Philip Bailey – The Wonders Of His Love – 1984

Most reviews of this period of Philip Bailey refer to him as an ex member of Earth, Wind & Fire. That’s not true as Bailey worked with EW&F well into the late 90’s. Now that I have that out of the way this was Bailey’s second solo album. He did parallel releases on both secular and Christian albums through the 80’s. I think it can be said that this was his biggest album on the Christian side of his career. It had 3 CCM singles with “I Will No Wise Cast You Out” making it to #4 despite it’s rather oddly grammered title. “The Wonders Of His Love” and “He Don’t Lie” both singled in the 20’s. This album was not my style in the 80’s so I don’t think I ever intentionally listened to it. Now that I have matured I can say that this is a very good album. Bailey’s high tenor voice is exceptional and not many can match his vocal quality. The song writing is also very good, not exceptional but very good. His vocals are just so strong that it makes any lyrical shortcomings irrelevant. If you skipped this one in the 80’s because R & B wasn’t your style give it a listen now. In fact I wouldn’t even say it’s a R & B album. Give it a listen and tell me how you would classify it, I decided it is Pop.

1 – I Will No Wise Cast You Out – 4:41
2 – I Want To Know You – 4:32
3 – God Is Love – 4:58
4 – Sing A New Song – 4:58
5 – Safe In God’s Love – 3:45
6 – I Am Gold – 5:04
7 – He Don’t Lie – 4:59
8 – The Wonders Of His Love – 5:05
9 – Make Us One – 5:47

Arranged By [Horn] – Jerry Peters (tracks: A1, B1, B4)
Arranged By [String] – Jerry Peters (tracks: A1, B1, B2, B4)
Arranged By [Synthesizer] – Leonard Caston (tracks: A5)
Backing Vocals – Carl Carwell (tracks: A1 to B2, B4), Carolyn Caston (tracks: A3, A5), Greg Walker (tracks: A4, B1, B4), Gwen Brown (tracks: A4, B1, B4), Jeanette Hawes (tracks: A1 to B1, B4), Julia Tillman (tracks: A4, B1, B4), Leonard Caston (tracks: A3, A5), Margeret Briggs (tracks: A4, B1)
Bass – Freddie Washington (tracks: A4, B1), James Jamerson, Jr. (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B2, B4)
Concertmaster – Charles Veal
Drums – Jerry Brown
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig
Engineer [Second @ Bill Schnee] – David Schober
Engineer [Second @ Hollywood], Mixed By – Ross Pallone
Engineer [Second @ Mama Jo’s] – Steven Ford
Guitar – Paul Jackson, Jr. (tracks: A1, A3 to B3)
Keyboards – Charles Williams (tracks: B1, B4), George Duke (tracks: A2, B3), Skip Scarborough (tracks: A1, B2)
Keyboards, Organ – Jerry Peters (tracks: A3, A4)
Mixed By [Second Engineer] – Mike Wuellner
Percussion – Paulinho DaCosta (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3), Ralph Johnson (tracks: A3, B2)
Producer, Backing Vocals – Philip Bailey
Synthesizer – Alan Pasqua (tracks: A1, A5, B2, B4)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mixed At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co. – △26563

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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

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