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Basic Black

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Audio CD, August 7, 1990
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000008D93
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Lawson on December 10, 2003
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Johnson on August 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bridget J on June 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justo Roteta on November 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on January 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
...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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tarsha joseph on July 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This was a great cd we could only find this on your site. It brought back many fond memories from my husband's military days!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Leon Hamilton on May 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
THE GOOD OLE NEW JACK SWING DAYS.I WAS STILL ON ACTIVE DUTY IN NORFOLK,PARTYING CONSTANTLY,AND THIS WAS ONE OF MY PARTY STARTERS.SHE'S MINE WAS ALWAYS GUARUNTEED TO GET ME ON THE DANCE FLOOR.SHE'S MINE,ALONG WITH NOTHING BUT A PARTY WERE PARTY STARTERS.WHEN IT WAS TIME TO GET CLOSE THEN THERE WERE NOW OR NEVER,BABY CAN WE TALK,AND ONE OF THE BEST SLOW JAMS EVER MADE SPECIAL KIND OF FOOL.PERSONALLY MY FAVORITE UPBEAT SONG IS ONE OF THE MOST SLEPT ON SONGS EVER,WHATEVER IT TAKES.I NEVER CONSIDERED BASIC BLACK A GUY CLONE,AND I FEEL IT WAS A SHAME THAT THEY BOWED TO THAT PRESSURE INSTEAD OF CONTINUING TO MAKE GOOD MUSIC,BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY MEMORABLE ALBUM TO ME.
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