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Steve Arrington

Dancin’ in the Key of Life

Expanded Edition Remastered CD with Bonus Tracks | ICR2-1061

  • Originally released 1985
  • First time on CD worldwide
  • Includes the UK top 10 smash "Feel So Real" and the US R&B top 10 title track
  • 5 bonus tracks including hit dance remixes
  • Liner notes by A. Scott Galloway with exclusive commentary from Steve Arrington
  • Digitally remastered from the original master tapes
  • Street Date: November 4, 2022

Track Listing

  • 1. Feel So Real
  • 2. Dancin’ in the Key of Life
  • 3. She Just Don’t Know
  • 4. Willie Mae
  • 5. Gasoline
  • 6. Stand with Me
  • 7. Brown Baby Boy
  • 8. Turn Up the Love

Bonus Tracks

  • 9. Feel So Real (Vocal/Extended Version)
  • 10. Feel So Real (Instrumental/Extended Version)
  • 11. Dancin’ in the Key of Life (Vocal/Special Remix)
  • 12. Dancin’ in the Key of Life (Remix)
  • 13. Dancin’ in the Key of Life The Megamix

Special Guests

  • Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet solo on "Feel So Real" George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) - Guitar & Electric Bass

“My spiritual pursuits have always been part of my life. As time moved on, they came more and more to the forefront. I felt them and just went with them. Many people have been influential to me – John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, George Harrison, Carlos Santana – in terms of being secular musicians who allowed their spirituality to flourish in a way that their music had to reflect. So that’s what I decided to do. It wasn’t calculated. It was just time. And I didn’t allow what I had done previously nor a hit record to stop that pursuit.” – Steve Arrington

Steve Arrington placed his spirituality front and center on his first solo album, Dancin’ in the Key of Life, a career peak production featuring two hit singles in the title track and “Feel So Real,” following four albums rising through the ranks of Slave then two albums leading his own Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame.

Shifting from the bottom heavy funk of Slave and Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame to embrace dance music, Dancin’ in the Key of Life is a joyful Holy Ghost party. Arrington additionally stretches with songs that speak poignantly to sadder realities via a soul-stirring approach to storytelling.

The album’s influence on future artists is indisputable. Chicago House Music royalty Roy Davis Jr. believes “Feel So Real” and “Dancin’ in the Key of Life” are the original bridges between Disco and House.