Get Lifted CD (2004)

Artist: John Legend

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Product Overview

A musical protégé from an early age, 23 year old John Legend has worked with some of the biggest names in music, and now his debut album, Get Lifted. album, which is John's first on a major label, features guest appearances by Kanye West and Snoop Dogg as well as production by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas.


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 63910853
UPC 827969277621
UPC 14 00827969277621
Format CD
Release Date 12/28/2004
Author John Legend
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Common
Associated Artist/Work Magnetic Man
Associated Artist/Work MSTRKRFT
Artist Influence Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Influence Babyface
Artist Influence Bill Withers
Artist Influence Donny Hathaway
Artist Influence Erykah Badu
Artist Influence Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Influence Raphael Saadiq
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Contemporary Alicia Keys
Artist Contemporary Aloe Blacc
Artist Contemporary Anthony Hamilton
Artist Contemporary Chrisette Michele
Artist Contemporary Cody ChesnuTT
Artist Contemporary Corinne Bailey Rae
Artist Contemporary Donnie
Artist Contemporary Dwele
Artist Contemporary Gregory Porter (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Jamie Foxx
Artist Contemporary Ledisi
Artist Contemporary Mali Music (Christian Rap)
Artist Contemporary Marques Toliver
Artist Contemporary Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Mic Donet
Artist Contemporary Musiq (Soulchild)
Artist Contemporary Ne-Yo
Artist Contemporary Noel Gourdin
Artist Contemporary PJ Morton
Artist Contemporary Rahsaan Patterson
Artist Contemporary Robin Thicke
Artist Contemporary Sam Smith (UK)
Artist Contemporary The Script
Artist Contemporary Van Hunt
Artist Follower Frank Ocean
Artist Follower George Tandy, Jr.
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Tozer; Jun Ishizeki; Jason Villaroman; Anthony Kilhoffer; Aaron Fessel; Andrew Dawson; McGowan McGowan Southworth; Andy Manganello; Pete Donelly; Michael Harmon; Michael Peters
Producer John Legend; Miri Ben-Ari; Kanye West; Will.I.Am; Dave Tozer; Devon Harris; Paul Cho; John Legend; Kanye West; Will.I.Am; Dave Tozer
CatalogID 92776
Lable Name G.O.O.D./Columbia
Released 12/28/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 28s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969277621
Musical Guests
Snoop Dogg
Kanye West
Lauryn Hill
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: John Legend (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); John Legend; Kanye West (vocals, rap vocals, programming, drum programming); Tarrey Torae, Vaughn Stephens, MBalia Singley, A. Wayne Stephens, Ronald Stephens, Kashaan Stephens (vocals, background vocals); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson, Lenesha Randolph, Tarey Torae, James Roston, Na2, Candace Anderson, Tara Michel, Candice Anderson (vocals); Dave Tozer (guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, programming, drum programming); Glen Jeffery, George Pajon, Curtis Jay, Jayme Kelly Curtis, Sharief Hobley (guitar); Corey Hogan (saxophone); Steve Tirpak, Jenee Dixon (trumpet); Elizabeth Lea (trombone); Horn Dogs (horns); (Clavinet, Moog synthesizer, programming, drum programming); Jeremy Dyen (synthesizer); Swiss Chris Flueck, Jimmy Coleman (drums); Ted Chung, Shvona, Ronald "Bumper" Stephnes (hand claps); Brett Stephens, Marjorie Stephens, Brandy Stephens, Vada Stephens, Phyllis E. Stephens, Doris Stephens, Dionne Stephens, Phyllis Y. Stephens (background vocals); Snoop Dogg (vocals, rap vocals, spoken vocals); Miri Ben-Ari (strings); Tim Izo (flute, saxophone); Printz Board (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Manny Marroquin.
Recording information: Sony Music Studios, New York, NY (2001-2004); Sound Images, Cincinnate, OH (2001-2004); Studio Crash, Philadelphia, PA (2001-2004); The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (2001-2004); The Stechia, Los Feliz, CA (2001-2004); The Stewchia, Los Feliz, CA (2001-2004); WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA (2001-2004).
Photographers: Patricia Tyree; Danny Clinch.
Unknown Contributor Role: Matt Hueneman.
Arranger: Miri Ben-Ari.
Six years after cutting his musical teeth as a teen, tickling the ivories on the classic Lauryn Hill single "Everything Is Everything," John Stephens popped up everywhere in 2004, going by the bold name of John Legend. His ubiquity was unsurprising, since he was taken under the wing of Kanye West, the year's breakout success, who tabbed Legend "the future of hip-hop." It's an interesting label for a man whose elegant voice and schooled songwriting conjures up Bill Withers and Al Green, but sometimes the future intersects with the past in a manner transcending revival.
Legend drops his debut, GET LIFTED, into the center of the neo-soul universe, and it's a charming, earnest record. Sometimes he dives into a contemporary slow jam, as on "Let's Get Lifted;" other times he finds a groove the Delfonics would be proud of, as on the West-driven "Number One." On the gently gorgeous "Ordinary People, " however, it's just the man and his piano. Whether he's truly the future direction of any genre or not, Legend is an artist to watch, and GET LIFTED offers the first major taste of his talent.
Artist Overview
A Grammy- and Academy Award-winning R&B songwriter and pianist with a rich voice, John Legend was a only a teenager when he played piano on Lauryn Hill's Top 40 hit "Everything Is Everything." Through nightclub dates and self-released live albums, Legend built a loyal following, became an in-demand session musician, and signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. From 2004 through 2013, he released four distinct solo albums for the Columbia-affiliated label -- beginning with the multi-platinum Get Lifted -- along with Wake Up!, on which he was supported by the Roots. While Legend has been unafraid to take stylistic risks, all of his material, including the number one pop hit "All of Me," is rooted in rhythm & blues. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "His brand of soul is mannered, even elegant. And he's got range..."
Spin (p.88) - "[M]ashing up Sunday-service passion and request-line soul. His voice leans on subtlety more than melisma, and his sound has a crisp live-band jump, rather than canned neo-soul static." - Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly (p.85) - "Like Ray Charles, Legend joins the spiritual and the secular in satisfying, sexy ways....Almost every tune seduces with catchy hooks and soulful singing..." - Grade: A-
Q (p.121) - "[He has] a gift for writing crowd-pleasing songs, whether upbeat and funky or spare and introspective..."
Uncut (p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[H]e introduces some intriguing new variations on the retro R&B template....Jeff Buckely is surprisingly brought to mind in Legend's passionately fragile delivery."
Vibe (p.144) - 5 discs out of 5 - "It's refreshing to hear a male vocalist who has enough talent to be more than a legend in his own mind."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #43 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[L]ayering choral gospel on hip hop's brag in a style bowing to Stevie and Curtis."
Disc 1
1 Prelude
2 Let's Get Lifted
3 Used To Love U
4 Alright
5 She Don't Have To Know
6 Number One
7 I Can Change
8 Ordinary People
9 Stay With You
10 Let's Get Lifted Again
11 So High
12 Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)
13 It Don't Have to Change
14 Live It Up
Product Attributes
Artist Legend,John
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Vibe Certified classic.

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