The Brand New Heavies The Brand New Heavies

The Brand New Heavies
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 3/26/91
Rating: B+
Q - 4/92, p.70
3 Stars - Good - "...light yet luxuriant music...nothing ought to stop them now..."
Musician - 5/91
"...they may have an old-fashioned sense of soul, but their pop smarts are thoroughly up-to-date..."


  • 1.BnH
  • 2.Dream Come True
  • 3.People Get Ready
  • 4.Never Stop
  • 5.Put the Funk Back in It
  • 6.Gimmie One of Those
  • 7.Ride in the Sky
  • 8.Sphynx
  • 9.Stay This Way
  • 10.Shakedown

Product Description:

The Brand New Heavies: N'Dea Davenport (vocals); Simon Bartholomew (guitar); Jim Wellman (soprano & tenor saxophones, keyboards); Andrew Levy (keyboards, bass); Jan Kincaid (keyboards, drums, percussion); Lascelles Gordon (percussion, guitar).
Additional personnel: Ikebod Smoinei (Bavarian berry pipe); Mike Smith (alto & tenor saxophones); Tim Garland (tenor & baritone saxophones); John Wilmot (tenor saxophone); Joan Walker (baritone saxophone); Paul Dias, Andy Bush, Lawrence Perry (trumpet); Brian Archer (trombone); Ceri Evans, Robert Carter (keyboards).
Many of the artists who were part of Britain's soul scene of the late '80s/early '90s, including Soul II Soul, Lisa Stansfield, and Caron Wheeler, took a high-tech, neo-soul approach, combining '70s-influenced R&B and disco with elements of hip-hop. The equally impressive Brand New Heavies, however, used technology sparingly, stressed the use of real instruments, and were unapologetically retro and '70s-sounding through and through. Drawing on such influences as the Average White Band and Tower of Power, the Heavies triumph by sticking with the classic R&B approach they clearly love the most. The band has a jewel of a singer in N'Dea Davenport, who is characteristically expressive on "Dream Come True" and "Stay This Way." Real horns -- not synthesizers made to sound like horns -- enrich those gems as well as the sweaty vocal funk of "People Get Ready" and "Put the Funk Back in It" and the jazz-influenced instrumental "BNH." While this fine album enjoyed cult hit status, it was sadly ignored by American urban contemporary radio. ~ Alex Henderson

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  • UPC: 081227678227
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