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March 9, 2017

The Brothers Johnson – Light Up The Night (1980) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Brothers Johnson were an American funk, Motown and R&B band consisting of American musicians and brothers George (“Lightnin’ Licks”) and Louis E. Johnson (“Thunder Thumbs”). They achieved their greatest success from the mid-1970s to early 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  The Brothers Johnson
Title:  Light Up The Night
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLK 63716

Light Up the Night is the fourth album by the Los Angeles, California-based duo Brothers Johnson, released in 1980. The album topped the U.S. R&B albums chart and reached number five on the pop albums chart. The single, “Stomp!“, became a dance hit, reaching number one on both the R&B singles and disco charts and top ten on the pop singles chart.

Light Up the Night marked the end of an era for the Brothers Johnson — it was the last of four albums that Quincy Jones produced for the Los Angeles siblings, and it was the last time a Brothers Johnson album was truly excellent instead of merely decent. When Jones was producing the Brothers Johnson‘s albums from 1976-1980, he gave them something their subsequent albums lacked — consistency. Even though George and Lewis Johnson recorded some decent material after Light Up the Night, none of their post-Jones albums had the type of consistency that Jones gives this 1980 release. The album gets off to an impressive start with the major hit “Stomp!” (a definitive example of the smooth, sleek brand of funk that was termed sophisticated funk in the late ’70s and early ’80s), and the tracks that follow are equally memorable. From the sleek sophisti-funk of “You Make Me Wanna Wiggle,” “This Had to Be” (which was co-written by Michael Jackson and employs him as a background vocalist), and the title song to the tender R&B/pop ballads “Treasure” and “All About the Heaven,” Light Up the Night is without a dull moment.

 

Side one
1.  Stomp!  (6:24)
2.  Light Up The Night  (3:46)
3.  You Make Me Wanna Wiggle  (3:36)
4.  Treasure  (4:09)

Side two
1.  This Had To Be  (5:13)
2.  All About The Heaven  (3:59)
3.  Smilin’ On Ya  (3:46)
4.  Closer To The One That You Love  (3:11)
5.  Celebrations  (4:30)

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