Wake Up CD (2010)

Artist: John Legend

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Product Overview

Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots present Wake Up!, eleven profoundly evocative songs pulled from the soulful music of the 60’s and 70’s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness.


Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 217059392
UPC 886973708224
UPC 14 00886973708224
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2010
Author John Legend
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Common
Associated Artist/Work Magnetic Man
Associated Artist/Work MSTRKRFT
Technical Info
Producer James Poyser; John Legend; Ahmir Thompson
CatalogID 37082
Lable Name G.O.O.D./Columbia
Released 09/17/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886973708224
Musical Guests
Black Thought
Melanie Fiona
C.L. Smooth
Malik Yusef
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Captain Kirk Douglas (guitar); James Poyser (organ, keyboards, synthesizer, xylophone); Questlove (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Jimmy Douglass.
Liner Note Authors: John Legend; Salamishah Tillet.
Recording information: A House Called ?uest; Hansa Mix Room, Berlin, Germany; MSR Studios, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
Featuring spirited covers of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody," Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters' "Hard Times," and Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy" -- socially conscious soul cult classics and hits of the `60s and `70s -- Wake Up! is John Legend's fourth proper studio album. Backed throughout by the Roots, Wake Up! also features a Legend original, the uplifting "Shine."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] brilliantly conceived and executed album, reviving music from the nixon-era heyday of politically engaged R&B."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "An admirably cocksure romp through Eugene McDaniels' 'Compared To What' ups the lyrical ante, with Legend bringing full-throated truth..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.51) - Ranked #48 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "Legend's plaintive, gospelly cadences had a previously absent edginess."
Paste (magazine) - "The album is organic and opulent, with a heart of diamonds a lush sound to match, and it delivers exactly what it promises: consciousness-raising tracks from spiritual-soul all-stars..."
Clash (magazine) - "[A] soulful reimagining of 60's and 70's urban protest songs....The concept of political awareness reigns supreme..."
Disc 1
1 Hard Times
2 Compared to What
3 Wake Up Everybody - (featuring Melanie Fiona)
4 Our Generation (the Hope of the World)
5 Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) - (featuring Malik Yusef)
6 Little Ghetto Boy
7 Hang On in There
8 Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)
9 Wholy Holy
10 I Can't Write Left Handed
11 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
12 Shine
Product Attributes
Artist Legend,John
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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