Pete Rock & CL Smooth's All Souled Out EP was released in the summer of 1991 to rave reviews and spawned a modest hit in "The Creator".
After participation in the production and/or remixes of songs by various hip hop and R&B artists in the late 1980s to early 1990s, the duo signed to Elektra Records. All Souled Out was as a warm up to their debut album, Mecca And The Soul Brother.
Pete Rock's unmatched production sound is already in place, fully-formed, drenched in obscure soul music samples and rumbling, cavernous bass. Characterized by his trademark sonic signature, muted and phased trumpet, and flute loops, the songs sound regal with endless depth. Of course, C.L. Smooth's lyrics have just as much to do with that regal quality.
Standouts include both versions of "Good Life," the irresistible "Go With the Flow," and the anthemic title track, with rapid-fire rhyming from Smooth and a perfectly funky organ riff, but the whole EP is essential.
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- 12" EP