The Brand New Heavies

Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000

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Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000 is the first Brand New Heavies best-of available domestically in the U.S. Not to be confused with the similarly titled British release Trunk Funk: Best of the Brand New Heavies, the American version doesn't feature all of the group's U.K. chart singles ("Midnight at the Oasis" and "You Are the Universe" are missing), but it does give more airtime to the Heavies' collaborations with American rappers, including Main Source, the Pharcyde, Mos Def, and Q-Tip. There's also a newly recorded track, "Finish What You Started," which temporarily reunites the group with longtime vocalist N'Dea Davenport; wisely, it's also the 1991-1994 Davenport era that's most heavily drawn upon for the collection. It may not be entirely comprehensive, but Trunk Funk Classics does cover the essence of the Brand New Heavies, and just as importantly, it's a consistently infectious listen.

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