Hancock – Lite Me Up.
By 1978, Hancock had another identity as a dance/fusion attraction with the albums Feets Don't Fail Me Now and Sunlight. Lite Me Up is an even more concerted effort to fuse jazz with pop. Hancock handled all of the production chores on most of the tracks. His main arranger and lyricist here is Rod Temperton, the former Heatwave member who worked with Quincy Jones on albums Off the Wall and Light Up the Night. The title track “Lite Me Up” and "The Bomb" are glossy, propulsive offerings reminiscent of prime Jones without his skill at making it all stick. The biggest hit here, the sleek "Gettin' To The Good Part" adheres to the Steely Dan's Gaucho style, has a gorgeous bridge, and has Hancock doing his loved or hated vocoder lead vocals. From a jazz perspective, there is precious little of it on Lite Me Up. In fact, the songs "The Fun Tracks" and the humorous "Motor Mouth" sound like Heatwave retreads. The last song stands out, however. The beautiful, hooky ballad "Give It All Your Heart" features both Hancock and Patrice Rushen both doing their vocal leads on vocoder. The track perfectly captures both prime Temperton and Hancock's '78-'82 fusion ballad style. Songs with producers Jay Graydon and Narada Michael Walden both feature the artist doing vocals without the gadgetry and, believe it or not, the vocoder is more definitive. The 1983 release Lite me up once again confirmed Hancock’s successful formula of using new sounds and high technology to frame popular music. Especially for this re-issue PTG Records has added two Bonus tracks to the original album “Lite me up” 12 inch version and “Gettin’ To The Good Part” single version.
1. Lite Me Up 3:41
2. The Bomb 3:59
3. Gettin' To The Good Part 6:12
4. Paradise 4:30
5. Can't Hide Your Love 3:53
6. The Fun Tracks 4:03
7. Motor Mouth 3:59
8. Give It All Your Heart 7:39
9. Lite Me Up (12 inch version) 7:15
Digitally remastered from original mastertape
Label: PTG Records
Cat. nr: PTG 34208
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