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We Can Swing It


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Vinyl, June 29, 1993
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Ruffhouse
  • ASIN: B0076KPPYI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Rough And Wicked - What's Your Number - Innocent Girl - Find A Way - Try And Find A Way - I Wanna Be Loved - Don't Stop Cause I'm The Shower - Don't Stop I LikeLove In My Life - What's On Your Mind - Excuse Me Do You Have The Four Sure LP - We Can Swing I

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell Clark on May 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Every song on this album is either good or excellent. There are 3 skits/interludes which I would exclude as they are not proper songs anyway. That's right, every single song - how rare is that? There is a good mix of classic sounding New Jack Swing with break beats, harmonies and short raps, upbeat soul/pop sounding tracks, and a couple of awesome slow jams. If you like this genre you will love this album. [...]
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By Ismael Munoz on September 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
And that problem is that these guys came out at the wrong time. This album hit the shelves in '93, and sadly new jack swing was no longer popular with the mainstream audience. But believe me when I say that if these guys came out in '90 or '91, they would've been hitmakers! Listen to this album once and you'll know what new jack swing is all about. All the tracks are great! Songs like "Whats Your Number", "Innocent Girl", "Try And Find A Way", and "We Can Swing It" should've been hits!
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Format: Audio CD
The record label Ruffhouse Records has been known as a mostly hip hop label. In fact, the biggest names from the label were the groups Kris Kross, Cypress Hill and the Fugees. However, they did make an effort to sign artists outside of the scope of hip hop. Their first non-rap signing was the quartet Four Sure. The group was comprised of Livio Harris, Carlos "Budd" Ford, Rudy Jones and Joey Elias, a singer that was formerly associated with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis' label Perspective Records. They were discovered by manager Kurt Woodley- the same guy who's responsible for discovering Mary J. Blige. They were taken to Ruffhouse to record their debut album to be released in 1993, "We Can Swing It". The album walks the fine line between new jack swing and adult contemporary R&B, which provides the group with a bit of balance.

The then-unknown R&B trio Somethin' For The People produce the opening track "What's Your Number" as well as the title track "We Can Swing It". Underrated singer and producer Robert Brookins produces the reggae influenced "What's On Your Mind" as well as the ballad "Try And Find A Way". Future member of the production team The Underdogs Damon Thomas commands most of the songs on the album, including the Father MC featured first single "Innocent Girl". The uptempo "I Wanna Be Loved" is written and produced by future Blackstreet member Eric Williams. Although this would be the only album to their name, the members would continue behind the scenes. Livio Harris and Budd Ford would discover Adina Howard and later work on albums by CeCe Peniston and Ready For The World lead singer Melvin Riley. Joey Elias would write songs on albums by Ideal and Profyle. As great as this album was, it suffered due to Ruffhouse's little to no experience with R&B. Not helping matters was the fact the album was released a while after new jack swing lost steam on the charts. Despite those factors, Four Sure's debut is worth checking out.
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