- Released: March 28, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Atlantic SD 19288 (1981)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Kleeer was largely an under-appreciated group from the seventies and early eighties. License to Dream was originally released in 1981 by Atlantic. The album reached #13 on the Black Albums chart and featured the hit songs "Get Tough" and "Running Back to You."
- 1.De Kleeer Ting
- 2.Running Back To You
- 3.Sippin' & Kissin'
- 5.License To Dream
- 6.Get Tough
- 7.Say You Love Me
- 8.Where Would I Be (Without Your Love)
Kleeer: Richard Lee (guitar); Eric Rohrbaugh (Clavinet, mini-Moog synthesizer, sound effects); Norman Durham (bass instrument); Paul Crutchfield (congas); Yvette Flowers, Melanie Moore, Isabelle Coles (background vocals); Terry Dolphin, Woody Cunningham.
Personnel: Paul Crutchfield (vocals, acoustic guitar, congas, percussion); Norman Durham (vocals, Clavinet, percussion); Woody Cunningham (vocals, Oberheim synthesizer, drums, bongos, cowbells, timbales, percussion); Dennis King, Isabelle Coles, Yvette Flowers, Melanie Moore, Lisa Fischer, Janice Pendarvis, Carole Sylvan (vocals); Richard Lee (guitar); Terry Dolphin (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, vibraphone).
Audio Mixer: Scott Litt.
Recording information: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY.
Unknown Contributor Role: Eric Rohrbaugh.
Arrangers: Norman Durham; Woody Cunningham; Paul Crutchfield.
Wrapped in one of the most creatively corny sleeve designs imaginable -- an actual license to dream signed by "B. Positive" and "D. Termination," who have suspiciously identical handwriting -- the third Kleeer album was the group's most successful, despite being powered only by a couple moderately popular singles, neither of which would ever be considered the group's defining work. The album maintains the rare balance of slickness and grittiness (topped only by Slave and Cameo) of 1979's Winners, and it's a little heavier on ballads and synthesizer work. If it weren't for its silly John Wayne impersonation (years before Shawn Brown's "Rappin' Duke"), "Get Tough" wouldn't be too distinguishable from the raft of simply functional funk singles of the year, but the follow-up, "Running Back to You," works a dramatic midtempo groove as well as the Gap Band's "Early in the Morning" -- and in this case, the protagonist is more forthcoming about why things went wrong and is desperate to straighten them out. "Say You Love Me" should've been a regular presence on quiet storm programs, and a couple other cuts -- "Hypnotized," "Where Would I Be (Without Your Love)" -- demonstrate the shortcomings of the two Kleeer anthologies that appeared before the dawn of the 2000s. ~ Andy Kellman