Soul II Soul

Soul II Soul

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Led by producer/vocalist/songwriter DJ Jazzie B., Soul II Soul was one of the most innovative dance/R&B outfits of the late '80s, creating a seductive, deep R&B that borrowed from Philly soul, disco, reggae, and '80s hip-hop. Originally featuring Jazzie B., producer/arranger Nellee Hooper and instrumentalist Philip Daddae Harvey, the musical collective came together in the late '80s. Two singles, "Fairplay" and "Feel Free", began to attract attention both in clubs and in the press.
Featuring the vocals of Caron Wheeler, Soul II Soul's third single "Keep on Movin'", reached the U.K. Top Ten in March of 1989. Released in the summer of 1989, "Back to Life" also featured Wheeler and became another Top Ten hit. Soul II Soul released their debut album, Club Classics, Vol. One, shortly afterward.
Wheeler left the group before the recording of the group's second album, Vol. 2: 1990 — A New Decade. The album debuted at number one in the U.K., yet it caught the group in a holding pattern. Hooper soon left the collective, leaving Jazzie B. to soldier on alone. Hooper went on to work with several of the most influential and popular acts of the early '90s, including Massive Attack, Björk, Madonna and U2.
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Soul II Soul Discography

Albums

V2-91267 Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. One (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records V2-91267 US 1989 Sell This Version
DIX CD 90, DIXCD 90P Soul II Soul Vol. II (1990 - A New Decade) (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records DIX CD 90, DIXCD 90P UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
2-91771 Soul II Soul Volume III Just Right (Album) 10 Records 2-91771 US 1992 Sell This Version
dpro-12686 Soul II Soul 2 Sides Of(CD, Promo) Virgin dpro-12686 US 1992 Sell This Version
07243 Soul II Soul Volume V Believe (Album) Virgin 07243 Indonesia 1995 Sell This Version
1776 Soul II Soul Time For Change (Album) Island Records, Island Records 1776 Indonesia 1997 Sell This Version
PHCR-3709 Soul II Soul @Remix.or.jp(CD, Album) Island Records PHCR-3709 Japan 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TEN 228 Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross - Fairplay (Single) 10 Records TEN 228 UK 1988 Sell This Version
TEN 239 Soul II Soul Featuring Do'Reen Soul II Soul Featuring Do'Reen - Feel Free (Single) 10 Records TEN 239 UK 1988 Sell This Version
PRCD 3033 Soul II Soul Jazzie's Groove (Single) 10 Records PRCD 3033 US 1989 Sell This Version
99205-4 Soul II Soul Keep On Movin (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records 99205-4 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
7243 8 92621 6 2 Soul II Soul Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 92621 6 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
VG 2156Z Soul II Soul Get A Life (Maxi, Single) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records VG 2156Z Greece 1989 Sell This Version
JBV 318 Soul II Soul / Sandra Soul II Soul / Sandra - Get A Life / Hiroshima(7", Jukebox) Virgin JBV 318 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
TENCDT 300, 163.062 Soul II Soul A Dreams A Dream (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records TENCDT 300, 163.062 UK 1990 Sell This Version
DMD 1526 Soul II Soul People (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, Virgin DMD 1526 US 1990 Sell This Version
TENX 345 DJ Soul II Soul Missing You (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records TENX 345 DJ UK 1990 Sell This Version
JBV 320 Soul II Soul / Ryuichi Sakamoto Featuring Jill Jones Soul II Soul / Ryuichi Sakamoto Featuring Jill Jones - A Dreams A Dream / You Do Me(7", Jukebox) Virgin JBV 320 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
TEN 350, ten350 Soul II Soul Joy (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records TEN 350, ten350 UK 1992 Sell This Version
VJCP-14045 Soul II Soul Move Me No Mountain (MiniAlbum, Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records VJCP-14045 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
TEN 410, 7243 8 90027 7 5 Soul II Soul Just Right (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records TEN 410, 7243 8 90027 7 5 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
none Soul II Soul Joy / Volume III (Just Right) Album Sampler(Box, Promo + CD, Maxi + Cass, Smplr, Promo) 10 Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
JBV 342 Les Negresses Vertes / Soul II Soul Les Negresses Vertes / Soul II Soul - Sous Le Soleil De Bodega / Move Me No Mountain(7", Jukebox) Virgin JBV 342 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
7243 8 92176 6 7, VST 1480 Soul II Soul Wish (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 92176 6 7, VST 1480 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
V25F-12659, none Soul II Soul Back To Life / Keep On Movin'(CD, Single) Virgin Records America, Inc., Ten Records Ltd. V25F-12659, none US 1993 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

January 2, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Truly magnificent. Both 'Club Classics Vol. 1' and '1990: A New Decade' deserve contant play for attention. Even if the group later achieved less, these two albums stand as powerful testimony to anyone ever willing of exploring a group as eclectic (and in their own right ahead of the time) - Soul II Soul were unique in mixing pop, hip-hop and soul music without damaging any of the genre's essence. Today R'n'B is dreadful and horrifying in its eroticising - with Soul II Soul, sex is as tasty as a box of finest chocolates.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

September 22, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
Soul II Soul was one of the main responsible to create a whole new type of soulful quality dance music at the end of the eighties to the beginning of the next decade. Through the lovely Caron Wheeler’s lyrics like “Back to life, back to reality” and “Keep on movin’ don’t stop no!”, infectious hip hop influenced beats, strings and the charming spirit of the R&B, their tunes became instantly massive hits. At least, we can be certain that their work represented an interesting counterbalance to the cheesy italo-house stuff through the many dancefloors of the World.

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