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  • Audio CD (26 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0000012T3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Diary Of A Band - Intro
2. Change Your Mind
3. You Don't Have To Hurt No More
4. Gettin' It On
5. What Kind Of Man Would I Be
6. Let Me Be the One
7. Definition Of A Band - Swing Version
8. Ain't Hookin' Me Up Enough
9. Funky Weekend
10. I Want It Again
11. On & On
12. The Never That You'll Never Know
13. Asher In Rio - Interlude
14. Raise Up
15. On & On - Reprise
16. Sometimes
17. Missing
18. If It Wasn't For Your Love - Dedication

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Hall on 24 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Mint Condition has been putting out nothing but beautiful music since their 1991 debut "Meant To Be Mint" which brought us the ballads "Pretty Brown Eyes", "Single To Mingle", and "Forever In Your Eyes". Their sophomore effort, "From The Mint Factory" was even better, with a heavy jazz/classic r&b influence that was evident in almost every track.

The group's third CD, "Definition Of A Band" carries on the tradition of soothing soul music that these brothers bring to us. Not only is the music slow and sweet, but the vocals (both lead and backup) blend in beautifully to create one of my favorite CDs.

If you're a Mint Condition fan, you know that they are truly a band. All the drums/keyboards/guitars are live and real, taking them out of the synthesized world of the majority of today's r&b. "Definition Of A Band" really gives us a look at what they're capable of. After all, how can you go wrong when you're executively produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis?

