Don BlackmanDon Blackman

Label:Arista GRP – GRP 5509
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Jazz-Funk, Soul, Funk, Disco


A1Yabba Dabba Doo
Backing Vocals [The Palmer Brothers]Artie Palmer*, Jon Palmer (3), Melvin Palmer
Bass [Line], Programmed By [Synthesizer]Kevin Grady
Lead Guitar, SoloistEddie "EPM" Martinez*
Percussion'Crusher' Bennett
Written-ByDon Blackman
A2Heart's Desire
Arranged By [Strings]Dave Grusin
Backing VocalsDesire "Deezie" White*
Lead Vocals, Backing VocalsSheri "Ayo" Snyder*
Percussion'Crusher' Bennett
Written-By, Arranged ByDon Blackman
A3Holding You, Loving You
Arranged By [Strings]Dave Grusin
Written-By, Arranged ByDon Blackman
A4Deaf Hook-Up Connection
Arranged By [Horns]Dave Grusin
Bass, Backing VocalsBarry "Sonjohn" Johnson*
Lead Guitar, SoloistEddie "EPM" Martinez*
Written-ByDon Blackman
B1You Ain't Hip
Arranged ByDon Blackman
Bass, Backing VocalsBarry "Sonjohn" Johnson*
Lead Vocals, Backing VocalsDesire "Deezie" White*
Written-ByDesire White, Don Blackman
B2Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
Arranged ByDon Blackman, Weldon Irvine
Backing VocalsSheri "Ayo" Snyder*
Lead Vocals, Backing VocalsDesire "Deezie" White*
Written-BySteven Moss, Weldon Irvine
B3Since You Been Away So Long
Arranged By [Strings]Dave Grusin
Written-By, Arranged ByDon Blackman
B4Never Miss A Thing
Arranged By [Horns]Dave Grusin
Backing VocalsDesire "Deezie" White*
Guitar, SoloistSteve "City" Horton*
Scat [Lead], Backing VocalsSheri "Ayo" Snyder*
Written-By, Arranged By [Music, Horns]Don Blackman

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Produced for Grusin/Rosen Productions
Recorded - A&R Studios, NYC
Mastering: Sterling Sound
© 1982 Roaring Fork Music/Black-Man Publishing Company (BMI)
except "Let You Conscience Be Your Guide" © 1982 Nodlew Music (BMI)
©℗1982 Arista Records, Inc. 6 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.
Printed In U.S.A.

Special thanks:

To my mother, for countless hours of patience and understanding,
and her prayers. There's no woman like her in the world! Mom, i love you.

To the group I call "The Family Tradition," because we are family,
and without their musicianship and love, this record would probably be a drag.

To my sister Carol, for love and use of her piano.

Many thanks to Lenny White for three years of intricacy in "Twennynine."

To Mr. Bernard Wright (who) is my little brother; many many thanks for
allowing myself and The Family Tradition our input on your first album.

To Weldon Irvine, my friend and man of truth.

To all the kats and kittens of Jamaica, Queens.

To Larry and Dave, for allowing me to surface two personalities that they're never seen before.

To Ollie "Necam 7" Cotton, for hours of endless laughing, fun, patience, and workmanship;
and to Laura, Lisa, Milton, Jackie, Chaz, Willie, Edie, Donald, and Robert, and all the other kats at A&R Studios.

To the GRP people: Linda, for her hugs and kisses and friendly voice on the phone,
and my man Peter, for his karate sparring matches, laugh, and wolf tickets.

To "The Crew" ⎯ Cheryl, Michelle, Genene; Denise, for knocking at my door at 2:30 AM
and turning my house into The Comedy Store (I love you for it and don't stop).

Last, but not least: to Miss Louisa James, who has been on the scene when there was no one to turn to.
Thank you for love, patience, and understanding.

I dedicate this album to my mother, my son, my Aunt Dorothy, and my Uncle Benny (who bought me my first Farfisa organ).


