Bizarre Fruit

Bizarre Fruit

by M People
     
 

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The Manchester, England-based trio M People scored in 1994 with a series of British Top Ten hits from its debut album Elegant Slumming; both "Moving on Up" and "One Night in Heaven" became U.S. dance club smashes, thanks to an endearing mixture of house and R&B, and Heather Small's startling vocal presence. Fortunately, M People didSee more details below

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The Manchester, England-based trio M People scored in 1994 with a series of British Top Ten hits from its debut album Elegant Slumming; both "Moving on Up" and "One Night in Heaven" became U.S. dance club smashes, thanks to an endearing mixture of house and R&B, and Heather Small's startling vocal presence. Fortunately, M People did not suffer the dreaded sophomore slump; the 1995 release Bizarre Fruit continues in much the same vein as its predecessor. Bizarre Fruit is chock-full of funky house grooves, and Small's deep, soulful vocals add just the right touch to the mix, making M People considerably warmer than most contemporary dance acts. The "Moving on Up" soundalike "Open Your Heart" was a major club success in its own right. In addition to the obvious dance appeal, "Open Your Heart," like most of M People's music, has a touch of '70s R&B in the mix. The album's opener, "Sight for Sore Eyes," has a grandiose gospel-influenced intro before kicking into the funky groove and a melody similar to Technotronic's "Pump Up the Jam." The jazzy "Search for the Hero," and the retro-soul tune "Precious Pearl" are also highlights. M People, unlike many mid-'90s dance music acts like C+C Music Factory and the Real McCoy, deserves kudos for releasing an album just as entertaining and consistent as its debut. Bizarre Fruit is a worthy follow-up to Elegant Slumming and should please those who enjoy a little soul when hitting the dancefloor. .

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646703724
catalogNumber:
67037

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Performance Credits

M People   Primary Artist
Ellen Blair   Strings
Andy Connell   Piano
Julian Crampton   Bass
Chris Davis   Flute,Saxophone
Andy Gangadeen   Drums
Graham Harvey   Piano
Steven Husey   Strings
Yolisa Phale   Strings
Juliet Roberts   Background Vocals
Faye Simpson   Background Vocals
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
John Thirkell   Trumpet
Jim Williams   Guitar
Giovanni Parricelli   Guitar
Ivan Hussen   Strings
Carol Thompson   Background Vocals
Carroll Thomson   Background Vocals
Paul "Tubbs" Williams   Background Vocals
Shovell   Percussion

Technical Credits

James Reynolds   Engineer
M People   Producer
Paul Heard   Producer
Paul Jervier   Programming
Mike Pickering   Producer
Herb Powers   Mastering
T. Smith   Composer
Gaeten Schurrer   Programming
Heather Small   Producer
James Reynolds   Engineer
Shovell   Producer

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