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Dance music trio The Chimes (producers Mike Peden and James Locke from Edinburgh and vocalist Pauline Henry, born in Jamaica) enjoyed critical and commercial success at the beginning of the 90’s on both sides of the Atlantic and further afield with their eponymous album and the clutch of singles that were released from it. The group blended together modern R&B, Soul, Pop and Dance sensibilities with Henry’s expressive vocals which put them amongst the acts at the forefront of the UK’s Soul/Dance scene of the time.
“The Chimes”, released in the summer of 1990, spent over four months on the UK album chart peaking at #17, as well as gaining strong airplay on US college radio which drew critical acclaim that helped the album reach the top 100 and 200 in the Billboard R&B and Pop charts respectively. The success of the group’s excellent cover of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ from earlier that year also contributed to the album’s healthy sales due to peaking at #6 in the UK and #47 on the US R&B chart. U2’s Bono was a fan, saying “…someone’s come along to sing it properly,” referencing Pauline Henry’s subtle but strong and emotive vocal performance.
Soul II Soul producers Nellee Hooper and Jazzie B heard promise in the group and produced single ‘1-2-3’ which was a minor UK and US Pop hit and #41 US R&B hit. This paved the way for next single ‘Heaven’ to reach #25 UK, #54 US R&B and top the US Dance chart, and the aforementioned ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ to keep the group in the charts for most of 1990. Follow on singles ‘True Love’ and ‘Love Comes To Mind’ both peaked inside the UK top 50 and the former seriously dented the US R&B and Dance chart.
BBR Records presents “The Chimes”, fully remastered including comprehensive credits and liner notes which is a must for all late 80’s and early 90’s Soul, R&B, Dance and Pop fans. As well as the fully remastered original album this release also boasts a bonus disc of alternative versions and mixes that were originally released on the various single issues which show the breadth of club sounds that were prevalent in that era.