Downloads Back Jams EN VOGUE - TOO GONE, TOO LONG
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 05:00

1997 , BACK JAM , R&B

En Vogue reunited in 1996 to record Don't Let Go (Love) for the soundtrack to the motion picture Set It Off. Released in the autumn, it became the group's biggest hit to date; the single peaked at number two on the Hot 100, number one on the R&B singles chart, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It, inadvertently, would also be the final En Vogue single to feature group member Dawn Robinson or at least it seemed at the time.

In response to the large commercial success of Don't Let Go (Love), the group steadfastly went to work on its third album. As the album was nearing completion, Robinson chose to leave the group in April 1997 after difficult contractual negotiations reached a stalemate. Despite Robinson's abrupt departure, En Vogue resolved to continue on as a trio (forcing the group to re-record some of the tracks on their forthcoming album that had originally featured her on lead vocals.)

EV3, the group's third album, was released in the spring and debuted at number eight on both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard R&B charts. The first single, the Babyface-penned and produced Whatever went on to become a twenty pop hit, a top ten R&B hit, while also peaking at number five on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The single later went on to be certified gold by the RIAA. The followup single Too Gone, Too Long (which was produced by David Foster and written by Diane Warren) performed more modestly, managing to only peak in the top forty. Despite it's being certified platinum and the album being nominated for Grammy Award and a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, sales of EV3 failed to live up to full commercial expectation. A world tour had been planned, but was canceled due to poor ticket sales. In 1998, En Vogue recorded No Fool No More for the soundtrack to the motion picture, Why Do Fools Fall In Love. The following year, a greatest hits compilation, The Best of En Vogue, was released. TMI?

Tuesday Back Jam
1. Whatever 2. Don't Let Go (Love) 3. Right Direction 4. Damn I Wanna Be Your Lover 5. Too Gone, Too Long 6. You're All I Need 7. Let It Flow 8. Sitting by Heaven's Door 9. Love Makes You Do Thangs 10. What a Diff'rence a Day Makes 11. Eyes of a Child 12. Does Anybody Hear Me

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