Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Regina Belle

Regina Belle - Passion
Columbia CK 48826 (1993) - US CD

1 - a) Interlude - b) Passion
2 - Quiet Time
3 - If I Could*
4 - Do You Wanna Get Serious
5 - Dream In Color
6 - My Man
7 - The Deeper I Love
8 - A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)
9 - Love
10 - Heaven’s Just A Whisper Away
11 - Tango In Paris
12 - One Love

Notes: 1) Above picture and following credits were taken from the US CD release. 2) According to web sources there exists an EU vinyl LP 1993 release (on Columbia 472301 1 or Columbia 230110) and its side one/two track breakdown is as follows. Side One: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Side Two: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 3) Pictorial web sources show that EU vinyl LP artwork consists of a larger crop of above cover picture. 4) I was not able to find out whether the LP version was released in the US as well. Please check back for further relative updates.

Regina Belle - Vocals, Lead Vocal, Background Vocals
Leland Sklar (as Leeland Sklar) - Bass (3)*
Narada Michael Walden - Bass, Acoustic Drums
Neil Stubenhaus - Bass
Chris Walker - Bass, Background Vocals
Joel Smith - Electric Bass
Ricky Lawson - Drums (3)
John “J.R.” Robinson - Drums (as John Robinson)
Daryl Burgee - Drums
Paul Jackson, Jr. - Guitar
Manny Lopez - Guitar, Rock Guitar Solo
Randy Bowland - Guitar
Tim May - Guitar
Steve Gordon - Rhythm Guitar
Michael Landau - Guitars
Vernon Black (as Vernon “Ice” Black) - Synth Guitar, Synth Bass, Guitar
Michael James Mani - Keyboards (as Mike Mani)
Monty Seward - Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes - Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer
Lester Mendez - Synthesizers, Keyboards
Odeen Mays - Keyboards
John Barnes - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Synclavier, Additional Percussion
Lloyd Tolbert - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Additional Percussion
James Anthony Carmichael (also as James Carmichael) - Keyboards, Synthesizer
Walter Afanasieff - Keyboards, Synth Bass, Synclavier, Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Montilla - Synthesizers
Frank Martin (as Frank “Killer Bee” Martin) - Keyboards
Ed Calle - Horns
Arturo Sandoval - Horns
Dana Teboe - Horns
Tony Concepcion - Horns
Kirk Whalum - Saxophone Solos
Rafael Solano - Percussion (2, 3, 4, 5, 9)
Allen Varin - Percussion
Marquinho Brasil - Percussion
Peabo Bryson - Lead Vocal
Barry White - Special Guest
Mohandas Dewese - Rap (as Kool Moe Dee)
Tony Lindsay - Spoken Part (as “Lover Man” Tony Lindsay), Background Vocals
Kitty Beethoven - Background Vocals
Claytoven Richardson - Background Vocals
Nikita Germaine - Background Vocals
Cynthia Biggs - Background Vocals
Charlene Holloway - Background Vocals
Marvel Allen - Background Vocals
Betty Wright - Background Vocal
Charles Christopher - Background Vocal
Aisha McKray - Background Vocal
Rita Quintero - Background Vocal
Wendy Peederson - Background Vocal
Jeannette Wright - Background Vocal
Carl Ramsey - Background Vocal
Skyler Jett - Background Vocal
Steve Zegree - Background Vocal
The Gagie School Children’s Choir - Background Vocals

Produced by Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions (1, 11, 12)
Produced by Nick Martinelli for Watch Out Productions Inc. (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9)
Produced by James Anthony Carmichael (6, 10)
Produced by Walter Afanasieff (8)
Michael James Mani (as Mike Mani) - Associate Producer (1)
Monty Seward - Associate Producer (1)
Jay Landers - Executive Producer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Brenda Dash - Executive Producer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Narada Michael Walden - Arrangement (1, 11, 12)
John Barnes - Arrangement (6, 10)
Walter Afanasieff - Arrangement (8)
Jack Faith - String Arrangements (3, 5)
Frank Martin (as Frank “Killer Bee” Martin) - String Arrangement (12),
String Conduction (12), Programming (12),
Richard Eddy - Horn Arrangements (4, 9)
Kitty Beethoven - Vocal Arrangement (11)
Robbie Buchanan - Additional Arrangement (8)
Michael James Mani (as Mike Mani) - Programming (1, 11)
Monty Seward - Programming (1)
Lester Mendez - Drum Programming (7)
Walter Afanasieff - Rhythm Programming (8)
Ren Klyce - Akai Programming (8), Synclavier Programming (8)
Gary Cirimelli - Macintosh Programming (8), Synclavier Programming (8)
Dan Shea - Additional Programming (8)
Steve Zegree - Choir Direction (12)

