.  Private Joy  (4:45)

Side two
1.  Hot Potato  (4:41)
2.  I Like Everything You’re Doin’  (4:33)
3.  Frustration  (4:45)
4.  Without You  (4:05)

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