Get Lifted [SACD]

Get Lifted [SACD]

by John Legend
     
 

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If you've listened to Top 40 radio or flipped through the video channels during the past few years, odds are pretty good you know something about John Legend. He played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything" and might as well be considered Kanye West's sidekick, having assisted the producer and MC on several sessions --

Overview

If you've listened to Top 40 radio or flipped through the video channels during the past few years, odds are pretty good you know something about John Legend. He played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything" and might as well be considered Kanye West's sidekick, having assisted the producer and MC on several sessions -- Jay-Z's "Encore" and Slum Village's "Selfish" being two of the more prominent 2004 singles featuring his work. A former choir director, he has also released a handful of energetic live discs, some of which are credited to his less hubristic birth name, John Stephens. And though he claims "I've got something new," you've also heard substantial chunks of Get Lifted in records made decades ago by Sly & the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, and Bill Withers. This might not be a problem for listeners who crave anything that recalls the music they first heard in their youth, but Legend's over-reliance upon his inspirations is an impediment as much as a slick way to grab attention. That's because he has more than enough talent and charm to get by on his own. His own lyrics and hooks are unique and clever enough to get the point across that he's no everyday R&B artist and, just as importantly, he has a personable and instantly fetching voice you could listen to all day long. However, the association with West -- whose Sony-distributed boutique label released the record -- is very helpful. Without it, Legend would likely be zoned into neo-soul (2003's Live at SOB's New York City really makes this notion apparent), thereby standing little chance of reaching the ears of anyone younger than 30. The production work supporting his songs strikes a fine balance between soul and hip-hop, allowing him to appeal to those who are coming from either angle. This is a very good record. It's a given that Legend is destined to make at least two others that top it. [Columbia released an SACD edition that adds a bonus remix of "So High."]

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
Like Ray Charles, Legend joins the spiritual and the secular in satisfying, sexy ways. [A-]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767618166
catalogNumber:
76181

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Legend   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Snoop Dogg   Rap
Melanie Williams   Background Vocals
Miri Ben-Ari   Strings
will.i.am   Moog Synthesizer,Claves,Moog Bass
Kanye West   Rap
Lenesha Randolph   Vocals
Printz Board   Trumpet
Tim Izo   Flute,Saxophone
Tom Craskey   Bass
Dave Tozer   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Ted Chung   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Elizabeth Lea   Trombone
Steve Tirpak   Trumpet
Sharief Hobley   Guitar
Jimmy Coleman   Drums
Jenee Dixon   Trumpet
Corey Hogan   Saxophone
Tara Michel   Vocals
James Roston   Vocals
MBalia Singley   Background Vocals
A. Wayne Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brandy Stephens   Background Vocals
Brett Stephens   Background Vocals
Dionne Stephens   Background Vocals
Doris Stephens   Background Vocals
Kashaan Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marjorie Stephens   Background Vocals
Phyllis E. Stephens   Background Vocals
Phyllis Y. Stephens   Background Vocals
Ronald Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vada Stephens   Background Vocals
Vaughn Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jayme Kelly Curtis   Guitar
Jeremy Dyen   ARP
H. Anthony Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Swiss Chris Flueck   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Harmon   Engineer
S. Stewart   Composer
L.A. Hill   Composer
David Bett   Art Direction
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Pete Donelly   Engineer
Miri Ben-Ari   Producer,String Arrangements
will.i.am   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Kanye West   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Andy Manganello   Engineer
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Author
Jason Villaroman   Engineer
Dave Tozer   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Aaron Fessel   Engineer
John Legend   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Paul Cho   Producer
Matt Hueneman   Engineer
McGowan Southworth   Engineer

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