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22 February 2010

My World (1993)

  1. My World
  2. A Song For You
  3. None Of Us Are Free (with Eric Clapton)
  4. So Help Me God
  5. Let Me Take Over
  6. One Drop Of Love
  7. If I Could
  8. Love Has A Mind Of Its Own
  9. I'll Be There
  10. Still Crazy After All These Years 
  11. More Love Than Ordinary (only French release)*
For this album Warner's Mo Ostin brought in veteran producer Richard Perry. The album was recorded at Cherokee, House of Soul, Capitol, Summa, Studio Ultimo, Clinton Recording Studio B, and Peter Rafelson Studio. Song For You won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance. About Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years Ray told writer David Ritz, "Still Crazy fit me fine, especially the part that says, ‘I'm not the kind of man who tends to socialize/I seem to lean on old familiar ways.' That's me."
*The French edition of the CD had More Love Than Ordinary as a bonus track (cf. this).

Session musicians*: Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Mavis Staples. Personnel: Jimmy Cox, Greg Phillinganes - piano; Dan Farrow - keyboards; Jud J. Friedman - keyboards, string synths; Billy Preston - organ, clavinets, hammond B-3; Guy Moon, Randy Kerber - synthesizers; Steve Lindsey - synths, wurlitzer, synth horns; Doug Norwine, Lee Thornburg - horn; Eric Clapton, James Harrah, Paul Jackson Jr, Tommy Organ - guitar; Randy Waldman - guitar synth; Jimmy Johnson, Abe Laboriel, Lee Sklar - bass; Chuckii Booker, Khris Kellow, Tom Snow - synth bass; Shaun Labelle - bass, synth bass, clavinet, drum progamming; Paulinho da Costa - conga, tamborine; Donny Nguyen - drum & percuccion programming; John Blackjack Levy - drum & percuccion programming, synth horns; Bob Chiarelli - drum programming; Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro - drums; Enrico De Paoli - percussion programming; Bob Thiele Jr - string synths; Maxi Anderson, Alex Brown, Joey Diggs, Lisa Frazier, Karen Grant, Portia Griffin, Maxanne Lewis, Jean McClain, Arnold McCuller, Phil Perry, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo, June Pointer, Phil Royal, Brenda Russell, Alfie Silas, Mavis Staples, Rosie Stone, Carmen Twittie, Billy Valentine, Tata Vega, Sharon Wallace, Oren Waters, Yvonne Williams, Monalisa Young, Terry Young - vocals; Carl King - arranger, drums, percussion, synthesizer programming; Barry Mann - arranger, synthesizer; Jeremy Lubbock, Richard Perry - arranger.

CD: Warner Bros 26735, 1993-03.
LP: Warner Bros WE 833.

*For details per track see this

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