D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar”

D’Angelo’s ‘Brown Sugar’ is his debut album (that was going to spend 65 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart) released on July 3, 1995 by EMI.

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Track Listing : 1.Brown Sugar (D’Angelo, Ali Shaheed Muhammed) – 04:22 . 2.Alright (D’Angelo) – 05:13 . 3.Jonz In My Bonz (D’Angelo, Angela Stone) – 05:56 . 4.Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine (D’Angelo) – 04:46 . 5.Sh*T, Damn, Motherf*Cker (D’Angelo) – 05:14 . 6.Smooth (D’Angelo, Luther Archer) – 04:19 . 7.Cruisin’ (William Robinson, Marvin Tarplin) – 06:24 . 8.When We Get By (D’Angelo) – 05:44 . 9.Lady (D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq) – 05:46 . 10.Higher (D’Angelo, L. Archer, Rodney Archer) – 05:28

Musicians : D’Angelo – Vocals, Guitar On (9) . Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Drum Programming On (1) . Bob Power – Guitar On (2 – 3 – 4 – 5), Rhythm Guitar On (10) . Larry Grenadier – Bass On (6) . Mark Whitfield – Guitar On (6) . Gene Lake – Drums On (6) . Dunn Pierson – Orchestra Conductor On (7) . Laura Vivino – Flute And Piccolo On (7) . Jesse Levy, Seymour Barab – Cello On (7) . Bob “Bassy” Brockman – Trumpet On (8) . Raphael Saadiq – Guitar, Bass On (9) . Tim Christian – Piano On (9) . Will Lee – Bass On (10) . Ralph Rolle – Drums On (10) . Gerald Tarack, Marilyn Wright, Regis Iandorio, Matthew Raimondi, Masako Yanagita, Natalie Kriegler, Alexander Simionescu, Winterton Garvey – Violins On (7) . Julien Barber, Olivia Koppell, Sue Pray, Eufrosina Railenu – Viola On (7)

Production : Produced By D’Angelo, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Bob Power, Raphael Saadiq . Tim Latham – Engineer . G-Spot – Engineer . Darrin Harris – Engineer . Rob Farrell – Assistant Engineer . Chaz Harper – Assistant Engineer . Bob Power – Mixing . Russell Elevado – Mixing . Herb Powers Jr. – Mastering

Package : Henry Marquez – Art Direction . C.M.O.N. – Design . Per Gustafinson – Photography

Recorded In 1994–95 At At Battery Studios, Rpm Studios, (New York, New York) And Pookie Lab (Sacramento, California).

Released On July 3, 1995 By Emi.

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RateYourMusic
This is THE neo-soul album. I’m not an expert, but I’ve been around the genre a little bit. Nothing is better than this. D’Angelo is a great producer. I might be biased in that opinion because his production has a strong hip hop influence, which I love. […]

American Hit Network
Brown Sugar is less a collection of songs than an assemblage of sexy, slow jams with hypnotic, heavy grooves. Each track sits in its own pocket and stays there; chord changes and melody are minimal. […]

Robert Christgau
D’Angelo‘s concentration is formidable, his groove complex yet primal. But because it’s bass-driven rather than voice-led, Brown Sugar is less subtle than Al Green Is Loveand less sociable too. […]

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