SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS / “Optimistic (Never Say Die mix)”

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4 Responses to “SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS / “Optimistic (Never Say Die mix)””

Qawi Says:
January 3rd, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for this track. I reminded me of my OPTIMISTIC College Days (90’s). My days are still OPTIMISTIC and this track and Soul-to-Soul’s ‘Keep On Moving’ were just the songs I needed to hear when they originally came out.

As a listener to Sounds of Blackness from the past, (even bought their latest album – Unity), I can appreciate this track. Personnel has changed (Ann Nesby left then came back). Production has changed (Jam & Lewis of Flyte Time), but the group is still a Breath of Life in the music tapestry. Though, much like Mtume, I like the original version instead of the Remix treatment at the front and back end of this track. No need to dress up Ann Nesby’s vocals and the message of the song itself.

I had the pleasure to see them perform in person (@ Bowie State University). They had the place rockin’. Which is a lot to say, considering the Hip-Hop/Gansta Rap, R&B crowd (myself included) that were there. When they performed this song, the execution was flawless and the Sprit was contagious. Ever since then, I’ve listened to their work. Thanks for showcasing them in this forum.

jb Says:
January 3rd, 2006 at 3:01 pm

I love Sounds of Blackness (!) and have always felt they were tremendously underrated. “Optimistic” like all of their music lifts the spirits. I prefer the original version to this remix. I really like “Soul Holiday” and played it out this holiday season.

I should also note. When I was growing up in nineties, Sounds of Blackness got play on BET, thus introducing this important music to young formative minds. It’s sad that artists of this caliber would never see the light of day in the contemporary market.

Jason Says:
January 5th, 2006 at 5:08 pm

Now here is a live show to see…Sounds of Blackness can wreck shop. When they had Ann Nesby and her daughter in the group, they had about 6-7 lead voices, all with their own range, timbre, and style….all world class. They came to my school one year and blew the roof of the spot. My favorite from them was ‘The Pressure’….

Chris Defendorf Says:
April 9th, 2006 at 12:59 am

I haven[theard this mix, but the original was incredible. my favorite part is the vocalmelisma at the end. chilling.

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