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Beautiful World

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
With intelligence, imagination, passion, and skill, Take 6 offers an unprecedented convergence of a cappella vocal artistry with solid instrumental accompaniment on Beautiful World. Produced by the highly talented Marcus Miller of Miles Davis' electric period fame and fueled by the intriguing messages delivered on 13 great songs from the pop, gospel, and soul styles, Beautiful World is overflowing with inventive lyricism and catches the listener up in Take 6's musical stories. The title track is performed with new lyrics to the verses that give it an actual gospel message, a departure from the tongue-in-cheek cynicism of the original song released as "I.G.Y. What a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
With intelligence, imagination, passion, and skill, Take 6 offers an unprecedented convergence of a cappella vocal artistry with solid instrumental accompaniment on Beautiful World. Produced by the highly talented Marcus Miller of Miles Davis' electric period fame and fueled by the intriguing messages delivered on 13 great songs from the pop, gospel, and soul styles, Beautiful World is overflowing with inventive lyricism and catches the listener up in Take 6's musical stories. The title track is performed with new lyrics to the verses that give it an actual gospel message, a departure from the tongue-in-cheek cynicism of the original song released as "I.G.Y. What a Beautiful World" by Steely Dan. David Thomas sings a very beautiful "Fragile" -- the pop hit made famous by Sting -- with such reverence and feeling that he transcribes the song's impact for a new generation of soul/gospel enthusiasts. On "Takin' It to the Streets," the addition of alto saxophone riffs by David Sanborn alongside the six-man group's vocal harmonizing makes it even more enjoyable. Alvin Chea's vocal bass "walkin'" style of a cappella singing is the perfect alter ego for Marcus Miller's explorative "talkin'" bass guitar lines that have been heard around the world. Joey Kibble's fresh reprise on "Grandma's Hands" is uplifting, containing spiritual encouragement that, along with a ripe saxophone interpretation of the refrain, makes this song a pick. The multiple award-winning group's classic African-American gospel-based interpretations of some of the most enjoyable music of the 20th century -- combined with new instrumental dimensions -- make Beautiful World an excellent addition to your listening pleasures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624800323
  • Catalog Number: 48003
  • Sales rank: 171,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Takin' It to the Streets (4:08)
  2. 2 People Get Ready (3:38)
  3. 3 Grandma's Hands (3:08)
  4. 4 Love's in Need of Love Today (5:33)
  5. 5 Beautiful World (4:19)
  6. 6 Don't Give Up (5:04)
  7. 7 Wade in the Water (3:19)
  8. 8 Someday We'll All Be Free - Lalah Hathaway (5:16)
  9. 9 Everlasting (0:58)
  10. 10 Fragile (4:13)
  11. 11 Peace in the Valley (4:14)
  12. 12 Street Jam (0:59)
  13. 13 Lovely Day (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Take 6 Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus
Lalah Hathaway Vocals
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Alvin Chea Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Cedric Dent Piano
Khaliq Glover Percussion
Joey Kibble Vocals
Mark Kibble Vocals
Claude V. McKnight III Vocals
Marcus Miller Organ, Guitar, Piano, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Foot Stomping, Mini Moog, Synthesizer Strings
Shandra Penix Choir, Chorus
Kevin Ricard Percussion, Conga
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Marc Antoine Acoustic Guitar
Michael "Patches" Stewart Trumpet
Tiffany Palmer Choir, Chorus
Sherrie Kibble Choir, Chorus
David Thomas Vocals
Karima Kibble Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Take 6 Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Peter Gabriel Composer
Sting Composer
Cedric Dent Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Khaliq Glover drum programming
Joey Kibble Engineer
Mark Kibble Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Marcus Miller Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Randy Poole Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Eddie Howard Jr. Composer
Jean Krikorian Art Direction
David Thomas Engineer
Traditional Composer
Willis Wilson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the CD that Ive been waiting for....

    It has only taken me one thourough listening to know that I have found a new favorite album. From the first note to the last this is at once classic Take6 but at the same time very new. There is no song that is unfamiliar, but the arrangements make these classic tunes even more timeless. The highlights? Well I have to say that Takin it to the streets...Beautiful World...and Someday We'll all be free...vie for the prize. But in my mind the clear cut best song on here may well be Wade in the Water. It is the most unusual take on this song that I could imagine...and not without a humorous moment or two. The guys are going to be in my town next week...and I look forward to hearing them do these songs live. If you have only one CD to buy...make this the one. Your ears and your spirit will thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    take6 is back

    anyone looking for a big boost of energy go and pick up this album now. harmonies and mixes are great, and they have a great cause. well worth the money!!!!

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