Collection of Paul Hardcastle 10 December 1957, London, England. This producer, mixer, composer and keyboard wizard was one of the UK dance music scene’s first crossover successes. He first worked in a hi-fi shop and developed an interest in electronics in his teens. Hardcastle made his recording debut in 1981 on ‘Don’t Depend On Me’, a single by UK soul act Direct Drive. He subsequently formed First Light with vocalist Derek Green, with whom he had worked on the Direct Drive sessions. First Light’s output included a deplorable cover version of America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’.
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Hardcastle then formed his own Total Contral Records label and enjoyed two number 1 dance hits in 1984 with ‘You’re The One For Me’/‘Daybreak’/‘A.M.’ and ‘Rainforest’. The latter was released on the Bluebird label in the UK, and became a big club hit in America on the Profile Records label. Hardcastle’s big breakthrough came with the following year’s ‘19’, a record about the Vietnam conflict utilising samples of spoken news reports. The single went to number 1 in 13 countries, including his native England, and received the Ivor Novello award for The Bestselling Single Of 1985. The follow-up, ‘Just For The Money’, was based on the Great Train Robbery and boasted the voices of Bob Hoskins and Sir Laurence Olivier. Further singles were progressively less successful before he scored with ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’ under the pseudonym Silent Underdog. He also wrote the Top Of The Pops theme, ‘The Wizard’, in 1986, before switching to production for young funk band LW5, providing remixes for anyone from Third World to Ian Dury.
Another production credit was the last ever Phil Lynott single, coincidentally called ‘Nineteen’. Other engagements came with Carol Kenyon (previously vocalist on Heaven 17’s ‘Temptation’) most notably on the 1986 Top 10 hit ‘Don’t Waste My Time’. Hardcastle subsequently ‘retired’ to his Essex home studio, where he continues to release records under pseudonyms such as the Deff Boyz, Beeps International, Kiss The Sky (with vocalist Jaki Graham), and the bestselling Jazzmasters (with vocalist Helen Rogers).
The latter showcases his preference for smooth jazz grooves, and is particularly popular in the USA and Japan. He is also founder of the labels Fast Forward and Hardcastle Records, and has written the theme music to two BBC nature series, Supersense and its sequel, Lifesense, and contributed to the soundtrack of Spiceworld - The Movie and the S Club 7 television series. Album: Daybreak (1984) 01. I Don't Care 03.
Don't Be Mistaken 04. Explain The Reasons 05. Wish You Were Here 06. Time Machine 07.
She's A Mystery 08. Stop The Clock 09. Album: Zero One (1985) 01. Forest Fire 02. Rainforrest 04. Sound Chaser 05.
Ready Ready Go 07. Drum Beat 08.
Hip-Hop Beat (street mix) Album: Rain Forest (1985) 01. Rain Forest (Remix) 02. Forest Fire 05. Loitering With Intent 06. Sound Chaser 08. Rain Forest (Original Mix) Album: Paul Hardcastle (1985) 01.
In The Begining 02. Don't Waste My Time 05. Central Park 06.
Just For Money 07. Moonhopper 08. Strollin' 10. Rainforest Album: No Winners (1988) 01.
No Winners 02. Walk In The Night 03. On The Run 04. The Wizard (Jazz Mix) 05. The Last Jam 06.
Lost Summer 07. Voices Of The World Album: The Definitive (1994) 01. You're The One For Me-A.M.-Daybreak 02. Sound Chaser 05. Rainforest 06. Eat Your Heart Out 07.
Don't Waste My Time 09. Foolin' Yourself 10. The Wizard 11.
Walk In The Night 12. Dark Star 14.
Rainforest '93 Album: First Light (1997) 01. Inner Changes 02. Tribal Call 04. The Source 05. Celestial Rhythm (vocal) 06. First Light (part 1) 07.
Forest Dawn 08. Forever Dreaming 09.
Kingdom of Dreams 10. Nomad's Flight 11. First Light (part 2) 12. Celestial Rhythm (Instrumental) Album: Cover To Cover (1997) CD 1 01. Rainforest 02. Syndicate Theme 04.
Jokers Wild 06. Urbam Vibez 07. Paradise Cove 08. Could It Be Forever 09. Soul Swing 10. Crystal Seas 11.
