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Monday, 22 January 2018

D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Edition)


The initial version of D'Angelo's debut album was released in 1995 through EMI Music, and to this day, still marks a landmark release for contemporary soul recordings that would follow it.

Much in the vein of Warner Bros' 4-disc expanded reissue of 'Purple Rain' last year, 'Brown Sugar' sees a similar 2-disc reissue featuring remixes, alternate versions, acappellas and instrumentals.  The remixes, which in honesty, have all previously seen the light of day mostly in the 1990s as single b-sides or 12" bonuses are compiled here for the first time making this the ultimate 'Brown Sugar' package 22 years after the album's original release date.

While many will no doubt be familiar with Def Squad's remix of 'Me & Those Dreamin Eyes of Mine' and DJ Premier's remix of 'Lady' (featuring AZ), the Incognito remix of 'Brown Sugar' marks a particularly nice inclusion as the Dodge remix.  The complete package marks an incredible revisit to a wonderful and much-revered piece of work.
 

D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Edition)

CD 1 (Remastered album with bonus tracks)

1. "Brown Sugar"
2. "Alright"
3. "Jonz In My Bonz"
4. "Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine"
5. "Sh*t, Damn, Motherf*cker"
6. "Smooth"
7. "Cruisin’"
8. "When We Get By"
9. "Lady"
10. "Higher"

Bonus Tracks

11. "Brown Sugar"
12. "Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine" A Cappella (released on promotional 12” single)
13. "Brown Sugar" Instrumental (released on 12” single)
14. "Lady" Just Tha Beat Mix Instrumental w/Chorus (Mixed by DJ Premier; released on CD Maxi-Single)
15. "Brown Sugar" Alternate Version (released on 12” single)

CD 2 (More Sugar)

1. "Brown Sugar" King Tech Remix feat. Kool G. Rap (released on 12” promotional single)
2. "Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine" Def Squad Remix feat. Redman (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on 12” single)
3. "Cruisin’" Cut The Sax Remix (Remix by King Tech; Released on 12” single)
4. "Lady" Just Tha Beat Mix/featuring AZ (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on CD Maxi-Single)
5. "Brown Sugar" Soul Inside 808 Mix (Mix by DJ Dodge; released on U.K. 12” single)
6. "Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine" Two Way Street Mix (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on promotional 12” single)
7. "Cruisin’" Dallas Austin Remix (released on 12” single)
8. "Lady" 2B3 Shake Dat Ass Mix (Remix produced by Neville Thomas and Pule Pheto for 2B3 Productions; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)
9. "Brown Sugar" Incognito Molasses Remix (released on “She’s Always In My Hair” promotional 12” single)
10. "Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine" Dreamy Remix (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on promotional 12” single)
11. "Cruisin’" Wet Remix (released on CD single)
12. "Brown Sugar" Dollar Bag Mix (released on U.K. 12” single)
13. "Cruisin’" God Made Me Funky Remix (released on promotional 12” single)
14. "Brown Sugar" CJ Mackintosh Remix (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on the various artists CD collection Nu Classic Soul)
15. "Lady" CJ Mackintosh Mix Radio Edit (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)
16. "Cruisin'' Who's Fooling Who Mix (released on promotional 12” single)

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