Keep on Movin’ (3/18/89) #11 US, #5 UK, #1 RB, sales: 1 million
Back to Life (6/10/89) #4 US, #1 UK, #1 RB, sales: 1 million
Jazzie’s Groove (12/16/89) #6 RB
Notes: A 10th anniversary reissue added “Ambition (Rap)” as well as two alternate versions of “Keep on Movin’” and “Back to Life” and an alternate version of “Jazzie’s Groove.”
Club Classics Vol. 1 (aka “Keep on Movin’”)
Soul II Soul
“When Jazzie B and his Bristol crew released this debut – which was called Keep on Movin' in the U.S….in 1989, at the height of twice-a-second dance beats, it was a landmark event in the club music scene. They slowed down their rhythms and brought in subtle, soulful vocals (mostly from Caron Wheeler); more intriguingly, they structured the disc like a club DJ set. Some songs, such as the giddy Fairplay, were presented straight, but others appeared only as almost-instrumental dub or as a groove with toasting-influenced spiels by Jazzie or (in the case of the smash Back to Life) a cappella” (Wolk).
“This reissue expands the original with some B-sides, alternate versions, and the fully orchestrated single version of ‘Back to Life,’ as well as a superfluous drum & bass remix of Keep on Movin’” (Wolk).