Shelter (Brand New Heavies album)

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Studio album by The Brand New Heavies
Released 21 April 1997
Length 57:55 (Standard Version)
Label Delicious Vinyl
Producer The Brand New Heavies
The Brand New Heavies chronology
Brother Sister
(1994)Brother Sister1994
Trunk Funk – The Best of The Brand New Heavies
(2000)Trunk Funk – The Best of The Brand New Heavies2000
Singles from Shelter
  1. "Sometimes"
    Released: 10 March 1997[1]
  2. "You Can Do It (US promo only)"
    Released: 1997
  3. "You Are the Universe"
    Released: 19 May 1997[1]
  4. "You've Got a Friend"
    Released: 6 October 1997[1]
  5. "Shelter"
    Released: 5 January 1998[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

Shelter is an album by the Brand New Heavies that was released in 1997. It is the only album by the group with Siedah Garrett as a member. Garrett had joined the Brand New Heavies in 1996, but left in early 1998 to concentrate on her own songwriting. As part of the band, she enjoyed a minor hit with a cover of the Carole King-penned song "You've Got a Friend" that was originally made famous by James Taylor.

It was the group's only top 10 hit single in the UK, reaching number 9 when released as the third single from the album. Their cover did not appear on the initial pressings of the US version. "You've Got a Friend" was added to later pressings of Shelter after their record label Delicious Vinyl secured distribution from Bertelsmann Music Group.

The album also contained the hit "Sometimes", which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart when released in 1997. One of the remixes of "Sometimes" featured the rap vocals of Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. In 2015, production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis revealed that the remix done by J Dilla which featured Q-Tip was the inspiration behind the sound of Janet Jackson's 1997 single "Got 'til It's Gone".[3]

"You Are the Universe" and "Shelter" were the other singles from the album, and reached positions of #21 and #31 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Standard CD Version
No. Title Length
1. "I Like It" 3:37
2. "Sometimes" 4:00
3. "Shelter" 5:02
4. "You Are the Universe" 4:11
5. "Crying Water" 4:17
6. "Day by Day" 4:42
7. "Feels Like Right" 4:21
8. "Highest High" 4:28
9. "Stay Gone" 4:56
10. "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) 3:09
11. "Once Is Twice Enough" 3:59
12. "After Forever" 5:23
13. "Last to Know" 4:25


The Brand New Heavies


  1. ^ a b c d "AMG: The Brand New Heavies singles discography". Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
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  3. ^ Appleford, Steve. "Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: Our Life in 15 Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (Ed.) (2004). British Hit Singles & Albums (17th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-199-3.