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Released: April 10, 1989

Rating: 4.286 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: dance

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Keep on Movin’
  2. Fairplay
  3. Holdin’ On
  4. Feeling Free (Live Rap)
  5. African Dance
  6. Dance
  7. Feel Free
  8. Happiness (Dub)
  9. Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)
  10. Jazzie’s Groove


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 900,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.9 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 14
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Fairplay (5/21/88) #63 UK
  • Feel Free (9/17/88) #66 UK
  • 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.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

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).

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Last updated January 25, 2009.