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Brandy

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

U Don't Know Me

A1 U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) (Full Length Remix) (5:33)
A2 U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) (Acappella) (4:45)
B1 U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) (Remix Instrumental) (5:31)
B2 U Don't Know Me (Album Version) (4:27)

Atlantic

Cat No: SAM00175
Released: 1999

£4.00

Nelly Furtado

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Turn Off The Light

A1 Turn Off The Light (Remix)
A2 Turn Off The Light (So Solid Crew Remix)
B1 Turn Off The Light (Album Version)
B2 Turn Off The Light (Sunshine Reggae Mix)

Polydor

Cat No: DRM1250891
Released: 2001

£7.50

Oran 'Juice' Jones

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Juice

A1 The Rain (5:07)
A2 You Can't Hide From Love (5:13)
A3 Here I Go Again (4:50)
A4 Curiosity (4:03)
B1 Your Song (4:36)
B2 Love Will Find A Way (3:55)
B3 It's Yours (4:06)
B4 1.2.1. (4:14)
B5 Two Faces (4:42)

Def Jam Recordings

Cat No: DEF 26934
Released: 1986

£6.50

The Real Thing

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Straight To The Heart

A Straight To The Heart (Extended Version) (6:23)
B1 Mystique (4:24)
B2 Straight To The Heart (Dubappella Mix) (5:12)

Jive

Cat No: JIVE T 129
Released: 1986

£4.00

Club Nouveau

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Jealousy

A1 Jealousy (Green Eyed Vocal)
A2 Jealousy (Instrumental)
B Malicious X Jealousy (Vicious Vocal)

Warner Bros. Records

Cat No: W8551T
Released: 1986

£4.00

Various

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: R & B

The Originals

A1 The Miracles Going To A Go-Go
A2 The Temptations Ain't Too Pround To Beg
A3 Marvin Gaye How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
A4 The Supremes You Can't Hurry Love
A5 The Impressions People Get Ready
A6 Sam Cooke You Send Me
A7 Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
A8 James Brown Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine (Part 1)
B1 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Dancing In The Street
B2 Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl
B3 Four Tops Reach Out, I'll Be There
B4 Gladys Knight And The Pips I Heard It Through The Grapevine
B5 The Isley Brothers This Old Heart Of Mine
B6 William Bell & Judy Clay Private Number
B7 The Tams Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
B8 Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
C1 Robert Parker Barefootin'
C2 Little Eva The Loco-Motion
C3 Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood
C4 The Miracles You've Really Got A Hold On Me
C5 Bobby Bland Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
C6 Lee Dorsey Workin' In A Coalmine
C7 Rufus Thomas Do The Funky Chicken
C8 Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft
D1 Betty Everett It's In His Kiss
D2 The Dixie Cups Chapel Of Love
D3 Ruby And The Romantics Our Day Will Come
D4 The Velvelettes Needle In A Haystack
D5 The Miracles The Tears Of A Clown
D6 Eddie Holman Hey There Lonely Girl
D7 The Marvelettes Please Mr Postman
D8 Junior Walker & The All Stars Shot Gun

Towerbell Records

Cat No: TVDLP 14
Released: 1986

£4.00

Seduction

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Heartbeat

A1 Heartbeat (Clivilles & Cole Club Mix) (7:24)
A2 Heartbeat (Clivilles & Cole Dub Mix) (4:40)
B1 Free Your Body (It's Time To Get Hip House) (8:09)
B2 Heartbeat (A Capella) (4:33)

Vendetta Records

Cat No: VE-7034
Released: 1990

£5.00

M & M

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Talk To Me

A1 Talk To Me (Hip Hop Radio) (4:38)
A2 Talk To Me (Hip Hopapella Mix) (6:10)
A3 Talk To Me (M&M Vibe Mix) (4:35)
B1 Talk To Me (Extended Remix) (6:10)
B2 Talk To Me (Extended Dub) (6:04)
B3 Talk To Me (Bonus Telephone) (6:04)

Atlantic

Cat No: 0-85743
Released: 1992

£4.00

Various

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Untitled

A1 Busta Rhymes I Know What You Want
A2 Tyrese How Do You Want It
B1 Next (2) Do Your Thing
B2 Alicia Keys Juiciest

White Label Recordings

Cat No: WL 040

£5.00

Jody Watley

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Real Love (Remix)

A Real Love (Drive Time Remix) (5:40)
B Real Love (Extended Instrumental) (7:40)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCAX 1324
Released: 1989

£4.00

Bell Biv Devoe

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Da Hot Sh** (Aight)

A1 Da Hot Sh** (Aight) (Album Version) (3:41)
A2 Da Hot Sh** (Aight) (Radio Edit) (3:41)
B1 Da Hot Sh** (Aight) (Album Acappella) (3:09)
B2 Da Hot Sh** (Aight) (Instrumental) (3:41)

Biv Ten Records

Cat No: 440 015 384-1
Released: 2001

£4.00

Code Red

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Can We Talk....

A1 Can We Talk...(Fireball Pressure Mix)
B1 Can We Talk...(Ming-City Club Mix)

Polydor

Cat No: Talk 1
Released: 1997

£4.00

Bobby Brown

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

That's The Way Love Is

A1 That's The Way Love Is (12" Extended Club Version) (6:47)
B1 That's The Way Love Is (Ragamuffin Dub) (7:18)
B2 That's The Way Love Is (Guitarappella) (6:29)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCA12-54619
Released: 1993

£4.00

En Vogue

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Hold On

A1 Hold On (Radio Version With Intro)
A2 Hold On (Seven Inch Edit)
B Hold On (Extended Version)

Atlantic

Cat No: A 7908 T
Released: 1990

£4.00

Various

Format: Vinyl Compilation
Genre: R & B

Hot Hip Hop & RnB Vol 3

A1 Lil' Kim Magic Stick
A2 Fabolous Sickalicious
A3 Joe Budden Drop Drop
B1 DMX X Gon' Give It To Ya
B2 Ginuwine Sex
B3 Fabolous Call Me

Not On Label

Cat No: HOT 003
Released: 2004

£6.50

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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.

History

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."
1990s

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.


2000s

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.