Herbie Hancock ‎– Lite Me Up

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FC 37928 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) Columbia FC 37928 US 1982 Sell This Version
25AP 2316 Herbie Hancock = ハービー・ハンコック* Herbie Hancock = ハービー・ハンコック* - Lite Me Up = ライト・ミー・アップ(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2316 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
FCT 37928 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(Cass, Album) CBS FCT 37928 US 1982 Sell This Version
PCT 37928 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(Cass, Album) CBS PCT 37928 US 1982 Sell This Version
16531 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(Cass, Album) CBS 16531 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
40-85650 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(Cass, Album) CBS 40-85650 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 85650, 85650 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 85650, 85650 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 32474 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS CBS 32474 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 32474 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS CBS 32474 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
FC 37928 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) Columbia FC 37928 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
138.531 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) Discos CBS 138.531 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 85650 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS CBS 85650 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SBP 237769 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS SBP 237769 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
ASF 2751 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS ASF 2751 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
S 85650 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) Discos CBS S 85650 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 32474 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS CBS 32474 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
FC 37928 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Promo) CBS FC 37928 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
35DP 31 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CD, Album) CBS/Sony 35DP 31 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32474 (PR) Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album, RE) Discos CBS CBS 32474 (PR) Spain 1985 Sell This Version
SRCS 7030 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CD, Album) Sony Records SRCS 7030 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
COL 486573 2 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CD, Album, RM, Dig) Columbia COL 486573 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
SRCS 9507 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records SRCS 9507 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
PTG 34208 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CD, Album, RE, RM) PTG Records PTG 34208 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
PTG 34208 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CDr, Album, Promo, RE) PTG Records PTG 34208 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
SICJ 136 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sony Records Int'l SICJ 136 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
30AP 2313 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 30AP 2313 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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sddp

sddp

July 2, 2018
referencing Lite Me Up, LP, Album, FC 37928

One of his most unique dance albums, not really comparable with any other in his catalog, especially not Future Shock or Sound-System. You've got some pop rock tinges on Lite Me Up, cheesy lyrics and not so serious, yet still groovy, tracks like The Bomb and Motor Mouth, as well as low down, super smooth, post disco tracks with some jazz-funk tendencies on Gettin' To The Good Part and The Fun Tracks. Can't Hide Your Love is the closest thing to a straight up boogie track on here I think, but it's got Herbie's vocals with no vocoder/talk box, which would be fine except that he really tries to match the energy of the instrumentation towards the end too much and just can't hit those notes. Gettin' To The Good Part is the track on here for me though, Herbie really balances his off-kilter synthesized vocals, as to let the other singers and the instrumentation take more of the spotlight. So many of his tracks could be slightly editted to make them more than hot enough for today's dance floor.
lixenixen

lixenixen

January 15, 2011
referencing Lite Me Up, CD, Album, RM, Dig, COL 486573 2

Herbie Hancock goes boogie! "Lite Me Up" could be considered a collaboration between Herbie and Rod Temperton (best known from Heatwave), as the latter has the sole or co-writing credit on six of the eight tracks. It sounds somewhat similar to Quincy Jones's "The Dude", an album released in 1981 which also features Herbie and Temperton, though "Lite Me Up" doesn't have an anthem on the level of "Ai No Corrida" from that album.

The album starts strongly with the titular track, an uptempo dance number with nice, mellow vocals by Wayne Anthony. Unfortunately Anthony only sings on half of the tunes, as Herbie himself decided to do the vocals on four of them. "Paradise" and "Can't Hide Your Love" even feature non-vocodered vocals by Herbie, and you can see why he usually filters his voice through electronics, as his singing is really bland. "Give It All Your Heart" is a ballad/duet between Herbie and Patrice Rushen with odd social Darwinist lyrics, and both of them singing through the vocoder. The end result isn't as awesome as it may sound on paper, especially because the vocoder is used only on the verses and not the chorus, and the chorus sounds like a generic 80s ballad. Still, it has a very strong keyboard solo by Herbie. The rest of the album has some pleasant and smooth boogie/R&B tunes, but nothing super memorable.

Looks like this album is out of print on CD, and on Amazon you have to pay crazy price even for a used copy. It's not really worth it unless you're a Herbie Hancock completist. "Lite Me Up" isn't a dud, but it's clearly inferior to the electro albums Herbie released later in the 80s.