June 19, 2008
July 29, 2008
R&B, Rock, Soul
RCA | J Records
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June 21, 2008
Hollywood, California ? May 7, 2008 ? D'Angelo's top hits, music videos and collaborative tracks to date, including rare recordings for soundtracks and other compilations, have been gathered for the first time for The Best So Far?, a new career and label-spanning release that showcases his award-winning talents. Featuring 17 audio tracks and seven previously unreleased music videos, The Best So Far? will be released June 24 on CD/DVD by Virgin/EMI. A 15-track digital album and four video downloads will also debut June 24, as well as four ringtunes.
By the age of 18, D'Angelo was a three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winner. He established himself as a spectacular new solo talent at the age of 21 with the 1995 release of his debut album, Brown Sugar, trailblazing new musical ground as an innovative songwriter and vocalist. With his sultry grooves and cool falsetto, evocative of artists such as Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Prince, D'Angelo carried classic soul's torch into new territory.
Brown Sugar's double platinum success was followed by extensive touring and recording for soundtracks and other releases, including a cover of Eddie Kendricks' "Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind" for Get On The Bus, The Ohio Players' "Heaven Must Be Like This" for Down In The Delta, and Prince's "She's Always In My Hair" for Scream 2; and a duet with Erykah Badu of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Your Precious Love" for Marvin Is 60: A Tribute Album.
By the time D'Angelo's second album, Voodoo, debuted at 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and Top R&B/Rap Albums charts in January 2000, he was fully established as a soul superstar. Produced and written by D'Angelo and recorded live with no overdubs, Voodoo won the year's Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and D'Angelo also won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)." The album features a who's-who of collaborators, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Raphael Saadiq, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, Method Man and Redman. D'Angelo's cover of Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" is so sexy it was prominently used in a third season episode of the "The 'L' Word" and included on the show's soundtrack release.
2000 was a banner year for D'Angelo, and he spent much of it touring across the U.S. and internationally to support Voodoo. Rolling Stone magazine named him "Soul Man of the Year" and, in his Village Voice review of a March 2000 concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Robert Christgau ("The Dean of American Rock Critics"), hailed D'Angelo as "R&B Jesus" and christened himself a believer: "D'Angelo sang and danced and preached and flexed and crooned and humped the floor and covered Roberta Flack and snapped a mike stand in two and danced and sang and sang some more. Everything meshed; all stops were pulled out. It was already the greatest concert I'd seen in years when Redman and Method Man propelled the climactic 'Left and Right' through the vaulted ceiling. I flashed on P-Funk's 'Sadie,' Apollo 1981. What a privilege to experience such a thing again."
The new collection is titled The Best So Far? because D'Angelo is far from finished, currently writing and recording his highly anticipated next musical chapter.