Kikin Vibes 12. War In The Night 02. Always There 03. Do It Again 04. Are You Ready 05. Love's Theme 06.
Wishing On A Star 07. Green Onions 09. It Seems To Hang On 10.
Chi-Lites Love Combo 11. Superstition 12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Album: Very Best of 1983-2003 (2003) Cd 1 01. The Wizard 03.
Don't Waste My Time 04. You're The One For Me - AM - Daybreak 05.
Rainforest 07. Living For You 08. Do It Again 10.
Walk In The Night 11. 19 (The Full Story) 12. The Voyager 13. Supersense 14.
19 (Slow Version) Cd 2 01. Bird Island 02. You May Be Gone 03. Peace On Earth 04. Feel The Breeze 05. Runnin' Back 06. Walkin' To Freedom 07.
Got To Be Love 08. Lost In Space 09. Ventura Highway 10. Jokers Wild 11.
Wonderland 13. Celestial Rhythm 15. Runnin' Back (Urban Dwellers Remix) Album: The Collection (2009) 01. The Circle 02. Dancing Lights 03.
Northern Lights 04. You May Be Gone 05. Slomotion 06.
Acoustic Dreams 07. Ventura Highway 08. Valley Of The Harps 10. Moments In Time 11.
Moon Trekin 12. Return Of The Rainman 13.
Loves Theme 14. Journey To A Different State Of Mind 'Sampler' Album: Desire (2011) 01. Valentine 03. Forever Dreamin 04. Wonderland 06. Lost Summer 07. Same Place Same Time 08.
Lost In Space 09. Smooth Jazz Is Bumpin 10. Cloud Watching 11. Ready Or Not 12. Don't You Know Ibiza Chill Mix Album: Perceptions Of Pacha VIII (2012) CD 1 01. Meglomania 02. Heat Seeker 03.
Neon Adventures 05. Stuck In A Dream 06. A Thousans Riffs 07. Into The Blue 08. Yield To The Night 09.
Sidewinder 10. Just Say CD 2 01.
Meglomania 02. A Thousand Riffs 03. Yield To The Night 04.
Sidewinder 06. Heat Seeker 09.
Neon Adventures 10. Stuck In A Dream 11. Broadcom Wireless Lan Driver For Xp 32 Bit. Into The Blue Album: 19 Below Zero (2012) CD 1 01.
Return Of The Rainman 02. 1000 Miles From Nowhere 03. East to West - Ibiza Remix 04. Summer Love - Chill Mix 05. Solar Sky - Ibiza Remix 06.
Emerald Stardust 07. Rainforest & What's Going On - Chill Mix 08. Ibiza Dub 09. Don't You Know 10. Look To The Future 11.
19 - Rob Da Bank Remix 12. Return Of The Rainman Reprise Cd 2 01. Into The Blue - Remix 02.
Absolute Zero 03. Neon Adventure - Chill Remix 04. Ventura Highway 05. Zen Warrior 06.
Rainforest & What's Going On - Beach Chiller Mix 07. King Tut - Remaster Mix 08. Cloud Watching 09. Journey To Tranquillity 10.
One Chance 11. Rainforest Original - Remaster Remix 12. 19 Below Zero - The Lost Tape Mix Album: Electrofied 80'S Essential ( 2013) Cd 1 01. Rainforest 03.
The Wizard (Theme From Top Of The Pops) 04. Foolin' Yourself 06. Don't Waste My Time 07. Forest Fire 08. You're The One For Me_DaybreakA.M 09. Moonhopper 10.
Just Passin' Thru 11. Loitering With Intent 12. Fly By Night 13. Back In Time 14.
Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag (1985 Electrofunk Mix) 15. Just For Money CD 2 01. Eat Your Heart Out 02. Are You Ready 03. King Tut (Remix) 04. Sound Chaser 05.
Over And Over 07. Always There 09. Walk In The Night 10. Time Machine 11. Sound Of Summer 12. Moving Sound 13.
The Voyager (Theme From Holiday) 14. The Wizard (2012 Version) 15. 19 (2011 Version) Album: Movin & Groovin (2014) 01. Groove to the Music 02. Do It Again 03.
