Digging In The Crates – UK Urban

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Back To Life -1989

Soul II Soul Initially found success as a sound system in 1987, playing records at house and street parties, the London neo soul group scored their big breakthrough less than two years later. Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) claimed Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart this week in 1989.

It remained in pole position for four consecutive weeks, undoubtedly earning it the accolade of ‘song of the summer’.

Back To Life was remixed from an a cappella version on its parent album Club Classics Volume One for its single release, with added vocals from Caron Wheeler. And the new mix wasn’t just popular in the UK: it reached Number 4 in the States (their biggest US hit), reached the Top 5 across Europe and won them a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. Pretty successful then.

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