Phase 2/Brand New Day

Phase 2/Brand New Day

by Ronnie Dyson

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Overview

Ronnie Dyson's biggest hits came in the first half of the '70s but the two albums compiled on Real Gone Music's 2014 two-fer date from a decade later. Phase 2 came out in 1982 and Brand New Day arrived a year later, both chalking up entries on the R&B Singles chart, but perhaps the greatest indication of where the music made the most impact was how "All Over Your Face," the opening track on Brand New Day, went to 16 on the Dance Club charts. There are moments of slow-burning soul on both records -- Phase 2 in particular has a few cuts where things glide along at a crawl -- but these are mainly post-disco dance albums, with Brand New Day striking a sweet spot of transition between disco and new wave funk. That blend can be heard on "All Over Your Face" and it's the reason why that was a hit, and even if the album doesn't deliver on its promise as a whole, there are moments of brilliance here: the tightly coiled, heavily synthesized "You Better Be Fierce," robotic funk swing of "I Need Just a Little More Lovin'," and Off the Wall sparkle of "Don't Need You Now." Phase 2 doesn't reach these glorious highs and sometimes gets stuck in its 4/4 rhythms (a cover of "Expressway to Your Heart" is pretty dreary) but it's amiable and stylish, a nice little blast of later-era disco done on the cheap.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002949
catalogNumber: 400294
Rank: 189299

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Dyson   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Alvin Fields   Background Vocals
Kevin Barnes   Trombone
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Yvette Benton   Background Vocals
Angela Cappelli   Background Vocals
Ray Chew   Keyboards
Benny Cowan   Trumpet
Bobby Eli   Percussion
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Gary Grainger   Bass
Yogi Horton   Drums
Barbara Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
Butch Ingram   Bass,Background Vocals
John Ingram   Drums,Background Vocals
William Ingram   Guitar,Trombone
Gene Leone   Horn Engineer
David Starobin   French Horn
Greg Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Eltesa Weathersby   Background Vocals
Cotton Kent   Keyboards
Robert Ingram   Percussion,Drums
Francisco Centano   Bass
Jimmy Ingram   Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Ron Oshima   Alto Saxophone
Hernon Constantino Section   Strings
Peter Cannerozzi   Synthesizer
Mike Rosenman   Electric Piano
John Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Chuckie Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ken Bloom   Vocal Engineer
Ronnie Dyson   Composer
Dirk Devlin   Engineer
Bobby Eli   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Barbara Ingram   Composer
Butch Ingram   Composer,Producer
John Ingram   Composer
Rev. Timothy Wright   Composer
Bobby Warner   Rhythm Track Engineer
Eltesa Weathersby   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Richie Rome   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Nathan   Producer
Eban Kelly   Composer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Sam Culley   Composer
Arlene J. Matza   Composer
Frank Fuchs   Composer
Gavin Spencer   Composer
Robert Ingram   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Joe Russo   Composer
Charles Williams   Composer
Roger Williams   Artwork
Rashod D. Ollison   Liner Notes
Patrick Henderson   Composer
Don Renaldo and His Swinging Strings & Horns   String Section
Jimmy Ingram   Composer,String Arrangements
Lynn Dreese Bresiin   Art Direction
Jeff Prusan   Composer
Henry Allen   Liner Notes

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