Funk It Out 04. Boogie Down 05.
Unlimited Love 06. The Hardcastle Hustle 07. On The Run (Revisited) 08. Hot Of The Press 09.
Whats Goin On (Steppers Mix) 11. Summer Love ( Gary Noakes Club Edit) 12. King Tut (Remaster) Album: 19 (The 30th Anniversary Mixes (2015) 01. 19 (Destruction Mix) 02.
19 (Ptsd Remix) 03. 19 (History Keeps Repeating Itself) 04. 19 (Cryogenic Freeze Remix) 05. 19 (Inner Changes Remix) 06. 19 (Electronica Remix) 07. 19 (12' Version) 08. 19 (The Vision) 09.
19 (Welcome To Hell) 10. 19 (Nua Remix) 11. 19 (The Rage Remix) 12.
19 (The Final Story Requiem) 13. 19 (Jim Pavloff Edit) 14.
19 (Demo) Enjoy!!!! Collection of Bar-Kays Initially a funky instrumental soul combo on Stax/Volt, the Bar-Kays were nearly destroyed when most of the band perished in the same plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. Amazingly, the Bar-Kays not only regrouped but prospered, evolving into a popular funk ensemble over the course of the '70s.
They continued to score hits on the R&B charts through much of the '80s as well, making for a career longevity that no one would have predicted for Stax's formerly star-crossed number-two house band. The Bar-Kays were formed in Memphis, TN, in 1966, growing out of a local group dubbed the Imperials. Modeled on classic Memphis soul instrumental outfits like the Mar-Keys and Booker T. & the MG's, the Bar-Kays originally included guitarist Jimmy King (not the famed bluesman), trumpeter Ben Cauley, organist Ronnie Caldwell, saxophonist Phalon Jones, bassist James Alexander, and drummer Carl Cunningham.
Adopting a mutated version of their favorite brand of rum (Bacardi) as their name, the band started playing heavily around Memphis, and eventually caught the attention of Stax/Volt, which signed the sextet in early 1967. With help from house drummer Al Jackson, Jr., the label began grooming the Bar-Kays as a second studio backing group that would spell Booker T. & the MG's on occasion. That spring, the Bar-Kays cut their first single, 'Soul Finger,' a playful, party-hearty instrumental punctuated by a group of neighborhood children shouting the title. 'Soul Finger' reached the pop Top 20 and went all the way to number three on the R&B chart, establishing the Bar-Kays in the public eye (although the follow-up, 'Give Everybody Some,' barely scraped the R&B Top 40).
Producer Allen Jones began to take an interest in the group and became their manager and mentor; even better, Otis Redding chose them as his regular backing band that summer. Unfortunately, disaster struck on December 10, 1967.
En route to a gig in Madison, WI, Redding's plane crashed into frozen Lake Monona. He, his road manager, and four members of the Bar-Kays were killed.
Trumpeter Ben Cauley survived the crash, and bassist James Alexander had not been on the flight; they soon assumed the heavy task of rebuilding the group. Adding insult to injury, the third and final single released by the original lineup, a cover of the Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night,' was virtually ignored. Nonetheless, with Allen Jones' help, Cauley and Alexander assembled a new Bar-Kays lineup featuring guitarist Michael Toles, keyboardist Ronnie Gordon, saxophonist Harvey Henderson, and drummers Roy Cunningham and Willie Hall. At first, their sound was similar to the original lineup, and they were used as the house band on numerous Stax/Volt recording sessions; they also backed Isaac Hayes on his groundbreaking 1969 opus Hot Buttered Soul. Still, they were unable to land a hit of their own, and Cunningham and Gordon both left the group in 1970; the latter was replaced on keyboards by Winston Stewart. With 1971's Black Rock album, the Bar-Kays debuted their first-ever lead vocalist, Larry Dodson, and incorporated some of the psychedelic-inspired rock/funk fusions of Sly & the Family Stone and Funkadelic. After playing on Isaac Hayes' hit Shaft soundtrack, Cauley and Toles both joined his backing band permanently, and were replaced by trumpeter Charles 'Scoop' Allen and guitarist Vernon Burch.
