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Mint Condition

Formed in the early '80s in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mint Condition began as lead singer Stokley Williams, guitarist Homer O'Dell, keyboardist Larry Waddell, keyboardist/saxophonist Jeff Allen, keyboardist/guitarist Keri Lewis, and guitarist/bassist Rick Kinchen. The six talented musicians combined a variety of influences and experiences to shape their own sound. Williams began playing classic West African instruments at the age of four, while O'Dell grew up listening to his father play blues bass and singing with him in a family group. Waddell played in a recording arts band at school and mastered keyboards by listening to jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. Exposed to his father's extensive jazz collection, Allen played keyboards and sax in local bands throughout his high school years, as Lewis was mastering keyboards, percussion, and guitar while attending school. Kinchen's first and strongest influence was his family, all of whom played instruments and encouraged his interest in music. He developed his skills as a bass player by listening to records by Stanley Clarke and Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson. Kinchen played in various bands in his native Chicago and performed at several productions at Kennedy-King College before moving to the Twin Cities.

The band was featured at the 1986 Minnesota Black Musician Awards program and built a strong core following for itself in a multiple-state area (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Nebraska) as a result of its dazzling, highly energetic live shows. Mint Condition came to the attention of Minneapolis R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as a result of a showcase performance in 1989. The band had steady success beginning with the hits "(Breaking My Heart) Pretty Brown Eyes" and "Forever in Your Eyes" from its debut, Meant to Be Mint (1991), and with "Nobody Does It Betta" and "(U Send Me) Swinging" from its second album, From the Mint Factory (1993); the group continued with the platinum success of the single "What Kind of Man Would I Be" from its gold album Definition of a Band (1996).

Approaching the 21st century, Mint Condition were the only high-profile R&B/pop band with a major-label recording contract. In 1999, they released the excellent Life's Aquarium, which was led by the Top Five Billboard R&B single "If You Love Me." However, it would be their last release for a major, even though it was their first Top Ten R&B album. Throughout the early 2000s, their profile wasn't nearly as high, but their core following remained and developed along with a consistently high-quality series of unique independent albums, including Livin' the Luxury Brown (2005), Live from the 9:30 Club (2006), E-Life (2008), 7... (2011), and Music @ the Speed of Life (2012). ~ Ed Hogan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music @ The Speed Of Life

1. In The Moment

2. Believe In Us

3. What I Gotta Do

4. Blessed

5. Slo Woman

6. Girl Of My Life

7. Believe In Us: Reprise

8. Completely

9. Never Hurt Again

10. Nothin'

11. Be Where You Are

12. Never Hurt Again: Reprise

13. SixFortyNine/Changes

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Track List: 7...

1. Can't Get Away

2. I Want It

3. Walk On

4. Mind Slicker

5. Caught My Eye

6. Bossalude

7. 7

8. Ease The Pain

9. Unsung

10. Not My Daddy

11. Twenty Years Later

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Track List: Life's Aquarium

1. Touch That Body

2. Be Like That Sometimes

4. Who Can You Trust

5. If You Love Me

6. Spanish Eyes

7. Is This Pain Our Pleasure

8. Call Me

9. This Day, This Minute, Right Now

10. Just The Man For You

11. Tonight

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Track List: The Collection

1. What You Bring To The Party

2. Deep In My Pockets

3. Breakin' My Heart

4. U Send Me Swingin' (7" Radio Edit)

5. 10 Million Strong

6. Let Me Be The One (Ummah Radio Remix Featuring Phife)

7. Someone To Love (Edit)

8. You Don't Have To Hurt No More (Radio Edit)

9. What Kind Of Man Would I Be (Radio Edit)

10. So Fine

11. The Never That You'll Never Know

12. Forever In Your Eyes (7" Album Edit)

13. My Dear

14. Single To Mingle (Live)

15. Breaking' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) (Tear Drop Edit)

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Track List: Definition Of A Band

1. Intro

2. Change Your Mind

3. You Don't Have To Hurt No More

4. Gettin' It On

5. What Kind Of Man Would I Be

6. Let Me Be The One

7. Definition Of A Band

8. Ain't Hookin' Me Up Enough

9. Funky Weekend

10. I Want It Again

11. On & On

12. The Never that You'll Never Know

13. Asher In Rio

14. Raise Up

15. On & On

16. Sometimes

17. Missing

18. If It Wasn't For Your Love

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Track List: From The Mint Factory

