King of Stage

King of Stage

by Bobby Brown


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Bobby Brown's style was still fairly close to that of his comrades in New Edition when he recorded his first solo effort, King of Stage -- an album giving little indication of the hard-edged, aggressive "new jack swing" that was only two years away on Don't Be Cruel. While comparisons to his subsequent work are inevitable, Stage is a generally decent, though not breathtaking, album that stands on its own merit -- and one that proves that there was indeed life outside of New Edition for the singer
apper. Although Cameo leader Larry Blackmon, who serves as producer on "Girl Next Door," "Spending Time" and "Baby I Wanna Tell You Something," brings an undeniably Cameo-ish element to these high-tech funk smokers, Brown's individuality comes through loud and clear. But as enjoyable as the Blackmon-produced tracks are, top honors must go to "Seventeen" -- a riveting account of a teenage mother who turns to drugs and prostitution -- and the unapologetically sentimental, '70s-like soul ballad "Girlfriend." Brown sounds like he's going through the motions on the Rick James-ish "Your Tender Romance" and the lackluster ballad "Spending Time," but thankfully, Stage has more strengths than weaknesses.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1998
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0076732582725
catalogNumber: 5827

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Brown   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Lovesmith   Synthesizer,Bass,Horn,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Alyson Williams   Background Vocals
Bernard Wright   Keyboards
Lance Romance   Background Vocals
Sue Ann   Background Vocals
Richard Aguon   Background Vocals
Robert Brookins   Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan   Guitar
Emilio Conesa   Guitar
Kirk Crumpler   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tomi Jenkins   Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Khris Kellow   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marva King   Background Vocals
Wayne Linsey   Synthesizer
Melecio Magdaluyo   Saxophone
Lee Peters   Background Vocals
Eric Rehl   Keyboards
Monty Seward   Background Vocals
Melvin Wells   Guitar,Keyboards
Larry White   Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Grady Wilkins   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Smooth B.   Background Vocals
Jay Logan   Keyboards
Merv De Peyer   Keyboards
Olie Bowlds   Background Vocals
Debbe Kole   Background Vocals
Vee-Love   Background Vocals
Rolando Ramos   Percussion,Conga
Maurice Bailey   scratching
Angel Eve   Background Vocals
Willie Morris   Background Vocals
Kevin Kendrick   Bass Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Michael Lovesmith   Arranger,Producer,drum machine
Bobby Brown   Vocal Arrangements
Larry Blackmon   Composer,Producer
Robert Brookins   Producer,drum programming
Kirk Crumpler   Composer
Michael Denten   Engineer
Gary Hellman   Engineer
Paul Jackson   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Tomi Jenkins   Composer
Matthew Kasha   Engineer
Khris Kellow   Arranger,drum programming
Nathan Leftenant   Composer
John Luongo   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Hugh Martin   Composer
Dave Ogrin   Engineer
Lee Peters   Composer
David Rideau   Engineer
Michel Sauvage   Engineer
Louis Silas   Producer,Executive Producer
Melvin Wells   drum programming
Larry White   Composer,Producer
Jon Wolfson   Engineer
Mark Wills   Engineer
Jeff Adamoff   Art Direction
Jay Logan   Programming
Spencer Drate   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Tavvi Moté   Engineer
Vee-Love   Contributor

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