Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rufus - 1979 - Numbers


01. Ain't Nobody Like You 4:28
02. You're To Blame 3:51
03. Keep It Together (Declaration Of Love) 4:16
04. Dancin' Mood 3:52
05. Red Hot Poker 4:30
06. Don't You Sit Alone 4:41
07. Bet My Dreams 5:04
08. Pleasure Dome 4:11
09. Are We? 3:32
10. Life In The City 4:54

Tony Maiden – guitar, lead vocals on "Ain't Nobody Like You", "Keep It Together (Declaration of Love)", "Bet My Dreams", "Pleasure Dome", and "Life in the City", background vocals, clavinet
Kevin Murphy – keyboards
Bobby Watson – bass, guitar, clavinet
John "J.R." Robinson – drums, percussion
David "Hawk" Wolinski – keyboards, lead vocals on "You're to Blame", "Don't You Sit Alone" and "Are We?", background vocals, guitar
Rufus – lead vocals on "Dancin' Mood"
Everett Bryson – percussion
Richard Mikuls – guitar
Truman Thomas – piano on "Keep It Together (Declaration of Love)"
Chuck "The German" Brooke – tenor sax, flute
John "Iron Lips" Erwin – trombone
Bob "The Professor" Greve – baritone sax, flute
Dave Grover – trumpet, slide trumpet, trombone
Bill Lamb – trumpet, slide trumpet, trombone, bass trombone
Helen Lowe – lead vocals on "Ain't Nobody Like You", background vocals
Lalomie Washburn – background vocals
Maxayne – lead vocals on "Are We?", background vocals
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet on "Bet My Dreams"
Harvey Mason – drums on "Pleasure Dome"

Numbers is the seventh studio album by funk band Rufus, released on the ABC Records label in 1978. It was the band's first album without Chaka Khan on lead vocals. Instead, band members Tony Maiden and David "Hawk" Wolinski shared lead vocal duties, with additional female leads by Helen Lowe and Maxayne. The album reached #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, #81 on Pop and included the single release "Keep It Together (Declaration of Love)" (US R&B #16).

Khan returned to the band for the recording of the following album Masterjam, produced by Quincy Jones.

Numbers would be Rufus' final album on ABC Records. The label would be purchased and subsequently dissolved by MCA Records, and the band transferred to its roster.

Numbers also marked the debut of drummer John "J.R." Robinson to the lineup. He would remain Rufus's drummer for the rest of their run.

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