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The Stylistics

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

You Are Beautiful

A1 Funky Weekend (3:27)
A2 Jenny (3:46)
A3 That Don't Shake Me (3:15)
A4 Na-Na Is The Saddest World (2:58)
A5 Michael Or Me (3:39)
B1 The Day The Clown Came To Town (3:02)
B2 You Are Beautiful (4:08)
B3 To Save My Rock 'n' Roll Soul (3:01)
B4 If You Are There (3:21)
B5 We Just Can't Help It (3:31)


Cat No: 89 694 XOT
Released: 1975


Louise Goffin

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Kid Blue

A1 Kid Blue (3:14)
A2 All I've Got To Do (2:55)
A3 Hurt By Love (3:40)
A4 Red Lite Fever (3:46)
A5 Remember (Walking In The Sand) (3:41)
B1 Jimmy And The Tough Kids (3:46)
B2 Angels Ain't For Keeping (3:29)
B3 Long Distance (3:50)
B4 Trapeze (3:47)
B5 Singing Out Alone (3:51)

Asylum Records

Cat No: 6E-203
Released: 1979


Miki Howard

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Come Share My Love

A1 Come Share My Love (4:43)
A2 Love Will Find A Way (4:26)
A3 Imagination (4:16)
A4 Come Back To Me Lover (4:57)
B1 I Can't Wait (To See You Alone) (4:10)
B2 I Surrender (4:13)
B3 My Friend (3:20)
B4 You Better Be Ready To Love Me (4:03)
B5 Do You Want My Love (4:55)


Cat No: 781 688-1
Released: 1986


Ray Charles

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Heart To Heart (His 20 Hottest Hits)

A1 Take These Chains From My Heart
A2 Don't Set Me Free
A3 I Can See Clearly Now
A4 The Long And Winding Road
A5 Yesterday
A6 Here We Go Again
A7 Living For The City
A8 No One To Cry To
A9 Let It Be
A10 I Can't Stop Loving You
B1 What'd I Say
B2 Your Cheatin' Heart
B3 Eleanor Rigby
B4 Georgia On My Mind
B5 Busted
B6 No One
B7 You Don't Know Me
B8 Careless Love
B9 Ruby
B10 Hit The Road Jack

London Records

Cat No: RAY TV1
Released: 1980


Stacy Lattisaw

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Where Do We Go From Here / What You Need

A1 Where Do We Go From Here (Extended Version) (6:05)
A2 Where Do We Go From Here (Radio Edit) (4:12)
AA1 What You Need (Club Version) (7:50)


Cat No: ZT 43500
Released: 1989


Janet Jackson

Format: Vinyl Double 12 Inch
Genre: R & B


A1 If (Brothers In Rhythm House Mix) (7:07)
B1 If (Brothers In Rhythm Swing Yo Pants Mix) (6:20)
B2 If (Tee's Freeze Mix) (7:17)
C1 If (Extended LP Mix) (5:40)
C2 If (Radio Edit) (3:49)
D1 If (Brothers In Rhythm Dub) (7:17)
D2 If (D&D 12" Mix) (5:36)


Cat No: VSTDJ 1474
Released: 1993


Wade O. Brown

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

No Other Woman

A No Other Woman (Jonuz Remix)
B No Other Woman (Jonuz Remix Instrumental)

Rhythm Series

Cat No: 12RHYDJX 17
Released: 1999


Kimberly Scott

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Tuck Me In

A1 Tuck Me In (Wyclef's Remix W/ Lil' Vicious) (3:59)
A2 Tuck Me In (Wyclef's Instrumental) (4:00)
A3 Tuck Me In (Wyclef's Acappella) (4:00)
B1 Tuck Me In (LP Version) (4:30)
B2 Tuck Me In (Quiet Storm Mix) (5:02)
B3 Tuck Me In (Wyclef's Remix W/o Lil' Vicious) (3:37)


Cat No: 44 78685
Released: 1997



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Pathway To The Moon

A1 Pathway To The Moon
A2 Baby It's You (Oji West Coast Mix)
B1 Happy (Jodeci Mix)
B2 Someone To Love


Cat No: 662921 6
Released: 1996



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Don't Stop The Feeling

A1 Don't Stop The Feeling (Club Mix) (7:42)
A2 Don't Stop The Feeling (Dub Rap Beat Box Mix) (4:30)
B1 Don't Stop The Feeling (Album Version) (5:59)
B2 Don't Stop The Feeling (Short Version) (4:25)

Total Experience Records

Cat No: 2702-1-TD


L.A. Mix

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Mysteries Of Love

A Mysteries Of Love (Premier Mix)
B1 Mysteries Of Love (Tougher Mix)
B2 Mysteries Of Love (Instrumental)

A&M Records (UK)

Cat No: AMY 707
Released: 1990



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Love Speak Up / Rough Side

A Love Speak Up (3:38)
B1 Roughside (Roughmix) (5:42)
B2 Irresistible Lover (Irresistible Mix) (5:30)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCAT 1451
Released: 1990


Alyson Williams

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Sleep Talk

A Sleep Talk (Extended Version) (7:56)
B1 I'm So Glad (4:35)
B2 How To Love Again (4:40)

Def Jam Recordings

Cat No: 654656 6
Released: 1989


The Boys

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B


A Crazy (12" Mix) (6:47)
B1 Crazy (12" Radio Mix) (5:02)
B2 Crazy (Dub MIx) (5:15)


Cat No: ZT 44038DJ
Released: 1990


Father MC

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Lisa Baby

A Lisa Baby (Hip Hop Fat Mix)
B1 Lisa Baby (Swing House)
B3 Lisa Baby (LP Version)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCST1557
Released: 1991


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Information on the R & B genre

Contemporary R&B (also known as simply R&B) is a music genre that combines elements of hip hop and R&B.

