Instant Vintage

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Barnes & Noble - Elon D. Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Elon D. Johnson
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.
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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 044001665424
  • Catalog Number: 016654
  • Sales rank: 32,724

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Doing What I Can (4:19)
  2. 2 Body Parts (3:49)
  3. 3 Be Here (3:48)
  4. 4 Still Ray (3:03)
  5. 5 OPH (2:34)
  6. 6 You're the One That I Like (3:13)
  7. 7 Excuse Me - Calvin Richardson (3:24)
  8. 8 Charlie Ray (2:42)
  9. 9 Different Times - T-Boz (5:01)
  10. 10 Tick Tock (4:28)
  11. 11 People (4:26)
  12. 12 Tek No. 1 (0:31)
  13. 13 Faithful (4:05)
  14. 14 Make My Day (1:39)
  15. 15 Blind Man (4:36)
  16. 16 Tek No. 2 (2:10)
  17. 17 Uptown (5:07)
  18. 18 What's Life Like (2:49)
  19. 19 Skyy, Can You Feel Me (14:33)
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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
The 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
Kris Solem Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whatta comeback!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Instant Vintage

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Stuff

    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.

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