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Basic Black

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000008D93
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Basic Black was not a Guy clone. Sure, they derived from Gene Griffin, who worked with Guy among others, but Basic Black had their own sound. Darryl "Dezo" Adams did not sound like Aaron Hall and Griffin certainly didn't mimic Teddy Riley's "new jack sound". Sure, remnants of Teddy are heard, but for the most part, Gene created a new jack outfit on his own.
Even with all the accusations and false statements, Gene produced a pretty well-rounded album. The highlights include the seductive "Special Kind Of Fool", the emotional "Now or Never", and the energetic number "Don't Make Me Fall In Love". Other noteworthy tracks are the lead single, "She's Mine" featuring Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth and their follow-up single "Nothing But a Party". Both are bass-pumpin, rump-shakin new jack cuts.
Basic Black never reached their commercial potential, mainly for the "guy clone" accusations, and disbanded shortly after their debut release. It still does not mean the album is not worth purchasing. If you are a definitive new jack fan, Basic Black's only release is a must-have. For the slow jam fans, save for the flawless "Special Kind Of Fool", you might want to pass on it.
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1990. Gene Griffin, and Teddy Riley had split, and many wondered if Gene could cut it. Then Basic Black dropped there debut album. Rumor had it that Teddy had worked on this before the split, but regardless, this is a GREAT CD. Even now, this CD sounds fresh. My personal favorites are: She's Mine, give your love to me, I'll do whatever it takes (what a great vocal performance on this song, LOVE this) Special kind of fool, and Man Thang. In time we would hear no more from Gene Griff, but it's a pity no more was heard from BB, as potentially, they could have been huge.
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I went to school with Lloyd Turner and Kelvin Bradshaw and watching them in our high band was a treat in itself. When their album dropped back in the day I was proud to say "I know those guys".

"Special kind of fool" is still my jam 'til this day and I have been searching high and low for a copy of this CD.

"Skip" & Kev, man I miss ya'll and with the talent you guys had I feel the world should still be hearing you, it was pure, clean and just fun. I miss you.

Bridget J

CHS Class of '86
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I realize that some have bitterly criticized Basic Black (and their music) as being clones or imitators of Guy but that assesment is only partially true. Why? The simply mesmerizing and incredibly gorgeous ballad "Special Kind Of Fool" could easily have been performed by The Stylistics, The Delfonics, The Dramatics or any other Soul Harmony group of yesteryear and Basic Black's performance of this Quiet Storm gem proves that the group's singers were talented in their own right. Yes, the uptempo club/dance tracks sound dated but the ballads are definitely enjoyable. This CD is worth getting if only for "Special Kind Of Fool".
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By blahk68 on December 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The late 80's, early 90's in DC was full of love songs. Every station you turned to had something soft and mellow on, I miss those days. Basic Black's "Special Kind of Fool" fit right in, with its delivery of modern rythms,but old school harmonies. It would be a great addition for anyone. I actually already own this CD, and looking for it now would be like "Diggin in the crates".

Bridget J...Im a cavilier as well, CHS 1987.

Blahk68
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...is a rarity that classic R & B radio fails to play. I love it a lot. Additionally I'll Do Whatever You Want should have been a hit, but who knows what happens from the studio to the radio playlists? Now, can everyone finally tell the difference between Gene Griffin's New Jack 90's style and Teddy Riley's style? This will help you discern them.
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The R&B trio Guy were riding high on the success of their 1988 self-titled debut. Unfortunately, what should have been a cause for celebration turned out to put a damper on things. Founding member Teddy Riley and brothers Aaron and Damion Hall found out their manager allegedly allocated money from to the point where they were almost flat broke. A bitter split between the group and their manager resulted in lawsuits between both parties. Guy continued with their career by releasing the 1990 follow-up "The Future" - an album that was full of new jack swing hits and Gap Band-styled ballads. However, in the middle of that recording were the songs "Total Control" (which attacked their manager) and "Gotta Be A Leader" (which attacked Griffin's proteges Basic Black). The quartet Basic Black was brought into the fold after Griffin reactivated his Sound Of New York imprint. The company had been dormant for several years after releasing albums by Indeep (Best known for "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life") and the teenaged trio Kids At Work, which later became Guy. The quartet was comprised of Daryl Adams, Kelvin Bradshaw, Lloyd Turner and Walter Scott.

Though their debut was released in the wake of Guy's legal issues with Griffin, calling Basic Black's debut as a Guy retread is a bit of a misnomer. In fact, the trio Intro sounds like what Basic Black wold have been doing had they released a second album. Griffin's production is surprisingly solid, but it's the songs that hold this album together. The opening track also became the first single "She's Mine", which ushered in the debut of hip hop act Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.
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