Legend John - Wake Up! (Deluxe Edition) (CD + DVD)

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    Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots are presenting fans with a fiery new offering, Wake Up! The upcoming CD, being released by Sony Music on September 21, 2010, will feature soulful music from the 60’s and 70’s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness— effectively telling listeners to Wake Up! After being inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, the R&B singer Legend and hip-hop band The Roots felt a need to enter the action. What started as plans for a single quickly developed into a passionate album representing change, hope and activism— not only referencing one particular moment in time, but on a larger scale, holding true no matter what the political climate may be. The resulting album features eleven profoundly evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. The album is highlighted by familiar tracks like “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times,” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland. “These songs sound so relevant now,” Legend says. “On most of them, you wouldn’t change a lyric. ‘Wake Up Everybody’ (the album’s first single, featuring contributions from Melanie Fiona and Common) has four verses—the first one is a general statement, the second is about education, third is about health care, and the fourth is about making a better environment. No editing needed.” “When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says Roots drummer/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “It was fresh from the civil rights era and there was a feeling of hope that maybe, yes, someday we will all be free. In 2010, not so much.” The album features one original composition, Legend’s song "Shine," which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman. The song, a "Stevie-Wonder-meets-gospel" stunner, clearly demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.

    Categories
    R&BMusic
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CDDVD
    Title
    Wake Up! (Deluxe Edition)
    Media
    CD + DVD
    BarCode
    6007124611635
    Country of Origin
    South Africa
    Label
    BMG
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    6007124611635
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Hard Times
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Compared to What
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Wake Up Everybody (featuring Common and Melanie Fiona)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Our Generation
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Little Ghetto Boy - Prelude
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Little Ghetto Boy
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Hang On in There
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Humanity
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Wholy Holy
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Can't Write Left Handed
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Shine
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Shine - Legend & The Roots, John
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Wake Up Everybody
    15. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] In The Studio With John Legend & The Roots
    Genre
    R&B / Soul
    Release Date
    11 October 2010
    Country
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Artists
    1. Legend, John
    Date Released
    2010-10-01 00:00:00

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