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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Oakland R&B trio Tony Toni Tone’s sound got quieter on House of Music, the follow-up to 1993’s multiplatinum Sons of Soul, as their homage-errific nods to influences were their most overt yet. Their party-hearty collaboration with DJ Quik, “Let’s Get Down,” featured an acoustic guitar as lead instrument, while the piano-laden “Lovin’ You” sounded perfect next to hushed Isley Brothers jams such as “Work to Do.” The Tonyies paid homage to the Stylistics, whose biggest hit had been “Betcha By Golly Wow,” with “Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz,” and grinningly nodded to Al Green’s Memphis classics on “Thinking of You.” Singer Raphael Saadiq (formerly Wiggins) also made his way into the Testifiers’ Hall of Fame with the seven-minute “Still a Man.” The group imploded after this set, but it’s some goodbye.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Oakland R&B trio Tony Toni Tone’s sound got quieter on House of Music, the follow-up to 1993’s multiplatinum Sons of Soul, as their homage-errific nods to influences were their most overt yet. Their party-hearty collaboration with DJ Quik, “Let’s Get Down,” featured an acoustic guitar as lead instrument, while the piano-laden “Lovin’ You” sounded perfect next to hushed Isley Brothers jams such as “Work to Do.” The Tonyies paid homage to the Stylistics, whose biggest hit had been “Betcha By Golly Wow,” with “Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz,” and grinningly nodded to Al Green’s Memphis classics on “Thinking of You.” Singer Raphael Saadiq (formerly Wiggins) also made his way into the Testifiers’ Hall of Fame with the seven-minute “Still a Man.” The group imploded after this set, but it’s some goodbye.

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About Tony! Toni! Toné!

Brothers Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins and cousin Timothy Christian have proven themselves durable guardians of the soul and funk tradition, while also infusing their music with enough contemporary devices to remain popular. This Oakland trio scored a number one R&B hit right out of the box in 1988 with "Little Walter," a song that generated some criticism from gospel audiences for its use of the melody from "Wade in the Water." But they've since been able to keep things going on their own, as their LPs, The Revival in 1990 and Sons of Soul in 1993, have also been enormously successful. Tony! Toni! Toné! released their fourth album, House of Music, in the fall of 1996. ~ Ron Wynn

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