The Oak town swing will never die
D. Windom | denver,co | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1988 Guy has just released it first album Al B Sure is becoming established and from Oakland 2 brothers and a cousin get together to become a group that would put out the first of many memorable albums during this time. Danceable grooves mid-tempo slow cuts, and a let's have fun attitude make this album into one of the classics for this time period. My Baby Doll, For the Love of you, Little Walter(which when it came out caused controversy because it was a take off on the spiritual hymn Wade In The Water)and 261.5 to this day still have that infectious feel of a late summer night Bar-B-Q, being around friends and family, and just having a good time. It's too bad today's music doesn't have the postive happy vibe like this album does."
Contempo soul meets slick old time r&b
D. Windom | 06/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Cd came out when I was 6. Needless to say, I still remember some cuts from it playing on the radio at the time. This disc is quite good. It doesn't sound like every other mediocre, cookiecutter R&B release of the early 90's/late 80's. There is a certain vibe flowing throughout the album that tells us that while these boys were serious music makers, they were having FUN doing it! This album's few foibles are overpowered by its strengths. "Not Gonna cry for you" is one of the most touching songs TTT has ever penned. This album was a solid blueprint for the other Tony Toni Tone albums to come."
One of few 80s memorable debuts
D. Windom | 07/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In a decade where so many artists were crammed and stuffed by the enormous introduction and domination of electronic sounds and synthesized bands, TTT REALLY capitalized on this move in music. I can recall always having this tape (right, tape) and enjoying the fun and outgoing style that this band was displaying. It really was R&B in the form of a late 80s sound, and yet was a stand-alone because of the artistic values they also added, with some live tracks and guitar arrangements, and that West coast mellow Love Song vibe. I thought that, for the time, the production was quite good, and the vocals were mixed and varied, depending on the intended purpose for each song. I gave it 4 stars due to the fact that I believe this group truly developed into a better and better band, and has some of the most memorable songs in this era of machined R&B. I grew more and more fond as this group blossomed into what we remember them being, as they aren't active (that I know of)."