This new lineup took a more mainstream funk direction, scoring a minor hit with a takeoff on Jimi Hendrix's 'Foxy Lady' dubbed 'Copy Cat.' The follow-up, another good-humored goof on a recent hit, was 'Son of Shaft,' which in 1972 became the group's first Top Ten R&B hit since 'Soul Finger.' That summer, the Bar-Kays played a well-received set at Wattstax (the black answer to Woodstock), but it wasn't enough to keep their commercial momentum going, especially as Stax/Volt headed toward eventual bankruptcy in 1975. Armed with new guitarist Lloyd Smith (who'd joined when Burch left in 1973), new drummer Michael Beard, and trombonist Frank Thompson, the Bar-Kays signed with Mercury in 1976 and began the most commercially productive phase of their career. Writing most of their own material and using more synthesizers, their label debut, Too Hot to Stop, was a hit, powered by the smash R&B single 'Shake Your Rump to the Funk.' The group consolidated their success by opening for George Clinton's P-Funk machine on an extensive tour, and that loose, wild aesthetic was now a more accurate reflection of the Bar-Kays' brand of funk, although they were more easily able to bridge into disco.
Follow-up Flying High on Your Love (1977) was the band's first gold record, and Money Talks -- a Fantasy reissue of some previously unreleased Stax material -- produced another Top Ten hit in 'Holy Ghost' the following year. Drummer Sherman Guy and keyboardist Mark Bynum subsequently joined the band, and a string of hit albums followed: 1979's Injoy (which featured the Top Five R&B hit 'Move Your Boogie Body'), 1980's As One, 1981's Nightcruising (which spawned two hits in 'Hit and Run' and 'Freaky Behavior'), and 1982's Propositions (more hits in 'Do It (Let Me See You Shake)' and 'She Talks to Me With Her Body'). All of those albums, save for As One, went gold. In 1983, Sherman Guy and Charles Allen left the group, presaging a more commercial direction in keeping with the urban sound of the early '80s. 1984's Dangerous produced one of the group's biggest hits, 'Freakshow on the Dancefloor,' and a couple more R&B chart hits in 'Dirty Dancer' and 'Sex-O-Matic.'
Their sound was becoming derivative, however, and although the group kept recording for Mercury through 1989, the changing musical landscape meant that the hits dried up. By 1987, only Larry Dodson, Harvey Henderson, and Winston Stewart remained; that same year, Allen Jones died of a heart attack, and the group scored its last R&B Top Ten hit with 'Certified True.'
When their contract with Mercury was up, the Bar-Kays called it quits with 1988's Animal. Dodson and original bassist James Alexander put together a short-lived new version of the Bar-Kays for the 1994 album 48 Hours, released on the small Basix label.
Allmusic by Steve Huey Soul Finger (1967) 01. Soul Finger 02.
Knucklehead 03. With A Child's Heart 04. Bar Kays Boogaloo 05. Theme From Hell's Angels 06.
You Can't Sit Down 07. House Shoes 08. Pearl High 09. I Want Someone 10. Hole In The Wall 11. Don't Do That Album: Gotta Groove (1969) 01.
Don't Stop Dancing (To This Music) Part 1 02. If This World Was Mine 03. In The Hole 04. Funky Thang 05.
Jiving 'Round 06. Grab This Thing 07. Don't Stop Dancing (To This Music) Part 2 08. Street Walker 09. Yesterday 10.
Hey Jude Album: Black Rock (1971) 01. Baby I Love You 02. I've Been Trying 03. You Don't Know Like I Know 04. Dance To The Music 05. A Piece Of Your Peace 06.
Six O'clock News Report 07. How Sweet It Would Be 08. Montego Bay Album: Do You See What I See (1972) 01. Do You See What I See 02. God Is Watching 03. Be Yourself 04.
You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 05. You're Still My Brother 06. I Was Made To Love Her 07. Your Good Thing (Is About To End) 08. It Ain't Easy 09. Love Pollution 10.
People, Unite To Save Humanity 11. In The Hole 12. Memphis At Sunrise 14. Medley Son Of Shaft Feel It 15.
I Can't Turn You Loose Album: Cold Blooded (1974) 01. Cold Blooded 02. In The Scheme Of Things 04.
