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Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up Album

Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up Album

  • Performer: Herbie Hancock
  • Genre: Jazz / Funk
  • Title: Lite Me Up
  • Released: 26 Sep 1997
  • Style: Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul
  • Label: Columbia
  • Catalog: COL 486573 2
  • Country: Europe
  • MP3 version size: 2725 mb
  • FLAC version size: 2487 mb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 915


1Lite Me Up
Lead Vocals – Wayne Anthony
2Gettin' To The Good Part
Lead Vocals [Vocoder] – Herbie Hancock
3Give It All Your Heart
Vocals – Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen
4The Bomb
Lead Vocals – Wayne Anthony
5The Fun Tracks
Lead Vocals – Wayne Anthony
6Motor Mouth
Lead Vocals – Wayne Anthony
Lead Vocals – Herbie HancockProducer – Jay Graydon
8Can't Hide Your Love
Lead Vocals – Herbie HancockProducer – Narada Michael Walden


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
FC 37928Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up ‎(LP, Album)ColumbiaFC 37928US1982
SRCS 9507Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap)Sony RecordsSRCS 9507Japan1998
CBS 85650, 85650Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up ‎(LP, Album)CBS, CBSCBS 85650, 85650Europe1982
40-32474Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up ‎(Cass, Album)CBS40-32474Spain1985
CBS 32474Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up ‎(LP, Album)CBSCBS 32474UK1982


  • Engineer, Mixed ByGeorge Massenburg
  • Producer, Vocals, Keyboards, VocoderHerbie Hancock
  • Reissue ProducerHenri Renaud


℗&©1982 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
℗1982 Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.


  • Barcode: 5099748657329
  • Rights Society: SACEM / BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): S1448657310-0101 11 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Sony Music S1448657310-0101 11 A1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 943A


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.
  • Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
  • Made By – Sony Music – S1448657310-0101



Umsida Umsida
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.
I think if you like The Dude you almost certainly will like this.Not everyone is looking for anthems lixenixen.