Personnel includes: Pebbles (vocals); Babyface (guitar, keyboards); Danny Sembello (keyboards); Kayo (bass); L.A. Reid (drums, percussion); Natisse "Bambi" Jones (background vocals); Salt 'N Pepa, Johnny Gill, After 7, Karyn White.
Producers include: Babyface, Pebbles, Kayo, Daryl Simmons, Perri A. Reid.
Engineers include: Barney Perkins, Jimmy Dutt, Ron Christopher.
Personnel: Pebbles (vocals, background vocals); Salt-N-Pepa (rap vocals); Babyface (guitar, keyboards, keyboard programming, background vocals); Kayo (keyboards, drums, percussion, programming, keyboard programming, background vocals); Daryl Simmons (keyboards, programming, keyboard programming, background vocals); Danny Sembello (keyboards); L.A. Reid (drums, percussion, background vocals); Donald Parks (programming); Cherrelle, Bambi Jones, Johnny Gill, After 7, Karyn White (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jon Gass; L.A. Reid.
Audio Remixers: Jon Gass; L.A. Reid; Babyface.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Elumba Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Encore Recording Studios, Burbank, CA; Galaxy Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA; Skip Saylor Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Soudscape, Cheshire Sound Studios, Atlanta GA; Summa Music Group; Wide-Tracks, Inc.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donnell Sullivan; Rich Caughron; Thom "TK" Kidd.
Pebbles followed her self-titled LP with Always, which went gold and spawned two number one R&B hits, the gritty "Giving You the Benefit" and the fluttering Pebbles/Babyface duet ballad "Love Makes Things Happen." Salt-N-Pepa appear on the pumping smash "Backyard." The lovely ballad "Always" features her cousin Cherrelle and broke the R&B Top 20. The urgent "Say a Prayer for Me" is a lyrical snapshot of '80s-era ills. Other standouts are "Give It to Me," the ethereal ballad "Why Would I Believe," and the sweet, bouncy "Stay With Me." Some tracks from Always are on Pebbles' Greatest Hits released by Hip-O/Universal on April 25, 2000 and Heart of Soul [Polygram] issued in January 2000. ~ Ed Hogan