Waiting And Hating 05. Smiling, Styling & Profiling 06. Frame Of Mind 07. (I've Got To) Use My Imagination 08. Fighting Fire With Fire 09. Would I If I Could Album: Too Hot To Stop (1976) 01.
Too Hot To Stop 02. You're So Sexy 03. Bang, Bang 04.
Spellbound 05. Shake Your Rump To The Funk 06 Cozy 07. Summer Of Our Love 08. White House Orgy Album: Flying High On Your Love (1977) 01. Shut The Funk Up 02. Standing On The Outside 03.
Woman Of The Night 04. Whatever It Is 05. Can't Keep My Hands Off You 06. Let's Have Some Fun 07. Attitudes 08. You Can't Run Away 09. Flying High On Your Love Album: Money Talks (1978) 01.
Holy Ghost 02. Feelin' Alright 03.
Money Talks 05. Mean Mistreater 06. Holy Ghost (Reborn) Album: Light Of Life (1978) 01.
Get Up 'N Do It 02. I Lean On You, You Lean On Me 04.
Give It Up 05. Love's Is What It's All About 06. I'll Dance 07. We're The Happiest People On Earth 08. Are You Being Real 09. Angel Eyes Album: Injoy (1979) 01. More And More 02.
Move Your Boogie Body 03. Running In And Out Of My Life 04. Girl I'm On Your Side 05. Loving You Is My Occupation 06. Today Is The Day 07.
You've Been 08. Up In Here Album: As One (1980) 01. Boogie Body Land 02. Say It Through Love 03. Work It Out 04. Body Fever 05.
Take The Time To Love Somebody 07. Open Your Heart 08. Deliver Us Album: Nightcruising (1981) 01. Nightcruising 02. Hit And Run 03. Feel Like Im Fall In Love 04. Freaky Behaviour 05.
Touch Tone 06. Unforgettable Dream 07. Traffic Jammer 08. Backseat Driver Album: Propositions (1982) 01.
Propositions 02. Tripping Out 03. Anticipation 04. ( Busted ) 05. Do It (Let Me See You Shake) 06.
She Talks To Me With Her Body 07. I Can't Believe You're Leaving Me 08. You Made A Change In My Life Album: Dangerous (1984) 01. Dangerous 02. Dirty Dancer 03. Make Believe Lover 04.
Dance, Party, etc 05. Freakshow On The Dance Floor 06. Lovers Should Never Fall In Love 07. Loose Talk 08. Sex-O-Matic Album: Banging The Wall (1985) 01. Your Place Or Mine 02.
Banging The Walls 03. Paper Doll 04. Sex Driver 05.
Dance Your Body, Desara 06. Love Don't Wait 07. Missiles On Target 08. Gina Album: Contagious (1987) 01. Certified True 02. Don't Hang Up 03.
Many Mistakes 04. Freak City U.S.A. Contagious 06. Something in the Air 07. This Could Be the Night 08. Touch Album: Animal (1989) 01. Struck By You 03.
Look What You're 04. Someone Else 06. Are U Available 07. Just Like A Teeter Totter 08. I Adore You 09. Leaving You 10. Struck By You (12' Version) Album: The Best Of (1993) 01.
Too Hot To Stop 02. Shake Your Rump To The Funk 04. Attitudes 05. Shut The Funk Up 06.
Standing On The Outside 07. I'll Dance 09.
Move Your Boogie Body 10. Deliver Us 11. Hit And Run 12. Anticipation 13.
Freakshow On The Dance Floor 14. Sexomatic 15. Certified True 16. Struck By You Album: The Best Of Bar-Kays, Vol. Let's Have Some Fun 02.
Boogie Body Land 03. Do It (Let Me See You Shake) 04. Spellbound 05. Flying High On Your Love 06. I Lean On You-You Lean On Me 07. Are You Being Real 08.
Freaky Behavior 09. She Talks To Me With Her Body (12' Mix) 10. Sexomatic (12' Mix) 11. Your Place Or Mine 12. Dirty Dancer 13. Running In & Out Of My Life 14.
Today Is The Day 15. Unforgettable Dream 16. Whitehouseorgy Enjoy!!!!
