Clarence Greenwood Recordings CD (2004)

Artist: Citizen Cope

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Product Overview


Label Rca Records
SKU 61705106
UPC 828765211420
UPC 14 00828765211420
Format CD
Release Date 9/14/2004
Author Citizen Cope
Compilation Appearance Radiodread
Compilation Appearance The Love And War Masterpeace
Compilation Appearance West Of Memphis:voices/justice (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Compilation Appearance Shaman
Compilation Appearance Lincoln Lawyer (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Love And War Masterpeace
Artist Influence De La Soul
Artist Influence Elliott Smith
Artist Influence Jeff Buckley
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence O.A.R.
Artist Influence Otis Redding
Artist Influence Prince
Artist Influence Radiohead
Artist Influence Randy Newman
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Influence Van Morrison
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Technical Info
CatalogID 52114
Lable Name RCA
Released 09/14/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828765211420
Album Notes and Credits
Citizen Cope: Clarence Greenwood (vocals, guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, drum machine).
Additional personnel: John Ginty (piano, organ, keyboards); James Poyser, Daniel Parker (piano, keyboards); Jason Yates (Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Preston Crump, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mike "Funky" Neal (bass guitar); Dennis Chambers, Rev. Brady Blade, Paul "Buggy" Edwards (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
When a singer/songwriter fights the big record label -- in this case Dreamworks -- because the label doesn't understand the artist's vision, then buys back a record so he can find someone else who cares enough to release it, it's admirable and has a "this must be good" allure for sure. One listen to The Clarence Greenwood Recordings and you might have a guess at why Dreamworks said "no." It's a wandering album, one that Greenwood's fan base can connect with, but more difficult for everyone else. The timely "people wanna bomb us" number, "Bullet and a Target," is the album's centerpiece single; it presents a shock-value laundry list of depressing situations, Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" for the Dave Matthews generation. Elsewhere a vagrant falls in deep love with a billboard and D'Artagnan meets his match. From there it gets more undecipherable, but it's a record he fought hard for and his fans will love trying to figure it all out. ~ David Jeffries
Artist Overview
Citizen Cope, born Clarence Greenwood in Memphis, purveys a soulful and stirring blend of folk-R&B with laid-back reggaefied beats and the occasional hip-hop flourish. His mastery of both melodic and rhythmic elements, and his expressive everyman voice, make his music appealing to a wide range of listeners, and suitable for various moods. Greenwood first entered the public eye as the DJ for the 1990s rap group Basehead, and by the end of the decade had released his own demos, and appeared on compilations and soundtracks. He was signed to the DreamWorks label in 2000, and garnered even wider attention as the opening act for Nelly Furtado's 2002 tour. He later moved to RCA, where he has released albums to great popular and critical acclaim.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e marshals influences cleverly to create a refreshing, contemporary roots stew."
Disc 1
1 Nite Becomes Day
2 Pablo Picasso
3 My Way Home
4 Son's Gonna Rise
5 Sideways
6 Penitentiary
7 Hurricane Waters
8 Dartagnan's Theme
9 Bullet And A Target
10 Fame
11 Deep
Product Attributes
Artist Citizen Cope
Label Rca Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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