Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Treasure" by The Brothers Johnson

Song#:  0297
Date:  08/16/1980
Debut:  87
Peak:  73
Weeks:  4
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Brothers just had their third and last pop Top 10 hit with the excellent "Stomp!" when this second single from their "Light Up the Night" album came out. Mostly known for their funk and lite-jazz tunes, this R&B ballad couldn't find much of an audience; even peaking at a lackluster #36 on the R&B chart. But by this time the album had already become their best pop chart showing at #5 and was their third #1 R&B album.

ReduxReview: Ugh - "Stomp!" was so good as was a good chunk of the "Light Up the Night" album. But this song is a real letdown. It is sooo slow and dreary and it doesn't really go anywhere. It's low charting does not surprise me a bit. If you listen to this song, you may want to set an alarm to wake yourself up. Zzzzz.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  This song was written by frequent Quincy Jones cohort Rod Temperton. Temperton began his music career when he joined the UK disco/funk band Heatwave. They hit it big in 1976 with the #1 hit "Boogie Nights," written by Temperton. His first major gig for Quincy Jones was to write songs for a Michael Jackson album. That album was "Off the Wall" and Temperton had three of his songs recorded including the #1 "Rock With You."


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