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The Revival

  • 1. Feels Good
    2. All the Way
    3. Oakland Stroke
    4. Blues, The
    5. Let's Have a Good Time
    6. It Never Rains in Southern California
    7. Whatever You Want
    8. I Care
    9. Sky's the Limit
    10. All My Love
    11. Don't Talk About Me
    12. Skin Tight
    13. Jo-Jo
    14. Those Were the Days
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 841902-2

  • Credits
    ProducerDenzil Foster; Thomas McElroy; Tony Toni Tone
    EngineerDale Everingham; Gerry Brown; Joe Capers; Fred Howard; Jeff Poe; Ken Kessie; Arne Frager; Toby Wright; Bill Malina; Jim Gardiner

    Personnel: Tony! Toni! Ton! (vocals); Vanessa Williams (vocals, vibraphone); Keith Crouch (bass synthesizer); L.A. Jae (turntables).
    Audio Mixers: Gerry Brown ; Ken Kessie.
    Recording information: Can-Am Studio, Tarzana, CA; Eve-Jims Studio, Los Angeles, CA; J-Jam Studio, Oakland, CA; Live Oak Studio, Berkeley, CA; The Plant, San Francisco, CA; Westlake Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: Bonnie Lewis.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: D'Wayne Wiggins; Tim Christian; Elijah Baker; Antron Haile; Raphael Wiggins; Tony! Toni! Ton!; Carl Wheeler.
    Arrangers: Denzil Foster; Thomas McElroy; Tony! Toni! Ton!.
    The aptly titled THE REVIVAL was the album that established Tony Toni Tone as one of the leading practitioners of New Jack Swing in the early '90s. Where traditional R&B and gospel inform the trio's debut, THE REVIVAL expands the group's esthetic, as hip-hop, blues, and a more overtly sexual tone are brought into the mix.
    The change in the group is apparent from the opening strains of the randy "Feels Good," complete with attendant bedroom-generated sound effects. "Oakland Stroke," which features guest vocalist Vanessa Williams, includes the trio's first forays into straight rap, though the song tastefully blends well-executed R&B licks into the mix. Despite the less-than-festive message conveyed by the lyrics of "The Blues," the song's instrumental structure makes it seem more like a party anthem. "Whatever You Want" is about as smooth as R&B gets--one can almost envision a montage of sliding pink silk sheets, heart-shaped whirlpools, and champagne bottles issuing sudsy discharge.

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