Amplified Soul

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2013, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick stepped out with his first solo album, Leap of Faith -- a stylistically varied set on which he performed the lead vocals -- but he quickly went to work on fresh material with the group he has led for over four decades. Leap of Faith evidently didn't drain his creativity, as Amplified Soul is another double-length Incognito album, 70 minutes in duration. Though it doesn't feature Maysa Leak or any collaborator on the level of Transatlantic R.P.M. contributors Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, and Al McKay, it certainly isn't short on powerful and uplifting lead vocal turns. Maunick works with some names familiar to Incognito fans and continues to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2013, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick stepped out with his first solo album, Leap of Faith -- a stylistically varied set on which he performed the lead vocals -- but he quickly went to work on fresh material with the group he has led for over four decades. Leap of Faith evidently didn't drain his creativity, as Amplified Soul is another double-length Incognito album, 70 minutes in duration. Though it doesn't feature Maysa Leak or any collaborator on the level of Transatlantic R.P.M. contributors Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, and Al McKay, it certainly isn't short on powerful and uplifting lead vocal turns. Maunick works with some names familiar to Incognito fans and continues to keep it fresh with new voices. Most notably, there's the underexposed Deborah Bond on "I See the Sun," a gorgeously rolling number near the end that could just as easily follow the album's introduction. Melonie Crosdale leads "Rapture," another beaming, kicked-back groove that stands with the group's best work. They take it back a little farther than their typical mid-'70s to early-'80s well of inspiration for the strutting "Hats (Makes Me Wanna Holler)," one of their funkier straight-R&B songs. At this point, even the most casual listener knowledgeable about the group's inspirations won't be surprised that a piece titled "Wind Sorceress" resembles Mizells-era Donald Byrd. And yet, despite the obvious likeness, it's fully enjoyable, filled with little details that make it more than a mere tribute. As usual, Maunick either wrote or co-wrote all the original material, and there's a cover -- a festive version of Atlantic Starr's 1985 single "Silver Shadow," fronted by Vanessa Haynes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2014
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351541826
  • Catalog Number: 5418
  • Sales rank: 20,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amplify My Soul, Pt. 1 - Tony Momrelle (2:16)
  2. 2 I Couldn't Love You More - Vanessa Haynes (4:28)
  3. 3 Rapture - Imaani (5:00)
  4. 4 Hands Up if You Wanna Be Loved - Katie Leone (3:57)
  5. 5 Hats (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Tony Momrelle (4:07)
  6. 6 Silver Shadow - Vanessa Haynes (5:00)
  7. 7 Deeper Still - Chiara Hunter (3:37)
  8. 8 Amplify My Soul, Pt. 2 (3:04)
  9. 9 Something 'Bout July - Tony Momrelle (6:06)
  10. 10 Day or Night - Katie Leone (3:04)
  11. 11 Wind Sorceress (2:44)
  12. 12 Another Way - Carleen Anderson (4:37)
  13. 13 I See the Sun - Deborah Bond (5:47)
  14. 14 Never Known a Love Like This - Vanessa Haynes (5:27)
  15. 15 The Hands of Time - Vanessa Haynes (4:20)
  16. 16 Stop Running Away - Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Incognito Primary Artist
Jamie Anderson Tenor Saxophone
Richard Bull Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Nick Van Gelder Drums
Sid Gould Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nigel Hitchcock Alto Saxophone
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andy Ross Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Robert Quintero Conga
Tony Momrelle Vocals, Background Vocals
Francis Hylton Bass
Francesco Mendolia Drums
Deborah Bond Background Vocals
Trevor Mires Trombone
Imaani Background Vocals
Vanessa Haynes Vocals, Background Vocals
Vula Malinga Background Vocals
Ski Oakenfull Synthesizer, Keyboards
Gerard Maunick Guitar, Soloist
Katie Leone Vocals, Background Vocals
João Caetano Percussion
Matt Cooper Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Chiara Hunter Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jamie Anderson Horn Arrangements
Carleen Anderson Composer
Richard Bull Composer, Producer
Sid Gould Horn Arrangements
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Lewis Composer
Marcel Albert Band Photo
Francis Hylton Composer
Francesco Mendolia Composer
Deborah Bond Composer, Producer
Trevor Mires Horn Arrangements
Ski Oakenfull Producer
Mo Hausler Engineer, Mastering
Nicholas Laget Vocal Engineer
Wayne I. Lewis Composer
Dominic Oakenfull Composer
João Caetano Composer
Matt Cooper Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Nigel Conway Management
Melonie Crosdale Composer
Lisa A. Cover Model
Greg Woodcock Tour Manager
Chiara Hunter Composer
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