Club Classics Vol. One

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Club Classics Vol. One
Studio album by Soul II Soul
Released 10 April 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre Electronica, R&B, new jack swing
Length 44:54
Label Virgin
Producer Jazzie B.
Nellee Hooper
Soul II Soul chronology
Club Classics Vol. One
(1989)
Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade
(1990)
Keep On Movin'
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[3]

Club Classics Vol. One (USA title: Keep On Movin') is the debut album by the British group Soul II Soul. Released in 1989, the album featured the group's hit singles "Keep on Movin'" and "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)", which was a UK number one and the fifth best-selling single in the UK that year. The album also reached number one and was certified 3 x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 900,000 copies.

In the United States, the album reached the Top 20 and was certified 2 x Platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 2 million copies. The single "Back To Life" was also a Top 10 hit in the US and was certified Platinum. It found stronger success with R&B music listeners in the US, as the album went to No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart, and the title track and "Back to Life" were No. 1 R&B hit singles.

Reception[edit]

The album reached number one in the UK and was certified three x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 900,000 copies. In the United States the album reached the Top 20 in the main chart, and number one on the Top R&B Albums. It went on to be certified two x Platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of two million copies.

Legacy[edit]

Alex Henderson in a retrospective review for AllMusic commented that the musical influences ranged from "Chic to hip hop to African music", and that the album was "among the most rewarding R&B releases of 1989".[4]

In 2004, Q magazine placed Club Classics Vol. One at number 28 in its list of the 50 Greatest British Albums Ever.[5] In 2006, the magazine placed the album at number 34 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the 1980s".[6] In 2012, Slant Magazine placed the album No. 100 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keep on Movin'" (featuring Caron Wheeler) Trevor Beresford Romeo 6:00
2. "Fairplay" (featuring Rose Windross) Romeo, Nellee Hooper, Rose Windross 5:55
3. "Holdin' On"   Romeo, Simon Law 4:13
4. "Feeling Free" (Live Rap) Romeo 4:13
5. "African Dance"   Romeo, Law 6:00
6. "Dance"   Romeo, Law 3:40
7. "Feel Free" (featuring Do'reen) Romeo, Hooper 5:00
8. "Happiness" (Dub) Romeo, Hooper 5:30
9. "Back to Life" (Accapella) (featuring Caron Wheeler) Romeo 3:12
10. "Jazzie's Groove"   Romeo, Hooper 3:12
10th Anniversary edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Ambition" (Rap) Romeo 3:49
12. "Keep on Movin'" (Big Beat Accapella) Romeo 3:36
13. "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)"   Romeo, Wheeler, Law, Hooper 3:52
14. "Jazzie's Groove" (Piano Version) Romeo, Hooper 4:04
15. "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" (One World Remix) Romeo, Wheeler, Law, Hooper 6:34
16. "Keep on Movin'" (M Beat Bonus Mix) Romeo 4:23

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Club Classics Vol. One review at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Keep on Movin' review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Diehl, Matt (19 July 2001). "Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin' : Music Reviews". "'Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Alex Henderson (2012). "Keep on Movin' – Soul II Soul : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012. Alex Henderson 
  5. ^ "Rocklist.net...Q Magazine Lists". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Q August 2006, Issue 241
  7. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308

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Preceded by
Velveteen by Transvision Vamp
UK number one album
15 July 1989 – 21 July 1989
Succeeded by
A New Flame by Simply Red