There are plenty of ballads on this CD for those in love. "You Don't Have To Hurt No More" is about a man comforting his new love and reassuring her that her past problems are just that... in the past. "What Kind Of Man Would I Be" is about resisting infidelity, no matter how many emotions are mixed up in the situation. "Let Me Be The One" shows us just how unconditional one's love can be, with Stokely (Mint Condition's lead singer) asking his former love if he can still be her shoulder to cry on. "On & On" is a marriage proposal in ballad form (we've seen a lot of these recently with Jagged Edge's "Let's Get Married" and Case's "Happily Ever After"), and it's done beautifully.
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wonderful superflous voice and they can sing. the lead singer has a melodious voice to die for. i have also been a big fan of them.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Title Says It All. 20 Aug 2000
By WILLIE A YOUNG II - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With the demise of true musicianship amongst black artists looming on the horizon, we absolutely NEEDED this. To me Mint Condition has always straddled the fence between artistry and clawing out a niche' on the commercial landscape. Listening to "Definition of...." one gets the feeling that these men recorded this material without giving a damn what the general public thinks, and THATS what distinguishes good music from great music! While there are a few nods to conventional/mainstream tastes, this is gonzo music making, without fear or boundaries. This is Mint Condition at their most excessive, overblown, artsy, meandering and pompous, and I enjoy every minute of it. The fast material is funky as hell ('Change Your Mind', 'Ain't Hooking Me Up Enough', 'I Want It Again', 'Funky Weekend', 'Raise Up' & 'Missing'), the ballads soar ('On and On', 'The Never That You'll Never Know', 'What Kind of Man Would I Be' & You Don't Have To Hurt No More), even the slighter selections are standouts ('Let Me Be The One', Gettin' It On' and 'Missing') but the best number found here is the stunning 'Sometimes' penned by bassist Ricky Kinchen. Building from hushed, tension-filled verses to thundering, heavy metallic choruses and climaxing with virtuostic solos from gutiarist Homer O'Dell and drummer Chris "Daddy" Dave and finally fading into a quiet coda inspired by Teena Marie's "Portuguese Love", this is the best rock song they have ever recorded, and rightfully points the finger at women who tease men into being unwitting victims to their feminine charms and demands the attention we deserve ("won't you spend the night, stop playing with me! ) The whole CD is worth the price for this one track, but the songs surrounding it only enhance it's power. Buy this immediately. Black music should return to this type of creativity before it's too late, soul music is dying but these gents might just have a shot at saving it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
*More EXTREME Talent!* 7 July 2001
By Clarissa Bolding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The title says it all. Each member gives a hundred and ten percent on every song and it shows. My favorite tracks? All of them with heavy preferences for "Change Your Mind", "Getting it On", "I Want it Again" and "'Aint Hookin' Me Up Enough". My favorite ballads? "On & On", "The Never That You'll Never Know", & smashes that are still played heavily on radio today: "What Kind of Man Would I Be" & "You Don't Have to Hurt". "Let Me Be the One" holds a message we all can relate to: There's nothing wrong with being friends after romance has ended.
The famous *interludes* continue on this project with the intro, "Definition of a Band" and a swing version of that opener. "Asher in Rio" brings a feeling of pure relaxation with its jazzy overtones and Jeffrey's smokin' saxophone.
"Missing" speaks on a serious and prevalent social issue. Child abduction. "Raise Up" follows suit by encouraging positive social changes. "Funky Weekend" gives us a Roger Troutman-isqe flow and "Sometimes" is a rock track that wrecks shop COMPLETELY! It has the baddest drum solo ever heard and will have you screaming, "daaaaaaayum!" "If It Wasn't for Your Love" is a heartfelt dedication that rounds out this session of intense jams.
It's puzzling how a band so well schooled in the art of live instrumentation hasn't gotten the air play and recognition they so deserve over the years. Such is the phenomenom of Mint. Despite it all, they continue to write and perform their own songs. Lovers of REAL music will keep supporting them, for REAL talent always stands the test of time. Mint Condition is truly carrying the torch passed on by greats like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Isley Brothers. DOB is a must have for your Mint collection so "Raise Up" and buy it now!
Peace. CLB.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Serious musicianship; serious rythm & blues 10 Mar 2004
By Kevin Currie-Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
We have long been in an age where it is no longer an obligation to play an instrumenet or know anyone that does when it comes to R&B. Outside of Alicia Keys and The Roots, those days are sort of gone. That's why this record is so killer! Mint Condition is a band of multi-faceted group who are great songwriters and amongst the smokin'ist musicians you've heard!
This CD is a gold-mine of original songs - some standards like "What Kind of Man Would I Be" and some scorchin' funk cuts like "Let Me Be The One" (my absolute favorite cut with an old school feel). Over this 19 song disc (a few tracks are jazzy interludes of about a minute each) you, the listener, will have gotten the feeling that you've approached R&B from every possible angle - the slow jam, the mid-tempo pop, the old school funk, and the more slick pop-R&B (there's even a song - "Sometimes" - that almost sounds a bit metal).
Among the things I should say about this disk is that Stokely (the lead singer, drummer, and misc. instrumentalist) and Kerry Lewis (keyboard player and principle songwriter) are absolutely smoking musicians - absolutely smoking. And that is another things we get on the disc - improvisation. There are quite a few good solos (for quite a few instruments) to bring in a more jazzy feel. Needless to say, it is well done indeed.
This album, quite simply, is a piece of R&B history!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The true "Definition of a Band"!! 29 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's rare to find such magnificent songwriting and use of melody as is found on "Definition of a Band". Mint Condition is the last of a dying breed in R&B music: musicians, singer-songwriters, and true talents. They are absolutely the most versatile band that I have ever heard.
From pure pop ballads like "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" and "You Don't Have To Hurt No More", to funky songs like "I Want It Again" and "Ain't Hookin' Me Up Enough", as well as the numerous jazz interludes and Caribbean rhythms sprinkled throughout the disc on tracks like "Asher In Rio" and "Definition of A Band", Mint Condition is in a class by itself as one of the few R&B groups left that are capable of creating ORIGINAL (non-sampled) melodies.
I don't understand why they don't get more attention from R&B music outlets (BET) and R&B radio. Stokley has the voice of an angel, and Keri Lewis and Jeffrey Allen are masters of songwriting and melody. If you have ever played a musical instrument or had even a simple music appreciation class, you'll realize how good these guys are.
In the current glut of R&B girl and guy singing groups, (Next, Dru-Hill, Boyz 2 Men, Destiny's Child, Xscape, etc.) Mint Condition's talents shine through: I'll take talented singer songwriters like Mint Condition over the marionette-like antics of most R&B singing groups any day of the week.
Mint Condition if you are reading this: PLEASE, schedule a concert at the House of Blues in L.A. in 1999! =] I can't wait for them to make a visit to L.A.!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Breath of fresh air 12 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Those are definately the words I use to describe Mint Condition. I've followed them since their first single "Breakin My Heart (pretty brown eyes)" hit the airwaves in '91. They are definately a band to be reckoned with. Their shining musicianship is a testament to the legendary talent from MN that came before them, Prince, Jimmy and Terry, and the Time. For certain the torch has been passed on to these talented young gentlemen, and they have surely proved their worth to carry on the Twin Cities musical legacy. Among all the r&b fakers, Mint Condition is the light at the end of the tunnel.
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