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Alexander O'NealAlexander O'Neal

Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk
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Tracklist

A Broken Heart Can Mend3:40
If You Were Here Tonight6:08
Do You Wanna Like I Do4:48
Look At Us Now5:07
Medley(10:34)
Innocent
Alex 9000
Innocent II
What's Missing5:42
You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)6:10

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Cover of Alexander O'Neal / The Remix Album, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal / The Remix Album
LP, Album, Limited Edition; 10", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Limited Edition
Tabu Records – TBU 26485, Tabu Records – XPR 1319UK1985UK1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Tabu Records – TBU 26485Europe1985Europe1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Tabu Records – FZ 39331US1985US1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Tabu Records – TBU 460187-1UK1985UK1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Tabu Records – TBU 26485UK1985UK1985
Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Tabu Records – TBU 460187 1Europe1985Europe1985
New Submission
Alexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Epic – FZ 39331New Zealand1985New Zealand1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, CassetteAlexander O'Neal
Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo
Dolby
Thomsun Original – EN-782United Arab Emirates1985United Arab Emirates1985
New Submission
Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, CassetteAlexander O'Neal
Cassette, Album
Tabu Records – 40-26485UK1985UK1985
New Submission
Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, CassetteAlexander O'Neal
Cassette, Album
Tabu Records – FZT 39331US1985US1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, CassetteAlexander O'Neal
Cassette, Album, Stereo
Tabu Records – TBU 4601874Europe1985Europe1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album, Stereo
Carrollton Pressing
Tabu Records – FZ 39331US1985US1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album, Reissue
CBS/Sony – 28AP 3052Japan1985Japan1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, CassetteAlexander O'Neal
Cassette, Album, Stereo
EPIC – 450936 4US1985US1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, CassetteAlexander O'Neal
Cassette, Album, Stereo
Tabu Records – 460187 4Europe1985Europe1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Promo
CBS/Sony – 28AP 3052Japan1985Japan1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1985, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album
Tabu Records – COL 40138South Africa1985South Africa1985
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1986, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album
Tabu Records – ZK 39331US1986US1986
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1987, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album
Tabu Records – CDTBU 26485Europe1987Europe1987
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1987-12-02, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Reissue
CBS/Sony – 32DP 884Japan1987Japan1987
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1990-03-21, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album
Tabu Records – CSCS 5112Japan1990Japan1990
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 1991, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Tabu Records – 460187 2Europe1991Europe1991
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2002, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Remastered
Tabu Records – 72435-42424-2-7, The Right Stuff – 72435-42424-2-7US2002US2002
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2002-11-18, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Remastered
Tabu Records – 72435-42424-2-7, The Right Stuff – CDVUS 230Europe2002Europe2002
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2002, CDrAlexander O'Neal
CDr, Advance, Album, Promo
Tabu Records – none, The Right Stuff – noneUS2002US2002
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2013-04-08, CDAlexander O'Neal
2×CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Tabu Records – TABU2001UK2013UK2013
Cover of Alexander O'Neal+5, 2013-07-24, CDAlexander O'Neal+5
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Tabu Records – CDSOL-5201, Solid Records (6) – CDSOL-5201Japan2013Japan2013
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2013, VinylAlexander O'Neal
LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
180 gram
Tabu Records – TABULP001UK2013UK2013
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal+5, 2016-02-17, CDAlexander O'Neal+5
CD, Album, Reissue
Solid Records (6) – CDSOL-5253Japan2016Japan2016
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2018-07-18, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Solid Records (6) – UVPR-10149, Solid Records (6) – CDSOL-5201Japan2018Japan2018
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, 2019-12-04, CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Solid Records (6) – UVSL-0007, Solid Records (6) – CDSOL-5201Japan2019Japan2019
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, , CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album, Reissue
Tabu Records – CDTBU 26485EuropeEurope
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Cover of Alexander O'Neal, , CDAlexander O'Neal
CD, Album
Tabu Records – CDTBU 26485EuropeEurope
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Reviews

anykindofmusic's avatar
Alexander O'Neal was one of those artists that made it, but should have been bigger. He had immense vocal talent, knew the right people, and was a very charismatic stage performer. He was very big for a time in the UK, scoring many top 40 hits and later going on to sell out consecutive nights at Wembley, but only reached the top 30 a couple of times in the US.

He immediately showed people what he could do with this 1985 self-titled debut. The most widely remembered song today is probably the R&B/soul gem "If You Were Here Tonight", and the format of that number runs through a fair amount of the album. "Do You Wanna Like I Do" shares the romantic emotion of "Tonight" and is just as strong, while "What's Missing", "A Broken Heart Can Mend" and "Look At Us Now" are almost as good. "Innocent" then brings an infectiously uptempo funk sound to the table, and although the entire 10-minute medley is a bit overlong, the first part is catchy as can be. "You Were Meant To Be My Lady" is perhaps the only song that doesn't quite live up to the standard, but it is still a decent tune regardless.

This album was an early indication of the heights Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would later reach as producers/songwriters, as their work always seems fresh, never seeming to repeat itself. However, the work of fellow Time member Monte Moir cannot be forgotten, either. He writes the strongest song on the album in "If You Were Here Tonight" and its production sets a stage for O'Neal's vocals while still being a memorable backing track by itself.

This was a brilliant debut that surpassed the artistic peaks of many of his peers, however O'Neal, Jam and Lewis somehow managed to raise the bar even higher with their next release.
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ggggreenisaac
Edited 7 months ago
This slightly later release with a barcode is actually cut closer to the centre of the vinyl compared to the first presses (compare the photos on this release with those on the one that includes the 10" remix album - also note the tracks are listed in a much larger font). Therefore in theory this version will sound better as the grooves are more spread out. Though the first track 'A Broken Heart Can Mend' starts at full volume, where it's meant to fade up.
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brandosoul
Edited one year ago
Easily one of the best soul debuts of the 1980s. Soul music had taken a bit of a hit throughout much of the early part of the decade. While there were several bright lights that put their elegant spin on the genre, the gusty timbre of Alexander O'Neal's expressive voice strongly informed the likes of Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye in the same breath. Partnered with former The Time associates and equally gifted musicians in their own right, Monte Moir, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Jellybean Johnson, he struck the iron hot with a signature mix of white-hot dancefloor steamers and lush bedroom staples. Given that many Minneapolis Sound graduates (more specifically from Prince's camp) contributed to this superb debut, it isn't locked on the shiny, synth-driven funk touches of that pioneering style. This was genuinely a modern soul album with lots of vulnerability and sophistication to love. How can anyone not stop in their tracks when hearing smooth romantic staples like "A Broken Heart Can Mend" and the Monte Moir-written classic, "If You Were Here Tonight?" The entire second side of this album, spearheaded by the monster synth-funk jam, "Medley: Innocent/Alex 3000/Innocent II," contains some of the greatest music the Time never did (no hyperbole.)

My original 1985 US Tabu pressing of this great album is dynamite. Everything sparkles and kicks into high gear with pristine mastering. The 2013 UK Demon/Tabu remaster has nothing on this, as it sounded muddled and a bit too bassy for my liking. If you must have this album in its digital form, the original 1985 disc gets my highest recommendation (as is the standard rule with all of Tabu/CBS acts.) That particular disc is as dynamic and natural sounding like an original vinyl pressing.