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Mint Condition

Formed in the early '80s in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mint Condition began as lead singer Stokley Williams, guitarist Homer O'Dell, keyboardist Larry Waddell, keyboardist/saxophonist Jeff Allen, keyboardist/guitarist Keri Lewis, and guitarist/bassist Rick Kinchen. The six talented musicians combined a variety of influences and experiences to shape their own sound. Williams began playing classic West African instruments at the age of four, while O'Dell grew up listening to his father play blues bass and singing with him in a family group. Waddell played in a recording arts band at school and mastered keyboards by listening to jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. Exposed to his father's extensive jazz collection, Allen played keyboards and sax in local bands throughout his high school years, as Lewis was mastering keyboards, percussion, and guitar while attending school. Kinchen's first and strongest influence was his family, all of whom played instruments and encouraged his interest in music. He developed his skills as a bass player by listening to records by Stanley Clarke and Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson. Kinchen played in various bands in his native Chicago and performed at several productions at Kennedy-King College before moving to the Twin Cities.

The band was featured at the 1986 Minnesota Black Musician Awards program and built a strong core following for itself in a multiple-state area (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Nebraska) as a result of its dazzling, highly energetic live shows. Mint Condition came to the attention of Minneapolis R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as a result of a showcase performance in 1989. The band had steady success beginning with the hits "(Breaking My Heart) Pretty Brown Eyes" and "Forever in Your Eyes" from its debut, Meant to Be Mint (1991), and with "Nobody Does It Betta" and "(U Send Me) Swinging" from its second album, From the Mint Factory (1993); the group continued with the platinum success of the single "What Kind of Man Would I Be" from its gold album Definition of a Band (1996).

Approaching the 21st century, Mint Condition were the only high-profile R&B/pop band with a major-label recording contract. In 1999, they released the excellent Life's Aquarium, which was led by the Top Five Billboard R&B single "If You Love Me." However, it would be their last release for a major, even though it was their first Top Ten R&B album. Throughout the early 2000s, their profile wasn't nearly as high, but their core following remained and developed along with a consistently high-quality series of unique independent albums, including Livin' the Luxury Brown (2005), Live from the 9:30 Club (2006), E-Life (2008), 7... (2011), and Music @ the Speed of Life (2012). ~ Ed Hogan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music @ The Speed Of Life

1. In The Moment

2. Believe In Us

3. What I Gotta Do

4. Blessed

5. Slo Woman

8. Completely

10. Nothin'

11. Be Where You Are

12. Never Hurt Again: Reprise

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Track List: 7...

1. Can't Get Away

2. I Want It

3. Walk On

4. Mind Slicker

5. Caught My Eye

6. Bossalude

7. 7

8. Ease The Pain

9. Unsung

11. Twenty Years Later

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Track List: Life's Aquarium

1. Touch That Body

2. Be Like That Sometimes

4. Who Can You Trust

5. If You Love Me

6. Spanish Eyes

7. Is This Pain Our Pleasure

8. Call Me

9. This Day, This Minute, Right Now

10. Just The Man For You

11. Tonight

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Track List: The Collection

1. What You Bring To The Party

2. Deep In My Pockets

3. Breakin' My Heart

4. U Send Me Swingin' (7" Radio Edit)

5. 10 Million Strong

6. Let Me Be The One (Ummah Radio Remix Featuring Phife)

7. Someone To Love (Edit)

8. You Don't Have To Hurt No More (Radio Edit)

9. What Kind Of Man Would I Be (Radio Edit)

10. So Fine

11. The Never That You'll Never Know

12. Forever In Your Eyes (7" Album Edit)

13. My Dear

14. Single To Mingle (Live)

15. Breaking' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) (Tear Drop Edit)

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Track List: Definition Of A Band

1. 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

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

14. Raise Up

15. On & On

16. Sometimes

17. Missing

18. If It Wasn't For Your Love

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Track List: From The Mint Factory

1. Intro: Welcome To The Mint Factory

2. Nobody Does It Better

3. If The Feeling's Right

4. Devotion

5. Someone To Love

6. U Send Me Swingin'

7. 10 Million Strong

8. Gumbo

9. Good For Your Heart

10. Harmony

11. So Fine

12. Back To Your Lovin'

13. Always

14. Baile De Febrere (For Asher)

15. My High

16. Fidelity

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Track List: Meant To Be Mint

1. True To Thee

2. Do U Wanna

3. Breakin' My Heart

4. Are You Free

5. Here We Go Again

6. Try My Love

7. Forever In Your Eyes

8. She's Ahoney

9. Single To Mingle

10. Senuous Appeal

11. Outta Time, Outta Mind

12. I Wonder If She Likes Me

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Track List: Believe In Us (Single)

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Track List: Caught My Eye (Radio Single)

1. Caught My Eye

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Stokey was n a play wif me. Zooman.
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cubana2cute4 4 4
18 years old and two years obsessed. Plan on Pretty Brown Eyes being a wedding reception song for me lol
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Loving it all wow music on the spot
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His voice ������
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My sister was very poetic they stole her poem lyrics smh
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sheika_myles
There is literally Nothing Left to Say everyone has said it all...
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i love mint condition
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I agree with you Tina Miller. I have been a Mint Head from day one! Their lyrics have been relevant to different stages in my life. I appreciate their musicianship and if you have never seen them live, treat yourself. You will not be disappointed .
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This is one of my favorite groups I love there sound and their lyrics are true to life situation for men and women this is why the music is loved by everyone and me...God bless them with many more years in the game peace chow
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Love me some Mint condition! !!!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now you started readying this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done , press space and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works. Leave a comment
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I love It!!
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I've fallen in and out of love to this jam! #classic
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Auntie Bobby Ann loves mints music
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Still crushin on Stokley of Mint Condition... . . . * s i g h *
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I luv their music!
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tjw_ray
Yes,yes this is it....got me thinking about someone...
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Legendary soul music! Never gets old !
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LUV MINT CONDITION!!! One of my Top 5 bands of all time!! MINT HEAD 4 LIFE!!!!
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robert.claxt o n 4 9
That's my jam breaking my heart it has happened a time or two
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Mint condition is timeless
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love mint condition --- one of the best groups of the 90's
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Legendary
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These guys are my family...hom e r odell is my uncle...best band left in the game.
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Aww yes. Nice way to start my morning, the Mint way.
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Exhale finally getting recognition
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Oldie but goodies !!!! Can't say it better than Mint Condition
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Everybody hates chris
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Love Mint Condition. I wish all of the male/female R&B groups of the earl 90's would come back.
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Baby making music yes sia
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sultry
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Breaking my heart.. Pretty brown eyes
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Pretty brown eyes
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Kevin Robinson.@Rh o n d a Mans. Hard. BEINGGON
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Love�� Real music
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Mint fan for life!
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This song is deep like you say you do so smooth and sweet Eugene Guss Cali forever
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Love that
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Best thing since tony Toni tone.. Love me some mint..
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All time fave band!
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songbird6967
I'm a big mint condition fan I love their music and I fell in love with my king listening to such a amazing band. Much ❤
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Mint Head for life!!!!
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Mint condition family friends good food music. Or a glass of good wine hot bath candlelight and relax. Js
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Tast of the mint.
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Home town. Get this all the way!The basement of the VfW, The legion! So Proud my brothers
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Love them !! Not cuz they are family but they have GREAT music !!!
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I know this all too well
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Yes Yes yes!!!love them
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Breakn My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)RIP Ivan P Jones.I will always �� u babe.
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