Collection of Ready For The World A Michigan funk band with slight rock leanings, Ready for the World parlayed Melvin Riley's whining vocals and some trendy production into a pair of number one R&B hits in the mid-'80s for MCA. Riley, Gordon Strozier, Gregory Potts, Willie Triplett, John Eaton, and Gerald Valentine began on their own Blue Lake label before signing with MCA. The label reissued the song 'Tonight,' and it reached number six on the R&B charts in 1984. They followed it with 'Deep Inside Your Love,' another Top Ten R&B single, then had their first of two chart-toppers in 'Oh Sheila.' It got them a huge crossover smash, ultimately topping the pop lists as well.
They scored their fourth consecutive Top Ten R&B record with 'Digital Display,' then had two flop singles before 'Love You Down' put them back on top of the R&B world in 1986. It was their last hit and peaked at number nine pop. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi Album: Ready For The World (1985) 01.
Digital Display 03. Ceramic Girl 04. Deep Inside Your Love 05. Oh Sheila 06. Human Toy 07. Slide Over 08.
Out Of Town Lover 09. I'm The One Who Loves You Album: Long Time Coming (1986) 01. Love You Down 02. Baby (Let Me Love You) 03. Long Time Coming 04. Some People Don't Care 05. How To Install Windows 2000 On Virtualbox Android.
In My Room 06. Mary Goes Round 07. Here I Am 08. It's All A Game Album:Ruff N Ready (1988) 01. Darlin, Darlin 07. Don't You Wanna (With Me) 08. Late Saturday Night 09.
Its Funny Album: Straight Down To Business (1991) 01. Nuttin But A Party 02. Straight Down To Business 03. Cat Thang 04. World Party 05.
Ask Your Lover 06. Can He Do It (Like This, Can He Do It Like That) 08.
No More Mr Nice Guy 09. Yo Thats Alot A Body 10. Panties & Draws 11. Would You Make Me Album: Oh Sheila! Greatest Hits (1993) 01.
Oh Sheila 02. Digital Display 04. Deep Inside Your Love 05. Long Time Coming 06. Love You Down 07.
Mary Goes 'Round 08. Slide Over 09.
Straight Down to Business 12. Can He Do It (Like This, Can He Do It Like That) Album: The Best Of Ready For The World (2002) 01. Ceramic Girl - (Extended Mix) 02. Slide Over 03. Oh Sheila 04. Mary Goes 'Round - (Single Version) 05.
Digital Display - (Radio Edit) 07. Long Time Coming - (Single Version) 09. Deep Inside Your Love 10. My Girly - (Single Version) 11.
Straight Down To Business - (Single Remix Version) 12. Can He Do It (Like This, Can He Do It Like That) - (Extended Mix) 13. Whose Is It - Melvin Riley (Chocolate Mix) 14. Love You Down Album: She Said She Wants Some (2004) 01.
Sexy Interlude 02. Black-n-Mild 03. Booty Call 04.
Atomic Dogg Lover 05. Sticky Love 06. Livin 2 Lives 07. What We Gonna Do About That 08. Can't Nobody Do You Like I Do 09. Shout Out 10. Ace-Boon-Coon 11.
Up & Down Enjoy!!!! Collection of Donell Jones Beginning with his 1996 album My Heart, singer/songwriter/producer Donell Jones recorded a jazzy and soulful style of urban pop for LaFace Records and scored a few modest singles in the process. His first two singles -- 'In the Hood' and 'Knocks Me Off My Feet' -- established his reputation within the competitive urban market. In particular, the latter song, originally a Stevie Wonder song from Songs in the Key of Life (1976), became a substantial hit for Jones, climbing to the upper reaches of the Billboard R&B chart and driving the album up the charts as well. In addition to his own music, he also wrote songs for other urban artists such as Usher ('Think of You') and 702 ('Get It Together').
Born the son of a gospel singer, Jones immersed himself in music at a young age. Later, he began to fall victim to the temptations of Chicago's South Side, where he grew up. At one point, after involving himself with gang culture, he decided to dedicate himself to music rather than the streets.
