D’Angelo’s Sweet Brown Sugar Re-release Includes Redman, AZ & DJ Premier Collabos

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Twenty-two years ago this month D’Angelo released his celebrated debut album, Brown Sugar. That EMI Records effort would debut at #22, and march onward to platinum status and four Grammy nominations. The album, and its five-year hold before a follow-up introduced one of the modern stars of Soul music. D’Angelo immediately proved that he certainly could sing, but he was also a clever writer and a gifted producer. While new on the scene, the Virginia native gathered support from A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and crew engineer Bob Power, Raphael Saadiq, and Angie Stone for his 10 tracks. The album has aged beautifully as both art as a defined chapter in the sound and message of Michael Eugene Archer.

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On August 25, Virgin/UMe is re-releasing Brown Sugar with a plethora of rare additional tracks. According to Rolling Stone, the cuts will include DJ Premier mixes to several songs, as well as remixes by Erick Sermon, King Tech, and Dallas Austin. With these mixes, MCs including AZ, Redman, and Kool G Rap make appearances. At the time, AZ and Gang Starr were part of the EMI family. Many of these mixes appeared as vinyl B-sides and on rare promotional vinyl and CD. Instrumental and a capella versions of several songs are also packaged.

Also included is a 20-page booklet featuring rare photographs, lyrics, and an essay by journalist/filmmaker Nelson George.

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D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Edition) tracklist:

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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D’Angelo last released Black Messiah in 2014.