Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade

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Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade
Studio album by Soul II Soul
Released 21 May 1990
Recorded 1989-90
Genre Electronica, R&B, new jack swing
Length 46:23
Label Virgin
Producer Jazzie B., Nellee Hooper
Soul II Soul chronology
Club Classics Vol. One
(1989)Club Classics Vol. One1989
Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade
Volume III Just Right
(1992)Volume III Just Right1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A [2]
Robert Christgau A- [3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [4]

Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade is a 1990 album by Soul II Soul. The album reached No. 1 in the UK in May 1990, and contained three UK hits, "Get a Life", which reached No. 3 (and which peaked at No. 54 on America's Billboard Hot 100), "A Dream's A Dream", which made No. 6 (and peaked at No. 85 on the Hot 100), and "Missing You", which reached No. 22 (and did not chart on the Hot 100).

The album was recorded following the departure of Caron Wheeler (the Soul II Soul collective's best known singer) who did not perform on the record. Guest performers included singers Kym Mazelle, Lamya, Marcia Lewis, and Victoria Wilson-James, saxophonist Courtney Pine and legendary New York hip-hop scenester Fab 5 Freddy.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get a Life" Trevor Beresford Romeo, Hayden Maclaren Browne 3:42
2. "Love Come Through" Romeo, Michael McEvoy, Lamya Almugheira 4:30
3. "People" Romeo, Browne 4:55
4. "Missing You" Romeo, Simon Law, Kym Mazelle 5:24
5. "Courtney Blows" Romeo, Browne 4:33
6. "1990 A New Decade" Romeo, Tony Campbell 4:01
7. "A Dream's a Dream" Romeo, Law 5:37
8. "Time (Untitled)" Romeo, Browne 6:05
9. "In the Heat of the Night" Romeo, Browne 3:39
10. "Our Time Has Now Come" Romeo, Browne, Campbell 3:57


  • Jazzie B - musical director, co-producer, mixing, vocals on "Get a Life" & "Our Time Has Now Come"
  • Nellee Hooper - co-producer, mixing
  • Tony "Dobie" Campbell - assistant producer
  • Howard Bernstein - engineer
  • Marcia Lewis - vocals on "Get a Life", "People"
  • Philip "Daddae" Harvey - vocals on "Get a Life"; guitars/percussion/keyboards (uncredited)
  • Lamya Hafidh Sultan Al-Mugheiry - vocals on "Love Come Through" & "In the Heat of the Night"
  • Kym Mazelle - vocals on "Missing You"
  • Courtney Pine - saxophone on "Courtney Blows"
  • Pinise Sula - vocals on "1990. A New Decade" & "Our Time Has Now Come"
  • Sonti Mndebele - vocals on "1990. A New Decade" & "Our Time Has Now Come"
  • Nomsa Caluza - vocals on "1990. A New Decade" & "Our Time Has Now Come"
  • Bambi Fazakerley - vocals on "1990. A New Decade" & "Our Time Has Now Come"
  • Victoria Wilson-James - vocals on "A Dream's a Dream"
  • Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite - vocals on "Our Time Has Now Come"
  • Simon Law - keyboards (uncredited)
  • Michael McEvoy - piano 'People', 'A Dreams A Dream' and 'Time', keyboards 'Love Come Through', 'Missing You'


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  2. ^ Sandow, Greg (June 1, 1990). "Vol. II 1990 A New Decade Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (June 28, 1990). "Soul II Soul: Vol. II 1990 - A New Decade : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
Preceded by
Only Yesterday: Their Greatest Hits
by The Carpenters
UK number one album
June 2, 1990 – June 22, 1990
Succeeded by
The Essential Pavarotti
by Luciano Pavarotti