Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Two Places at the Same Time" by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio

Song#:  0137
Date:  04/19/1980
Debut:  86
Peak:  30
Weeks:  14
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Ray Parker, Jr. was already a successful musician by the time he created the group Raydio in 1977. The group got off to a solid start netting two major pop Top 10 hits, the gold record "Jack and Jill" (#8) and "You Can't Change That" (#9). When their third album rolled around, Parker billed himself first, thereby getting his name out and associated with their hits. This first single under the changed name didn't do as well as the others, although it did reach the R&B Top 10 and the album was certified gold.

ReduxReview:  After two really great singles, expectations were high for the next one. But for me (and others as it only peaked at #30) expectations were not met. It's a very run-of-the-mill R&B/crossover mid-tempo song with nothing much to hook you in. The lyrics are pretty sub-standard as well, which doesn't help matters.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  When he decided to strike out on his own recording career, Parker was not very confident in his lead vocal capabilities, so he formed a group instead and contributed vocals rather than being a completely solo artist. Obviously he gained confidence as he started a successful solo career once Raydio split in 1981.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 86 - 77 - 66 - 56 - 50 - 44 - 42 - 37 - 34 - 31 - 30 - 30 - 64 - 97