Club Classics Vol. One

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Club Classics Vol. One
Club classics vol. one.jpg
Studio album by Soul II Soul
Released 10 April 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre R&B[1]
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'

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)", the latter of which was a UK number-one hit and the fifth best-selling single in the UK that year. The album also reached number one and was certified triple 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 double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America 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 number-one R&B hit singles.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars[3]
Muzik 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice B+[7]

Club Classics Vol. One reached number one in the United Kingdom and was certified triple 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 chart. It went on to be certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America 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".[1]

In 2004, Q magazine placed Club Classics Vol. One at number 28 in its list of the 50 Greatest British Albums Ever.[8] In 2006, the magazine placed the album at number 34 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the 1980s".[9] In 2012, Slant Magazine placed the album at number 100 on its list of the best albums of the 1980s.[10]

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. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "Keep on Movin' – Soul II Soul". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (10 August 1989). "Soul II Soul: Keep on Movin' (Virgin)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Marlowe, Duff (9 July 1989). "A Soulful English Posse to the Rescue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Soul II Soul: Club Classics Vol. One". Muzik: 85. June 1999. 
  5. ^ Diehl, Matt (19 July 2001). "Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 762. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (3 October 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". Q (165). June 2000. 
  9. ^ "40 Best Albums of the '80s". Q (241). August 2006. 
  10. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Slant Magazine. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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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