The B-Funk

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The B-Funk
Beverley Knight - The B-Funk.jpg
Studio album by Beverley Knight
Released 2 November 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre British soul, hip hop soul, R&B
Length 65:01
31:26 (Remix CD)
Label Dome Records
Producer The Ethnic Boyz
Tony Olabode
Victor Redwood-Sawyerr
Neville Thomas
Pule Pheto
Dwayne Burke
Colin Burke
Irmgard Klarmann
Felix Weber
Beverley Knight chronology
The B-Funk
(1995)
Prodigal Sista
(1998)Prodigal Sista1998
Singles from The B-Funk
  1. "Flavour of the Old School"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Down for the One"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Moving On Up (On the Right Side)"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Mutual Feeling"
    Released: 1996
  5. "Cast All Your Cares"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The B-Funk is the debut studio album by the British R&B and soul recording artist and songwriter Beverley Knight, released on 26 November 1995 by Dome Records.

History[edit]

The album was released in November, 1995, on independent record label Dome Records. It received wide critical acclaim by the urban media in Britain with Echoes magazine labelling it "the best British soul album ever" and Billboard magazine stated that "this lady is on her way to becoming an international star".[2] The album was also named Album of the Year by Blues & Soul in 1996 and the project helped Knight win R&B Act of the Year at the 1996 Black Music Awards in London.

However, the commercial success of the album did not match its critical acclaim, peaking at #145 on the UK albums chart. In total, six singles were released from the album (including two releases of "Flavour of the Old School" and a limited edition international release of "Cast All Your Cares").

The album includes two compositions by the German hit producer team Klarmann/Weber, who had previously scored a US No. 1 hit with Chaka Khan's "Love You All My Lifetime" and who also contributed hits for US sibling La Toya Jackson, German pop star Jamie Stevens and Australia's hit sensation Vanessa Amorosi.

The album was the only LP released by Knight on Dome Records. After creative differences with the label, Beverley decided to leave and sign a new contract with Parlophone Records in 1997. To capitalise on Knight's increased success at the label, Dome have subsequently re-released The B-Funk several times—the first being on 31 May 1999, after Knight won two big awards at the MOBO Awards, and then again on 8 May 2006, after the top 10 success of her hits collection, Voice - The Best of Beverley Knight. On both occasions, the album was re-released with bonus remixes of the singles.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The B-Funk"
  2. "Moving on Up (On the Right Side)"
  3. "Mutual Feeling"
  4. "Flavour of the Old School"
  5. "Remedy"
  6. "Down for the One"
  7. "Steppin' on my Shoes"
  8. "Promise you Forever"
  9. "It's Your Time"
  10. "So Happy"
  11. "Cast All Your Cares"
  12. "U've Got It"
  13. "In Time"
  14. "Goodbye Innocence"


In 1999, Dome Records released a special edition of the album with a bonus remix disc, designed to capitalise on Knight's increased profile after her success at the 1999 MOBO Awards with her second album, Prodigal Sista, on Parlophone Records:

  1. "Flavour Of The Old School" (Club Remix)
  2. "Down For The One" (2B3 Retro Mix)
  3. "Moving On Up (On The Right Side)" (Ethnic Boyz Remix)
  4. "Moving On Up (On The Right Side)" (Ee Bee's Rap Remix)
  5. "Mutual Feeling" (Monroe Remix)
  6. "Mutual Feeling" (D-Lux Remix)


In 2006, Dome Records released another edition of the album which featured the original track listing together with the Club Remix of "Flavour of the Old School" and the Ethnic Boyz Remix of "Moving on Up (On the Right Side)".

Singles[edit]

  1. "Flavour of the Old School"
  2. "Down for the One"
  3. "Flavour of the Old School" (Re-release)*
  4. "Moving on Up (On the Right Side)"^
  5. "Mutual Feeling"^
  6. "Cast All Your Cares"^

Footnotes:

  • ^ indicates that no promotional video was made for the release
  • * indicates that a new promotional video was created for the release

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Review. - Review. Echoes Magazine and Billboard reactions, detailed on Dome Records website. Retrieved 1 May 2006.

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