On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – “Seal” (aka “Seal I”), the debut album by Seal is released. Produced by Trevor Horn and Adamski, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Beethoven Street Studios, CTS Studios in London, The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxford, UK, Cherokee Studios, Lion Share Studios in Hollywood, CA, The Complex in Los Angeles, CA, and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from November 1990 – April 1991. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, the British born Afro-Brazilian musician makes his initial breakthrough in 1990, co-writing and singing on acid house producer Adamski’s UK chart topper “Killer”. From there, he signs with producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records and begin work on his solo debut album. Recorded in a relatively brief six months, Horn’s perfectionist tendencies come into play, as the deadline to release the album comes up. Two versions of Seal’s debut are released, with each featuring alternate versions or mixes of three songs (“Wild”, “Violet”, and “Crazy”). Once released, it is a critical and commercial success, establishing the musician on a worldwide basis, entering the UK album chart at number one. It spins off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including “Crazy” (#2 UK, #7 US Pop) and “Future Love Paradise” (#12 UK). The album is remastered and reissued in 2005 as a deluxe edition CD + DVD set. The CD contains the original nine song album. The DVD/DVD-A disc features the entire album remixed into 5.1 surround sound, including three music videos and five 12" remixes previously issued. “Seal” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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