D'Angelo - Brown Sugar - 20th Ann Ed - 1995 Neo Soul 90s R + B White 180 Grm 2LP

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D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

Label: Virgin
Cat#: B0022834-01
Series: Respect The Classics
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, White
180 grm
Brown Sugar 20th Anniversary Edition
Country: US
Released: 2015
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Neo Soul


A1 Brown Sugar 4:22
A2 Alright 5:15
A3 Jonz In My Bonz 5:56

B1 Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine 4:46
B2 Shit, Damn, Motherfucker 5:14
B3 Smooth 4:18

C1 Crusin' 6:28
C2 When We Get By 5:48

D1 Lady 5:47
D2 Higher 5:27

Companies etc

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin
Copyright (c) – Virgin
Distributed By – Universal Music Distribution


Composed By, Written By, Arranged By, Producer, Performer – D'Angelo
Executive-Producer – Kedar Massenburg
Mastered By [Mastering Engineer] – Herb Powers Jr.
Producer – Ali Shaheed Muhammad (tracks: A1), Bob Power (tracks: A3, D2)
Producer, Written-By – Raphael Saadiq (tracks: D1)
Written-By – Ali Shaheed Muhammad (tracks: A1), Angela Stone
(tracks: A3), Luther Archer (tracks: B3, D2), Marvin Tarplin, Rodney Archer (tracks: D2), William Robinson (tracks: C1)

Minister's son, Michael D'Angelo Archer really made a massive impact with his organic soulful sound on this his 1995 debut.
Making his name on "U Will Know" (Which he co-wrote and co-produced) with Black Men United the talented, multi-instrumetalist Richmond VA native made his own muse apparent here. Instead of following the mainstream definitons of what "R&B" had come to define, D took it all the way back.

He clearly is a true lover of peak era soul music, wearing influences like Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Prince on his sleeve. This can be observed right down to a superlative, chilled cover of Smokey Robinson's classic "Cruisin'".
That song is a true highlight and was a single release. As was the anthemic title track, which is a head nodding, drugs/female double entendre (Not unlike The Rolling Stones did with same title 25 years previously) opening, which incoroporates Mr Archer's hip-hop generation roots.

The album has a laid back, jazzy vibe throughout and the Raphael Saadiq co-produced ode to his woman "Lady" exemplifies this. There isn't a weak song to be found but other favourites of mine include the brooding ...and gospel soaked closing number "Higher". "Dreamin' Eyes" was a worthy single release as well.

D'Angelo took a five year break before his next album but the influence of this album endured all the while and proved one of the main catalysts in the genre the media came to know as "neo soul", although beyond categorisation, this album is just superb music.

D'Angelo - Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine

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D'Angelo - Jonz In My Bonz

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D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

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D'Angelo - Brown Sugar Live

He is great both in and out of a studio.... authentic music... thisis the missing link and the key that will seperate those who are just playing from those who are fo real. Observe artistry in this soul presentation.. this is what it's about.

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D'Angelo - Lady

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D'Angelo - Smooth

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label Virgin Records