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Hot on the Trail (1986)

Updated: May 26


Hot on the Trail is the tenth studio album by American R&B singer Deniece Williams, released in 1986 on Columbia/Sony Music. Released as the follow-up to her 1984 mainstream album Let's Hear It For The Boy, the album contains two minor R&B hits "Wiser and Weaker" and her first recording of "Healing." Williams would re-record "Healing" for her second full-length Gospel album Special Love (1989). The track "Video" was originally added to her 1990 Gospel compilation album From the Beginning on CD. The song has since been omitted on the digital edition. Hot on the Trail peaked at number 58 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The digital expanded edition of Hot on the Trail also contains an extended and instrumental versions of "Wiser and Weaker," as well as an extended version of two songs from her 1987 album Water Under the Bridge: "Never Say Never" and "I Confess."


Track listing


1. Wiser and Weaker (Deniece Williams, Fritz Baskett, Greg Mathieson) -5:14

2. Hot on the Trail (Deniece Williams, Gary Skardina, Marti Sharron, Michele Van Jean, Stephen Mitchell) -4:21

3. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (Deniece Williams, Michael Peterson, Monty Stewart) -4:30

4. Video (Deniece Williams, Fritz Baskett, Monty Stewart) -4:20

5. I Feel the Night (Deniece Williams, Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour) -3:57

6. We're Together (Deniece Williams, David Flaherty, Michael Peterson, Monty Stewart) -4:09

7. Straight from the Heart (Deniece Williams, Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour) -4:01

8. Healing (Jeremy Lubbock, Paul Gordon) -4:47


Bonus track on the digital expanded edition:

9. Wiser and Weaker (12" extended version) -6:17

10. Wiser and Weaker (instrumental version) -4:48

11. Never Say Never (12" mix) (Deniece Williams, Michael Boyd, Michael Jeffries) -7:36

12. I Confess (12" mix) (Diane Warren) -5:03


Production credits


Greg Mathieson -producer (all tracks)

Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero -additional producers, remixers (track 1)

Brad Westering and Jay Gruska -co-producers (track 2)

Steve Levine -producer (tracks 11 and 12)


Radio singles

"Wiser and Weaker" -#60 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs

"Healing" -#75 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs


Previous release: So Glad I Know (1986)

Next release: Water Under the Bridge (1987)


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