Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade

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Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade
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Studio album by
Released21 May 1990
Recorded1989-90
GenreElectronica, R&B, new jack swing
Length46:23
LabelVirgin
ProducerJazzie B., Nellee Hooper
Soul II Soul chronology
Club Classics Vol. One
(1989)
Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade
(1990)
Volume III Just Right
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyA [2]
Robert ChristgauA- [3]
Rolling Stone3/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get a Life"Trevor Beresford Romeo, Hayden Maclaren Browne3:42
2."Love Come Through"Romeo, Michael McEvoy, Lamya Almugheira4:30
3."People"Romeo, Browne4:55
4."Missing You"Romeo, Simon Law, Kym Mazelle5:24
5."Courtney Blows"Romeo, Browne4:33
6."1990 A New Decade"Romeo, Tony Campbell4:01
7."A Dream's a Dream"Romeo, Law5:37
8."Time (Untitled)"Romeo, Browne6:05
9."In the Heat of the Night"Romeo, Browne3:39
10."Our Time Has Now Come"Romeo, Browne, Campbell3:57

Personnel[edit]

  • 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'

References[edit]

  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.