Tony! Toni! Toné! House of Music
Vibe: "...the sons of soul....Brilliance shines like a diamond....HOUSE OF MUSIC glows a vision of blackness that is superbad, mad smooth, and crazy sexy."
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- Released: November 19, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Motown
Entertainment Weekly - 11/15/96, p.72"...Their usual witty, tremendously likable collection, with a new recurring theme: what makes a man a man and a woman a woman, explored with both frankness and slyness." - Rating: A-
Q - 2/97, p.1024 Stars (out of 5) - "...a startlingly diverse set that slips easily from the Stevie Wonder slow-strut of 'Lovin' You,' through the Jackson 5-alike 'Annie May' and beyond, taking in Memphis soul and Philly smooth en route to glistening swingbeat and seductive after-hours balladry..."
Vibe - 12/96, p.168"...the sons of soul....Brilliance shines like a diamond....HOUSE OF MUSIC glows a vision of blackness that is superbad, mad smooth, and crazy sexy."
The Source - 12/96, p.140"...This album was made for us...folks like us appreciate the richness in diversity...the music connoisseurs, those who are here to save the soul of Rhythm and Blues..."
Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #30 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Thinking Of You
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Top Notch
- $1.29 on iTunes3.Let's Get Down
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Til Last Summer
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Lovin' You
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Still A Man
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Don't Fall In Love
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Annie May
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Let Me Know
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Tossin' & Turnin'
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Wild Child
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Party Don't Cry
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Lovin' You (Interlude)
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Tony Toni Tone: Raphael Saadiq (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); D'wayne Wiggins (vocals, guitar); Timothy Christian Riley (clarinet, acoustic & electric pianos, Hammond B-3 organ, drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Sheila E. (percussion); DJ Quik (triangle).
Producers include: Raphael Saadiq, DJ Quik, D'wayne Wiggins, Timothy Christian Riley.
Personnel: Randall Wiggins (vocals, background vocals); Spanky Alford, Nick Moroch (guitar); Johnny Bamont, Vince Lars (saxophone); Greg Adams , Bill Ortiz, Marvin McFadden (trumpet); Mic Gillette (trombone); Carl Wheeler (keyboards, background vocals); Kelvin Wooten (keyboards); Tommy Dradford, Joel Smith (drums); Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. (percussion); Joey Swails (programming); Brenda Roy, Conesha Owens, Bobette Jamison-Harrison, Jackie Simley, Sue Ann Carwell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Gerry Brown ; Booker T. Jones III; Chris Puram; Ken Kessie; Bill Malina.
Recording information: Brillian Studios, San Francisco, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Coda Studios, Oakland, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Grass Roots Studios, Oakland, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Image Recording, Los Angeles, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Pookie Labs, Sacramento (09/1995-09/1996); WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/1995-09/1996); Woosdhed Studios, Sacramento, CA (09/1995-09/1996).
Editor: Bill Malina.
Photographer: William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Role: George Archie.
After the commercial successes of THE REVIVAL and SONS OF SOUL Tony Toni Tone returned with HOUSE OF MUSIC, the trio's most mature and critically lauded collection to date. The album-opening "Thinking of You" seems like a long-lost classic culled from the vaults of Al Green. "Lovin' You" is informed by Stevie Wonder's most sensuous funk, and "Top Notch" even has a bit of a psychedelic slant to it. The group continues to demonstrate its deft ability to craft sensuous ballads; "Til Last Summer" and "Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz" demonstrate a well-honed mastery of the form. Throughout, HOUSE OF MUSIC is spiked by sweet vocal harmonies and sharp guitar work.
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