17/04/2016

Leon Ware "Musical Massage" (1976) -Smooth Soul-



Label : Motown Records


01 - Learning How To Love You (Leon Ware)
02 - Instant Love* (With Minnie Ripperton) (Leon Ware & Jackie Hilliard)
03 - Body Heat* (Quincy Jones, Leon Ware, Bruce Fisher & Stan Richardson)
04 - Share You Love* (Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer & T-Boy Ross)
05 - Holiday (Leon Ware)
06 - Phantom Lover (Leon Ware & Jackie Hilliard)
07 - Journey Into You (Leon Ware & Terri McFaddin)
08 - Musical Massage (Leon Ware)
09 - French Waltz (Leon Ware)
10 - Turn Out The Light (Leon Ware, Minnie Riperton & Richard Rudolph)

Bonus Tracks : The 'I Want You' Sessions

11 - I Wanna Be Where You Are (Leon Ware & T-Boy Ross)
12 - Comfort (A.K.A. Come Live With Me, Angel) (With Minnie Ripperton) (Leon Ware & Jackie Hilliard)
13 - Long Time No See (Original Version Of "Since I Had You") (Leon Ware & Pam Sawyer)
14 - Don't You Wanna Come (Demo for "After The Dance") (Leon Ware & T-Boy Ross)
15 - You Are The Way You Are (Demo for "All The Way Around") (Leon Ware & T-Boy Ross)


#11-12 Previously Unreleased In The U.S.
#13-15 Previously Unreleased


Produced by Leon Ware
*Produced by Leon Ware & Hal David
"Instant Love", "Body Heat", "Share You Love", "Comfort", "I Wanna Be Where You Are" & "Long Time No See" Recorded May-July 1975 ; "Don't You Wanna Come" & "You Are The Way You Are" Recorded August 22, 1975 ; "Turn Out The Light" & "Journey Into You"Recorded October-December 1975 ; "Learning How To Love You", "Holiday", "Phantom Lover", "Musical Massage" & "French Waltz Recorded June-July 1975

#01-10 Originally Issued as Album Gordy 976S1, September 1976, Some discographies note the album was scheduled for release on Motown 876, then changed to Gordy. Also Issued in the U.K. as Motown STML 12050, February 1977
There were no singles issued from the album.
"Share Your love" was scheduled as single Motown 1368F, also listed as Gordy 7148, the B-sideof "Comfort", September 1975, then cancelled

#11-12 Previously Unreleased in the U.S. ; first issued in the U.K. on the CD, "Musical Massage", Expansion records EXCDM9, June 25, 2001

#13-15 Previously Unreleased

Original LP Credits
Musicians :
Drums : James Gadson
Keyboards : Sonny Burke, John Barnes & Jerry Peters
Guitars : David T. Walker & Ray Parker Jr.
Congas : Eddie "Bongo" Brown"
Percussion : Bobbye Hall & Gary Coleman
Bass : Chuck Rainey
Background Singers on "Share Your Love" : Jessie Smith, Merry Clayton & Felicia Griner
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineers : Art Stewart & Cal Harris
Re-Mix Engineer : Art Stewart

Expanded Edition
Produced by Harry Weinger
Digitally Remastered by Ellen Fitton at Universal Mastering Studios-East
"Long Time No See", "Don't You Wanna Come" & "You Are The Way You Are" Mixed by Kevin Reeves at UMS-E


01 - Learning How To Love You

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware

02 - Instant Love

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware & Hal Davis

03 - Body Heat

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware & Hal Davis

04 - Share You Love

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware & Hal Davis 

05 - Holiday 

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware

06 - Phantom Lover 

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware

07 - Journey Into You

Arranged by Coleridge T. Perkinson
Produced by Leon Ware

08 - Musical Massage

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware

09 - French Waltz

Arranged by David Blumberg
Produced by Leon Ware

10 - Turn Out The Light

Arranged by Coleridge T. Perkinson
Produced by Leon Ware

11 - I Wanna Be Where You Are

Arranged by Coleridge T. Perkinson
Produced by Leon Ware
Associate Producer : T-Boy Ross

12 - Comfort (A.K.A. Come Live With Me, Angel)

Arranged by Coleridge T. Perkinson
Produced by Leon Ware
Associate Producer : Hal Davis

13 - Long Time No See

Arranged by Coleridge T. Perkinson
Produced by Leon Ware
Associate Producer : Hal Davis

14 - Don't You Wanna Come

Produced by Leon Ware
Associate Producer : T-Boy Ross
Recorded as demo for what became Marvin Gaye's "After The Dance"

15 - You Are The Way You Are

Produced by Leon Ware
Associate Producer : T-Boy Ross
Recorded as demo for what became Marvin Gaye's "All The Way Around"