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Beau Williams has enjoyed his greatest commercial success as a gospel singer; some people in the Christian market don't even know that he once recorded secular music. But in fact, Williams did record some secular albums for Capitol in the '80s (before he decided to concentrate on gospel exclusively), and one of them was 1984's Bodacious. Commercially, Williams didn't get very far as a secular artist, but Bodacious (an R&B album with rock and pop leanings) definitely has its moments, even though it wasn't a big seller. The stand-out track is clearly "C'est la Vie," which was a major hit for Robbie Nevil in 1986; Nevil co-wrote the song, but Williams was actually the first to record it, and unfortunately, Capitol's A&R department didn't agree with Williams when he recommended that "C'est la Vie" be released as a single. So "C'est la Vie" didn't become a hit until Nevil recorded it two years later, but that doesn't mean that Williams' version isn't appealing. Bodacious has its share of romantic ballads, which combine R&B and adult contemporary in a middle of the road fashion that is not unlike what Lionel Ritchie and James Ingram were doing in 1984. But the most memorable songs on Bodacious (which Funky Town Grooves reissued on CD in 2011) are the uptempo ones, and Williams brings a definite rock edge to urban/dance offerings such as "Danger Zone," "Dark and Lonely Nights," and "Slave." None of those tunes were hits, but with the right promotion, they could have been. When all was said and done, however, Bodacious only made it to number 56 on Billboard's R&B albums chart. But Bodacious, although slightly inconsistent, has more ups than downs, and it's good to see Funky Town Grooves bringing the album back into print.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2016
Label: Funky Town Grooves
UPC: 0851903003069
catalogNumber: 239
Rank: 61073

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beau Williams   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Gary Taylor   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Bobby Lyle   Keyboards
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Laythan Armor   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Ed Greene   Drums
John Hobbs   Piano
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Piano
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
David Palmer   Background Vocals
Rex Salas   Synthesizer
Peter Schless   Synthesizer
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
Craig Ragland   Background Vocals
Nedirah Ali   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Composer
Gary Taylor   rhythm track
Bobby Lyle   rhythm arrangement
Barry Mann   Composer
Gene Page   String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Beau Williams   Composer
Rick Hart   Engineer
Evren Göknar   Remastering Engineer
Ben Rodgers   Engineer
Galen Senogles   Engineer
Eddie Struzick   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Varnell Johnson   Executive Producer
Roy Kohara   Art Direction
Gene Wooley   Engineer
Donald Cleveland   Reissue Producer
Alan Abrahams   Producer,rhythm arrangement,rhythm track
Abrahams   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Kevin L. Goines   Liner Notes
Steve Buckley   Executive Producer

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