D’Angelo debut ‘Brown Sugar’ to be re-released for 20th anniversary

It will be reissued as a two disc, white vinyl collection on April 21

D’Angelo‘s debut album ‘Brown Sugar’ is being reissued for its 20th anniversary.

The 1995 album will be re-released as a two disc, white vinyl collection by Universal on April 21. It will be part of Universal’s ‘Respect The Classics’ reissue series. Pre-order it now.

‘Brown Sugar’ was previously out of print.


D’Angelo released his comeback album ‘Black Messiah’ late last year (December 2014) to rave reviews. NME’s Angus Batey wrote: “The good – no, the astonishing – news is that this constantly engrossing record repays a decade and a half’s faith and patience. D’Angelo has scuttled down the digital chimney with an early Christmas gift with long-lasting rewards: not just one of the best records of 2014, but one that will stay with you throughout next year, too.”

‘Black Messiah’ was released some 14 years after D’Angelo’s last album, ‘Voodoo’. The album was originally planned for release in 2015 but protests in Ferguson over the death of Michael Brown, and the subsequent decision to not indict the police officer responsible, made those involved with making the record want to put it out as soon as possible.

The 12-track record, which includes contributions from Q Tip, Questlove and Parliament-Funkadelic’s Kendra Foster, is being billed as D’Angelo’s most political to date. The sleeve features a photo of demonstrators, and in a booklet handed out at a New York event, the singer cited recent protests around the world as inspiration.

“Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album,” D’Angelo wrote. “Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We Should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.”

He continued: “Its about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them.”

The R&B singer and producer added that not every song on the album is politically charged, but that “calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It’s a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader.”


“It’s a passion project, and it’s everything,” Questlove said of the LP. “I don’t really want to give a hyperbolic or grandiose statement, but it’s everything. It’s beautiful, it’s ugly, it’s truth, it’s lies. It’s everything.”

D’Angelo recently toured in the UK as part of his ‘Second Coming Tour’. He played Birmingham Academy, Manchester Apollo and London Apollo alongside his band The Vanguard, which is made up of bassist Pino Palladino, guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, keyboardist Cleo ‘Pookie’ Sample and John Blackwell on drums.