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Quincy JonesBack On The Block

Label:Qwest Records – 9 26020-1, Qwest Records – 1-26020
Vinyl, LP, Album, Specialty Pressing
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:RnB/Swing, House


A1Prologue (2 Q's Rap)
Backing Vocals [Vocal Haze]Take 6
Drum ProgrammingRod Temperton
Lead VocalsQuincy Jones, Quincy D. III*
Written-ByBig Daddy Kane, Q. Jones*
A2Back On The Block
Arranged By [Vocals]Andraé Crouch, Quincy Jones
BassLouis Johnson
Concept ByQuincy Jones
Conductor [Choir]Quincy Jones
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
Lead VocalsTevin Campbell
Percussion [African Percussion]Bill Summers, J.C. Gomez
Synthesizer [Programming]Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer [Synthesized Korg Pepe]Josef Zawinul*
A3I Don't Go For That
Arranged ByIan Prince
Featuring, Keyboards [Solo]Herbie Hancock
KeyboardsIan Prince
Lead VocalsSiedah Garrett
Synthesizer [Programming]Ian Underwood, Larry Williams
Written-ByI. Prince*
A4I'll Be Good To You
Arranged ByQuincy Jones
BassLouis Johnson
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarGeorge Johnson
Lead VocalsChaka Khan, Ray Charles
Sounds [Kick And Snare Drum]Bruce Swedien
Written-ByG. Johnson*, L. Johnson*, S. Sam*
A5The Verb To Be
Voice [Spoken By]Mervyn Warren
Written-ByM. Warren*
A6Wee B. Dooinit
Arranged By [Rhythm]Ian Prince, Quincy Jones
Backing VocalsEdie Lehman*
Body PercussionQuincy Jones
Body Percussion [Chest Slaps & Funky Vodel]Bobby McFerrin
Lead VocalsSiedah Garrett
VocoderIan Prince
Written-ByI. Prince*, Q. Jones*, S. Garrett*
A7The Places You Find Love
Arranged By [Rhythm]Clif Magness, Glen Ballard, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Vocals]Andraé Crouch, Caiphus Semenya, Quincy Jones
BassLouis Johnson
Concept ByQuincy Jones
Conductor [All Stars Choir]Quincy Jones
Conductor [Andrae Crouch Singers]Andraé Crouch
Featuring, Keyboards [Solo]Herbie Hancock
KeyboardsDavid Paich, Jerry Hey
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Programming]Larry Williams, Randy Kerber
Lead VocalsChaka Khan, Siedah Garrett
Synthesizer [Programming]Michael Boddicker, Rhett Lawrence, Steve Porcaro
Translated By [Swahili]Sarah Abukutsa
Written-ByC. Magness*, G. Ballard*
Written-By [African Lyrics]C. Semenya*
B1Jazz Corner Of The Word
Arranged By [Rhythm]Bill Summers, Quincy Jones
Lead VocalsBig Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee
PercussionBill Summers
Arranged By [Horns]Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm]Ian Prince, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton
BassNathan East
Featuring, GuitarGeorge Benson
Featuring, SaxophoneJames Moody
Featuring, TrumpetDizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis
Featuring, VocalsElla Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan
KeyboardsIan Prince, Larry Williams
SaxophoneLarry Williams
Synthesizer [Programming]Michael Boddicker, Michael Casey Young*
TrumpetGary Grant, Jerry Hey
Written-ByJ. Zawinul*
B3Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)
Arranged By [Rhythm]Greg Phillinganes, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Vocals]Mark Kibble, Quincy Jones
Featuring, Alto SaxophoneGerald Albright
Featuring, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]George Duke
Featuring, GuitarGeorge Benson
Featuring, KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
Featuring, VocalsSarah Vaughan, Take 6
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Synthesizer [Pads]David Paich, Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer [Pads], Synthesizer [Programming]Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer [Programmng]Ian Underwood
Synthesizer [Rhythm Programming]Quincy Jones
Written-ByG. Peranzetta*, I. Lins*
B4One Man Woman
Arranged By [Rhythm]Ian Prince, Quincy Jones
Featuring, KeyboardsGeorge Duke
Featuring, TimbalesSheila E.
Lead Vocals, Backing VocalsSiedah Garrett
Synthesizer [Programming]Larry Williams
Written-ByH. Roberts*, I. Prince*, S. Garrett*
B5Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)
Arranged By [Rhythm]Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Vocals]Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton
Directed By [Choir]Rose Banks, Siedah Garrett
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Greg Phillinganes
Featuring, SaxophoneGerald Albright
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Lead VocalsTevin Campbell
PercussionOllie Brown
Producer [Assistant], Arranged ByJerry Hey
Written-ByG. Johnson*, L. Johnson*, S. Garrett*
B6Prelude To The Garden
Concept ByQuincy Jones
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Programming]Larry Williams
Written-ByJ. Calandrelli*
B7The Secret Garden
Arranged By [Rhythm]Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton
Arranged By [Synthesizer]Jerry Hey
Arranged By [Vocals]Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Greg Phillinganes
Featuring, Solo VocalAl B. Sure!, Barry White, El DeBarge, James Ingram
GuitarSteve Lukather
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Programming]Larry Williams
SnareBruce Swedien

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Recorded and Mixed by Bruce Swedien using the “Acusonic Recording Process D.”
Recorded and mixed on “Colossus” at Oceanway, Record One, Los Angeles

Additional recording at Digital Recorders, Nashville; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles; Lighthouse Studios, Los Angeles; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, Garden Rake

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered with Monster Cable

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7599-26020-1 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side runout, etched): 1-26020-A SR3 SP 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side runout, etched): 1-26020-B - SR2 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Both Sides runouts, stamped): SRC [Specialty Records Corporation logo]
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 58)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Back On The Block (CD, Album)Qwest Records926 020-2Europe1989
Back On The Block (LP, Album)Qwest Records, Warner Bros. Records926 020-1, WX 313UK & Europe1989
Back On The Block (Cassette, Album)Qwest Records, Qwest Records, Qwest Records926 020-4, WX 313 C, WX313CEurope1989
Back On The Block (Cassette, Album, SR, Dolby HX Pro, B NR)Qwest Records, Qwest Records4-26020, 9 26020-4US1989
New Submission
Back On The Block (LP, Album)Qwest Records9 26020-1Greece1989


Siracusan's profile picture
This album is a masterpiece -- In concept, production, talent, performance, composition, selections, arrangement and extra-musicality. It never fails to thrill me whenever I have the good sense to spin it.
keagile's profile picture
Secret Garden is an eternally beautiful jam, James Ingram's voice!!!
Terrijohn's profile picture
A very important album that was really had a big impact on a lot of us.