|I Am.. Sasha Fierce Platinum Edition is an enhanced version of Beyonce's multi-platinum release I Am... Sasha Fierce. The new release features the original 16 tracks with 4 bonus audio tracks including the Kanye West remix of 'Ego'. A bonus DVD contains all 8 of Beyonce's videos from I Am... Sasha Fierce album plus a 20 minute 'behind the scenes' of her video shoots documentary.|
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Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Kanye West , Rico Love, Beyonc? Knowles (vocals); Ian Dench (guitar); Donald Hayes (saxophone); Dontae Winslow (trumpet); Philip Margiziotis (horns); Steven "Steven J." Jordan, Jens Gad (drums).|
|Audio Mixers: Dave Pensado; Dan Naim; Jim Caruana; Mark "Spike" Stent; Rodney Jerkins; Jim Jonsin; Wayne Wilkins.|
|Recording information: 2nd Floor Studios, Orlando, FL; Bangladesh Studios, Atlanta, GA; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; GAD Studios, Ibiza, Spain; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Mansfield Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Music World Studios, Houston, TX; Na Cena Studios, San Paulo, CA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; South Beat Studios, Miami Beach, FL; Southbeach Studios, Miami, FL; Strawberrybee Productions, New York, NY; The Boom Boom Room, Burbank, CA; The Campground, Los Angeles, CA; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.|
|Directors: Ed Burke; Adria Petty; Jake Nava; Sophie Muller; Melina Matsoukas; Phillip Andelman; Frank Gatson.|
|Photographer: Peter Lindbergh.|
|Unknown Contributor Role: Lisa Logan.|
|Arrangers: Ryan Tedder; Toby Gad.|
|I AM. SASHA FIERCE represents another change of pace for Beyonc?. Unlike the relatively streamlined, retro-soul inflected B'DAY, I AM... is a sprawling two-disc set designed to reflect two conflicting sides of Beyonc?'s musical personality. The first disc sports reflective, sometimes moody ballads, while the second, attributed to Beyonc?'s brash alter ego, Sasha Fierce, is loaded with propulsive dance-floor fillers. Except for this stylistic divide, I AM. pays only nominal attention to its supposed concept, focusing instead on a set of excellent, radio-ready songs--neatly avoiding the possibility of I AM. becoming some sort of Chris Gaines-style conceptual disaster. Though the second disc, which boasts the synth-drenched lead single, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," is more immediately gratifying, the impeccably produced ballads of the first disc represent a vast improvement on the often awkward torch songs that weighed down Beyonc?'s first solo record.|
Producer: Elvis Williams; C. "Tricky" Stewart; Andrew Hey; Terius "The-Dream" Nash; Amanda Ghost; Dave McCracken; Grant Jue; Mikha Grumet; Hagai Shaham; Harold Lilly; Ian Dench; Melissa Larsen; John Winter; Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford; Rico Love; Ryan Tedder
Engineer: Kuk Harrell; Mikkel S. Eriksen; Mike Donaldson; Miles Walker; Andrew Hey; Marcos Tovar; David "DQ" Quinones; Roberto "Tito" Vasquez; Brian "B-Luv" Thomas; Jim Caruana; Ryan Tedder; Toby Gad
Associated Artists and Works
|Beyonce Tribute Band|
|Release Date : 09/22/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 56937|
|Label : Music World Music/Columbia|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886975693726|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The SASHA disc boasts Beyonce's most adventurous music yet....The girl who blew up going all melismatic has never sung with more restraint than she does on SASHA."
- "[S]everal of the high-gloss bangers on SASHA are more than equal to the gauntlet laid down by 'Single Ladies.'" -- Grade: B
- "[I]t's the classic, more timeless R&B songs on the I AM portion of the album that seem like a much-welcomed stretch for the singer.'
Born in Houston in September 1981, Beyonce Giselle Knowles began performing at age seven, winning upwards of 30 local competitions for her dancing and vocal abilities. She also joined her cousin Kelly Rowland and classmates LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett in forming an adolescent vocal group. Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's father and Rowland's legal guardian, signed on to be the girls' manager, eventually quitting his full-time job to focus on their efforts. This situation would ultimately lead to the creation of one of the most popular female R&B groups of all time -- Destiny's Child.
Destiny's Child gained momentum throughout the 1990s, appearing on Star Search in 1992 (under the name Girl's Tyme) and weathering several lineup changes before signing to Columbia Records in 1997. Four studio albums later, the group has officially become the best-selling female group of all time, with such smash hits as "Jumpin' Jumpin'," "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name," and "Survivor" bolstering the girls' momentum despite a continued string of lawsuits from former members Roberson and Luckett (who contested Mathew Knowles' management, claiming he withheld profits and unjustly favored his daughter and niece). In 2001, Beyonce, Rowland, and replacement member Michelle Williams allowed themselves a break from the group to pursue individual solo careers. Before landing several movie roles, Beyonce became the first African-American female artist and second woman ever to win the annual ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award. An appearance in the MTV drama Carmen: A Hip Hopera quickly followed, but it was her role as Foxxy Cleopatra in 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember that established Beyonce as a true Hollywood star.
While her inclusion on the movie's soundtrack failed to chart nationally, Beyonce's full-length solo debut, 2003's Dangerously in Love, reached multi-platinum status. Featuring collaborations with Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, OutKast's Big Boi, and romantic interest Jay-Z, the album spawned a total of four Top Ten singles and garnered the singer five Grammys. Destiny's Child reconvened the following year to release Destiny Fulfilled; upon completing the resulting tour, the group issued one final album, a greatest-hits compilation entitled 1's, and subsequently disbanded. Beyonce turned her full attention to her burgeoning solo career, releasing the sophomore effort B'day in September 2006 and, three months later, turning in an award-winning performance for the movie musical Dreamgirls. The singer then embarked on the Beyonce Experience concert tour, releasing a live DVD in November 2007.
The following year proved to be another busy one as Beyonce Knowles landed the role of Etta James in Cadillac Records, a musical biopic that explored the heyday of Chicago's Chess Records. Shooting commenced in February 2008, with Beyonce also serving as co-executive producer. One month before the film's December release, the singer released her third studio album, I Am...Sasha Fierce. The double-disc effort emphasized her two distinct personalities, allowing Beyonce to explore both mainstream sounds and traditional R&B.