Three for Love

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Three for Love
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 15, 1980
Recorded1978-1980 at Studio Masters, Los Angeles, CA, Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA and Aura Sound, Orlando, FL
Genre R&B
Length40:41
Label SOLAR
Producer Leon Sylvers III
Shalamar chronology
Big Fun
(1979)
Three for Love
(1980)
Go for It
(1981)

Three for Love is the fourth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1980 on the SOLAR label. It was produced by Leon Sylvers III and features the 'classic' Shalamar line-up (Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley). Three for Love is considered by many to be Shalamar's greatest achievement.

Contents

Three for Love has been certified Gold in the United States for sales of over 500,000. The album eventually went Platinum. It peaked at #8 on the R&B chart and #40 on the Billboard chart.

In 2002, Three for Love was re-released by Sanctuary Records in the United Kingdom in a two-for-one CD format with Shalamar's previous album Big Fun .

Reception

Allmusic rated the album four and a half out of five stars. [1] Music critic Robert Christgau graded it "A-". [2] Writer Colin Larkin rated it three out of five. [3]

The album sold over 875,000+ as of July 1982. Its single "Make That Move" sold 535,000+ units. [4]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Full of Fire" Jody Watley, Joey Gallo, Richard Randolph 6:20
2."Attention to My Baby" William Shelby, Kevin Spencer, Wardell Potts4:32
3."Somewhere There's a Love"Otis Stokes, William Shelby, Ernest "Pepper" Reed4:23
4."Some Things Never Change"William Shelby, Dana Meyers4:55
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Make That Move"Kevin Spencer, William Shelby, Ricky Smith6:15
6."This Is for the Lover in You" Howard Hewett, Dana Meyers5:04
7."Work It Out"Jody Watley, Nidra Beard 4:24
8."Pop Along Kid" Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett, Nidra Beard4:48

Personnel

Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1981 U.S. Album Chart 40
1981 Top R&B/Black Albums 8

Single

YearSingleChartPosition
1981"Full of Fire" Billboard Hot 100 55
1981"Full of Fire" Hot Soul Singles 24
1981"Make That Move" Billboard Hot 100 60
1981"Make That Move" Hot Soul Singles 6
1981"This Is for the Lover in You" Hot Soul Singles 17

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References

  1. Henderson, Alex. "Shalamar – Three for Love". AllMusic . Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  2. Christgau, Robert. "Shalamar - Three for Love". Robert Christgau . Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  3. Larkin, Colin (2002). "Shalamar". The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music. p. 395. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. Gayle, Stephen (July 1982). "Solar Empire Strikes Gold". Black Enterprise. p. 40. Retrieved 14 December 2017 via Google Books.