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Album Review

Eight years had passed between Brenda Russell's excellent eponymous debut and the release of Get Here, and with that so did the tone and palette of R&B songwriting and production. Gone were many of the warm, analog-birthed sessions and in their place came the digital age of sterile, crisp production values designed to target the top of the pop and adult contemporary charts. But this time around, Russell managed to transcend these changes and deliver another potent album-length performance. Get Here delivered two outstanding hits, including the adult contemporary radio favorite "Piano in the Dark," which earned her three Grammy nominations and remains the biggest hit of her career. And just as Luther Vandross covered her song "If Only for One Night" and turned it into a hit, so did Oleta Adams covering "Get Here," which resulted in the biggest single of Adams' career.

Customer Reviews

Awesome, Awesome Album

I never tire of this album. Without a doubt, Brenda Russell is a genius and this album is a must have. Piano in the Dark and Le Restaurant are my personal favorite tracks.

A Masterpiece

This album was the soundtrack to 1988. The film noir sound of "Piano In The Dark" was all over the radio, this album as a whole carries that stark sound and the entire album is so well sequenced. Brenda's voice by now had matured and she gained more control of her instrument, her singing is perfect throughout this entire album. The title track was made more famous by Oleta Adams but Brenda's version is just as good, she recorded the song a few years earlier in Japan and imported the song for inclusion on this set, it's a bit of a departure because of the electric piano. David Sanborn backs Brenda up on the straight ahead jazz arrangement of "Le Restaurant", "Gravity", "Just A Believer", "This Time I Need You" and "Midnight Eyes" are up-tempo, "Make My Day" is almost New Wave. All albums should be this well done.

I Can't Believe I found It Here!!!!

Gravity was the very first song i ever remembered the words to when i was growing up. i was five and this cassette stayed inside my walkman for ages. this is like a mind blowing memory lapse that just brought back a million thoughts i forgot. i've been searching for this album EVERYWHERE, and it was never in stock. Awesome Job iTunes!!!


Born: April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born Brenda Gordon, Russell is a soul singer, composer, and keyboardist. Her family moved to Toronto when she was 12. Eventually, she and her husband, Brian Russell, hosted the Canadian TV series Music Machine. They moved to Los Angeles in 1973 where they both worked as session musicians. They recorded together under the name Brian & Brenda in 1978, but their music was not received well. After the couple's divorce, Brenda embarked on a solo career. She signed with A&M and released two albums, Brenda...
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