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Artisti: Tony! Toni! Toné!

Julkaisupäivä: 22. kesäkuuta 1993

Levy-yhtiö: PolyGram

Ehdokkuus: Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo

Sons of Soul is the third studio album by American R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!, released on June 22, 1993, by Wing Records and Mercury Records. The group originally recorded at several studios in California, including Westlake Recording Studios and Paradise Recording Studio. When they became jaded with the various people frequenting those studios, Tony! Toni! Toné! moved their sessions to Caribbean Sound Basin in Trinidad, where they ultimately wrote and recorded most of the album.

Sons of Soul was produced entirely by the group, who worked with various session musicians and utilized both vintage and contemporary recording equipment. They intended to pay homage to their musical influences—classic soul artists of the 1960s and 1970s—and incorporated live instrumentation, funk, and hip hop elements such as samples and scratches. Lead singer and bassist Raphael Wiggins handled most of the songwriting, which featured quirky, flirtatious lyrics.

A commercial success, Sons of Soul charted for 43 weeks on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was acclaimed by music critics and named the best album of 1993 by The New York Times and Time magazine. With its success, Tony! Toni! Toné! became one of the most popular R&B acts during the genre's commercial resurgence in the early 1990s. However, after an ill-fated tour, the group went on hiatus and pursued individual projects before reuniting in 1995.

 

1."If I Had No Loot"  Juan Bautista, Will Harris, Raphael Wiggins4:01

2."What Goes Around Comes Around"  Carl Wheeler, D'wayne Wiggins, R. Wiggins4:33

3."My Ex-Girlfriend"  Timothy Christian Riley, D. Wiggins, R. Wiggins4:53

4."Tell Me Mama"  Riley, R. Wiggins, Z'Ann4:17

5."Leavin'"  John Smith, R. Wiggins5:16

6."Slow Wine"  D. Wiggins, The Whole 94:49

7."(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow"  Riley, D. Wiggins, R. Wiggins6:12

8."I Couldn't Keep It to Myself"  R. Wiggins5:20

9."Gangsta Groove"  Smith, D. Wiggins, R. Wiggins5:03

10."Tonyies! In the Wrong Key"  Riley, R. Wiggins4:05

11."Dance Hall"  Curtis Grant, D. Wiggins4:26

12."Times Squares 2:30 A.M. (Segue)"   0:33

13."Fun"  Riley, Wheeler, D. Wiggins, R. Wiggins5:16

14."Anniversary"  Wheeler, R. Wiggins9:24

15."Castleers"  Wheeler, R. Wiggins1:19

Tony! Toni! Toné!

  • Timothy Christian Riley – drum programming, drums, horn synthesizer, keyboards, producer, programming, synthesizer
  • D'wayne Wiggins – bass, drum programming, drums, guitar, producer, programming
  • Raphael Wiggins – bass, bass synthesizer, drum programming, drums, keyboards, producer
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