Herbie Hancock – Lite Me Up (1982/2013) [HDTracks 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Lite Me Up (1982/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 38:04 minutes | 828 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1982, George Massenburg Studios, Eldorado Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Lite Me Up is Herbie Hancock’s 33rd album and was originally released in 1982. A fusion of jazz and pop, the album is full of wonderful tunes.

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 all but two of the eight 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 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 “Getting’ 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. Despite the better tracks, Lite Me Up doesn’t have the adventurous nature of Hancock’s jazz/pop of the era. -Jason Elias

1 Lite Me Up! 3:40
2 The Bomb 3:58
3 Gettin’ to the Good Part 6:12
4 Paradise 4:32
5 Can’t Hide Your Love 3:54
6 The Fun Tracks 4:03
7 Motor Mouth 3:58
8 Give It All Your Heart 7:40

Backing Vocals – Edi Lehman (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8), Herbie Hancock (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8), Jim Gilstrap (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8), John Lehman (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8), Patti Austin (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8), Paulette McWilliams (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8)
Bass – Louis Johnson (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 8)
Drums – John Robinson, Jeff Porcaro, Narada Michael Walden
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Clavinet [Clavitar], Synthesizer [Yamaha-cs 80, The Source By Moog, Mini Moog, Waves Mini Moog, Prophet 5, Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey], Keyboards [Emu Digital Keyboard], Synthesizer [Oberheim 8-voice Synthesizer, Roland Jupiter 8], Clavinet [Hohner], Vocoder [Sennheiser], Synthesizer [Synclavier Digital Synthesizer, Linn Drum Synthesizer], Piano – Herbie Hancock
Guitar – David Williams (4) (tracks: 2, 3, 6 to 8), Steve Lukather (tracks: 1)
Saxophone, Woodwind – Gary Herbig (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8), Larry Williams (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8)
Trombone – Bill Reichenbach (2) (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8)
Trumpet – “Dr. Negroidal, The” (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8)
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jerry Hey (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8)
Trumpet, Trombone – Chuck Findley (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 8)
Vocals, Vocals [Vocoder] – Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Wayne Anthony



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