Black Diamond (Angie Stone album)

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Black Diamond
Studio album by Angie Stone
Released September 27, 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 50:36
Label Arista
Producer Angie Stone, Aaron "Freedom" Lyles, Gerry DeVeaux, Russell Elevado, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cutfather & Joe, DJ U-Neek, Phil Temple, Rex Rideout
Angie Stone chronology
Black Diamond
(1999)
Mahogany Soul
(2001)
Singles from Black Diamond
  1. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
  2. "Life Story"
  3. "Everyday"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

Black Diamond is the debut album by American R&B-soul singer-songwriter Angie Stone, released in the United States on September 28, 1999 by Arista Records. Stone was in her late-30s when this album was released, having made her recording debut as part of the Sugar Hill rap trio The Sequence 20 years earlier. An in-demand session singer, she performed on works by Lenny Kravitz and Mantronix.

The album is named after her teenage daughter Diamond Ti’ara.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Freedom (Intro)" (Angie Stone) – 0:42
  2. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" (Stone, B. Williams, Gordon Chambers, Jim Weatherly) – 4:42
  3. "Green Grass Vapors" (Aaron Burns-Lyles, Stephanie Bolton) – 4:14
  4. "Everyday" (Stone, D'Angelo) – 3:28
  5. "Coulda Been You" (Stone, Phil Temple, Rex Rideout, Sekou Aiken) – 4:25
  6. "Visions" (V. Davis, Jr., Tim Middleton) – 3:31
  7. "Life Story" (Gerry DeVeaux, Craig Ross) – 4:07
  8. "Just a Pimp" (Burns-Lyles, Bolton) – 4:12
  9. "Trouble Man" (Marvin Gaye) – 2:33
  10. "Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)" (Stone, Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, Ali Shaheed Muhammad) – 5:19
  11. "Man Loves His Money" (Burns-Lyles, Bolton) – 4:11
  12. "Love Junkie" (Stone) – 4:18
  13. "Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)" (Stone) – 1:35
  14. "Heaven Help" (DeVeaux, Terry Britten) – 3:19
  15. "Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix) – 4:16

German edition[edit]

  1. "Without You" (Stone) – 3:35
  2. "Thank You" (Stone) – 0:23

UK edition[edit]

  1. "Freedom (Intro)" – 0:42
  2. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" – 4:42
  3. "Everyday" – 3:28
  4. "Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)" – 5:19
  5. "Life Story" – 4:07
  6. "Visions" – 3:31
  7. "Coulda Been You" – 4:25
  8. "Just a Pimp" – 4:12
  9. "Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)" – 1:35
  10. "Green Grass Vapors" – 4:14
  11. "Baby Slow Down" (Stone, DeVeaux, Charlie Mole) – 4:09
  12. "Love Junkie" – 4:18
  13. "Trouble Man" – 2:33
  14. "My Lovin' Will Give You Something" (DeVeaux, David Gamson, Melvin Ragin) – 4:33
  15. "Heaven Help" – 3:19
  16. "Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix) – 4:16

Japanese edition[edit]

  1. "Freedom (Intro)" – 0:42
  2. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" – 4:42
  3. "Everyday" – 3:28
  4. "Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)" – 5:19
  5. "Life Story" – 4:07
  6. "Visions" – 3:31
  7. "Coulda Been You" – 4:25
  8. "Just a Pimp" – 4:12
  9. "Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)" – 1:35
  10. "Green Grass Vapors" – 4:14
  11. "Baby Slow Down" – 4:09
  12. "Love Junkie" – 4:18
  13. "Trouble Man" – 2:33
  14. "My Lovin' Will Give You Something" – 4:33
  15. "Thank You" – 0:23
  16. "Heaven Help" – 3:19
  17. "Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix) – 4:16
  18. "Without You" – 3:35

German re-release[edit]

  1. "Freedom (Intro)" – 0:42
  2. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" – 4:42
  3. "Everyday" – 3:28
  4. "Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)" – 5:19
  5. "Life Story" – 4:07
  6. "Visions" – 3:31
  7. "Coulda Been You" – 4:25
  8. "Just a Pimp" – 4:12
  9. "Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)" – 1:35
  10. "Green Grass Vapors" – 4:14
  11. "Baby Slow Down" – 4:09
  12. "Love Junkie" – 4:18
  13. "Trouble Man" – 2:33
  14. "My Lovin' Will Give You Something" – 4:33
  15. "Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix) – 4:16
  16. "Without You" – 3:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Ruven Afanador – Photography
  • Sekou Aiken – Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Chuck Amos – Hair Stylist
  • Denise Barbarita – Assistant Engineer
  • Joe Belmaati – Programming
  • Stefanie Bolton – Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Aaron Connor – Engineer
  • Culfather – Mixing
  • Cutfather – Producer, Mixing
  • D'Angelo – Producer
  • Joe Davis – Mixing
  • Michaela Angela Davis – Stylist
  • Gerry DeVeaux – Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Executive Producer
  • Tim Donovan – Engineer, Mixing
  • Tenita Dreher – Vocals
  • Peter Edge – Executive Producer
  • Eric Fryland – Assistant Engineer
  • Miriam Gonzales – Production Coordination
  • Margery Greenspan – Art Direction
  • Jeff Gregory – Assistant Engineer
  • Tim Hunt – Engineer
  • Coen Antonisse – Production Coordination
  • Jo Jones – Production Coordination
  • Phil Knott – Photography
  • Lenny Kravitz – Producer
  • Sheri G. Lee – Art Direction, Design
  • Eli Lishinsky – Engineer
  • Aaron Lyles – Engineer
  • Tony Maserati – Mixing
  • Charles McCrorey – Assistant Engineer
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Producer, Engineer
  • Matz Nilsson – Mixing
  • Herb Powers – Mastering
  • Rex Rideout – Programming, Producer, Assistant Engineer
  • Julie Roberts – Vocals
  • Juliet Roberts – Vocals (bckgr)
  • Susanne Savage – Production Coordination
  • Ali Shaheed – Producer, Engineer
  • Angie Stone – Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Engineer, Performer, Executive Producer, Mixing
  • Phil Temple – Producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[4] 1
Chart (2000) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums Chart[5] 38
UK Albums Chart[6] 62
US Billboard 200[7] 46
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[4] 9
Chart (2002) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 28

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United Kingdom September 27, 1999 BMG
United States September 28, 1999 Arista
Germany November 8, 1999 Sony
March 20, 2000 (re-release)
Canada February 8, 2000
Japan February 16, 2000 EMI
Australia July 3, 2000 Arista

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Daryl Easlea (2012). "Angie Stone Black Diamond Review". BBC. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Black Diamond > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b "Angie Stone – Black Diamond – swisscharts.com". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK – 1994–2006". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  7. ^ "The Billboard 200 – Black Diamond". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-06-17. [dead link]