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Sam Salter

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: R & B

It's On Tonight

A1 It's On Tonight
A2 Your Face
A3 After 12, Before 6 (Ghetto Fabulous Remix)
B1 Give Me My Baby
B2 I Love You Both
B3 There You Are
B4 After 12, Before 6
C1 Show You That I Care
C2 Thinkin' & Trippin
C3 It Took A Song'
D1 On My Heart
D2 Every Time A Car Drives By
D3 Coulda' Been Me

LaFace Records

Cat No: LFL 6040
Released: 1997


John White

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Night People

A1 I Need Your Love (3:48)
A2 (Can't) Get You Out Of My System (5:00)
A3 Night People (4:37)
A4 Forbidden Love (4:50)
B1 Victim (4:22)
B2 Don't Let It Be Too Late (4:44)
B3 Fooled Around (And Fell In Love) (4:36)
B4 Mood For Love (4:58)

Geffen Records

Cat No: GHS 24152
Released: 1987


Ben E. King

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Stand By Me

A Ben E. King Stand By Me
B1 The Coasters Yakety Yak
B2 Ben E. King Music Trance


Cat No: A 9361T
Released: 1987


Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancin')

A Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancin') (Vocal Mix) (6:27)
B1 Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancin') (Original Mix) (5:21)
B2 Lighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Scratchin') (Dub Mix) (6:50)


Cat No: USAT 621
Released: 1987


Redhead Kingpin And The FBI

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Do The Right Thing

A1 Do The Right Thing (12" Mix) (6:20)
A2 Do The Right Thing (U.S. Street Mix) (3:39)
B1 Do The Right Thing (Butcher Mix) (2:25)
B2 Do The Right Thing (Acapella) (2:30)

10 Records

Cat No: TENX 271
Released: 1989


Marc Dorsey

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

If You Really Wanna Know

A1 If You Really Wanna Know (Extended Version) (4:56)
A2 If You Really Wanna Know (Extended Instrumental) (4:56)
B1 If You Really Wanna Know (Rock's Remix Main Version) (4:17)
B2 If You Really Wanna Know (Rock's Remix Main Version Instrumental) (4:17)


Cat No: 052259 0 P
Released: 1999



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

What You Know

A1 What You Know (Radio Edit) (3:56)
B1 What You Know (Instrumental) (3:55)
B2 What You Know (Acapella Version) (3:50)

Interscope Records

Cat No: INT8P-6704
Released: 1999


Full Force

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Full Force

A1 Alice, I Want You Just For Me! (6:13)
A2 Unselfish Lover (5:30)
A3 Please Stay (4:33)
A4 United (6:35)
B1 Girl If You Take Me Home (5:44)
B2 The Dream Believer (4:29)
B3 Half A Chance (4:39)
B4 The Man Upstairs (3:43)
B5 Let's Dance Against The Wall (3:41)


Cat No: CBS 26595
Released: 1985


Wade O. Brown

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

No Other Woman

A No Other Woman
B1 No Other Woman (Radio Edit)
B2 No Other Woman (Instrumental)

Rhythm Series

Cat No: 12RHYDJ 17
Released: 1999



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Tell Me Do U Wanna

A1 Tell Me Do U Wanna (Paleface Remix)
A2 Tell Me Do U Wanna (Single Version)
B1 Tell Me Do U Wanna (Matty And Slaps With G.K Remix)
B2 Tell Me Do U Wanna (Instrumental)


Cat No: XPR 3118
Released: 1996


Teish O'Day

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

He Is The One

A1 He Is The One (Harlem Mix)
B1 He Is The One (Original Mix)


Cat No: AM26853


Color Me Badd

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Sexual Capacity

A Sexual Capacity (4:11)
B1 On My Mind (4:57)
B2 From The Back (4:54)


Cat No: CMB002
Released: 1996


Paul Anton

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

I Know A Man

A1 I Know A Man (Original)
A2 I Know A Man (The Beats Mix)
B1 I Know A Man (Ruff Mix)
B2 I Know A Man (Re-Mix)

Siam Records

Cat No: SIAM104
Released: 1993


Keith Sweat

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Keep It Comin'

A1 Keep It Comin' (Funky House Mix) (5:47)
A2 Keep It Comin' (Smooth Mix) (5:21)
B1 Keep It Comin' (Gangstar Mix) (6:14)
B2 Keep It Comin' (Masters At Work Dub) (6:38)


Cat No: SAM 941
Released: 1992


Gerald Levert

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Baby U Are

A1 Baby U Are (LP Version)
A2 Baby U Are (Radio Edit)
B1 Baby U Are (Instrumental)
B2 Baby U Are (Acappella)


Cat No: ST-ED-6222
Released: 2000


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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.