Club Classics Vol. One

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Club Classics Vol. One
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Studio album by
Released10 April 1989
ProducerJazzie B, Nellee Hooper
Soul II Soul chronology
Club Classics Vol. One
Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade

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.[2]

In the United States, the album reached the Top 20. 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars[5]
Muzik4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceB+[9]

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.


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.[10] In 2006, the magazine placed the album at number 34 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the 1980s".[11] In 2012, Slant Magazine placed the album at number 100 on its list of the best albums of the 1980s.[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."Keep on Movin'" (featuring Caron Wheeler)Trevor Beresford Romeo6:00
2."Fairplay" (featuring Rose Windross)Romeo, Nellee Hooper, Rose Windross5:55
3."Holdin' On"Romeo, Simon Law4:13
4."Feeling Free" (Live Rap)Romeo4:13
5."African Dance"Romeo, Law6:00
6."Dance"Romeo, Law3:40
7."Feel Free" (featuring Do'reen)Romeo, Hooper5:00
8."Happiness" (Dub)Romeo, Hooper5:30
9."Back to Life" (Accapella) (featuring Caron Wheeler)Romeo3:12
10."Jazzie's Groove"Romeo, Hooper3:12
10th Anniversary edition bonus tracks
11."Ambition" (Rap)Romeo3:49
12."Keep on Movin'" (Big Beat Accapella)Romeo3:36
13."Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)"Romeo, Wheeler, Law, Hooper3:52
14."Jazzie's Groove" (Piano Version)Romeo, Hooper4:04
15."Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" (One World Remix)Romeo, Wheeler, Law, Hooper6:34
16."Keep on Movin'" (M Beat Bonus Mix)Romeo4:23

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "Keep on Movin' – Soul II Soul". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ "British album certifications – Soul Ii Soul – Club Classics Vol 1". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 December 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Type Club Classics Vol 1 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (10 August 1989). "Soul II Soul: Keep on Movin' (Virgin)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Marlowe, Duff (9 July 1989). "A Soulful English Posse to the Rescue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  6. ^ Tope, Frank (May 1999). "Soul II Soul: Club Classics Volume One". Muzik (48): 85.
  7. ^ Diehl, Matt (19 July 2001). "Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Soul II Soul". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 762. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (3 October 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  10. ^ "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". Q (165). June 2000.
  11. ^ "40 Best Albums of the '80s". Q (241). August 2006.
  12. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Slant Magazine. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.

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