Friday, August 19, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Mint Condition

Artist:Mint Condition
Song:U Send Me Swingin'
Album:20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Mint Condition

Mint Condition came out of the R&B hotbed of Minneapolis to have success mostly on the R&B charts in the early 90s. Unlike many groups from this era, Mint Condition were not a vocal group but a band. They wrote and produced their own songs. Mint Condition started out in the early 80s with lead singer and drummer Stokely Williams, guitarist Homer O'Dell and keyboard player Larry Waddell. There were three other members but in 1985 they were replaced by keyboard player Keri Lewis, sax player Jeffrey Allen and bassist Ricky Kinchen. And that's the band lineup that had success in the 90s. All of them came from musical backgrounds and they started out as jazz musicians. Mint Condition signed with Perspective Records in 1989. This label was owned by uber producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with A&M Records distribution. Jam & Lewis steered Mint Condition in a New Jack Swing direction because that's what was popular at the time. Mint Condition could have played any kind of music. Their debut album Meant To Be Mint was released in 1991. The Time drummer Jellybean Johnson was brought in to produce. All the songs on the album were written by Mint Condition. They scored their biggest hit when Breakin' My Heart reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. U Send Me Swingin' is from their second album From The Mint Factory. That was their biggest R&B hit. It reached #2 on the R&B Singles chart. Mint Condition continued to have success on the R&B charts. They recorded three albums for Perspective. This budget comp covers those years. After Perspective closed, Mint Condition released the album Life's Aquarium on Elektra in 1999. Then Mint Condition went on hiatus. Lewis left to concentrate on producing Toni Braxton who was his wife at the time. They returned with the 2005 album Livin' The Luxury Brown. They're still around. Mint Condition released a Christmas album last year and they are currently on tour. Here's the video for U Send Me Swingin' by Mint Condition. This video is on Youtube but not in good quality.
U Send Me Swingin by ice1906

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