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30
May

Atlantic Starr – As The Band Turns (1985) – Lp

Atlantic Starr was among the top urban contemporary acts of the ’80s and fared well in the adult contemporary market as well, but their roots were ’70s soul and funk. Several members first recorded together as Newban.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Atlantic Starr
Title:   As The Band Turns
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# 395019-1

As The Band Turns is the sixth album by R&B band Atlantic Starr, released in 1985.

In the mid-’80s, a lot of downsizing was taking place in R&B. Many of the large soul/funk bands that had emerged in the ’70s were going high-tech, which meant cutting way back on horns (or even eliminating them altogether) and emphasizing keyboards and drum machines. Atlantic Starr, like Cameo, felt that they had to do some serious downsizing in order to remain competitive. In 1983, they still had nine members; when As the Band Turns came out two years later, it was down to five. This 1985 release found Starr unveiling a new quintet lineup that consisted of Wayne Lewis on lead vocals and keyboards, David Lewis on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Lewis on keyboards and trombone (mostly keyboards), Joseph Phillips on percussion, and newcomer Barbara Weathers (who had replaced Sharon Bryant) on lead vocals. As the Band Turns was not only Starr‘s first post-Bryant album — it was also the first album they had recorded since parting company with producer James Carmichael (who had produced their last three LPs). This time, the producers included Wayne and David Lewis or Joey Gallo and Wardell Potts Jr. But despite all those changes, Starr was still quite recognizable. Most of the material is excellent, and that is true of everything from the dreamy “Silver Shadow” to the electro-funk gem “Freak-A-Ristic.” Without question, Bryant‘s departure was a major loss for the band. But it wasn’t a fatal blow, and Weathers shows herself to be a talented replacement on “Silver Shadow,” as well as the ballads “If Your Heart Isn’t in It” and “Secret Lovers” (a major hit). Arguably the last great album that Atlantic Starr provided in the ’80s, As the Band Turns demonstrated that there could be life after Sharon Bryant for the East Coast outfit.

 

Side one
1.  Freak-A-Ristic  (4:05)
2.  Cool, Calm, Collected  (4:02)
3.  One Love  (3:55)
4.  In The Heat Of Passion  (4:38)
5.  If Your Heart Isn’t In It  (4:03)

Side two
1.  Silver Shadow  (4:55)
2.  Let’s Start It Over  (5:32)
3.  Secret Lovers  (5:30)
4.  Thank You  (4:28)

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22
Mar

Atlantic Starr – Brilliance (1982) – Lp

Atlantic Starr is an American band, formed in White Plains, New York by three brothers: lead singer/guitarist David Lewis, lead singer/keyboardist Wayne Lewis, and trombonist/percussionist Jonathan Lewis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Atlantic Starr
Title:  Brilliance
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 64883

Atlantic Starr hit its commercial peak in the late ’80s, when the bland, insipid adult contemporary ballad “Always” soared to number one on both the pop and R&B charts. That song put Atlantic Starr in the Whitney Houston/Lionel Richie realm — in other words, people who associate Atlantic Starr with “Always” think of them as a crossover act. But from an R&B standpoint (as opposed to a pop/adult contemporary standpoint), Atlantic Starr provided their best work in the early ’80s, when Sharon Bryant was still on board and the East Coast residents were being produced by James Carmichael. Released in 1982, Brilliance was the second of three albums that Carmichael produced for Atlantic Starr — and it is also one of the band’s finest and most essential releases. There is nothing not to like about this LP. The soul ballads “Your Love Finally Ran Out” and “Let’s Get Closer” are excellent, and so are up-tempo funk/dance numbers like “Sexy Dancer” and “Love Moves” (which features Wayne Lewis on lead vocals and has a Slave/Steve Arrington/Aurra type of appeal). Brilliance, however, is best known for Bryant’s soaring performance on the smash hit “Circles,” which is one of those songs that is great on the dancefloor but is equally appealing if you want to simply sit down and listen to it. Bryant also excels on the single “Love Me Down,” which wasn’t as big a hit as “Circles” (it reached number 14 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart), but is still a fine medium-tempo item. If you have only a casual interest in Atlantic Starr and only want to have a few of its albums in your collection, Brilliance should definitely be among them.

 

Side one
1.  Love Me Down   (4:50)
2.  Sexy Dancer   (4:51)
3.  Love Moves   (5:00)
4.  Your Love Finally Ran Out   (4:47)

Side two
1.  Circles   (4:52)
2.  Let’s Get Closer   (5:23)
3.  Perfect Love   (4:39)
4.  You’re The One   (4:12)

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