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Rick James Presents Stone City Band - In 'N' Out (1980)

8-06-2014, 09:17
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Rick James Presents Stone City Band - In 'N' Out (1980)

Artist: Rick James Presents Stone City Band
Title Of Album: In 'N' Out
Year Of Release: 1980
Label: Gordy / G7-991R1
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco
Total Time: 35:24 min
Format: FLAC (tracks, vinyl)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 215 mb

Review by Alex Henderson
Released in 1980, In 'n' Out is the first of three Stone City Band albums that Rick James produced in the early '80s. The albums were meant to show what James' backing band could do on its own, although they were hardly albums that the SCB recorded independent of James -- in addition to producing them, the Buffalo funkster did a lot of writing and co-writing. So not surprisingly, In 'n' Out ends up sounding like a Rick James album, although a Rick James album in which members of the SCB take most of the lead vocals. Only on the sweaty "Little Runaway" is James featured prominently as a lead vocalist -- other songs find SCB members like Levi Ruffin Jr. and the Colored Girls (Lisa Sarno and Jackie Ruffin) handling the lead vocals. Clearly the best song on the LP, "Little Runaway" is a gem that should have been a major hit. The rest of the songs (which ranges from funk numbers like "Strut Your Stuff" and "Party Girls" to the romantic slow jam "Havin' You Around") are decent and enjoyable, although not mind-blowing. This LP is only recommended to James fans who consider themselves completists.


1] In 'N' Out (Overture)
2] Little Runaway
3] Strut Your Stuff
4] Party Girls
5] In 'N' Out
6] South American Sneeze
7] F.I.M.A. (Funk In Mama Afrika)
8] In 'N' Out (Reprise)

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Tom McDermott
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Daniel LeMelle
Arranged By [Horns] – Daniel LeMelle, Rick James
Art Direction – Ginny Livingston, John Cabalka
Backing Vocals – California Sinclair, Colored Girls, The, Deborah Thomas, Erskine Williams, Judy Tousseau, Levi Ruffin Jr., Nate Shon Alston, Oscar Alston, Pointer Sisters
Backing Vocals [Pointer Sisters] – Anita, Ruth
Backing Vocals [The Colored Girls] – Jackie Ruffin, Lisa Sarna
Bass – Oscar Alston
Design – Mary Francis
Drums – Lanise Hughes, Rick James
Electronic Drums [Syndrums] – Oscar Alston, Rick James
Engineer [Assistant] – Rick Sanchez, Russell Curtis (2)
Engineer [Recording & Mixing] – Tom Flye
Illustration – Margo Nahas
Lyricon – Lenny Pickett
Marimba – Erskine Williams, Rick James
Mastered By – Jim Sintetos
Musician [Stone City Band] – Lanise Hughes, Levi Ruffin Jr., Oscar Alston, Tom McDermott
Percussion – Daniel LeMelle, John Ervin, Lanise Hughes, Nate Guido Hughes, Oscar Alston, Rick James, Tom McDermott
Photography By – Gary Heery
Piano, Electric Piano – Erskine Williams
Producer, Arranged By, Timbales, Congas, Musical Box [African Slot Drum], Vibraphone [Vibes] – Rick James
Synthesizer [& String Ensemble] – Levi Ruffin Jr.
Timpani [Tympani] – Narada Michael Walden
Trombone – John Ervin
Trumpet – Cliff Ervin


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