When American urban-contemporary radio was bombarding its listeners with one Guy clone after another in the late '80s and early '90s, British neo-soulsters like Soul II Soul, Lisa Stansfield, and the Chimes offered highly creative and gutsy alternatives.
With influences ranging from Chic to hip-hop to African music, Soul II Soul's debut album, Club Classics, Vol. 1 (titled Keep on Movin' in the U.S.), was among the most rewarding R&B releases of 1989. Soul II Soul leader/producer/composer Jazzie B takes one risk after another -- all of which pay off.
The group enjoyed major hits with the Chic-influenced gems "Keep on Movin'" and "Back to Life" (both of which feature the gifted Caron Wheeler), and equally superb are the African-influenced reflections of "Dance" and "Holdin' On," the soulful grit and intensity of "Feel Free," and the hypnotic house music of "Happiness."
Though Wheeler was Soul II Soul's best-known singer and went on to enjoy a career as a solo artist, Rose Windross and Do'Reen (both expressive soul divas) also do their part to make Club Classics, Vol. 1 the artistic triumph that it is. (AMG)
01. Keep On Movin' (Featuring Caron Wheeler) (6:02)
02. Fairplay (Featuring Rose Windross) (3:58)
03. Holdin' On (Bambelela) (3:51)
04. Feeling Free (Live Rap) (4:16)
05. African Dance (6:09)
06. Dance (3:41)
07. Feel Free (Featuring Do'Reen) (5:05)
08. Happiness (Dub) (5:33)
09. Back To Life (Accapella) (3:50)
10. Jazzie's Groove (2:39)
Label: 10 Records
Released: 10 Apr 1989
Compression Level: 3
CD-rip by alekow (EAC and Flac)
Covers Included (400dpi)