Although the acronym “R&B” originates from traditional rhythm and blues music, today the term R&B is most often used to describe a style of African American music originating after the demise of disco in the 1980s. Some sources refer to the style as urban contemporary (the name of the radio format that plays hip hop and contemporary R&B). R&B has also been used to refer to rhythm & bass

Contemporary R&B has a polished record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, an occasional saxophone-laced beat to give a jazz feel (mostly common in contemporary R&B songs prior to the year 1993), and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Electronic influences are becoming an increasing trend in contemporary R&B, and the use of hip hop-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop may be reduced and smoothed out. Contemporary R&B vocalists are often known for their use of melisma, popularized by vocalists such as Mariah Carey.


Contemporary R&B originated in the 1980s, when musicians started adding disco-like beats, high-tech production, and elements of music, soul and funk to rhythm and blues, making it more danceable and modern. The top mainstream R&B artists of 1980 included Michael Jackson, Prince, Jermaine Jackson, The Whispers, The S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Yarbrough and Peoples, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dazz Band, Evelyn King, Marvin Gaye, Mtume, DeBarge, Midnight Star, and Freddie Jackson.

In the mid-1980s, many of the recordings by artists Gaye, Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, Peabo Brysonand others became known as quiet storm. The term had originated with Smokey Robinson's 1975 album A Quiet Storm. Quiet storm has been described as "R&B's answer to soft rock and adult contemporary—while it was primarily intended for black audiences, quiet storm had the same understated dynamics, relaxed tempos and rhythms, and romantic sentiment."

Tina Turner made a comeback during the second half of the 1980s, while Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson broke into the pop music charts with a series of hits. Richard J. Ripani wrote that Janet Jackson's third studio album Control (1986) was "important to the development of R&B for a number of reasons", as she and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, "crafted a new sound that fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, percussion, sound effects, and a rap music sensibility." Ripani wrote that "the success of Control led to the incorporation of stylistic traits of rap over the next few years, and Janet Jackson was to continue to be one of the leaders in that development." That same year, Teddy Riley began producing R&B recordings that included hip hop influences. This combination of R&B style and hip hop rhythms was termed new jack swing, and was applied to artists such as Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Guy, Jodeci, and Bell Biv DeVoe.

In the late 1980s, George Michael became one of Britain's best-known contemporary R&B musicians when his debut album Faith (1987) went to the top of the R&B album charts in the United States, making him the first white artist to achieve this honor. Faith featured a number of chart-topping singles, including the U.S. R&B #1 hit "One More Try". The album won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Michael Jackson remained a prominent figure in the genre, following the release of his album Bad (1987) which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Janet Jackson's 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 continued the development of contemporary R&B into the 1990s, as the album's title track "Rhythm Nation" made "use of elements from across the R&B spectrum, including use of a sample loop, triplet swing, rapped vocal parts and blues notes."

In the 1990s, Mariah Carey's career originated in quiet storm, with hit singles such as "Vision of Love" (1990), and "Love Takes Time" (1990) Also in the early 1990s, Whitney Houston's quiet storm hit included "All the Man That I Need" (1990) and "I Will Always Love You" (1992). Richard J. Ripani wrote that Carey and Houston, "both of whom rely heavily on the gospel music vocal tradition, display an emphasis on melisma that increased in R&B generally over the 1980s and 1990s." Carey's "Vision of Love" is considered to be an extreme example of the use of melisma. Also during the early 1990s, Boyz II Men re-popularized classic soul-inspired vocal harmonies. Michael Jackson incorporated new jack swing into his 1991 album Dangerous, with sales over 32 million.

In contrast to the works of Boyz II Men, Babyface and similar artists, other R&B artists from this same period began adding even more of a hip hop sound to their work. The synthesizer-heavy rhythm tracks of new jack swing was replaced by grittier East Coast hip hop-inspired backing tracks, resulting in a genre labeled hip hop soul by producer Sean Combs. The style became less popular by the end of the 1990s, but later experienced a resurgence.

During the mid 1990s, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, TLC, SWV and Boyz II Men brought contemporary R&B to the mainstream. Jackson's self-titled fifth studio album janet. (1993), which came after her historic multi-million dollar contract with Virgin Records, sold over ten million copies worldwide. Boyz II Men and Carey recorded several Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits, including "One Sweet Day", a collaboration between both acts, which became the longest-running #1 hit in Hot 100 history. Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC released albums in 1994 and 1995—Daydream, II , and CrazySexyCool respectively — that sold over ten million copies, earning them diamond RIAA certification.

In the late 1990s, neo soul, which added 1970s soul influences to the hip hop soul blend, arose, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell. Hill and Missy Elliott further blurred the line between R&B and hip hop by recording both styles. Beginning in 1995, the Grammy Awards enacted the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, with II by Boyz II Men becoming the first recipient. The award was later received by TLC for CrazySexyCool in 1996, Tony Rich for Words in 1997, Erykah Badu for Baduizm in 1998 and Lauryn Hill for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999. At the end of 1999, Billboard magazine ranked Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson as the first and second most successful artists of the 1990s.


Stephen Thomas Erlewine considered the debut of Blu Cantrell, So Blu, to be "a wonderfully fresh recasting of contemporary soul and R&B." Other emerging acts from the early 2000s include Ashanti, Rihanna and Ciara. In Contemporary Black biography (2008), volume 65 of the series notes "Rihanna is the rare rhythm and blues (R&B) diva to emerge from the Caribbean world." Becoming an international sensation, she is known for blending R&B with Caribbean music, such as reggae and dancehall. Beyonce represents the most successful of these artists, winning 6 grammies in one night.