Another Level CD (1996)

Artist: Blackstreet

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Product Overview


Label Uni/interscope
SKU 60125488
UPC 606949007126
UPC 14 00606949007126
Format CD
Release Date 9/10/1996
Author Blackstreet
Artist Influence Bell Biv DeVoe
Artist Influence Bobby Brown (R&B)
Artist Influence Cameo
Artist Influence Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Artist Influence Kool & the Gang
Artist Influence Michael Jackson
Artist Influence The Delfonics
Artist Influence The O'Jays
Artist Influence Whodini
Artist Contemporary 112
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Artist Contemporary Shae Jones
Artist Contemporary Silk ('90s R&B)
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Artist Follower Chris Brown (R&B/Vocals)
Artist Follower Omarion
Artist Follower Pretty Ricky
Artist Follower Sean Kingston
Artist Follower T-Pain
Artist Follower TGT (R&B)
Artist Follower Trey Songz
Technical Info
Engineer David Reitzas; George Meyers; Serban Ghenea; John Hanes
Producer Eric Williams; Frank Nitti; Sprague Williams; Xavier Hargrove; William Stewart; Wesley Hoogs; Roosevelt Harrell; Chauncey Hannibal; Tommy Simms; Teddy Riley
CatalogID IND 90071
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 09/10/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 22s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00606949007126
Musical Guests
Dr. Dre
Queen Pen
Album Notes and Credits
Blackstreet: Teddy "Street" Riley, Eric "E" Williams (vocals, various instruments); Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Mark L. Middleton (vocals).
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).
"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.
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).
Audio Mixers: George Meyers; Serban Ghenea; Teddy Riley; John Hanes .
Recording information: Future Studios, Carribean Sound Basin & Capital Studios.
Photographer: Dorothy Low.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Julius McKelvey; Mark Middleton.
Arrangers: Eric Williams; Frank Nitty Pimentel; Sprague Williams; William Stewart ; Wesley Hoogs; Chauncey Hannibal; Tommy Simms ; Teddy Riley.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Black & Street Intro
2 This Is How We Roll
3 No Diggity - (featuring Dr. Dre)
4 Fix
5 Good Lovin'
6 Let's Stay In Love
7 We Gonna Take You Back (Lude)/Don't Leave Me: We Gonna Take U Back (Lude) / Don't Leave Me
8 Never Gonna Let You Go
9 I Wanna Be Your Man
10 Taja's Lude (Interlude)
11 My Paradise (Interlude)
12 Deja's Poem
13 (Money Can't) Buy Me Love
14 Blackstreet (On The Radio)
15 I Can't Get You (Out Of My Mind)
16 I'll Give It To You
17 Happy Song (Tonite)
18 Motherlude
19 Lord Is Real, The (Time Will Reveal)

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