Adventures in Paradise

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“Adventures in Paradise” was Minnie’s third studio album released in May 1975 by Epic Records.

The album reached number 5 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums and number 18 on Billboard’s 200 chart. As Stevie Wonder was unavailable to produce this album, Minnie and her husband Richard Rudolph asked songwriter Leon Ware to co-produce this album, as well as Stewart Levine.

“Baby, This Love I Have” was co-written by Stewart Levine, Richard Rudolph, Leon Ware, and Minnie Riperton.

Minnie was born in Chicago on November 8, 1947. As a youth she studied music, drama, and dance at the city's Abraham Lincoln Center and later contemplated a career in opera.

Her pop career began in 1961 when she joined a local group called the Gems, signing to the famed Chess label to release a handful of singles.

Following the Gems' dissolution, she also signed with the label as a solo act, releasing a single, "Lonely Girl," under the alias Andrea Davis

Stevie Wonder agreed to co-produce Riperton's 1974 album, Perfect Angel. It contained the international blockbuster "Lovin' You."

"Lovin' You" made Riperton a household name, and subsequent LP Adventures in Paradise, released in 1975, helped maintain her popularity with soul fans.

The key collaborators of Minnie's Adventure in Paradise include husband Richard Rudolph, keyboardist Joe Sample, guitarist Larry Carlton, saxophonist Tom Scott, and harpist Dorothy Ashby.

Baby, This Love I Have

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Adventures in Paradise

Album Credits

Minnie Riperton - Vocals
Larry Carlton - Arrangment
Ed Brown - Bass
Sid Sharp - Strings
Larry Carlton - Conductor
Stewart Levine - Producer
Dorothy Ashby - Harp
Jim Gordon - Drums
Rik Pekkenon - Engineering
Dean Parks - Guitar
Joe Sample - Keyboards
Doug Sax - Mastering
Jim Gordon - Percussion
Kenneth McGowan - Photography
Gary Starr - Recorder
Jim Horn - Saxaphone
Tom Scott - Saxaphone
Masaharu Yoshioka - Liner Notes