Sep 192004
 

From SUPERCHARGED
Written by David Foster & Bill Champlin

Tavares were a famous R&B group originally from Boston. They are often overlooked as a disco act for their huge, late seventies hits like “More Than A Woman” and “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.” However, before and after these hits they released some good R&B stuff. “Supercharged” is a solid example. The album was released in 1980 and it found the group working with three different producers including David Foster, former Blood, Sweat & Tears’ drummer Bobby Colomby and producer/arranger Benjamin F. Wright. The record is a mix of classic R&B and quality pop. Colomby produced the opening track, “Bad Times.” It was a good hit on the R&B charts and set the atmosphere for the whole record with its classy mood, great singing and first class playing. Foster produced two songs on the album, both covers of songs taken from Bill Champlin’s “Single” that he produced in 1978. “We Both Tried” is a gorgeous ballad that was also covered by Robbie Dupree, but the version sung here by Tavares really can’t compare with Champlin’s definitive one. Things work better on “I Don’t Want You Anymore,” a great up-tempo song with a rich vocal performance by Tavares who really do their best to match Champlin for intensity and groove.
Another song co-written by Foster on the record, “Why Can’t We Fall In Love,” was produced and arranged by Wright. It is a wonderful ballad that was originally done in 1979 by Deniece Williams under Foster’s production on her “When Love Comes Calling” album. The rest of the album is divided between a couple of upbeat numbers and two ballads. The best of the bunch is “Paradise,” again with Colomby at the helm. It sounds a bit like the stuff he was producing around those same years for the criminally underrated Pages.


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All Vocals: Tavares
Guitars: Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather
Keyboards: David Foster & Bill Champlin
Drums: Ed Green
Bass: David Shields
Percussions: Paul Lani
Produced and Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

I don’t want you anymore
I’m afraid you’re gonna
treat me like before
I don’t want you anymore
cause you’re always walkin’
in and out the door
I don’t want you anymore
with all the games you play
you never let me score
I don’t want you anymore
cause you never say
just what you’re livin’ for

You hurt me
desert me
and loneliness is all I have
to keep me compnay
you hurt me
desert me
if freedom comes from happiness
it’s time to say goodbye

I don’t want you anymore
cause you never tell me why
i still don’t know
I don’t want you anymore
baby, when the well runs dry
there ain’t no place to go
I don’t want you anymore
baby, I’m wonderin’ what
this whole thing’s been for
I don’t want you anymore
mama, it’s high time I was
walkin’ out the door

You hurt me
desert me
and loneliness is all I have
to keep me compnay
you hurt me
desert me
if freedom comes from happiness
it’s time to say goodbye

I don’t want you anymore
I’m afraid you’re gonna
treat me like before
I don’t want you anymore

I don’t want you anymore
I don’t want you anymore
Mama, it’s high time
You were walking out the door