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SOUL II SOUL
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 another Top Ten 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.
 
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Soul II Soul 1999 Liner Notes
While the London-based musical collective known as Soul II Soul was unquestionable responsible for creating a major stir in the U.S. marketplace with its solid, hit-filled 1989 debut album, British homegrown soul music first began to make an impact on American audiences over a decade earlier through artists like Billy Ocean, Central Line, Linx and Junior Giscombe. Each act professed its debt to American funk and soul of the '60s and ‘70s as did Soul II Soul founders (disc jockey) Jazzie B., (pro...
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