Passage – Passage – 1981

This album was an interesting story. Louis Johnson was a member of Brothers Johnson and he decided to do a solo album, kind of. I say kind of because he actually did vocals for 4 tracks, his wife Valerie did vocals for 3 tracks, and Richard Heath did lead vocals for 2 tracks. Louis was under contract with A&M records so this is one of those rare moments when A&M released a gospel album. Strangely Impact records also had a release of this album. I’d love to hear the story on how that came about. The album single “Open Up Your Heart” made it to #13 which is pretty good for a soul track in 1981. This is a top notch soul album by a genre king that you should listen to if you like your music with a little soul.

1 – Have You Heard The Word – 4:34
2 – You Can’t Be Livin’ – 4:55
3 – Faith Walking People – 3:39
4 – I See The Light – 4:36
5 – The Great Flood – 3:42
6 – Open Up Your Heart – 3:55
7 – Power – 4:11
8 – Love Eyes – 3:37
9 – The Son Will Come Again – 4:03

Acoustic Guitar – Louis Johnson
Arranged By [Horns] – David Diggs, Louis Johnson
Arranged By [Strings] – David Diggs, Gerald Lee, Louis Johnson
Backing Vocals – Louis Johnson, Richard Heath, Valerie Johnson
Bass – Louis Johnson
Drums – John Robinson, Ricky Lawson
Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Louis Johnson
Engineer, Mixed By – Jack Joseph Puig
Flute – Michael Perkins
Guitar – Curtis Nolen, David Williams, Greg Moore, Louis Johnson
Keyboards – David Wolinski, Louis Johnson, Raymond Crossley, Rene Moore
Lead Vocals – Louis Johnson, Richard Heath, Valerie Johnson
Percussion – Richard Heath
Piano [Acoustic] – David Wolinski, Raymond Crossley
Producer – Louis Johnson
Saxophone [Solo] – Michael Perkins
Steel Guitar – Al Perkins
Synthesizer [Bass] – Louis Johnson
Vocals – Louis Johnson, Richard Heath, Valerie Johnson

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – A&M Records, Inc.
Copyright © – A&M Records, Inc.
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab

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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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