Electric Circus (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Common

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I first put this cd in and sat back. I couldn't sit back anymore i was at the edge of my chair wondering what was going to come up next. This album has gone out of the realm that we all know that common has built. In other words this is one of the best works hes put out. The influence of 70s soul/funk, early jazz, the Hendrix sound and the best in lyrical flow wrapped into 1 cd. I recommend this for the jazz lover the funk lover the hiphop lover and any music lover.

-Jason Rubiano quote

Mind blowing soul powered music at its finest

by Jason Rubiano on 12/15/2002

I first put this cd in and sat back. I couldn't sit back anymore i was at the edge of my chair wondering what was going to come up next. This album has gone out of the realm that we all know that common has built. In other words this is one of the best works hes put out. The influence of 70s soul/funk, early jazz, the Hendrix sound and the best in lyrical flow wrapped into 1 cd. I recommend this for the jazz lover the funk lover the hiphop lover and any music lover. Read More

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Specifications

Label Mca/mca Nashville/mercury Nash
SKU 60584486
UPC 008811311421
UPC 14 00008811311421
Format CD
Release Date 12/10/2002
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Author Common
Compilation Appearance Stakes Is High
Compilation Appearance Musical Massacre (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Roots Come Alive (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 1st Born Second (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Brown Sugar
Compilation Appearance Timeless: The Singles Collection (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 2k6 Tracks
Compilation Appearance Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Home Grown Guide To Understanding V1(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Homies Part 2
Compilation Appearance Entourage (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Freedom Writers
Compilation Appearance Jill Scott Collaborations
Compilation Appearance Rising Down
Compilation Appearance Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Clean)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Quality Street Music(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Black Radio Volume 2
Compilation Appearance VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Compilation Appearance GRIND DATE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance PRHYME(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Compilation Appearance King (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Flo'ology
Compilation Appearance Jesus Piece
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Common
Compilation Appearance Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Common
Associated Artist/Work T.I.
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Steinmetz; Mike Tocci; Steve Mandel; Andrew Coleman; Femi Jiya; Tim Day; Jeff Chestek; Todd Fairall; Timothy Day; Anthony Bell; Ryan Moys
CatalogID 113114
Lable Name MCA (USA)
Released 12/10/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 21s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811311421
Musical Guests
Erykah Badu
Bilal
Prince
Jill Scott
Omar
Greg Tardy
Nicholas Payton
Mary J. Blige
Bobbi Humphrey
Zap Mama
Cee-Lo Green
Marie Daulne
Vinia Mojica
Sonny
Dart Chillz
Laetitia Sadier
Pharrell Williams
Lonnie "Pops" Lynn
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Producers include: Dilla, James Poyser, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Karriem Riggins, The Neptunes.
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).
Producers include: Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Dilla, James Poyser, The Neptunes, Karriem Riggins.
Zap Mama.
Producers: The Neptunes, Jay Dee, Almir "?uestlove" Thompson, James Poyser,
Karrien Riggins.
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); Questlove (drums, hand claps); Tye Tribbett & G.A., Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Bilal, Tye Tribbett (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Bob Powers; Questlove; Patrick Viala; Phil Tan; Russell Elevado; Bob Power.
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.
Photographer: Marc Baptiste.
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Ferris Wheel - (featuring Vinia Mojica/Marie Daulne)
2 Soul Power
3 Aquarius - (featuring Bilal)
4 Electric Wire Hustler Flower - (featuring Sonny)
5 Hustle, The - (featuring Omar/Dart Chillz)
6 Come Close - (featuring Mary J. Blige)
7 New Wave - (featuring Laetitia Sadier)
8 Star *69 (PS With Love) - (featuring Bilal)
9 I Got A Right Ta - (featuring Pharrell Williams)
10 Between Me, You & Liberation - (featuring Cee-Lo)
11 I Am Music - (featuring Jill Scott)
12 Jimi Was A Rock Star - (featuring Erykah Badu)
13 Heaven Somewhere - (featuring Omar/Cee-Lo/Bilal/Jill Scott/Mary J. Blige/Erykah Badu/Lonnie "Pops" Lynn)

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