All Hits at the House of Blues

All Hits at the House of Blues

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by Raphael Saadiq
     
 

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What falsetto-leaning soul singer Raphael Saadiq lacks in vocal stamina, he makes up for with stellar songwriting and genre-bending musicianship. The former Tony! Toni! Tone! frontman capitalizes on his strengths on this double-disc live set, recorded at the Los Angeles House of Blues during Saadiq's tour to promote his critically…  See more details below

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What falsetto-leaning soul singer Raphael Saadiq lacks in vocal stamina, he makes up for with stellar songwriting and genre-bending musicianship. The former Tony! Toni! Tone! frontman capitalizes on his strengths on this double-disc live set, recorded at the Los Angeles House of Blues during Saadiq's tour to promote his critically acclaimed but poor-selling 2002 solo debut, Instant Vintage. With a fresh sound that pays homage to Hendrix-inspired rock, old-school soul, and gospel, Saadiq hits the mark on the funky "Excuse Me"; a rousing rendition of "Different Times," featuring talented up-and-coming singers Ledisi and Goapele; and a nostalgic, seven-song set performed by the Tonys, who reunited for this recording and deliver swoon-worthy renditions of "Lay Your Head on My Pillow" and "Anniversary." Although his short-lived collaboration with the "super-group" Lucy Pearl (featuring En Vogue's Dawn Robinson and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad) suggests otherwise, Saadiq clearly isn't afraid to share the spotlight, a fact he further demonstrates by lending the mike to outlandish soul singer Joi, who performs "Missing You" from her underrated Star Kitty's Revenge. All the Hits at the House of Blues makes for a riveting musical experience that ushers listeners front-and-center for a dynamic evening of inventive soul.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
No one can fault punters for being suspicious of hip-hop and nu soul live records; they've been ripped off too many times by technology -- leaving records sounding worse than carefully edited '70s rock albums. Singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq, formerly of Tony! Toni! Toné!, set some new standards in 2002 with his solo debut, Instant Vintage, in both songwriting and production standards, and this live date ups the ante as well. Over two CDs, Saadiq, a basic funk band with DJs, and some truly special guests tear up the House of Blues with a mix of old, new, tried, and true funky, punky nu soul jams. Offering a view of his entire 20-year career in the music biz, Saadiq kicks it solo (check the shivers he sends down your spine with "Ask of You") and with his old partners in Tony! Toni! Toné! for a seven-song mini-set. This isn't merely nostalgia, but displays the evolutionary process from the possibilities suggested by new jack swing as they evolved in Saadiq's musical iconography into his beautifully articulated brand of 21st century soul. Devin the Dude guests on "Just a Man" and Joi on "Copy Cat" and "Missing You," DJ Quick slips in for "Let's Get Down" (and Tony! Toni! Toné! is an added treat), Ledisi and Goapele are featured on "Different Times," and on the encore D'Angelo brings his tough, trouble man street soul to "Be Here." The happening thing about the guest performances is they actually add significantly to the show aspect of this as it plays on your CD player. This set grooves from start to finish with the honest, sensual, slippery funk that is nu soul's hope for the future.
Blender - Nelson George
This crisp live walk through his career suggests that he's finding himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2005
Label:
Absolute Uk
UPC:
5037300482729
catalogNumber:
0048272
Rank:
13036

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raphael Saadiq   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Keisha Jackson   Background Vocals
Robert Bacon   Guitar
Elijah Baker   Bass
Preston Crump   Bass
Joi   Track Performer
Whild Peach   Background Vocals
Kelvin Wooten   Tuba,Keyboards
Lejon Walker   Background Vocals
Khari Parker   Drums
David Garcia   Percussion
Little Charlie Bereal   Guitar
Dean "DC" Chares   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kenneth Williams   Engineer
Snoop Dogg   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer
Carl Wheeler   Composer
D'Wayne Wiggins   Composer
Michael Archer   Composer
George Archie   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Calvin Richardson   Composer
D. Blake   Composer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Engineer
John Tanksely   Engineer
Will Ragland   Art Direction
Pierre Rochman   Monitor Engineer

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