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Instant Vintage
     

Instant Vintage

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by Raphael Saadiq
 
As the tongue-in-cheek title implies, Raphael Saadiq's solo debut, Instant Vintage, pays homage to old-school greats such as Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, and Smokey Robinson, whose socially conscious soul music informs the disc's every groove. Saadiq's influences are most apparent on songs such as "Body Parts," with its "Across 110th Street" vibe, and "Make My

Overview

As the tongue-in-cheek title implies, Raphael Saadiq's solo debut, Instant Vintage, pays homage to old-school greats such as Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, and Smokey Robinson, whose socially conscious soul music informs the disc's every groove. Saadiq's influences are most apparent on songs such as "Body Parts," with its "Across 110th Street" vibe, and "Make My Day," which could be considered an artistic interpretation of Gaye's "Inner City Blues." Saadiq's references won't surprise his fans, who have followed him from pop giants Tony! Toni! Toné! to R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl, but with Instant Vintage, he does more than just lift from '70s classics. Here, he offers a complete smorgasbord of funk, soul, and R&B, soaring with urban radio-ready songs such as the Dr. Dre-inspired "Still Ray," which samples the hip-hop producer's piano-tapping instrumental "Still Dre." Although he's gone solo, Saadiq is still a team player, as he illustrates on the soulful, guitar-tinged first single, "Be Here," featuring D'Angelo, and on the melodic standout track "Excuse Me," a duet with Angie Stone. With Instant Vintage, Saadiq -- who calls his soulful, crowd-moving sound "gospel-delic" -- taps into his classic soul roots but instigates a new flowering on the fertile neo-soul tree.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christina Fuoco
After more than 20 years in the music business, Tony! Toni! Toné! founder Raphael Saadiq has gotten around to offering his solo debut, Instant Vintage. The apropos title reflects the old-school style that Saadiq has adopted for the album. However, he dubs the type of music -- a mix of samples, soul, gospel, and R&B -- "gospedelic." Saadiq has called upon some of neo-soul's most popular artists to help out on Instant Vintage. Angie Stone makes an appearance on the opening dancefloor-worthy track, "Doing What I Can," which briefly tells the story of Saadiq's career. D'Angelo lends a hand on the funkified "Be Here." Traces of 3T seep into Instant Vintage. Lush orchestration, hook-laden, danceable melodies, and gospel influences are evident throughout the recording. This album should be renamed "Instant Classic."
Vibe
Stylistic soul, big-fat beats, and razor-sharp strings...The string sections -- arranged by Saadiq, conducted by Ben Wright, performed by the South Central Chamber Orchestra, and inspired by Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra -- elevate the spirit. Todd Inoue

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044001665424
catalogNumber:
016654
Rank:
12562

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raphael Saadiq   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Charles Veal   Strings,Violin
D'Angelo   Track Performer
Brandon Fields   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Lane   Trombone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Leslie Wilson   Vocals
Greg Adams   Trumpet
Randall Wiggins   Background Vocals
Kelvin Wooten   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Tuba,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
South Central Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Battlecat   Drums
Traci Nelson   Background Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Keyboards
Jake & the Phatman   Percussion,scratching,Drums

Technical Credits

DJ Hi-Tek   Contributor
Leslie Brathwaite   Engineer
Timothy Christian Riley   Producer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Michelle Lynn Forbes   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Kelvin Wooten   Producer
Daniel Romero   Engineer
Clint Roth   Engineer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Engineer
Jake & the Phatman   Producer
Glenn Standridge   Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer

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Instant Vintage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saadiq is back again! Great CD with very good songs. This artist has staying power first with TTT, Lucy Pearl and now solo. Doing what I can, Body Parts, Faithful, and Uptown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thought that Raphael Saadiq made good music before, you will be pleasantly surprised at how innovative this album is.All new funk, same old soul."Skyy, can you feel me","Uptown" & "You're the one that I like" are my personal favorites...check it out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Still Ray, track no. 4, is by far one of 5 really good songs of 2002. This album is soulful, different, and neat. I enjoyed it.