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The last traditional soul band?  As of this writing, Mint Condition is the only r&b band signed to one of the major labels, trying to keep it real with live instrumentation in a world gone digital. 

Mint Condition is comprised of bassist Ricky Kinchen, singer/drummer Stokley Williams, Home O'Dell on guitar, keyboardists Keri Lewis and Larry Weddell and Jeff Allen on saxophone.   The group built a reputation in the Midwest based on their strong live act, and won a contract with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' Perspective Records.  Their debut album yielded the hits "Forever In Your Eyes" and "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)," which is a 90s classic and convinced many people that ballads were their strong suit.

From the Mint Factory showed a continuation of the style fostered on the debut, getting a #2 hit in "U Send Me Swingin'." The single for "What Can Of Man Would I Be" went platinum and helped their third album reach gold status.  After Perspective closed down, they moved to Elektra, where the strong Life's Aquarium was issued in 1999.

Mint Condition's Deepest Grooves

Meant To Be Mint (Perspective, 1991)

From The Mint Factory (Perspective, 1993)

Definition of A Band (Perspective, 1996)

The Collection (Perspective, 1998)
Greatest hits compilation that Perspective released after the band left for Elektra.

Life's Aquarium (Elektra, 1999)

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