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Electric Circus (Explicit Version) CD 1 of 1
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Format: CD
Sku: 60584486
UPC: 008811311421
UPC 14: 00008811311421
Release Date: 12/10/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ferris Wheel - (featuring Vinia Mojica/Marie Daulne) ~ Common
2. Soul Power ~ Common
3. Aquarius - (featuring Bilal) ~ Common
4. Electric Wire Hustler Flower - (featuring Sonny) ~ Common
5. Hustle, The - (featuring Omar/Dart Chillz) ~ Common
6. Come Close - (featuring Mary J. Blige) ~ Common
7. New Wave - (featuring Laetitia Sadier) ~ Common
8. Star *69 (PS With Love) - (featuring Bilal) ~ Common
9. I Got A Right Ta - (featuring Pharrell Williams) ~ Common
10. Between Me, You & Liberation - (featuring Cee-Lo) ~ Common
11. I Am Music - (featuring Jill Scott) ~ Common
12. Jimi Was A Rock Star - (featuring Erykah Badu) ~ Common
13. Heaven Somewhere - (featuring Omar/Cee-Lo/Bilal/Jill Scott/Mary J. Blige/Erykah Badu/Lonnie "Pops" Lynn) ~ Common
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Common (rap vocals); Erykah Badu (vocals, vinyl scratches); Cee-Lo, Sunny, Pharrell Williams, Laetitia Sadier, Bilal, Omar, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Lonnie "Pops" Lynn, Dart Chillz, Vinia Mojica, Marie Daulne (vocals); Dilla (electric guitar, Moog synthesizer, bass, drums, programming); James Poyser (guitar, piano, keyboards); Prince (guitar, keyboards); Jeff Lee Johnson (guitar); Bobbi Humphrey, Damon Bennett (flute); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Greg Tardy (cornet); Vincent Gardne (trombone); Pino Palladino (bass); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums); Franklin Walker (percussion); Joe Sinista (vinyl scratches); Soulgo, Ebi Breezy, Tye Tribbett (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Dilla, James Poyser, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Karriem Riggins, The Neptunes.
Muze PNote Personnel: Common (rap vocals); Erykah Badu (vocals, programming); Cee-Lo, Sonny, Pharrell Williams, Laetitia Sadier, Bilal, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Lonnie "Pops" Lynn, Dart Chillz, Vinia Mojica, Marie Daulne (vocals); Dilla (electric guitar, Moog synthesizer, bass, drums, programming); James Poyser (guitar, piano, keyboards); Prince (guitar, keyboards); Jeff Lee Johnson (guitar); Bobbi Humphrey, Damon Bennett (flute); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Greg Tardy (cornet); Vincent Gardne (trombone); Pino Palladino (bass); Ahmir" ?uestlove" Thompson (drums); Franklin Walker (percussion); Joe Sinista (vinyl scratches); Soulgo, Ebi Breezy, Tye Tribbett (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Dilla, James Poyser, The Neptunes, Karriem Riggins.
Muze PNote Zap Mama.
Muze PNote Producers: The Neptunes, Jay Dee, Almir "?uestlove" Thompson, James Poyser,
Muze PNote Karrien Riggins.
Muze PNote Personnel: Cee Lo Green (vocals); James Poyser (guitar, piano, keyboards, hand claps); Prince (guitar, keyboards); Jef Lee Johnson (guitar); Damen Bennett, Bobbi Humphrey (flute); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Greg Tardy (cornet); ?uestlove (drums, hand claps); Tye Tribbett & G.A., Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Bilal, Tye Tribbett (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Bob Powers; ?uestlove; Patrick Viala; Phil Tan; Russell Elevado; Bob Power.
Muze PNote Recording information: AXIS Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Patchwerk Studio, Atlanta, GA; Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY; Signature Sound, San Diego, CA; Studio A, Dearborn Heights, MI; Studio A, Paisley Park, MN; The Hit Factory, Miami, FL; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Marc Baptiste.
Muze PNote When one thinks of progressive/"underground" hip-hop, few names spring to mind as quickly as that of Common, who remains at the vanguard of the sub-genre with his eclectic musical vision and visionary lyricism, never failing to simultaneously innovate and impress. Much is made of Common's crossover appeal to hip rock audiences, and it surely speaks volumes about him that he sounds just as comfortable dueting with Mary J. Blige as he does with Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadler, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.
Muze PNote Common isn't cool because he drops the names of alt-rock saints like Kurt Cobain and records at the legendary Hendrix-associated Electric Ladyland studios. Rather, he's cool because his vision expands out beyond such simple stylistic designations as "rap," "rock," or "R&B." Throughout ELECTRIC CIRCUS, Common bears echoes of everyone from Prince to Marvin Gaye to the aforementioned guitar god (who gets his own homage on the freaky, psychedelicized experimentation of "Jimi Was a Rock Star"), but the important thing is that he melds it all into his own distinctive paradigm.

Engineer: Chris Steinmetz; Mike Tocci; Steve Mandel; Andrew Coleman; Femi Jiya; Tim Day; Jeff Chestek; Todd Fairall; Timothy Day; Anthony Bell; Ryan Moys

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Erykah Badu
Muze Guest Artist Bilal
Muze Guest Artist Prince
Muze Guest Artist Jill Scott
Muze Guest Artist Omar
Muze Guest Artist Greg Tardy
Muze Guest Artist Nicholas Payton
Muze Guest Artist Mary J. Blige
Muze Guest Artist Bobbi Humphrey
Muze Guest Artist Zap Mama
Muze Guest Artist Cee-Lo Green
Muze Guest Artist Marie Daulne
Muze Guest Artist Vinia Mojica
Muze Guest Artist Sonny
Muze Guest Artist Dart Chillz
Muze Guest Artist Laetitia Sadier
Muze Guest Artist Pharrell Williams
Muze Guest Artist Lonnie "Pops" Lynn

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Stakes Is High
Muze Music Compilations Roots Come Alive (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Brown Sugar
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fight To Win
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2k6 Tracks
Muze Music Compilations 1st Born Second (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flo'ology
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Home Grown Guide To Understanding V1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Freedom Writers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jill Scott Collaborations
Muze Music Compilations Introducing Joss Stone
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Back On My Bs(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise
Muze Music Compilations Lines Vines And Trying Times
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Go:best Of Common(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Quality Street Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black Radio Volume 2
Muze Music Compilations King (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2K6 TRACKS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2K6 TRACKS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sunset Blvd

Associated Artists and Works

T.I.
King [PA] [Limited] ~ T.I.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/10/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 113114
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00008811311421

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.60)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...ELECTRIC CIRCUS is a wild, vibrant trip billowing with purple-haze guitars, ethereal choruses and warped scratching....Common makes it all fly, breaking hip-hop rules with a freewheeling fearlessness worthy of his guitar-god muse..."

Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, p.82)
- "...Although he can be self-righteous, scattered, and grim, a team of truly youthful-minded producers is there to color the gray." Rating: A

Uncut (3/03, p.95)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Common's emphasis is more on social and historical awareness..."

CMJ (1/27/03, p.6)
- "...Common opens the tent door to his psychedelic ELECTRIC CIRCUS, following up the Jazz-inflected LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE with a flamboyant, swirling consciousness-rap opus..."

Vibe (p.75)
- "[H]ere the Hendrix-influenced MC spits some of the sickest rhymes of his career. His lyrics slice like a machete through the purple haze concocted by producers..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(2/03, p.96)
- "...[A] masterpiece....ELECTRIC CIRCUS is a record of startling breadth....An astounding record, unhesitatingly recommended..."

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