Desire "Deezie" White - "Working with Blackman (Brother), The Crew, the A&R people, and FT inspired me."

Sheri "Ayo" Snyder - "To my family, loved ones, and God-love ya."

Barry "Sonjohn" Johnson - Understand cause and effect, practice self-control, use imagination, and success will come."

Steve "City" Horton - "May freedom ring in your world of fantasy and reality."

Eddie "EPM" Martinez - "Er, um, oh sit! Huh? Yeah, certainly. Thanks, Don."

Dennis "Washington" Chambers - "Hit me, it's happenin' for real!"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1: Printed On Label, Under Catalog#): (GRP 5509 SA)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2: Printed On Label, Under Catalog#): (GRP 5509 SB)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): GOD IS LOVE T GRP 5509 SA T2 II A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): T1 GRP 5509 SB T1 A STERLING
  • Barcode: 7822-15509-1
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched both sides runout): T

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Don Blackman (LP, Album, Hauppauge Pressing)Arista GRPGRP 5509US1982
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Don Blackman (LP, Album, Monarch Pressing)Arista GRPGRP 5509US1982
New Submission
Don Blackman (Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo, Dolby)C.SCS 50441983
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Don Blackman (LP, Album, Unofficial Release)Arista GRPGRP 5509US1990
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Don Blackman (LP, Album, Reissue)Arista212 582UK & Europe1991


  • BassMon's avatar
    Did this album ever get a proper remastered CD version from the master tapes? The so-called remastered I have is from an LP copy
    • REENO's avatar
      If you are only going to make ONE album, it should be THIS GOOD.
      One of the best funk albums ever recorded. Rivals P-funk in it's musicianship and ferociousness. This one is essential for funk lovers.
      • tranzyd's avatar
        One of my all time favourite jazz funk albums, not a bad track here, all bangers one after the other.
        I so wish Don made more albums back in the day.
        • hashi1972's avatar
          my GRP copy's matrix is not much of any information of Discogs.

          A: GRP 5509 SA M1 MR 25614
          B: GRP 5509 SB M1 M2 A(triangle mark)-25614-x
          GOD IS LOVE(on A side)、STERLING(on both side)

          the logo on the label is red brown, the cover is not promo.
          i think this title was pressed in several place..
          anyway the white promo label without STERLING is not the early issue,
          that copy's cover printing quality is lower than other color label copies...
          • Rickski65's avatar
            Runout info updated. STERLING stamped both sides. Run out scribes are T1 or TI rather than HI and there is also a small (triangular) delta shape of dots ⁂ on both sides. Sterling mastering engineer Ted Jenson is (unusually) identified by only 'T' on both sides, appears he cut the B side first, then the A side. Pressings have wide ring RCA pattern mould marks. Promo copies were stock pressings with gold promo stamped sleeves.
            • Gustaff_Meredith's avatar
              Hi there ! What about the 2017 Expansion vinyl reissue ? Did someone can comment about the pressing quality ? Many Thanks, cheers :-)
              • oovalen's avatar
                Saw this in Japan in Face Records , Shibuya for 20 euro !
                Was very unsure of its authenticity, the cover looked old enough - it even had the entertainment value sticker but,
                the vinyl had no mastering stamps and there was NO innersleeve, i own a high wualtiy RI so it may still be there...
                #5star #Masterpiece
                • ScottyOh's avatar
                  This is such a solid album, start to finish. Worth the high prices. Sampled by J Dilla among others I'm sure.
                  • board's avatar
                    Edited 8 years ago
                    My copy also loses one channel at the end of "Holding you...", and this also happens at the beginning of the song, just when the drums come in.
                    Mine is a white label promo on Arista, and the cover does look a bit blurry. Is yours the same, Djprone?
                    • Bourbonman's avatar
                      Wicked tight shit. Dennis Chamber on drums = Quality control.



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