by Pebbles


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Pebbles surfaced on the scene in 1988 with her self-titled debut album and the two major hits it yielded: "Girlfriend" and "Mercedes Boy." "Girlfriend" continued in the Jody Watley tradition, with hard, urban dance beats and a dramatic story line. "Girlfriend" was also an early hit for Babyface as a songwriter, and, like Karyn White's Babyface-penned hits of the time, possessed an earthy grit which became lost under the adult contemporary gloss found in latter-day Babyface compositions. "Mercedes Boy," a sleek, sophisticated slice of urban dance pop, proved an even bigger hit than its predecessor, although the version here is somewhat tepid compared to the superior single remix, which can be found on Pebbles' 2000 Greatest Hits collection. Pebbles, like her contemporaries Karyn White, Jody Watley, and Paula Abdul, became a big star in the late 1980s, but that success could no longer translate to the early 1990s, when R&B took a much more aggressive and hard-edged direction. The rest of Pebbles' debut was somewhat pleasurable, but lightweight and rather unmemorable, and a third single, "Take Your Time," failed to ignite the charts, although her two later albums showed a considerable growth in artistry. Regardless, no collection of 1980s dance/pop/R&B would be complete without these two major hits, but the casual fan would be better off with Greatest Hits.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0076742209421
catalogNumber: 42094

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pebbles   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Background Vocals
Cherrelle   Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Jessica Williams   Background Vocals
André Cymone   Musician
Michael Sembello   Musician
Kayo   Musician
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Musician
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Bruce Gaitsch   Musician
Kevin Grady   Musician
John Hedges   Vacuum Cleaner
Gary Herbig   Musician
Paul Jackson   Musician
Fred Jenkins   Musician
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Roman Johnson   Musician
Cornelius Mims   Musician
Katrina Perkins   Background Vocals
L.A. Reid   Background Vocals,Musician
Danny Sembello   Background Vocals,Musician
Jackie Smiley   Background Vocals
Charlie Wilson   Background Vocals
Billy Young   Musician
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Yvette Marine   Background Vocals
Marva Barnes   Background Vocals
Carol Dennis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer
Pebbles   Producer
John Payne   Engineer
André Cymone   Producer
Hilary Bercovici   Engineer
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Alex Brown   Producer
Craig Burbidge   Engineer
Jon Gass   Engineer
Paul Jackson   Producer
Peter Kelsey   Engineer
Taavi Mote   Engineer
L.A. Reid   Composer,Producer
David Rideau   Engineer
Bud Rizzo   Engineer
Danny Sembello   Producer,Engineer
Louis Silas   Composer
Randy Waldman   Engineer
Charlie Wilson   Producer
Rob Von Arx   Engineer
Perri Reid   Composer
Gerry Brown   Engineer
James H. Smith   Executive Producer

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