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Light Up The Night

The Brothers Johnson

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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.
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1
Stomp!
00:06:20

Greg Phillinganes, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Rod Temperton, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Louis Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Valerie Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

2
Light Up The Night
00:03:45

Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Rod Temperton, ComposerLyricist - Louis Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Brothers Johnson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
You Make Me Wanna Wiggle
00:03:37

Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Temperton, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Weir, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Henry George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Louis E. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie J. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 A&M Records

4
Treasure (Album Version)
00:04:10

Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Temperton, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard "Jose" Heath, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
This Had To Be
00:05:08

Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Quincy Jones, Producer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Jackson, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Henry George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Louis E. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 A&M Records

6
All About The Heaven
00:03:58

Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Temperton, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 A&M Records

7
Smilin' On Ya (Album Version)
00:03:42

Greg Phillinganes, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jerry Hey, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Louis Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY WILLIAMS, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Closer To The One That You Love (Album Version)
00:03:11

Greg Phillinganes, Piano, Synthesizer, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jerry Hey, String Arranger, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Merry Clayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Johnson, Guitar, Vocals, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John Robinson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rod Temperton, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, Synthesizer Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Louis Johnson, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY MANDEL, Synthesizer Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Quincy Jones, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, Synthesizer Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Gilstrap, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Porcaro, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Josie James, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Reichenbach, Conductor, Euphonium, Trombone, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Weir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Susaye Greene, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Augie Johnson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Scherrie Payne, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Valerie Johnson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paulinho Dacosta, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Henry George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Louis E. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Seawind, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard "Jose" Heath, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Celebrations
00:04:26

Bruce Swedien, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Rod Temperton, ComposerLyricist - Louis Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Quincy Jones, Producer - John Van Nest, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY WILLIAMS, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Brothers Johnson, MainArtist - Ralph Osborn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Pipes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gerrity, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 A&M Records

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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.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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