Marc Reyburn (as Marc “Elvis” Reyburn) - Engineer (1, 11, 12)
Bruce Weeden - Engineer (2, 3, 4, 5, 9), Mix Engineer (7)
Jack Perry - Engineer (2)
Barney Perkins - Engineer (6, 10)
Eric Schilling - Engineer (7)
Mark Krieg - Engineer (7), 2nd Engineer (4, 7, 9)
Hal Batt - Engineer (7)
Dana Jon Chappell - Engineer (8)
David Frazer (as David “Frazerman” Frazer) - Vocals Recording
Engineer (1, 11, 12), Vocals Mixing Engineer (1, 11, 12)
Jeff Gray (as Jeff “G” Gray) - 2nd Engineer (1, 11, 12)
Milton Chan - 2nd Engineer (6, 10)
Manny LaCarrubba - 2nd Engineer (8)
Jennifer Monnar - 2nd Engineer (8)
Kyle Bess - 2nd Engineer (8)
Michael Brauer - Mix Engineer (2, 3, 5)

Recording Studios:
Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA. (1, 11, 12)
Criteria Studios, Miami, FL. (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9)
Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA. (2)
Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA. (6, 10)
After Hours Studios, Miami, FL. (7)
The Plant Recording Studios, Sausalito, CA. (8)
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA. (additional recording on track 8)
Right Track Recording Studios, NYC (vocals recording on track 8)

Mixing Studios:
Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA. (1, 11, 12)
Quad Recording Studios, NYC (2, 3, 5)
Criteria Studios, Miami, FL. (4, 7, 9)
Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA. (6, 10)
Right Track Recording Studios, NYC (8)

Vlado Meller - Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studio:
Sony Music Studio Operations, NY.

Janice Lee - Production Coordinator (1, 11, 12)
Kelly McRae - Production Coordinator (1, 11, 12)
Cynthia Shiloh - Production Coordinator (1, 11, 12)
Kevin Walden - Production Coordinator (1, 11, 12)

Management: Coast To Coast Mgmt., Inc. // Mervyn Dash and Brenda Dash // 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. #200B // NYC. NY 10027

Josephine DiDonato - Art Director
Reisig & Taylor - Photography

“I am about to embark on one of the most important projects of my entire career. And that is to re-introduce you to Regina Belle. You and I are well aware of just who this marvelously talented lady is from music endeavors, but have no idea as to what you’re in store for now! Many thanks to Ma and Pa Belle for creating and nurturing what will become, if not already, one of music’s most complete performers. God-given talent, along with dedication, perseverance, luck, education and, most of all, a PASSION for life is what you are about to hear. Yes, a night spent at Rutgers University with Mtume and hearing a young lady sing about eight bars of “Lift Every Voice And Sing” was enough for my ears. Then a conversation with Blue Lovett (of the Manhattans), who at that time was looking for a female singer to accompany the group on a tour, led to an audition and the hiring of Regina. And the rest is what history is made of. Mtume, Blue and myself, along with many others, may have something to do with Regina’s beginning, but make no mistake - 98% of the credit goes to the lady herself, who spent the time studying the masters of music (Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Hartman, Donny Hathaway, Bessie Smith, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Nancy Wilson and others). The person who spent many, many nights in clubs honing her craft was at the same time observing the theory of music classics, obviously with an intense PASSION. “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” (with Peabo Bryson from the motion picture Aladdin). It’s now time for you to experience Regina Belle’s PASSION: PASSION is a feeling; PASSION is a necessity of life; and PASSION is “If I Could”; PASSION is “My Man” (Billie Holliday’s classic); “Dream In Color”; “The Deeper I Love.” Now experience Regina Belle’s PASSION. // Vaughn Harper”.

