Street Talk

Street Talk is Steve Perry's first solo studio album, released in April 1984.

Street Talk contains Perry's biggest hit as a solo artist, "Oh Sherrie", written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford.[5] The song hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Rock chart, and the accompanying music video (also featuring Swafford) was a hit on MTV. Other singles included "Foolish Heart" (peaked at #18), "She's Mine" (peaked at #21), and "Strung Out" (peaked at #40).

There were a number of nods to Perry's pre-Journey band Alien Project on this album—in fact, that band was originally going to be called Street Talk.[6] In the liner notes, Perry dedicates the album to Richard Michaels (the bassist for Alien Project). Also, drummer Craig Krampf was a member of Alien Project later in the 1970s.

Street Talk is certified as 2x Platinum (2,000,000) in sales by the RIAA.[7]

It is one of the first albums Next Plateau Entertainment has distributed.

Street Talk
Steve Perry Street Talk
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1984
Recorded1983-1984 at Record One in Los Angeles, California
GenrePop rock
Length39:20
LabelColumbia
Next Plateau Entertainment (distribution only)
ProducerSteve Perry, Bruce Botnick
Steve Perry chronology
Street Talk
(1984)
For the Love of Strange Medicine
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]
The Village VoiceC[4]

Track listing

  1. "Oh Sherrie" (Bill Cuomo, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf, Perry) – 3:48
  2. "I Believe" (Goodrum, Duane Hitchings, Krampf, Perry) – 4:12
  3. "Go Away" (Cuomo, Goodrum, Perry) – 4:05
  4. "Foolish Heart" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:39
  5. "It's Only Love" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:47
  6. "She's Mine" (Goodrum, Perry) – 4:26
  7. "You Should Be Happy" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:20
  8. "Running Alone" (John Bettis, Hitchings, Krampf, Perry) – 4:05
  9. "Captured by the Moment" (Cuomo, Goodrum, Perry) – 3:47
  10. "Strung Out" (Krampf, Perry, Billy Steele) – 3:51

Bonus Tracks

  1. "My My My" (Perry, Krampf, Richard Michaels Haddad, Steve DeLacey) – 2:24 *
  2. "Harmony" (Perry) – 3:58 *
  3. "Makes No Difference" (Perry, Krampf, Haddad, DeLacey) – 4:53 *
  4. "Don't Tell Me Why You're Leaving" (Perry, Danny Kortchmar, Krampf) – 3:13 *
  5. "If Only for the Moment, Girl" (Perry, Goodrum) – 4:09 *
  • Tracks 11 - 15 are bonus tracks on the 2006 CD reissue
  • Tracks 11 - 13 are Alien Project demo recordings
  • Track 14 is the b-side to Oh Sherrie
  • Track 15 is second track from the USA for Africa album "We Are the World" 1985

Personnel

Technical
  • Niko Bolas - recording, mixing
  • Jim Welch - art direction
  • Steve Perry - cover concept
  • John Scarpati - cover photography

Production

  • Produced By Steve Perry and Bruce Botnick
  • Recorded & Mixed By Niko Bolas
  • Recording Assistant & Additional Engineering: Richard Bosworth
  • Recording Assistant on "Strung Out": Denny Densmore
  • Originally Mastered By Mike Reese

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 494. ISBN 0195313739.
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 541. ISBN 0679737294.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 28, 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Steve Perry talks about the recording of "Oh Sherrie" and Street Talk singles.
  6. ^ Steve Perry discusses the Alien Project story and Street Talk.
  7. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  • "Street Talk" (Liner Notes); Steve Perry CD, Columbia Records 1984.

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