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René & Angela: Street Called Desire

Track List

>Save Your Love (For #1)
>I'll Be Good
>No How - No Way
>You Don't Have to Cry
>Street Called Desire
>Your Smile
>Who's Foolin' Who
>Drive My Love
>Set Me Free
>Save Your Love (For #1) - (12" version)
>I'll Be Good - (12" version)
>No How - No Way (12" version)
>Your Smile - (12" version)
>Drive My Love - (12" version)

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Rene Moore and Angela Winbush.

Personnel: Rene Moore (vocals, keyboards, synthesized bass, handclaps, programming); Angela Winbush (vocals, keyboards, programming); Kurtis Blow (rap vocals); Paul Pesco, Michael McGloiry, Tony Maiden, Paul Jackson, Donald Griffin (guitar); Bobby Watson (bass); Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Rayford Griffin, John Robinson, Andre Fishcer (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Derwin Suttl, Ambrose Price (handclaps); Ramsey Embick, Jeff Lorber (programming).

Producers: Bobby Watson, Bruce Swedien, Rene Moore, Angela Winbush.

Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.

Engineers include: Steve Sykes, David Iveland, John Van Nest.

Includes liner notes by Wayne Edwards.

STREET CALLED DESIRE...AND MORE contains the full album STREET CALLED DESIRE as well as additional hits and rare remixes.

This is part of Mercury Records/Chronicles Funk Essentials series.

Personnel: Kurtis Blow (rap vocals); Donald Griffin, Michael McGloiry, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Paul Pesco, Tony Maiden (guitar); Angela Winbush (keyboards, background vocals); Ramsey Embick (synthesizer); René Moore (bass synthesizer, hand claps, background vocals); André Fischer, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Ray Griffin (drums); Ambrose Price (hand claps); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).

Audio Mixer: Bruce Swedien.

Audio Remasterer: Gary N. Mayo.

Liner Note Author: Wayne Edwards.

Recording information: Evergreen Recording; Greenstreet Studios, New York, NY; Image Recorders; Oceanway Recording; René & Angela's Studios.

Photographer: Harry Langdon.

Unknown Contributor Role: Dave Crawford .

René & Angela's obvious enthusiasm and for-real emotions make listening to Street Called Desire a pleasure. The uptempo numbers aren't jokes -- the throbbing beat on "I'll Be Good" is mind locking, but the two ballads, "You Don't Have to Cry" and "Your Smile," are outstanding. What makes them work is their unpredictability. No particular or predetermined pattern is set. No attempt is made to divide the lines and choruses equally; each singer unselfishly contributes what's necessary. "Smile" is mostly Angela until René repeatedly chants "No other love can light my life, no one can make things right, 'til my baby smiles." René has more juice on "You Don't Have to Cry," matching alternating verses with Angela, who gives an incredible performance on the heart-stopping ballad. René's brother Bobby Watson (formerly of Rufus) co-produced the sides with Bruce Swedien. "Save Your Love for Number #1" and "Your Smile" both reached number one R&B; "You Don't Have to Cry" went to number two, and "I'll Be Good" climbed to number four. Billboard's pop chart proved a tougher nut for R&A to scale, as a number 47 ranking for "I'll Be Good" was their highest number. Due to personal problems and conflicts, the duo called it quits and released no more LPs. This one is essential for any soul music aficionado. ~ Andrew Hamilton


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