Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Brothers Johnson’ Category

13
Aug

The Brothers Johnson – Out Of Control (1984) – Lp

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:  Out Of Control
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 64965

In 1984 the brothers reunited in the recording studio. The resulting Leon Sylvers-produced LP, Out of Control, did not equal their past success, but it did garner them another R&B hit with “You Keep Me Coming Back”.

Although they were nearly a decade on from their ’70s heyday, the Brothers Johnson, with Leon Sylvers at the production helm, still managed to set a few grooves on fire among the heavy, heady crop of synthesized R&B that flooded the adult contemporary market. There’s an interesting interplay between the strong bass and vocals, supported by a smattering of guitar and a markedly slow tempo, which ensured that the single “You Keep Me Coming Back” would power into the R&B Top 20. Much of Out of Control follows through with much the same attitude, with nary a true funk-fueled jam to be found. Some of the duo’s original intent survives on “I Came Here to Party” and the title track, but such stompers are few and far between, merely filling space in between the ballads and soft soul numbers that dominate the set, leaving the smart “Dazed” to fall somewhere in between. Out of Control probably won’t thrill the socks off the brothers’ funk fans, but there are still moments that merit a closer listen. And despite the soft sonics that proliferate, the Brothers Johnson certainly proved they were worthy of their staying power, while so many of their peers fell soundly by the wayside.

 

Side one
1.  You Keep Me Coming Back  (5:14)
2.  Lovers Forever  (4:30)
3.  Do You  (3:20)
4.  Let’s Try Love Again  (3:26)
5.  I Came Here To Party  (4:01)

Side two
1.  Out Of Control  (4:18)
2.  Save Me  (4:07)
3.  Tokyo  (4:38)
4.  Dazed  (4:23)
5.  It’s All Over Now  (3:58)

http://www.ad-vinylrecords.com/product/brothers-johnson-the-out-of-control-lp/

9
Mar

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

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)

http://www.ad-vinylrecords.com/product/brothers-johnson-the-light-up-the-night-lp/

2
Jul

The Brothers Johnson – Winners (1981)

The Brothers Johnson were an American funk 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 ’80s.

the brothers johnson - winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  The Brothers Johnson
Title:  Winners
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLK 63724

Winners is the fifth studio album by The Brothers Johnson, released in 1981.

From 1975-1980, the Brothers Johnson enjoyed a very lucrative association with producer Quincy Jones — one that brought them both creative and commercial success. And when that association ended after their fourth album, Light Up the Night, their popularity faded. Released in 1981, Winners was the first Brothers Johnson album that Jones didn’t produce — and it was also their first disappointing album. This isn’t to say that Winners, which they produced themselves, is a disaster; most of the material is decent. “In the Way,” “Caught Up,” “Do It for Love,” and the single “The Real Thing” (a number 11 R&B hit) are pleasant, likable songs, but they aren’t great songs — and when the Johnson siblings had Jones‘ guidance and direction, they had no problem providing albums that were excellent instead of merely decent. None of the tunes are terrible, but none of them are in a class with “Strawberry Letter #23,” “I’ll Be Good to You,” or “Ain’t We Funkin’ Now.”

“The Real Thing” is basically the most obvious response to “Stomp”,lacking only that songs sense of rhythmic build-it comes out of nowhere and more or less stays there. “Dancin’ Free” and “Caught Up” are similarly grooving affairs whereas “Do It For Love” and “Teaser” easily emmerge as the harder funk on the album-actually very stripped down production wise which is very appropriate for the times and the emmergence of “naked funk”,although none of these songs are the least bit electronic as all the music on this album is extremely organic in nature. The last half of the album is very unusual as it presents a series of songs with more rock oriented musical devices in keeping with the sound of the Toto members participating in this album. “Hot Mama” in fact is pretty straight out rock n roll with a bit of a funk edge. “I Want You”,”In The Way” and the closer “Daydreamer Dream” actually sound more like arena friendly early 80’s Toto style pop/rock track than anything by The Brothers Johnson. It was an interesting unexplored direction but might’ve taken people off guard as it did me.

 

Side one
1.  The Real Thing  (3:48)
2.  Dancin’ Free  (3:45)
3.  Sunlight  (3:43)
4.  Teaser  (3:46)
5.  Caught Up  (4:01)

Side two
1.  In The Way  3:27
2.  I Want You  5:13
3.  Do It For Love  3:40
4.  Hot Mama  3:23
5.  Daydreamer Dream  4:00

http://www.ad-vinylrecords.com/product/brothers-johnson-the-winners-lp/

%d bloggers like this: