r&b soundtracks rarely carry the big hits of larger budget films – for a while now they’ve bought up extra material from established artists’ album sessions or provided a valuable way in for newcomers.
there seems to have been a shift in the way that soundtracks are purchased. back in the 70s and 80s we bought them after seeing a film to recapture the moment – grease and dirty dancing spring immediately to mind – but now we often buy them before or even with no intention of seeing the movie. i probably own at least five soundtracks to films i’ve never seen.
so here are some extras from 90s artists that all too often get lost.
90s soundtrack bonus cuts – download here
sunset park – aaliyah – are you ready – 1996
despite being released the same year as her timbaland-produced groundbreaking sophomore album, this gently bumping effort was clearly an offcut form her earlier debut.
money talks – swv – tell me how you want it – 1997
swv were soundtrack veterans by this point, having already contributed similarly slinky slow jams to waiting to exhale (all night long) and hav plenty (where you are).
murder was the case – jodeci – come up to my room – 1995
i actually prefer jodeci’s mid-fast tempo tracks more than their sometimes overblown ballads, and wish they’d made more deeply sexy joints like this one…
dangerous minds – aaron hall – curiosity – 1995
being part of the same set as the huge ‘gangsta’s paradise’ was either a blessing (sales) or a curse (overshadowed).
soul food – tenderoni – baby i – 1997
one hit wonders tenderoni con ributed this much-loved track to one of the decade’s biggest soundtracks. should have been a launchpad to bigger and better things.
the best man – allure – when the shades go down – 1998
hard to believe this was an offcut from their debut as its probably stronger than 90% of the tracks on there…
high school high – faith evans – i just can’t – 1996
reminds me of the summer when r&b went global, and tupac was killed…
hav plenty – jon b and coko – keep it real – 1998
got a lot of airplay at the time, i loved this and splashed out £££ on the import.
the nutty professor – monica – ain’t nobody – 1996
one of monica’s better offerings after her strong debut, featuring treach of naughty by nature.
waiting to exhale – tlc – this is how it works – 1995
a new tlc track was a rarity and after crazysexycool, much in demand.