Sons of Soul

Sons of Soul

by Tony! Toni! Toné!
     
 

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Tony!Toni!Tone! had a mission, with which they single-handedly reinvigorated R&B in the early 90's. Simple album titles like THE REVIVAL were manifestoes, preparing ears for the Oakland-based trio's re-conquest of territories only trodden by heavies from Motion, Stax, and Hi's golden days. Like their first two hit records, the aptly-titled SONS OF SOUL uses the kind

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Tony!Toni!Tone! had a mission, with which they single-handedly reinvigorated R&B in the early 90's. Simple album titles like THE REVIVAL were manifestoes, preparing ears for the Oakland-based trio's re-conquest of territories only trodden by heavies from Motion, Stax, and Hi's golden days. Like their first two hit records, the aptly-titled SONS OF SOUL uses the kind of set-up the legendary JB's had back in the day-- a real string and horn section and real keyboards--to make visceral -feeling music. The energetic "If I had No Loot" (with the SNL Horns) and wistful "Tell Me Mama" (with the Fat Lip Horns) almost clash with the more standard contemporary tunes like "Pillow (Lay Your Head On My)", the saccharine "Anniversary," and the inexplicably mean "My Ex-Girlfriend" (who's a "ho.") Still, there's a sense of unity to the sound and sequence of all the tracks together. Eternal classics like "Leavin'" showcase the smooth vocals and tight, sweeping arrangements that keep the Tony-ies ever-fresh.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With their third album, Tony! Toni! Tone! received their greatest chart success, without compromising their music; it was still the finely crafted, highly eclectic and funky pop-soul that distinguished their first two albums, while the band's songwriting and playing had improved. The result was the band's most successful album yet, both commercially and successfully.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1993
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731451493324
catalogNumber:
514933
Rank:
28501

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony! Toni! Toné!   Primary Artist
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
George Young   Alto Saxophone
General Grant   Rap
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Charles Veal   Violin,Soloist
Peter Corant   Pedal Steel Guitar
Fat Lip Horns   Horn
Earl Garner   Trumpet
Nick Marach   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet,Soloist
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Timothy Christian Riley   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Horn
SNL Horns   Horn
John T. Sith   Bass,Guitar
John T. Smith   Guitar,Upright Bass
Norbert Stachel   Woodwind
Carl Wheeler   Keyboards
D'Wayne Wiggins   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Hon Williams   Trumpet
Raphael Wiggins   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Jon Williams   Trumpet
Reggie C. Young   Trombone

Technical Credits

Terry T.   Programming
Charles Veal   String Arrangements
Ed Eckstine   Executive Producer
Clare Fischer   Arranger,String Arrangements
Dave Jahnsen   Engineer
L.A. Jae   Programming
Craig Long   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Phase 5   Programming
Timothy Christian Riley   Programming,Producer,Contributor,drum programming
Kirt Shearer   Programming,Engineer
Tony! Toni! Toné!   Producer
D'Wayne Wiggins   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Frank Wright   Arranger
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
Neil Perry   Engineer
Raphael Wiggins   Producer,drum programming
Ali   Programming
Bryan Carrigan   Engineer
Joe Capers   Engineer
Kelle Kutsugeras   Costume Design
Mike Scapelli   Engineer
Kenneth A. Van Druten   Engineer
Maurice Stewart   Programming
Aaron Rudden   Engineer
Gerry Brown   Engineer
Ali Tabatabaee   Programming
Sean Pollard   Engineer
John Affoon   Engineer

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