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 their first number 1 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.

Since 2007, Soul II Soul has reunited with the lineup of Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler. Wheeler took a departure from the group after their reunion tour in 2010, with Charlotte taking her place as lead vocalist. In 2013, Charlotte left the group to focus on her solo career and Wheeler rejoined the group. In December 2016, Soul II Soul released their second live album "Origins", which features Wheeler and Jazzie B as the lineup.
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Albums

Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One album art Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. One (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records Europe 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Vol. II (1990 - A New Decade) album art Soul II Soul Vol. II (1990 - A New Decade) (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Volume III Just Right album art 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 album art 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 art Soul II Soul Volume V Believe (Album) Virgin Italy 1995 Sell This Version
none Soul II Soul - Volume V Believe (6 Track Sampler) album art Soul II Soul Volume V Believe (6 Track Sampler)(Cass, S/Sided, MiniAlbum, Promo) Virgin none UK 1995 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Time For Change album art Soul II Soul Time For Change (Album) Island Records, Island Records Indonesia 1997 Sell This Version
PHCR-3709 Soul II Soul - @Remix.or.jp album art Soul II Soul @Remix.or.jp(CD, Album) Island Records PHCR-3709 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
MRSS1602 Soul II Soul - Origins album art Soul II Soul Origins(Box, Album + 2xLP, Dlx, 180) Metropolis Recordings MRSS1602 UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Soul II Soul - Fairplay album art Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross - Fairplay (Single) 10 Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Feel Free album art 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 album art Soul II Soul Jazzie's Groove (Single) 10 Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin album art Soul II Soul Keep On Movin (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Back To Life (Club Mix) album art Soul II Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler Soul II Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler - Back To Life (Club Mix) (Single) 10 Records Australia 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Get A Life album art Soul II Soul Get A Life (Maxi, Single) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records Greece 1989 Sell This Version
JBV 318 Soul II Soul - Get A Life / Hiroshima album art 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 album art Soul II Soul A Dreams A Dream (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - People album art Soul II Soul People (Single, Maxi) 10 Records, Virgin US 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Missing You album art Soul II Soul Missing You (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
JBV 320 Soul II Soul - A Dreams A Dream / You Do Me album art 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
TENR 345, 613 905 Soul II Soul Missing You (Remix)(12") 10 Records, 10 Records TENR 345, 613 905 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Joy album art Soul II Soul Joy (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Move Me No Mountain album art Soul II Soul Move Me No Mountain (Single, MiniAlbum) 10 Records, 10 Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Just Right album art 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 album art Soul II Soul Joy / Volume III (Just Right) Album Sampler(Box, Promo + CD, Maxi + Cass, Promo, Smplr) 10 Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version

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giannisvlachos1990

giannisvlachos1990

July 20, 2018
edited 2 months ago
Soul II Soul, S'Express and "Inner City" had very good successes since 1988 (NOT ONLY in the UK of course), such as: "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)", "Good Life", "Theme From S-Express", etc, even though I'm not a fan of them at all.

And remember, ONLY the original is the most important thing by playing it over and over in your minds (just like a vinyl), not only on songs, but at everything too. And you can't mess with a original!
Yemsky

Yemsky

March 1, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I'll never forget when the first single charted in the UK and the DJ on German NDR 2 radio read out the British charts pronounced them "Soul ee ee Soul" (The letter "i" is pronounced "ee" in German...)
Crijevo

Crijevo

January 2, 2006
edited over 12 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 14 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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