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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

6. Girl Of My Life

7. Believe In Us: Reprise

8. Completely

9. Never Hurt Again

10. Nothin'

11. Be Where You Are

12. Never Hurt Again: Reprise

13. SixFortyNine/Changes

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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

10. Not My Daddy

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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*sigh** Still crushing on Stokley Williams of Mint Condition... o n e day!
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My favorite group
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marty2411har r i s
My favorite group!
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Love love
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Loooovvveee them
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The last of the REAL BANDS!!!!
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This is my Jam, quit breaking my heart....
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Just love Mint Condition
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My all time favorite... turn it up
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Not bad
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This that s**t
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Love this song
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Love this group and my favorite song of theirs!!
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Still hot
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I love ������Songz so much this songz was at my FATHER. WEDDING SO NICE (((L.T.D)) love balder
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I just saw them here in St Louis Missouri oooooh were still have it beleive that
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In my humble opinion, one of the most underrated bands today and possibly ever. It may have a lot to do with the fact they actually sing and play instruments. That is not popular in today 's noise because it is not music.
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Mint Conditions Someone to love was my first dance at my wedding!!
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I just love mint condition
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Give me STRENGTH WHILE LISTENING TO MINT CONDITION...
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen this is creepy because it actually works
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The 80's inspired some great artist because great artist were still producing works that were remarkable. Thanks To God that these guys caught the groove and made some really boss love songs.
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FEELING dis old school music. LOVE these guys.
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My ex lover gave me that name pretty brown eyes.
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Still looking for those pretty brown eyes
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�� Mint..Love this song
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The Best Band out next to Earth Wind & Fire, been a Fan since the first Cd release...
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Memory lane walking through the halls at Washington High school.
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There's nothing like seeing Mint Condition in person. Their Phenomenal!! !
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Beautiful song
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Reunion tour please!!!
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Mint condition with their smooth vocals nd melody makes you remember why you fell in love..... We need more music like this now a days
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All songs sung by these men is needed today!!!
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l.s.brewster
Mint Condition is my all-time FAVORITE group! Love them! XOXO
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Awesome musicians and group. I love Mint Condition
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How can I tell my girlfriend I need her with out looking less of a guy this song says it all I love this song thanks for reading
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Love thissssssss
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So romantic
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One of my favorite bands of All-Time!!
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I Love this Group.....YE S S S S S
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My Favorite Group!
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adarino
The best.
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One of the Best hands down!
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This song and outro!!!! Good grief!
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I have declared Mint Condition as my favorite group/band. I love them. U don't have to cry no more. OMG!!
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I have declared Mint Conditions one of my favorite group/bands of all times. Just love them.
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Good music!!
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A real band
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So many memories from this song! I love it!!
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True band!
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