Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night

by The Brothers Johnson


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Light Up the Night marked the end of an era for the Brothers Johnson -- it was the last of four albums that Quincy Jones produced for the Los Angeles siblings, and it was the last time a Brothers Johnson album was truly excellent instead of merely decent. When Jones was producing the Brothers Johnson's albums from 1976-1980, he gave them something their subsequent albums lacked -- consistency. Even though George and Lewis Johnson recorded some decent material after Light Up the Night, none of their post-Jones albums had the type of consistency that Jones gives this 1980 release. The album gets off to an impressive start with the major hit "Stomp!" (a definitive example of the smooth, sleek brand of funk that was termed sophisticated funk in the late '70s and early '80s), and the tracks that follow are equally memorable. From the sleek sophisti-funk of "You Make Me Wanna Wiggle," "This Had to Be" (which was co-written by Michael Jackson and employs him as a background vocalist), and the title song to the tender R&B/pop ballads "Treasure" and "All About the Heaven," Light Up the Night is without a dull moment.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/1996
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021371644
catalogNumber: 213716

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brothers Johnson   Primary Artist
Michael Jackson   Background Vocals
Quincy Jones   Background Vocals
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Vocal Percussion
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Susaye Greene Brown   Background Vocals
Richard Heath   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Josie James   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
George Johnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Valerie Johnson   Background Vocals
Scherrie Payne   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Rod Temperton   Electric Piano
Alex Weir   Vocals,Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Trumpet,Conductor,Euphonium
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Brothers Johnson   Contributor
Michael Jackson   Vocal Arrangements
Quincy Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor
Ed Eckstine   Artwork
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
George Johnson   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Louis Johnson   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Johnny Mandel   Synthesizer Arrangements
Steve Porcaro   Programming
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Glenn Wexler   Artwork,Art Direction
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Kurt Triffet   Illustrations

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