“PSALMS 44:8 // In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever. Selah. // To my husband who has changed my life totally and has filled my greatest gaps to infinite joy and great cheer (I love you). To my children Jaylin and Tiy whom I love dearly, although you are very young and do not fully understand all of my (Mommy’s) responsibilities that may take me away from you, Shukran (Arabic for thanks) for loving me anyway. Grow up to be something wonderful and remember Mommy & Dad are always there to help and guide. // To my Mom and Dad, you are truly the greatest part of my foundation. Thanks for believing in me to do the right thing and trusting me to go all the way with it (the music). // Both my grandmother and grandfather, Fred Belle Sr. & Viola, thank you for the constant and unconditional love that you have always given me. I know that through your eyes I am still and will always (only) be Gina. To my other grandmother, Mama Gracie, you are a spirit not known to man. You are surely the mirror of strength that I could only pray to be. // To my brother, nobody could ever be more proud of you (except Dad & Mom). Remember to take charge of your life in every aspect. I’m very happy to be your big sister. Could I borrow some money? // To my sista Toy, no one knows that when we’re together you are really the star. Thanks for always looking out for me. // To my new family, the Battles and the Jacksons, thank you for your continued support. Winter, continue to strive and I’ll be there to help. Aunt Marva you know you’re my girl. To my entire family, some names I may not have mentioned, I love you dearly. // To my pastor Rev. Fred Belle and my church with the Friendly Heart-Friendship Baptist Church, thanks for instilling in me that Jesus is Worthy and He is surely real. // Mervyn Dash (Unka Merv), you said this is the one. Show me so I won’t give up my day gig! Brenda, Miss In-house, what time is your flight? Are your nails done? Did you wash your hair? And for God’s sake make sure you get enough sleep! You two guys are the hottest ticket in management! // Jeff, Pauly & Sully, nobody does it better. Understanding Sound is the essence of your being. Mark Minchello, Glen Pearson, Mike Hogan, Karl McNeill, Willard Dyson, who make up the “Absolute Truth,” please never divorce me. I am truly grateful to you always for your undisputed loyalty. // Chris Walker, I believe you’re trying to do it! Marc Daniels, I always knew you did hair for the CIA. Donyale McRae, I dub you Mr. Transformation. And to Billy Belle, Battle & Lovett, your triple alias always did and always will have a place in my heart. You too, Craig Starks. // Ruth carson, thank God for you! BET let’s do it again. To Black radio & retail, who loves ya baby? Thanks for staying with me on the last album, don’t leave me now. Oscar Cohen, Jody Wenig & the ABC family, I don’t ever wanna leave you guys and you say you love me, so can I have two million dollars in prove-it-to-me money? // Shirley Murdock, you’ve always made me come to reason with whomever or whatever I was toiling with. Don’t you ever have a problem? Miki Howard, Donna Allen, hang in there girls. Nick Martinelli, I ate the cheese bitch and what a wonderful project it turned out to be. Narada, it’s all about “One Love.” James Carmichael, thanks for the aid in bringing out “My Man.” // To all of the musicians & vocal musicians on this album, what can I say, I only work with the best. To my “Sangers,” the Blackgrounds, Cha-Cha-Sweet Charlene, Marvelous Marvel, P for Paula and Brent the Wonder, thanks for making me look so good. // And also thanks to Donnie Ienner, Tommy Mottola, Jay Landers (my favorite and best fighting partner. We got a lot done!), David Kahne, Randy Jackson, Sandra Trim-DaCosta, Eddie Pugh (not too early please!), Jerry Lembo, Jerry Blair, Ken Wilson (my boy), Peabo Bryson, LeBaron Taylor, Renee Johnson and all my SONY family, Evette Clarke, Mike Ran, Marc Dash (this tea is not hot!), Gil Williams (the protector of my body), Steve and Larry Kauffman, Kevin Long, Josephine DiDonato, Ruby Ruby Baby, You the One Vaughn Harper, Joe McEwen, Gail Peck, Shelley Lucas, Judy Berger (thanks for watching my back), Al B. Sure!, Stevie Wonder (thanks for the DAT!), Don Cornelius, Anita Baker, John P. Kee (thanks for a special inspiration), Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno, Aretha Franklin, Al Haymon (let’s go to work!), Dia and Gee Snowden, Cynthia Lewis, Tina and Maureen and all at Oggis’ Nails, Arlana Arrington, Stephanie Greaves (my island angel, bless you) and you too, Dr. Freeman, I’m counting on you to keep me healthy. // Special thanks to Charles Gray And The Nyere Institute. // To the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holloway, your memory will forever live within my heart. God bless you both. // Anybody I may have forgotten, charge it to my head and not my heart. // Thanks, // Regina Belle”.

Regina Belle
Laythan Armor
Kitty Beethoven
Vernon Black
Denetria Champ
Jacques Charles
Mohandas Dewese
Keith Diamond
Tyrone Dickerson
Timothy Gant
Steven Grissette
Tony Haynes
Larry Henley
Ken Hirsch
April Lang
Clyde Lieberman
Michael James Mani
Alan Menken
Ron Miller
Shelly Peiken
Channing Pollack
Tim Rice
Brenda Russell
Marti Sharron
Anthony Smith
Phillip Lane Stewart II (as P.L. Stewart III)
Dawn Thomas
Narada Michael Walden
Albert Willemetz
Maurice Yvain

source/pic: my records
side one/two breakdown and EU catalog #s: the web

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