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Jasmine Guy

4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Jasmine Guy [Audio CD] Guy, Jasmine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Try Me
  2. Another Like My Lover
  3. Don't Want Money
  4. Johnny Come Lately
  5. More Love
  6. Tuff Boy
  7. Everybody Knows My Name
  8. Just Want To Hold You
  9. I Don't Have To Justify
  10. I Wish You Well


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000008GAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
My wait for a follow-up to Jasmine Guy's first album now stands at fourteen years and counting. This self-named album from 1990 has always been one of my favorite albums, and I think it holds up just as well today as it did when it was released. Many may have forgotten this star's foray into the recording industry, but as long as I'm around, Jasmine Guy can be assured of one fan who not only remembers but continues to enjoy her music. As a huge fan of A Different World, I was naturally curious to see and hear Jasmine perform, and I well remember seeing her absolutely work it on stage. That training at the Alvin Ailey dance school wasn't wasted on her. Those first two songs she put out, Another Like My Lover and Try Me, are incredible songs of amazing R&B energy, but Jasmine also proved herself capable of singing a moving ballad like nobody's business: Just Want to Hold You featuring James Ingram was her most successful release, but More Love was an equally memorable track, and I Wish You Well closed the album out in the most impressive of fashions.
Jasmine didn't do all this alone, of course. Full Force (a quite notable group at the time) was the driving force behind Try Me and Johnny Come Lately, ex-Girlfriend sang backup on Try Me, Branford Marsalis contributed the sultry sax stylings of More Love, and Derrick "Delite" Steven provided the strong rap on Don't Want Money.
There's a lot of variety in these songs.
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Jasmine Guy, of course, is best known for her breakthrough role as Whitley Gilbert on the hit 80's sitcom, "A Different World." However, she actually started in dance and stage with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Not surprisingly then, when she became successful, she decided to record this CD, which was released in 1990. Jasmine doesn't have the strongest voice; she sounds like a less soulful and more nasal version of Vanessa Williams. However, this collection is filled with solid songs, courtesy of some of the hottest producers of the period. The CD showed her musical promise and did reasonably well, so it's unclear why she never recorded a follow-up.

A couple of songs are real highlights. "Another Like My Lover" was the first single and went to #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's perhaps the grittiest song on the CD with a very catchy, repeated chorus. The best known song of the collection is "Just Want to Hold You" - a smooth, beautiful ballad that peaked at #34 on the Hot 100 and spent 20 weeks on the chart. "Try Me" was produced by Full Force and did well on the dance chart; it's a rather memorable song. "I Don't Want Money" was produced by Oliver Leiber; he produced Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract" and appeared on that song as MC Skat Cat. He appears on this song as well, and it has a rather similar feel.

The CD has overtones of R&B, but Jasmine's somewhat thin voice and the bland instrumentation results in more of a jazzy dance feel. The background vocals are also sometimes overly smooth and overpower the music, especially on songs such as "Johnny Come Lately." Because she worked with producers whose sound is very identifiable, the CD ends up sounding very much of its period, although competently executed. Overall, "Jasmine Guy" is enjoyable dance music but rather disposable.
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By T. Moody on October 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well "miss thang" is really in "A Different World" but she fared alright. I bought this album the other day at an ebay action for less than a dollar and I was thinking that the $.98 that I paid was to much. I remember when the "Try Me" single was released i was a fan of the tv show so I gave it a chance and I liked it but as far as sales the album was a flop and Jaz was back to acting as if to say hey I tried and failed so move on. Now all this time I have loved the song "just want to hold you" but i never knew who sang it until i got this album. That track alone is pure GOLD. The overall project has a lot of tracks that you can dance to and remember the 1990's which is great and as far as the vocals go Jaz can actually sing so I wasn't dissappointed at all but now I feel like a heel for only paying $.98 for the cd.
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Format: Audio CD
In 1990, popular television actress Jasmine Guy ventured into a short career in pop music, yielding a top 40 hit in the romantic slow jam 'Just Want To Hold You' with James Ingram, but not much else. The album itself really isn't bad. Jasmine's vocals could be compared to Paula Abdul, who, while lacking a technically great vocal, still managed to work what she had with the right songs.
Working with Full Force, of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam fame, Jasmine pulls off the brash bounce of 'Try Me' with ease. They also provide her with 'Johnny Come Lately', a lesser jam, but still pretty solid as far as the album goes. 'Another Like My Lover' is definitely a personal highlight for me from this album, along with the previously mentioned 'Try Me' and 'Just Want To Hold You'
Most of the songs are weak due to the fact they're lacking in the originality department. They're pretty much the flavor of what was happening in R&B at that time, and it's not really bad, just not as exciting as it could be. The record is now out of print, which makes it quite hard to purchase, but if you're interested you should give a look out, it's a nice enough listen for a throwaway R&B album.
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