1. Intro: Welcome To The Mint Factory

2. Nobody Does It Better

3. If The Feeling's Right

4. Devotion

5. Someone To Love

6. U Send Me Swingin'

7. 10 Million Strong

8. Gumbo

9. Good For Your Heart

10. Harmony

11. So Fine

12. Back To Your Lovin'

13. Always

14. Baile De Febrere (For Asher)

15. My High

16. Fidelity

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Track List: Meant To Be Mint

1. True To Thee

2. Do U Wanna

3. Breakin' My Heart

4. Are You Free

5. Here We Go Again

6. Try My Love

7. Forever In Your Eyes

8. She's Ahoney

9. Single To Mingle

10. Senuous Appeal

11. Outta Time, Outta Mind

12. I Wonder If She Likes Me

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Track List: Believe In Us (Single)

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Track List: Caught My Eye (Radio Single)

1. Caught My Eye

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My fav band ,ur soooo smooth ! Love ur music! Have yet to c u n concert, a must!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday By the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on this screen. This is so freaky it actually works
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cynthia.dent
Someone is following us they know our conversation changed my name how can I talk privately you got email
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Stokley has the best pipes in the biz. One of my true favs
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Mellow!!!... Nice... So Fine Music At It Best!
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Good dance beat for you my guy! Still enjoy this music .��������
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This sing will never get old
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Love this song
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My favorite band!!!!
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sbruce812
I LOVE This group. I was front and center in April when they were at Harrah's Philly - INCREDIBLE!! ! !
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LOVE IT!!!
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This is real talk love is real made for man and woman that old school!!
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Baby making music
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❤❤❤❤
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brooklynphi
So many memories!!!! Love this song!❤️
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Classic
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love it!! jammin!!
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I can't wait to see them in concert for my bday next month! They were doing this before I was born, but I love them!
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These my I remember the time I saw them I was living in Arlington Texas in the early 90s exceptional group
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Awesome song. Makes a women in the mood for love.
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Old school melllllooooo o w music
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winter.nurse 2 2
Awesome heart felt moving songs from these guys. Love it!
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Just love this guys ����������❤️ ️ they could sing to me anytime especially the lead singer lol ��
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Bringing me back to easy goin days while my 3 year old sittin here singing this song. Love it
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This song never get's old. I love it!!
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Minnesota
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denisecollie r 0 9
Love the 90's music. Takes me back to when my husband and I was dating and then getting married. 26 years later still in love.
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Mint Condition came from the same "Hom-ey -Ho-o-d".
As the LATE PRINCE...... . w h a t an area of genuis nativities!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . . . . . . .
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shutyamouth7 7
Great song from the 90s the foundation of good music from a group of talented brothers
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lizabdiaz
STOP PLAYING THIS GAMES!!!
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My favorite song by Mint Condition. Love it! "When I'm with you, I fall deeper in love........ "
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The best band by far..��
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This what I'm saying
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*sigh*....st i l l crushing on Stokely Williams.... B r e a k i n My Heart.... U Send Me Swinging! The only REAL band left that plays instruments and sings! I wish they would do a Las Vegas concert for a year like Boyz II Men...I would go!!!
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Lookout 9kikio998i
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The only real band left������
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Tony, Toni, Tone & Mint Condition... t h e last 2 R&B Bands. :(
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ladyteed
One of the last REAL bands to play REAL music!!
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One of the last R&B bands around. One of the best.
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Been a fan since
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Been a fan of their music since, Pretty Brown Eyes��
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I love Mint Condition, would love to see them in concert..��
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mmwilb75
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I think this was one of the first slow songs I ever slow danced to, I was about 14.
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Love them in concert
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Always been a great band to enjoy !!!
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NO other group I'd listen too when bored :)
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Mint condition is priceless. Till the end of time
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No words... Break-in My Heart.
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yvonneartisf
Sing it Stokely and y'all ��������☺��! ! !
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