Sons of Soul
Sons of Soul is the third album by American R&B band Tony! Toni! Toné! It was released on June 22, 1993, by Wing Records and Mercury Records. The album charted for 43 weeks on the Billboard 200 and earned a double platinum certification. It is considered one of the best albums of the 1990s, with many critics calling it ‘one of the greatest albums of all time’
About Sons of Soul in brief
Sons of Soul is the third album by American R&B band Tony! Toni! Toné! It was released on June 22, 1993, by Wing Records and Mercury Records. The album charted for 43 weeks on the Billboard 200 and earned a double platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Sons of Soul was recorded as an homage to the band’s musical influences—classic soul artists of the 1960s and 1970s. Its music incorporated live instrumentation, funk, and hip hop elements such as samples and scratches. It was also a widespread critical success, ranking as one of 1993’s best records in many critics’ year-end lists. The group recorded several songs for film soundtracks, including \”Me and You\” for Boyz n the Hood and \”House Party \” for House Party 2. The band recorded and produced their second album, The Revival, mostly themselves and released it in 1990 to commercial success. They became ambivalent about their newfound mainstream success and their music being labeled’retro’ by critics. They wanted to pay homage to their musical influences, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Temptations. In a 1993 interview for People magazine, lead singer and bassist Raphael Wiggins expressed his dissatisfaction with the music industry, saying that every record company wants to get a group and put ’em in a Benz with a car phone and a beeper, show them dressing in three different outfits, put them in a video shot on a beach with lots of swinging bikinis.
He also explained the album’s title as a declaration of them being descendants of those artists, saying: ‘We really are the musical offspring of all that’s come before us … paying homage to our past, but creating in a contemporary environment. We feel we’re the sons of everything and all those people who came before us’ The group’s subsequent albums, including subsequent output and their subsequent output, including their subsequent albums and their later output, later produced by Raphael Wiggins, include songs such as ‘Waiting on You’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You’ The album was produced entirely by the group, who worked with various session musicians and utilized both vintage and contemporary recording equipment. It is considered one of the best albums of the 1990s, with many critics calling it ‘one of the greatest albums of all time’ and a’must-have’ album for fans of the genre. The songwriting process was handled by lead singer Raphael Wiggins and his brother D’wayne Wiggins, who played guitar, drums, and a drum machine for the album. They also created an unofficial drum machine and in-studio loops at their homes with an E-mu SP-12, using an Akai MP60 and a certain loop to play certain parts of the songs at the studio to create an unofficial instrumental part for the songs. The record was recorded at several recording studios in California, including Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood and Pajama Studios in Oakland, J. Jam Recording in Oakland Hills.