He met Edward 'Eddie F' Ferrell (former Heavy D & the Boyz member turned Untouchables Entertainment president), and the two formed a partnership with LaFace. Following the success of Usher's 'Think of You' in 1994 (number eight R&B), a song written by Jones, LaFace executives L.A. Reid and Babyface gave the blossoming artist the go-ahead to begin work on his solo debut. Executive produced by Ferrell, Reid, and Babyface, My Heart peaked at number 30 on Billboard's R&B chart in 1996, propelled primarily by the success of 'Knocks Me Off My Feet' as well as two other singles: 'In the Hood' and 'You Should Know.'
When Jones returned three years later in 1999 with his second album, Where I Wanna Be, he had become known as an accomplished songwriter. He penned songs for 702 ('Get It Together,' 1997) and Drea ('Not Gonna Letcha,' 1998) and was well regarded within the industry as a result. Unsurprisingly then, Jones attained impressive success with Where I Wanna Be and its singles: 'U Know What's Up' and 'Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me).' Shortly after the album's release, he contributed a song to the Shaft soundtrack ('Do What I Gotta Do') and to Guru's Streetsoul album ('Hustlin' Daze,' which he also contributed vocals to).
Following some time off in 2001, Jones returned in 2002 with his third album, Life Goes On. The album peaked at number three on the album chart, but he wasn't able to follow it up until 2006's Journey of a Gemini, which charted even higher. Despite this, Jones and LaFace parted ways after a 2007 best-of compilation. Three years later, Jones signed an independent deal with eOne and released Lyrics (2010) and Forever (2013), two albums for which he performed, wrote, and produced nearly everything. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi Album: My Heart (1996) 01.
In the Hood [Playas Version] 02. Knocks Me off My Feet 03. No Interruptions 04. Waiting on You 05.
I Want You to Know 06. Wish You Were Here 09. All About You 10. You Should Know 11. Natural Thang 12. Believe in Me 13.
In the Hood [Remix] 14. Don't Cry 15. The Only One You Need Album: Where I Wanna Be (1999) 01. U Know What's Up 02. Shorty [Got Her Eyes on Me] 03. Where I Wanna Be 04.
Have You Seen Her 05. All Her Love 07.
It's Alright 08. Think About It (Don't Call My Crib) 09. He Won't Hurt You 10. I Wanna Luv U 12. When I Was Down 13.
U Know What's Up (Remix) Album: Life Goes On (2002) 01. Put Me Down 03. You Know That I Love You 04. Where You Are (Is Where I Wanna Be) (Pt. Do U Wanna 06. Life Goes On 07. Freakin' U 08.
Gotta Get Her (Outta My Head) 09. Guilty by Suspicion 10. Don't Leave 11. I Hope It's You Album: Journey of a Gemini (2006) 01.
Special Girl 02. Better Start Talking 03. I'm Gonna Be 04.
My Apology 05. Spend the Night 06. Portrait of a Woman 07.
Ooh Na Na 09. Feelin' You 10.
Can't Wait 11. Lust or Love 12. If U Want 13.
Cuttin' Me Off 14. Another Life 15. I'm Gonna Be Album: The Best Of Donell Jones (2007) 01.
U Know Whats Up 02. Spend The Nigh 03. Where I Wanna Be 04. I'm Gonna Be 05.
You know That I Love U 06. Shorty (Got Her Eyes On Me) 08. Better Start Talking (feat. Jermaine Dupri) 09. Where U Are (is Where I Wanna Be) (part 2) 10.
Put Me Down 13. Knocks Me Off My Feet Album: The Lost Files (2009) 01. Sergeant Louise 07. Reggae Remix 08. Groove On 10. Stressin Album: Lyrics (2010) 01.
The World Is Yours 02. Your Place 03. Love Like This 04.
Imagine That 05. Blackmail 07. All About the Sex 08.
Stripclub 09. What's Next 10. You Can Burn 11. The Finer Things In Life 12. Just a Little 13. O How I Wonder Album: Forever (2013) 01. New Beginning 02.
Closer I Get To You (feat. Alja Kamillion) 04. Beautiful 05.
Don't Blame Me 06. I Miss the King 08. Sorry I Hurt You 09. Ride This 10.
Step the F Off 11. I'm So Gone 12. A Mother's Love Enjoy!!!!