Brand New Heavies

Brand New Heavies

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While most of their U.K. contemporaries in the acid jazz game of the late '80s were taking classic funk sides and slicking them up for a dance floor populace weaned on glossy acid house and techno grooves, the Brand New Heavies instead went the route of their idols the JB's (James Brown's house band for his King and People recordings of the

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While most of their U.K. contemporaries in the acid jazz game of the late '80s were taking classic funk sides and slicking them up for a dance floor populace weaned on glossy acid house and techno grooves, the Brand New Heavies instead went the route of their idols the JB's (James Brown's house band for his King and People recordings of the '60s and early '70s). The Heavies' sound was live, raw, and lean. "Put the Funk Back in It" is a no-holds-barred anthem with a group-shout chorus, Moog-like keys, and a tight, snapping, analog-based rhythm section. The drums crack, the bass thumps, your toe taps. "Gimme One of Those" and "Brand New Heavies" are in the same bag. But, like the godfather of soul, the Heavies knew the value of strong female vocals. Enter American songstress N'Dea Davenport (she's since left the group), who shines on the poppy, quicker-tempo "Dream Come True" (a huge smash in everywhere but the U.S., where it enjoyed only moderate radio success) and the smoother, more modern R&B-flavored "Never Stop." The Heavies have built up a following with a series of increasingly slick releases, but this debut -- one of the great pure-funk albums of the last 20 years -- remains their calling card.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Delicious Vinyl
UPC:
0081227678227
catalogNumber:
76782
Rank:
12256

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Performance Credits

Brand New Heavies   Primary Artist
Mike Smith   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Simon Bartholomew   Guitar
N'Dea Davenport   Vocals
Jan Kincaid   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Andrew Levy   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Ceri Evans   Keyboards
Robert Carter   Keyboards
Brian Archer   Trombone
Paul Dias   Trumpet
Tim Garland   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lascelles Gordon   Guitar,Percussion
Laurence Parry   Trumpet
Ikebod Smoinei   Pipe
Joan Walker   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Wellman   Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Wilmott   Tenor Saxophone
Andy Bush   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mike Smith   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Brand New Heavies   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Simon Bartholomew   Composer
Jan Kincaid   Composer
Andrew Levy   Composer
Joe Primeau   Engineer
Paul Dias   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Tim Garland   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Ikebod Smoinei   Contributor
Jim Wellman   Composer
L. Gordon   Composer

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