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April 30, 2017

Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio – A Woman Needs Love (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

Ray Erskine Parker Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American musician-guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer and actor. Parker is known for writing and performing for his solo music, and for performing with his band, Raydio, American funk and R&B vocal group formed in 1977, by Ray Parker Jr., with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
Title:  A Woman Needs Love
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  203414

A Woman Needs Love is a 1981 album by American band Raydio, led by guitarist singer/songwriter Ray Parker Jr.. Released by Arista Records on April 11, 1981, This is the fourth and final album by the band.

A Woman Needs Love followed Two Places at the Same Time as the second of two albums credited to Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio. It was the first time Parker got the front sleeve to himself — a signal that he had become the focal point, even though Raydio was his baby from the beginning. While Arnell Carmichael continued to provide some lead and background vocals, Parker stepped up — making the most out of his limited range — and performed the entirety of the lead on the album’s first single. “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do),” a clever and efficient slice of adult contemporary bubblegum R&B, addressed men, appealed to women, and threw in a shrewd reference to “Jack and Jill.” It topped Billboard’s Soul chart and came three spots short of topping the Hot 100. The album’s other two charting singles — “It’s Your Night,” a soft funk number featuring Cheryl Lynn, and the wistful “That Old Song,” where Gene Page-arranged strings play as much of a role as Parker and Carmichael — didn’t fare nearly as well. Other notables include the very Heatwave/Rob Temperton-like “All in the Way You Get Down,” as well as “Still in the Groove,” a sequel to the previous year’s instrumental funk hit “For Those Who Like to Groove.” As usual, RPJ‘s likable, sly, and affable nature makes the lesser material go down easy.

 

Side one
1.  A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)  (4:01)
2.  It´s Your Night  (6:36)
3.  That Old Song  (4:19)
4.  All In The Way You Get Down  (3:51)

Side two
1.  You Can’t Fight What You Feel  (5:45)
2.  Old Pro  (4:42)
3.  Still The Groove  (6:18)
4.  So Into You  (4:28)

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