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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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This is a WONDERFUL song ❤❤
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Pretty brown eyes love this song
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comixfan72
One of the most underrated bands in the industry. To see these guys live is truly a treat. High energy. Take notes young folk, this is real music.
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Love it!!��
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Nobody should mistreat there queen she should his main purpose in his life his wife soul mate heaven on earth.
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OK song
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fletcher.dei d r a
i was in love from this song
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LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! !
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Yassss
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Walk by and my heart feel it swinging in and out my chest just go crazy.
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Sweet beautiful song
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This was my jam ...in the day...love Mint Condition!!!
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I like the song
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I was very much inlove with da lead singer..
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brnsuga51
lol
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Brining Back good memories! Mint condition is so Minty and cool!' LOL! :)
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Absolutely love mint condition
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I love Mint Condition music I they could come back and make more music
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I love Mint Condition and all there songs.
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Taking me back and got me thinking real hard reminiscing
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Modern day EW&F with a creative edge.
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Biggest fan right here
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I love this song so much
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Deff takes me to finer times
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Huge fan love your music
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Definitely one of the most underated bands of all time I love mint condition
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Baddess Band In The Land, No Doubt
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best music ever,of any generation
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Nothing like old school music
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silkyc73
Love me some Mint Condition! Fall in love each and every time I hear them.
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What kind of man ill b...a damm good one....wepa. . .
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
Blinded by the one u loved...real e s t ever...repea t this track...
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The ultimate love song, if you love me, like you say you would.
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Phenomenal. The "TRUTH"!
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This is my jam. I used to keep it on repeat. CLASSIC
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Love this track.....mo s t definitely.. . . . . . # m e a n t t o b e m i n t
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Yeah.
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I love them...truly talented!!!
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Definition of a Band....
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ericcwil75
The struggles a brother goes through you have no clue.
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I love mint condition they are the definition of real R&B nothing like the crap we hear now
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Luv the music
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all I can say is this is good music! true R&B. way better than the stuff you hear on radio these days...smh. #bringrealmu s i c b a c k
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This was muuuuusssssa k k k
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Im totally obsessed with these guys right here..undera t e d talent..the last of the bands #TeamMint #MintHead
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tomykalipsco m b
One of the last r&b bands left. This is my song. I love them.
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One of my favorite bands and tracks! Definitely brings tears to my eyes every time!
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Moved to the Twin Cities from Houston and these dudes made me realize that the north had soul.
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ldg4tone
this is real music,i love it
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