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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00005A09M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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A definite must for any lover of jazz/acid jazz.
PurpleDva@aol.com
Ordered two copies and gave one to a friend's 19-year-old son for Christmas and he was amazed!
Pam
Tight rhythm section, solid Horns, and passionate vocals...
Muddle One

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on October 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In 1990, Acid Jazz was a term unheard of in mainstream music circles, and The Brand New Heavies were indeed brand new. But with vocalist N'Dea Davenport, the pioneering Heavies built a bridge from an underground music sensation in London and stretched it all the way to American radio and MTV. It was a remarkable feat, and their self-titled debut album offers every explanation for it, bursting at the seams with equal parts soul and originality.
As a brand new band, the Heavies didn't know quite what they had on their hands with vocalist N'Dea Davenport; she's only featured on four cuts here, but as it turned out three of them were released as singles and her fiery, soulful vocals wound up being the key to the band's commercial success. She comes on full force on the intoxicating radio smash "Never Stop" and the horn-heavy funk workout "Dream Come True," but pulls back with equal ease on the ultra-smooth "Ride in the Sky" and casts a spell of irresistible seduction on the sultry "Stay This Way."
Of course, featuring Davenport on only four of ten tracks leaves the album a little lop-sided, but thankfully the instrumentals are strong enough to carry the load. "BNH," for all of its jazzy horns and smooth funk rhythms, tidily sums up what the band is all about; "People Get Ready" and "Gimme One of Those" are spirited exercises that sound like outtakes from the "Shaft" soundtrack; and "Put the Funk Back in It" proves the Heavies can shake the house even from a ballad tempo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this album because it was my introduction to the BNH!
You can tell that the band had grew up on such
70's American R&B icons as Stevie Wonder,
Brass Construction, Curtis Mayfield, Ohio Players,
E,W&F and Rufus feat. Chaka Khan as well as
70's fusion jazz like Herbie Hancock,
Roy Ayers Ubiquity, The Blackbyrds and
Lonnie Liston Smith, but they wove it into an
interesting and refreshing sound that ruled the
early to mid 90's and influenced acts like
Jamiroquai, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Amiel Lamiereaux,
etc. and became known as neo-soul here in the states.
N'Dea Davenport's fluid vocals are the perfect
marriage to the bands funky "jazz-perations"!
"Dream Come True", "Stay This Way" "Ride In The Sky" and
"Never Stop" will always have a special place in my heart
and if you like this one, then check out 1994's
sizzling "Brother-Sister", which is just as or
more hot as this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lavinia C. Brown on January 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first got this on cassette in 1992 as a graduation gift from two of my friends who had enough of hearing me sing the praises of this group. I later bought the CD for sound clarity. This has to be one of the best CDs I own. "Brother Sister" and "Excursions, Remixes and Rare Grooves" are on the list too. But "Brand New Heavies" made me buy the latter CDs. The opening "theme" song is my favorite track. It makes me think of Grover Washington's Mr. Magic, but it's got it's own design. The wonderful thing about BNH is that while they make you think of a lot of old funk, jazz and blues artists, you never feel like you're hearing a remake. "Stay This Way" feels like the color blue, relaxed and comfortable. "Ride in the Sky" is a cool reminiscent of the 70s. "Shakedown" conveys the fun the band must've been having when they recorded it. And "Put The Funk Back In It" does just that. If you like jazz or funk or old-fashioned R&B, you'll be glad you bought this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Johnson on June 6, 2005
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This is a Cool album ,N'dea has a voice that transcends time ,she would have been a Knockout in the 50's 60's and 70's ,the Honesty with which she sings really resonates and track 9 in particular is Wonderful.Buy the CD and lets all support these talented People ,they are after all giving us there SOUL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 17, 2000
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BNH came through with this free Funk, R&B, Acid Jazz masterpiece. Years later, it still stands atop the rest - with great vocals (N'Dea) and solid grooves which seems to elude American bands of recent. Buy this NOW ! and share with friends
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on April 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
London is not exactly the place you usually think of when you're looking for searing funk music and surely the Brand New Heavies themselves are in on that joke. (Their publishing company is "Varry White Music", a play on Barry's name no doubt, as well as acknowledging that 3/6 of the members are Caucasians.) The fact that your first inclination is to snicker means you haven't heard these cats.

Every track here sounds like it might have been a lost outtake from the decade of "Superfly" and "Shaft". Despite the great chops of the band members, the real treasure here is the vocals of N'Dea Davenport who seems to have just what each song she's featured on needs, effortlessly floating above "Stay This Way" or testifying for "Dream Come True".

HIGHLIGHTS:
"Shakedown" and "Sphynx" are the standout instrumental tracks here with all 4 songs where N'Dea sings also being stellar ("Dream Come True", "Never Stop", "Ride in the Sky", and "Stay This Way")

LOWS:
"Gimmie One of Those" is probably the least interesting track here. It's an instrumental that's merely average compared with the more interesting ones that surround it.

BOTTOM LINE:
This band is the real deal. Chickenscratch guitar, in the pocket rhythm, and soulful vocals. If you have any interest in funk or acid jazz, you need to check out this album.
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