Paul Smith of course is best known for being in the Imperials. He did go on to a solo career after the Imperials but this little known album came before he joined the Imperials. When I say little known it’s because this album does not appear to have been on a label. It appears Paul self released this album so I am assuming no one ever heard of it. Strangely it appears to be highly collectable with copies fetching $300. I have listened to the album and there is nothing here that is deserving of that price tag but it is a good album if you like that 70’s easy listening style.
Tracklist 1 – Yes, I Know – 4:37 2 – Singin’ Through The Rain – 3:17 3 – Before I Knew – 4:27 4 – Child Of The Father – 3:32 5 – One More Day – 5:44 6 – Now I See The Man – 3:09 7 – Lonely People Serenade – 6:07 8 – Let There Still Be Love – 3:48 9 – Always – 4:23
Credits Arranged By – Robert Sterling Backing Vocals – Suite Lady Backing Vocals [Suite Lady] – Cindy Vaughn, Denise Griffith, Gail Quillan, Jean Seal, Jean Secliffe Bass – Andy Rae Design – Nancy Perry Drums, Percussion – Robert Sterling Engineer – Bob Sullivan Guitar – Bob Thomas Keyboards, Synthesizer – Shane Keister Liner Notes – Charles F. Brown Mixed By [Assistant] – Charles F. Brown Photography By – Tim Henry Producer – Robert Sterling Saxophone – Greg Bashara Trombone – Anne Broaddus, David Carter Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Mark Nally
Companies, etc. Published By – Glorysound Publishing Published By – Home Sweet Home Publishing Published By – John T. Benson Publishing Published By – PostScript Music Recorded At – Rivendell Sound Recorders Recorded At – Sunset-Burnet Studios
Paul’s first solo album after leaving the Imperials was a big hit so Dayspring Records went for round 2 with this one. They must a thrown a lot of money at this album as the credit list is huge. Alas from what I have read this album did not do as well as his previous one. I’m kind of disappointed with that as I think this album is easily just as good but I wouldn’t say it’s better. This is solid pop album and while his last release was a little more AOR oriented I think this one should have done better with a more youthful audience. While there are a few too many ballads for my taste they are well done and are solid tracks.
Tracklist 1 – Faithful – 4:02 2 – Dancing Too Close – 4:20 3 – Walls – 5:07 4 – The Right Thing – 4:00 5 – I Will Be There For You – 4:51 6 – Something Better – 4:39 7 – Cantabile – 4:24 8 – Celebration (I Wanna Be There) – 5:20 9 – When Love Comes Home – 4:44
Credits Jeff Balding – Engineer, Mixed Deanna Cabaniss – Background Vocals Claire Cloninger – Songwriter Billy Crockett – Songwriter Bill Deaton – Engineer Mark Douthit – Sax Michael English – Background Vocals Bob Farrell – Songwriter Kim Fleming – Background Vocals Mark Hammond – Drum Programming Richard Headen – Engineer Deanna Hemby – Spoken Vocals Tom Hemby – Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Mandolin, Drum Programming, Guitars, Background Vocals JB Baird – Engineer, Mixed Neal Joseph – Executive Producer Wayne Kirkpatrick – Songwriter Phil Kristianson – Piano, Organ Gary Lunn – Bass, Drum Programming Phil Madeira – Additional Synthesizers David Martin – Songwriter Donna McElroy – Background Vocals Phil Naish – Synthesizers Brett Perry – Songwriter Kelly Raglin – Spoken Vocals Chris Rodriguez – Background Vocals Jimmie Lee Sloas – Background Vocals Paul Smith – Songwriter, Vocals, Background Vocals Keith Thomas – Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Synthesizers, Drum Programming Tricia Walker – Songwriter Marcia Wells – Background Vocals Bill Whittington – Engineer, Mixed Hank Williams – Mastered Kenny Wood – Songwriter
Paul Smith is probably best known for his time as an Imperial. He replaced Russ Taff in 1981 when Russ left to pursue a solo career. Paul would follow that same path in 1986 with this album. There has been much discussion as to why lead singers fled the Imperials. My best guess (and it’s only a guess) is that it was money. A solo album contract is always better than a group contract. That said as many album as the Imperials were selling I kind of doubt Paul made as much as a solo artist. That said I can guarantee Russ Taff made more money as a solo artist than he did with the Imperials. But really that’s all speculation. Anyway Paul released this album in 1986 on Dayspring Records and it did very well. It had 4 singles on the CCM charts with Never Be Another doing the best climbing to #2. The others didn’t do quite as well but 4 singles on a first solo album is pretty darn good. But keep in mind his musical pedigree guaranteed the album would get noticed. The album is a solid AOR pop album and while a little on the easy listening side for me I still quite enjoyed it.
Tracklist 1 – Everlasting Joy – 4:03 2 – Live And Learn – 4:32 3 – Never Be Another – 3:51 4 – Keep The Light On – 4:05 5 – So Good To Know – 4:11 6 – Let Love Happen To You – 4:43 7 – A Holy Nation – 3:39 8 – Praisemaker – 3:49 9 – Beautiful The Dreamer – 4:00
Credits Art Direction – Buddy Jackson Backing Vocals – David Martin, Denny Henson, Greg Guidry, Keith Thomas, Lisa Bevill, Patti Morris, Paul Smith Bass – Jimmie Lee Sloas Drum Programming – Keith Thomas, Mark Hammond Drums – Mark Hammond Executive Producer – Neal Joseph Guitar – Jon Goin Keyboards – Keith Thomas Percussion – Terry McMillan Photography – Ron Keith, Scott Bonner Producer – Keith Thomas Saxophone – Jim Horn Synthesizer [Additional Programming] – Brett Perry