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Brown Sugar: 2CD


Release Date: 4 July, 1995

D'Angelo's masterpiece debut album Brown Sugar was originally released in July 1995. The title track, Brown Sugar, oozes into the ears with dark, gooey, molasses-like texture. Bolstered by the smoky sounds of a tricky old stage organ, D'Angelo sets the mood here for the rest of his album; his highly agile falsetto vocals merge with the gutbucket rhythm melange. The album's centerpiece efforts, Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine, Shit, Damn, Motherfucker and Cruisin, prove that there is some mettle behind D'Angelo's retrograde stylistics. Dreamin cuts loose an ethereal groove colored with live drums and meaty rhythm guitar that extends for eternity; the sinister Motherfucker underwhelms with its subtlety but becomes more intriguing once you realize the smoove lyrics are about an O.J.- like lover killing his best friend and wife. Cruisin strokes the Smokey Robinson blue-light classic with D'Angelo's own touch but doesn't ruffle it. If you love Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Prince - this is up there.

Disc 1
1    Brown Sugar     
2    Alright     
3    Jonz in My Bonz     
4    Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine     
5    Shit, Damn, Motherfucker     
6    Smooth     
7    Cruisin'     
8    When We Get By     
9    Lady     
10    Higher     
11    Brown Sugar (Acappella)     
12    Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine (Acappella)     
13    Brown Sugar (Instrumental)     
14    Lady (Instrumental With Chorus)     
15    Brown Sugar     

Disc 2
1    Brown Sugar (Feat. Kool G Rap) [King Tech Remix]     
2    Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine (Feat. Redman) [Def Squad Remix]     
3    Cruisin' (Cut the Sax Remix)     
4    Lady (Feat. AZ) [Just Tha Beat Mix]     
5    Brown Sugar (Soul Inside 808 Mix)     
6    Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine (Two Way Street Mix)     
7    Cruisin' (Dallas Austin Remix)     
8    Lady (2B3 Shake Dat Ass Mix)     
9    Brown Sugar (Incognito Molasses Mix)     
10    Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine (Dreamy Remix)     

11    Cruisin' (WET Remix)     
16    Cruisin' (Who's Fooling Who Mix)     
12    Brown Sugar (Dollar Bag Mix)     
13    Cruisin' (God Make Me Funky Remix)     
14    Brown Sugar (CJ Mackintosh Remix Edit)     
15    Lady (CJ Mackintosh Radio Edit)

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