- Released: May 28, 2012
- Originally Released: 1986
- 2.Lets Get Personal
- 3.How Do You Stop
- 4.Turn Me Loose, Im Dr Feelgood
- 5.Living In America
- 7.Repeat The Beat (Faith)
- 8.Return To Me
- 9.Living In America (12" Version)
- 10.Gravity (12" Version)
- 11.How Do You Stop (12" Version)
- 12.Goliath (12" Version)
- 13.Living In America (Single Version)
- 14.Gravity (Single Version)
- 15.How Do You Stop (Single Version)
- 16.Living In America (Instrumental)
Personnel: Craig Peyton, Dan Hartman (programming).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Liner Note Author: Shelley Nicole.
Recording information: Greene Street Recording Studio, New York, NY; Guerilla Studios, London; Multi-Level; Strongroom Ltd., London; Sunset Sound, LA.
Photographer: Bonnie Schiffman.
The 1980s could not stop Soul Brother Number One. R&B/soul/pop icon James Brown responded to the slicker pop sounds of that era by hooking up with Dan Hartman (who had a hit himself with his "I Can Dream About You"). A savvy singer/songwriter/producer, Hartman outfitted Brown with some catchy tunes that couched his gruff, soulful vocals in some deceptively smooth, dance-oriented tunes (with just a touch of the Bootsy Collins sound). Unlike some productions designed to "update" a 1960s or '70s singer, these songs actually work with Brown's style and not against it.
The bouncy "Living In America" is a dance-floor classic in any era. "Gravity" urges Brown to let out his boisterousness strut about with pride and the almost trance-like "Repeat The Beat (Faith)" should inspire a new legion of DJs. Though this doesn't have the fervor of Brown's best '60s/'70s stuff, GRAVITY is still a fine, funky listen.