Club Classics, Vol. 1: 10th Anniversary Edition

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Barnes & Noble - Marie Elsie St. Léger
Ten years ago, songwriter and arranger Jazzie B, along with producer-remixer Nellee Hooper and the Funki Dreds, successfully rode the crest of the British soul movement to the top of the charts with the brilliantly executed Club Classics Vol. One. Originally released in the U.S. as Keep on Movin', the album is here reissued as an anniversary edition with extra tracks. Soul II Soul's motto, "A happy face, a thumpin' bass, for a loving race," connected with a Reagan/Thatcher-weary audience; Hooper's programming shook the rafters; the singers -- especially Caron Wheeler -- delighted the ears; and hits like "Back to Life However Do You Want Me," "Keep on Movin', " ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Marie Elsie St. Léger
Ten years ago, songwriter and arranger Jazzie B, along with producer-remixer Nellee Hooper and the Funki Dreds, successfully rode the crest of the British soul movement to the top of the charts with the brilliantly executed Club Classics Vol. One. Originally released in the U.S. as Keep on Movin', the album is here reissued as an anniversary edition with extra tracks. Soul II Soul's motto, "A happy face, a thumpin' bass, for a loving race," connected with a Reagan/Thatcher-weary audience; Hooper's programming shook the rafters; the singers -- especially Caron Wheeler -- delighted the ears; and hits like "Back to Life However Do You Want Me," "Keep on Movin', " and "Jazzie's Groove" resonated infectious and sublime. The singles inspired classic remixes, and the best ones including the "Back to Life" One World Remix are included here. The album's lyrics come off a bit naive today, but Soul II Soul's optimism is still hard to resist, and the beats on "Happiness" and "African Dance" -- though sluggish by today's jungle and drum 'n' bass standards -- thump heartily. Unfortunately, Jazzie B's "loving race" vision dissolved in lawsuits and bankruptcy Hooper went on to produce other dance and pop artists, including Madonna, but the pair definitely struck gold with Club Classics Vol. One. And we can live with that.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384747022
  • Catalog Number: 47470
  • Sales rank: 28,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Keep on Movin' - Caron Wheeler (6:02)
  2. 2 Fairplay - Rose Windross (3:58)
  3. 3 Holdin' On (3:51)
  4. 4 Feeling Free (4:16)
  5. 5 African Dance (6:07)
  6. 6 Dance (3:42)
  7. 7 Feel Free - Do 'Reen (5:04)
  8. 8 Happiness (5:33)
  9. 9 Back to Life - Caron Wheeler (3:39)
  10. 10 Jazzie's Groove (2:50)
  11. 11 Ambition Rap (3:49)
  12. 12 Keep on Movin' (3:36)
  13. 13 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) (3:52)
  14. 14 Jazzie's Groove (4:04)
  15. 15 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) (6:34)
  16. 16 Keep On Movin' (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soul II Soul Primary Artist
Caron Wheeler Track Performer
Jazzie B. Rap
Kushite Flute
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law Piano, Keyboards
Andrew Levy Bass
Graham Silbiger Bass
Rose Windross Vocals, Track Performer
Shikisha Vocals
Carol Wheeler Vocals
Aitch B. Background Vocals
Crispin Percussion
Technical Credits
Beresford Romeo Composer
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