Terence Trent D´Arby – Introducing The Hardline According (1987)

FrontCover1Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby is Terence Trent D’Arby’s debut solo album. It was released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, and became an instant number one smash in the UK, spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Album Chart. It was eventually certified 5 x Platinum (for sales of 1.5 million copies). Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale.[6] The album’s success was slower in the U.S. It was released there in October 1987, eventually peaking at number four on May 7, 1988[7] – the same week that the single “Wishing Well” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It did peak higher on the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1 around the same time.

D´Arby01Other singles from the album included “If You Let Me Stay”, which was a top ten hit in the UK, and “Sign Your Name”, which reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the UK. A fourth single, “Dance, Little Sister”, reached the UK Top 20 as well. As was common for big-selling artists at that time, the singles were released in a plethora of limited editions on multiple formats. These were bolstered by a multitude of non-album studio and live tracks.(by wikipedia)

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent d’Arby is a strong debut by this young singer, who wrote virtually every note, played a multitude of instruments, and claimed that this was the most important album since the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper. Hits included “If You Let Me Stay,” “Dance Little Sister,” “Sign Your Name,” and the number one “Wishing Well.” His first album is a curious mixture of old and new styles. Although the production is quite modern, d’Arby shows his roots in the work of older artists, borrowing a page or two from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, while James Brown appears to have had the strongest influence on d’Arby’s stage presence. (by Rob Bowman)

Tim Cansfield (guitar)
Mel Collins (saxophone)
Terence Trent D’Arby (vocals, Keyboards, drums, Percussion, saxophone, all instruments on 09. + 10.)
Pete Glenister (guitar)
Preston Heyman (drums, percussion)
Cass Lewis (bass)
Christian Marsac (guitar, saxophone)
Clive Mngaza (drums, percussion)
“Blast” Murray (guitar)
Sean Oliver (bass)
Nick Plytas (keyboards)
Frank Ricotti (percussion)
Bruce Smith (drums, percussion)
Phil Spalding (bass)
Andy Whitmore (keyboards)
Ivar Ybrad (sinubla)
background vocals:
Glenn Gregory – Tony Jackson – Frank Collins – Ebo Ross – Lance Ellington

01. If You All Get to Heaven (D´Arby) 5.17
02. If You Let Me Stay (D´Arby) 3.14
03. Wishing Well (D’Arby/Oliver) 3.30
04. I’ll Never Turn My Back On You (Father’s Words) (D´Arby) 3.37
05. Dance, Little Sister (D´Arby) 3.55
06. Seven More Days (D´Arby) 4.32
07. Let’s Go Forward (D´Arby) 5.32
08. Rain (D´Arby) 2.58
09. Sign Your Name (D´Arby) 4.37
10. As Yet Untitled (D´Arby) 5.33
11. Who’s Lovin’ You (Robinson) 4.24

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