R&B figurehead D'Angelo has his seminal debut album of 1995, Brown Sugar, newly reissued in remastered and expanded 2CD and digital deluxe editions by Virgin/UMe.
The new deluxe edition features the original ten-track album followed by no fewer than 21 rare tracks. These include remixes by CJ Mackintosh, Dallas Austin, King Tech, Erick Sermon and Incognito. The 2CD set will be in a digipak with a 20-page booklet featuring an essay by author-filmmaker Nelson George, rare photographs, and lyrics for the ten original tracks.
Released July 4, 1995, D'Angelo's Brown Sugar album heralded a new direction for soul music, bridging tradition and innovation. D'Angelo, then 21 years old, wrote, arranged, performed and produced most of the album himself, inspired by classic jazz, gospel, soul, and hip-hop and using a mix of vintage and new equipment to realize his creative vision.
In the Deluxe Edition booklet, D'Angelo's Brown Sugar co-producer Bob Power writes: "D was one of those artists that came not just fully formed, but truly genre-bending; genre-creating is really more like it."
D'Angelo's Brown Sugar collaborators also included A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad for the title track and Raphael Saadiq for "Lady." The first album to be dubbed "neo-soul," Brown Sugar spent 65 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart and drew praise from music critics around the world. In his four-star album review for Rolling Stone, Cheo Hodari Coker wrote, "Brown Sugar is a reminder of where R&B has been and, if the genre is to resurrect its creative relevance like a phoenix rising from the ashes, where it needs to go."
"Young D'Angelo was duly anointed the new musical messiah, charged with leading the culture into a new promised land," writes Nelson George in his Deluxe Edition essay.
Brown Sugar received four GRAMMY Award® nominations. The groundbreaking album is featured in Mojo's list of 100 Modern Classics and in Rolling Stone's Essential Recordings of the '90s.