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Sweetback

The three members of the New York, USA-based Sweetback first worked together as backing band to soul chanteuse Sade. However, with that artist taking an extended sabbatical from the music business, Stewart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman decided to continue their association together as Sweetback. The project began to coalesce in 1994, shortly after Sade had completed her Love Deluxe world tour. Matthewman built his own studio in New York, releasing a series of 12-inch dance singles under names such as Cottonbelly and Edge Test. He also produced and co-wrote three songs for Maxwell’s breakthrough debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. In the interim Hale and Denman kept busy by recording music for fashion shows and clothing shops. In 1996, after months of exchanging tapes, the three recruited singers Maxwell, Bahamadia and Amel Larrieux of Groove Theory and entered the studio to record Sweetback’s self-titled debut for Epic Records. With musical textures ranging from trad-soul (‘You Will Rise’), to house (‘Cloud People’), the album’s succulent eclecticism and sophisticated musicianship won over critics from a variety of genres.
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onecharmingd i v a
SWEETBACK... W o w ! One of my favorite groups. The appeal is timeless, the flair untouchable. MWAH!!!
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They produced Mawell's first album.
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Nice
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Reminds me of Maxwell...la i d bad
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Real smooth melody sweet. Beats off the hook. It's fantastic
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Very nice
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Wow all I can say.
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Rock hop
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These guy are my super Hero they can do anything
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Love Sweetback, great stuff, good for the soul, chill music part of my everyday
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I really like Sweetback. My favorite song from the debut album is 'You Will Rise' featuring Amel Larrieux. I still play it to this day.
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LOVE that SWEETBACK
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I always thought they were Maxwell... learn something new everyday.
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Maannn...the lyrics are dope!
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Everything, Ameil Larrieux touch sounds Gold. I love her music.
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Thanks Minnie Major didn't know the history on SweetBack but love their sound, you go SADE
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Pure lovin me some Sweetback miss when the jazz station played this beautiful music Classy , stylish Strictly the s**t
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Sweetback is pure, sweetness...
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Was reading the history of SADE and had to listen in to Sweetback because when I witnessed the wonder of SADE in 3 concerts over the years was also the sweet sweet sounds of her musicians. I appreciated the way SADE does not HOG the stage but allows the musicians to shine. This MADE the group. This KEEPS SADE and her musicians relevant. This impressed me then and impresses me now with her 2011 tour. Sweetback, one of the first of her musicians, is thoroughly AWESOME.
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Haven't heard this one in a while. Love the flavor. Ameil Larrieux is hott on any track though.
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THEIR MUSIC IS SOOOOO SWEET!!!! TAKE A LISTEN! YOU'LL ENJOY IT. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT THE FIRST TIME, LISTEN AGAIN AND YOU'LL BE HOOKED!
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funnyvalenti n e s 2
Thanks for the history listen, I had no clue abt Sweetback.
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I love how they use diffrerent artist for their vocals and always have..I've been listening to Sweetback for years..they are masters of their craft&wi l l never go out of style.
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love the group ! the sound is like crazy, u don't hear this type of music on the radio.
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VERY COOL & SEXY MUSIC FROM A TIGHT BAND, HAD THIS CD SINCE 1996 & WHEN I PLAY IT NOW PEOPLE ARE LIKE....THIS IS SADE'S BAND???? YET & STILL IN 2010 BOTH CD'S WERE BANGERS WITH NO REAL AIRPLAY (DAMN WHEN ARE WE GONNA HERE SOME GOOD MUSIC LIKE THIS AGAIN???)
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One of the coolest bands ever!!! they're what makes Sade so irresistable , among other things
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Sade and Sweetback will never go out of style.
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You know this is good music because 14 years later I STILL have it in rotation. I have had to dub this CD many times over because it gets scratched or comes up missing. When I play Softly, Softly people are like "who is that" and "where can I get it"
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kendlelove71
Love this artist!
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risatedamore
A love making must!
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latonya.spei g h t - w e l l s
I absolutely love Sweetback (1996),it takes me to places I'v never gone!!!!!
Please please give me more, I'm begging:)
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Much respect to Stuart Mattheman, Paul Denman & Andrew Hale for bringing real music back to those who truly appreciate its roots and pushing the envelope on combining old school soul with layered textures of jazz, neo-soul, vibes, grooves and melodic tones. Fellas, keep doing what you do, you got a fan for life. Can't wait for the third album!
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"Hope She'll Be Happier" - vocals by Leroy Osbourne - is one of my favorite songs of all time. Sad but beautiful at the same time. It's a Still Bill Withers composition - I hear he sings it live on the Soul Power Zaire '74 documentary and tears it up.
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jacobsand
not so bad but need sade....or dont use vocals at all
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geoatl
If you havn't herd now you have they are BAD!
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Sweetback thank you for real music. keep doing what you do.
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The definition of chill music...
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Sweetback is so underated in this waterdowned music industry.
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comprendeqmk 2 0 0 3
The last Sade concert in Detroit...Sw e e t b a c k group was her band that night. They were awesome at the concert and still awesome! I love there music!
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tomoko.kotak a
Big, global chillage thumbs up on this one.
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Great song, very easy and meaningful to listen to, thanks
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patriciadots o n
LOVE there music. This band music is calm and relaxing.
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great mood music if you know what I mean
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I love these guys, great for relaxing and being in love
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I knew that was Amel but had never heard of Sweetback, I can really appreciate this music.
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GREAT BAND!!!
WHERE'S SADE?
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Their first cd featured Amiel Larrieux on "You Will Rise" along with Maxwell on "Softly, Softly"Their second cd featured Aya, I highly recommend her. It also featured Ladybug from Digable MC's on "Love is the Word" Great group. I like how they are experimentin g with their sound and branching out. Their music is both relaxing and engaging.
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nightingale3 6 9
that's amel larrieux
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