Jeffrey Osborne was the sparkling vocalist of Love, Togetherness, & Devotion in their prime and for a decade, leading them to dramatically outshine the competition. For this project, Shine On (the last to feature him as a member), the group brilliantly demonstrated their playing and singing prowess to go beyond gold and platinum. Equally - and well-balanced with funk jams and ballads, the album found two urban/pop smashes reaching the charts. Best known for his compelling interpretations, Osborne was outstanding on the moody slow jam and No. 7 R&B hit "Where Did We Go Wrong." The other chart-active tune reflected crossover potential as "Shine On," the powerful title song, illuminated the No. 19 spot on the urban pages and landed at No. 40 pop. To shine has several meaning: to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to be bright. Clearly, L.T.D. hit all those points of light in their career and on this terrific reissue at a great price.
L.T.D. includes: Jeffrey Osborne (vocals).
Personnel: Billy Osborne (vocals, piano, electric piano, percussion, background vocals); Jeffrey Osborne (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Johnny McGhee (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sneaky Pete Kleinow (steel guitar); Carle Vickers (fiddle, flute, trumpet, flugelhorn); Henry E. Davis (piccolo, synthesizer, background vocals); David Sherr (oboe); Lorenzo Carnegie (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion); Abraham "A.J." Miller (tenor saxophone); Sidney Muldrow, Attilio DePalma (French horn); Jake Riley (trombone); Jim Davis (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, synthesizer, background vocals); Alvino Bennett (drums, percussion); Angela Winbush (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Dave Collins .
Recording information: Monterey Sound Studios, Glendale, CA.
Director: Dick Griffey.
Photographer: Paddy Reynolds.
Unknown Contributor Role: Maurice Spears.
Arrangers: Bobby Martin ; Henry E. Davis.
Since the group's first national hit "Love Ballad," Jeffrey Osborne had been the featured vocalist for LTD. However, this recording would be his last one with the group before pursuing a solo career. This album spawned two upstanding singles -- "Where Did We Go Wrong" and "Shine On" -- the fomer being a rhythmic ballad enhanced by some stylish background vocals, leaving Jeffrey Osborne substantial space to demonstrate his commanding vocal ability. In spite of having all the right ingredients to attain that number one status, the single peaked at number seven after 20 weeks on the Billboard R&B charts. It would be the group's last single to crack the Top Ten. The latter composition is arranged with noticeable crossover appeal augmented by Osborne's crooning vocals; the single peaked at 19 before fizzling out after 18 weeks. ~ Craig Lytle