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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.
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."
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..."
Compared to What
Wake Up Everybody - (featuring Melanie Fiona)
Our Generation (the Hope of the World)
Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) - (featuring Malik Yusef)