In Your Eyes [Bonus Tracks]

In Your Eyes [Bonus Tracks]

by James "D-Train" Williams

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

Some R&B historians have blamed technology for the fact that there were so many forgettable R&B recordings in the mid- to late '80s, but technology per se wasn't the problem. It was a question of what artists chose to do with all those synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines, not the very fact that they were using them. One of the artists who helped usher in the synth-funk era, James "D-Train" Williams wasn't shy about embracing technology. But the Brooklynite was a soul singer at heart, and no matter how high-tech he became, Williams provided synth-funk recordings that were warm, soulful, and inviting rather than sterile or mechanical. His high standards are very much in evidence on In Your Eyes, which was his second (and last) album for Columbia and was the second time he was billed as James "D-Train" Williams the solo artist rather than as half of the duo D-Train. But Hubert Eaves III, the duo's other half, isn't exactly absent from this 1988 effort; in addition to handling most of the keyboards, synthesizers, and drum machines, Eaves co-wrote most of the material -- and that includes energetic synth-funk grooves such as "With All My Heart," "Diamond in the Night," the haunting "Runner," and the title track (a number 11 R&B hit and the album's only single). Uptempo songs dominate the album, but Williams detours into quiet storm territory with the ballads "Shadow of Another Love," "Curious," and "My Friend." Unfortunately, Columbia considered In Your Eyes a commercial disappointment; even though the title track almost made the Top Ten on Billboard's R&B singles chart, the album itself only reached number 46 on Billboard's R&B albums chart. And in 1989, Columbia dropped Williams. But thankfully, In Your Eyes returned to print in 2011, when Funky Town Grooves reissued the album as a 70-minute CD and added four bonus tracks (including dub mixes of "Runner" and the title song). In Your Eyes is less essential than Williams' best Prelude output of the early '80s, but it's a solid effort and reminds us that creatively, Williams was a cut above most of his synth-funk competition.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2017
Label: Funky Town Grooves
UPC: 0886979326422
catalogNumber: 258
Rank: 81632

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James "D-Train" Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
Hubert Eaves   Keyboards
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
B.J. Nelson   Background Vocals
Hubert Eaves   Percussion,Electric Bass
Philip Hamilton   Guitar
Doc Powell   Guitar
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Ed Tree Moore   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Alto Saxophone
Norma Jean Wright   Background Vocals
Genobia Jeter   Background Vocals
Cindy Mizell   Background Vocals
Paul Johnson   Keyboards
Wilfred Downing   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Hodges   Vocal Arrangements
Hubert Eaves   Horn Arrangements,drum programming
James "D-Train" Williams   Programming
Pete Diorio   Engineer
Hubert Eaves   Drum Fills
Kevin Goins   Liner Notes
Donald Cleveland   Reissue Producer
Paul Johnson   rhythm arrangement
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Frank Diorio   Drum Fills

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