Get Lifted [DualDisc]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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. [Get Lifted was also released in the DualDisc format, containing the CD on one side of the disc and a DVD with a 5.1 mix of the album on the other.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969367728
  • Catalog Number: 93677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude (0:44)
  2. 2 Let's Get Lifted (3:37)
  3. 3 Used to Love U (3:30)
  4. 4 Alright (3:20)
  5. 5 She Don't Have to Know (4:52)
  6. 6 Number One (3:18)
  7. 7 I Can Change (5:01)
  8. 8 Ordinary People (4:41)
  9. 9 Stay With You (3:49)
  10. 10 Let's Get Lifted Again (2:18)
  11. 11 So High (5:07)
  12. 12 Refuge (When It's Cold Outside) (4:13)
  13. 13 It Don't Have to Change (3:23)
  14. 14 Live It Up (4:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Prelude
  2. 2 Let's Get Lifted
  3. 3 Used to Love U
  4. 4 Alright
  5. 5 She Don't Have to Know
  6. 6 Number One
  7. 7 I Can Change
  8. 8 Ordinary People
  9. 9 Stay With You
  10. 10 Let's Get Lifted Again
  11. 11 So High
  12. 12 Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)
  13. 13 It Don't Have to Change
  14. 14 Live It Up
  15. 15 [Untitled Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Legend Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Melanie Williams Background Vocals
Miri Ben-Ari Strings
will.i.am Clavinet, Moog Bass
Kanye West Rap
Lenesha Randolph Vocals
Printz Board Trumpet
Tim Izo Flute, Saxophone
Tom Craskey Bass
Dave Tozer 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
Shvona Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
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
Ronald "Bumper" Stephnes Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Jayme Kelly Curtis Guitar
Dogs Horn
Jeremy Dyen Synthesizer
H. Anthony Stephens Vocals, Background Vocals
Swiss Chris Flueck Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Boyd Producer
Beny Moré Direction
Michael Gordon Producer
Michael Harmon Engineer
S. Stewart Composer
David Bett Art Direction
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Pete Donelly Engineer
Miri Ben-Ari Arranger, Producer
will.i.am Producer, drum programming
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Direction
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Andy Manganello Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Jim Gable Direction
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Jason Villaroman Engineer
Dave Tozer Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Aaron Fessel Engineer
John Legend Producer, Executive Producer
Matt Caltabiano Producer
McGowan Southworth Engineer
Richard J. Alcock Executive Producer
Calvin Aurand Executive Producer
Kristine King Producer
John Taggert Camera Operator
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