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Brand New Heavies

Brand New HeaviesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,566 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavies' debut carries a lot of weight 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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So So underated ??? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Puttin' The Funk Back In It ! April 17, 2000
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Funk from an unlikely source April 28, 2005
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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".

"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")

"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.

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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BNH's debut is so underrated! February 17, 2005
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I'd been an instant fan to them since 2003 when I 1st heard them on VH1 Soul. Now I named them as my favorite funk/r&b/jazz group of all-time 'cuz of their style and various mix of jazz, r&b, funk, soul, hip-hop, rap, and rock. I luv them from the top since I heard Guru, Impromp2, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Us3 (4 of my favorite artists to add).

Now u gotta understand 'cuz they're not as overrated like the other artists I listen back in the day y'know. I'm not gon name a whole list of names but just tell the difference behind it.

Brand New Heavies were formed in '93 or '94 or sumthin like that (I couldn't even start from the beginning since reading the artist facts on them on Music Choice). They once been founded by the legendary James Brown y'know who is the Godfather of Soul and the Man that made it all in Funk/R&B history. He's the man behind the music and the man behind the group that they were formed.

I luv them from the top since N'Dea Davenport (formerly the lead singer of the band) left to go on a solo career right 2 or 3 albums with BNH. Isn't that sad? I was so desperate that she had to stay a little longer before forming on her own.

Ok long period short, the opening theme to the CD reminds me of some Grover Washington I'm listening to right now b/c of the horn movement, the bass line, the rhythm section and everything incl. the entrance to the flute. I luv every minute of it. Can't say much 'bout it. Also there some more songs (whom I dubbed my favorites are): "Dream Come True" (takes me back into a speed chase or in a era where jazz music was made by the greats of all-time Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Harry James, Quincy Jones, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brings back good sound from my youth
Published 28 days ago by cassandra peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best...
Easily falls within the Top 25 Funkiest Albums ever recorded, anywhere...1991 USA release still holds up ! Tight rhythm section, solid Horns, and passionate vocals...
Published 3 months ago by Muddle One
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
Excellent album! Ordered two copies and gave one to a friend's 19-year-old son for Christmas and he was amazed! Great music always lasts through time.
Published 6 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This is the 1st album I heard from the heavies and was so glad to find it on amazon. Great album and I was lucky to find it again.
Published 7 months ago by Brendon B.
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!!! it was me!!!
it was me that was the first one jamming to the brand new heavies!! thank u very much!not a single filler on this one. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Irven Laffette
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me a lifelong fan
I remember when was 11 or 12 and my dad's college friend came by and as a parting shot she left this tape. My dad listened, thought it was OK and I loved it. Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by Jaded
2.0 out of 5 stars Better as a Video
Purchased on a whim after seeing a VH1 video. Not quite as interesting as I had hoped. One or two tunes may be worth a listen and a down-load,..don't buy the entire CD.
Published on January 6, 2009 by Randy Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and DREAM.
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... Read more
Published on May 12, 2008 by Christopher G. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Without Question
This CD, album or, tape by BNH is a must have for any jazz, acid jazz, funk, rnb fanatic. N'dea Davenport's vocal combine with bass heavy beat and infectious guitar riffs easily... Read more
Published on December 6, 2007 by Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand New Heavies bring out Brand New Funk, Jazz and Soul
This CD is out-a-sight!
Published on August 14, 2006 by L. Smith
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