1. Mint Condition - From the Mint Factory
Condition is a band that cannot be put into any specific box. They are multi-genre. Funky. Jazzy. Soulful. Rocking. As a later album title would suggest, they are the 'definition of a band'. Their 1993 release, From the Mint factory stands the test of time as a GREAT album. The 62 minute master-work was released on Perspective Records, the house-label for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The wicked slow-jam, "So Fine" showcases all that
is good about Mint Condition; searing vocals & live drums by Stokely
Williams, screaming and soulful guitars by O'Dell, and guest Foley (on lead bass), and an energy that is felt as well as heard.
...Sweet, soulful harmonies carry "Swingin" - while the infectious, Keri Lewis penned,
"Good for Your Heart" percolates with Caribbean rhythms on top
of 90's funk. "My High/Fidelity" is straight rock and roll with
a funk break that would make the JBs proud. ..."Always"
- showcases the vocal work of Stokely who can sometimes remind the listener of a jazz master vocalist like Al Jarreau with a bad, bad, band.