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

Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. One (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Vol. II (1990 - A New Decade) (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records Greece 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Volume III Just Right (Album) 10 Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
dpro-12686 Soul II Soul 2 Sides Of Soul II Soul(CD, Promo) Virgin dpro-12686 US 1992 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Volume V Believe (Album) Virgin Indonesia 1995 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Time For Change (Album) Island Records, Island Records 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

Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross - Fairplay (Single) 10 Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Featuring Do'Reen Soul II Soul Featuring Do'Reen - Feel Free (Single) 10 Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Jazzie's Groove (Single) 10 Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Keep On Movin (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Back To Life (Club Mix) (Single, Maxi) Virgin, 10 Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Get A Life (Maxi, Single) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records 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
Soul II Soul A Dreams A Dream (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul People (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, Virgin US 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Missing You (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records 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
Soul II Soul Joy (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Move Me No Mountain (MiniAlbum, Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Just Right (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records 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
JBV 338 Gary Moore / Soul II Soul Gary Moore / Soul II Soul - Cold Day In Hell / Joy (Brand New Heavies Mix)(7", Single) Virgin JBV 338 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul Wish (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin Italy 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 12 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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