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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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Soul II Soul - Do The Right Thing (The Happiness Remix) album art Redhead Kingpin And The F.B.I.* Jazzy 12 and 1 more… Redhead Kingpin And The F.B.I.* - Do The Right Thing (The Happiness Remix) Virgin Greece 1989 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Look Who's Dancing album art Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers Look Who's Dancing (Dubbing Mix) and 2 more… Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers - Look Who's Dancing (Maxi) Virgin Canada 1989 Sell This Version
ATC 9895 Soul II Soul - Chain album art The Family Stand Ghetto Heaven The Family Stand - Chain(LP, Album) Atlantic ATC 9895 US 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Ghetto Heaven album art The Family Stand Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix Edit) and 2 more… The Family Stand - Ghetto Heaven (Single) Atlantic US 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Get Up! (The Ultimate Dance Collection) album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix) Various - Get Up! (The Ultimate Dance Collection) (Comp) Dino Music, TELDEC Germany 1990 Sell This Version
0104015425 Soul II Soul - Disco Promozionale album art Various Ghetto Heaven-Soul II Soul Remix Various - Disco Promozionale(12", Promo) CGD 0104015425 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
UKCA 90-50 Various Freedom (Back To Reality Mix) Various - U.K. Chart Attack #90/50(CD, Comp, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 90-50 UK 1990 Sell This Version
PROC 90047 Various Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix Edit) Various - WEA Promotional Compact Disc - Volume 47 - May 1990(CD, Comp, Promo) WEA PROC 90047 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
MCSTD 1592 Soul II Soul - Feel The Need album art J.T. Taylor Long Hot Summer Night (The Soul II Soul Mix) J.T. Taylor - Feel The Need(CD, Single) MCA Records MCSTD 1592 UK 1991 Sell This Version
39830132 Soul II Soul - Soft Dance (Die Tanzbare Verführung) album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Remix) Various - Soft Dance (Die Tanzbare Verführung)(2xCD, Comp) Eurostar 39830132 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
WD010 Soul II Soul - The White Disc Volume 10 album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix Edit) Various - The White Disc Volume 10(CD, Comp, Promo) The White Disc WD010 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RADCD124 Soul II Soul - Street Vibes 3 album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Original Soul II Soul Remix W/Jazzy B) Various - Street Vibes 3(2xCD, Comp) Sony Music TV, Global Television, Warner.ESP RADCD124 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Renaissance: The Classics - Part 2 album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix) Various - Renaissance: The Classics - Part 2 (Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK 2006 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - Masterpiece: Created By Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) album art Jazzie B After All (S2S Special) (as S2S) Jazzie B - Masterpiece: Created By Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) (Comp) Ministry Of Sound UK 2008 Sell This Version
SC 0331 Soul II Soul - So90s (Sonineties) album art Blank & Jones Ghetto Heaven (Original Soul II Soul Remix) Blank & Jones - So90s (Sonineties)(CD, Comp, Mixed + 2xCD, Comp) Soundcolours SC 0331 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
MOSCD327 Soul II Soul - 90s Groove Volume II album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix) Various - 90s Groove Volume II(3xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound MOSCD327 UK 2013 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - 12 Inch Dance 90s Club album art Various Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul Remix) Various - 12 Inch Dance 90s Club (Comp) Rhino Records (2) Australia 2014 Sell This Version
541 590 Soul II Soul - Recordbox 01: Tlp Aka Troubleman album art Various Ghetto Heaven Various - Recordbox 01: Tlp Aka Troubleman(2xLP) 541 541 590 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version

Vocals

SRU1 Soul II Sound Soul II Sound - Feel The Melody(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label SRU1 UK 1999 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Soul II Soul - Nothing Compares 2 U album art Sinéad O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (Single, Maxi) Ensign UK 1990 Sell This Version
Soul II Soul - It Was Written album art Nas Silent Murder (Bonus Track) Nas - It Was Written (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia Europe 1996 Sell This Version
HR-62105-2 Soul II Soul - Mother album art Marc Shaiman Keep On Movin Marc Shaiman - Mother(CD) Hollywood Records HR-62105-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
88875035252 Soul II Soul - 101 More R&B Hits album art Various Stutterbugg Various - 101 More R&B Hits(5xCD, Comp) Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd., Universal Music Australia 88875035252 Australia 2014 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Soul II Soul - Vol. II - 1990  A New Decade album art Soul II Soul Courtney Blows and 7 more… Soul II Soul - Vol. II - 1990 A New Decade (Album) Virgin, 10 Records Europe 1990 Sell This Version
KFW 149 Soul II Soul - Live At The Knitting Factory album art No Safety Ms. Quoted (as Soul to Soul) No Safety - Live At The Knitting Factory(CD, Album) Knitting Factory Works KFW 149 US 1993 Sell This Version

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giannisvlachos1990

giannisvlachos1990

July 20, 2018
edited 10 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 over 2 years 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 13 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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