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Another Level (1996)

Artist: Blackstreet
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Format: CD
Sku: 60125488
UPC: 606949007126
UPC 14: 00606949007126
Release Date: 9/10/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Black & Street Intro ~ Blackstreet
2. This Is How We Roll ~ Blackstreet
3. No Diggity - (featuring Dr. Dre) ~ Blackstreet
4. Fix ~ Blackstreet
5. Good Lovin' ~ Blackstreet
6. Let's Stay In Love ~ Blackstreet
7. We Gonna Take You Back (Lude)/Don't Leave Me: We Gonna Take U Back (Lude) / Don't Leave Me ~ Blackstreet
8. Never Gonna Let You Go ~ Blackstreet
9. I Wanna Be Your Man ~ Blackstreet
10. Taja's Lude (Interlude) ~ Blackstreet
11. My Paradise (Interlude) ~ Blackstreet
12. Deja's Poem ~ Blackstreet
13. (Money Can't) Buy Me Love ~ Blackstreet
14. Blackstreet (On The Radio) ~ Blackstreet
15. I Can't Get You (Out Of My Mind) ~ Blackstreet
16. I'll Give It To You ~ Blackstreet
17. Happy Song (Tonite) ~ Blackstreet
18. Motherlude ~ Blackstreet
19. Lord Is Real, The (Time Will Reveal) ~ Blackstreet
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Blackstreet: Teddy "Street" Riley, Eric "E" Williams (vocals, various instruments); Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Mark L. Middleton (vocals).
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Dr. Dre, Queen Pen, Beverly Crowder, Karen Anderson, Shaquanna Elam, Darryl Adams, ELAN, Lamenga Ford, Shannon Cooper, Deja, Taja (vocals); William Stewart, Sprague Williams, Serban Ghenea, Eric Williams, Wesley Hoggs, Tommy Sims (various instruments); Frank "Nitty" Pimental, Roosevelt Harrell (programming).
Muze PNote "No Diggity" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and was nominated for Best R&B Song.
Muze PNote Personnel: Beverly Crowder (vocals, rap vocals); Elan , Shaquanna Elam, Lamenga Ford, Shannon Cooper, Karen Anderson (vocals); Queen Pen (rap vocals); Eric Williams, Frank Nitty Pimentel, Sprague Williams, William Stewart , Wesley Hoogs, Roosevelt Harrell, Tommy Simms , Teddy Riley (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: George Meyers; Serban Ghenea; Teddy Riley; John Hanes .
Muze PNote Recording information: Future Studios, Carribean Sound Basin & Capital Studios.
Muze PNote Photographer: Dorothy Low.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Julius McKelvey; Mark Middleton.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Eric Williams; Frank Nitty Pimentel; Sprague Williams; William Stewart ; Wesley Hoogs; Chauncey Hannibal; Tommy Simms ; Teddy Riley.
Muze PNote Teddy Riley's fans were begging for a reunion of Guy, the trio with which he brought deep-soul music back to the R&B genre, but Riley chose to forge ahead with his new band, Blackstreet, instead. Wise move. Blackstreet's second album really does take the Riley R&B sound to ANOTHER LEVEL. It's one of the best R&B albums we've heard in a long time.
Muze PNote The tracks here are unbelievably funky, and though two of Blackstreet's four singers have turned over since the debut--the new ones are Eric Williams and Mark L. Middleton--the vocal harmonies are breathtaking. Classic Stevie Wonder would be an apt comparison. Riley evokes old-school soul a number of times here--"Don't Leave Me" and "The Lord Is Real" sample the DeBarge tunes "A Dream" and "Time Will Reveal," respectively. But that's not to say Blackstreet doesn't move forward to ANOTHER LEVEL, because with super-producer Riley, of course it does.

Producer: Eric Williams; Frank Nitti; Sprague Williams; Xavier Hargrove; William Stewart; Wesley Hoogs; Roosevelt Harrell; Chauncey Hannibal; Tommy Simms; Teddy Riley

Engineer: David Reitzas; George Meyers; Serban Ghenea; John Hanes

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dr. Dre
Muze Guest Artist Queen Pen

Artist Overview

Teddy Riley invented New Jack Swing in the late 1980s as a producer and with his group, Guy. Blending the silky smooth vocal harmonies of contemporary R&B with the beats and musical edge of hip-hop, Riley created a whole new genre in black music. He continued his hot streak with his next group, Blackstreet. Founded in the early 1990s, the group scored several R&B hits before hitting number one across the board with the 1997 smash "No Diggity." The group's blunt loverman lyrics, slick beats, and undeniable grooves provided a template for subsequent R&B ensembles such as Pretty Ricky and Jagged Edge.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-In My Lifetime (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Funkin Hip Hop 2
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection 806(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collect(clean)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Vol 9
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Best Of/20th Century Masters(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations No 1'S
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Freestyle R b Platinum Cla
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Gold Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Slow Motion

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/10/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : IND 90071
Music Label Name Label : Interscope (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00606949007126

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.186)
- "...stunning four-part vocal interplay--imagine a West Coast, low-ridin' blend of the Temptations' Motown vitality and the Delfonics' smooth Philly croon--and the virile thump of Riley's jeep-beat programming..."

Muzik (11/96, p.128)
- 3.5 out of 5 - "...superb talents....The exquisitely wonderful 'Happy Song' somehow resembles a black version of 'Mr. Sandman', while 'Paradise' is so concise, Quincy Jones could have created it..."

Vibe (11/96, p.135)
- "...a hybrid of old-world soul and new-school hip hop....ANOTHER LEVEL marks Riley's positive reentry into the universe of soul music....Teddy still jams..."

The Source (11/96, p.140)
- "He's back....Teddy Riley...bombards the R&B world....ANOTHER LEVEL is a welcome change from the recycled beats plaguing the current generation of R&B songs....the other level."

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