It Is Time for a Love Revolution [Deluxe Edition]

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Never let it be said that Lenny Kravitz lives in the past -- he knows that 2008 is all about the resurrection of Led Zeppelin, so he's constructed his eighth album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution, as a virtual tribute to the mighty Zep. Once he dispenses with the neo-title track -- a signature two-chord, fuzz-tone stomp recalling "Are You Gonna Go My Way" -- Kravitz turns his attention to a stack of old Zeppelin LPs, borrowing the close of "When the Levee Breaks" for the coda of "Bring It On," echoing "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" on "I Love the Rain," recycling the JB groove of "The Crunge" twice (once freshening it up with some Dirty Mind synth on "Will You ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Never let it be said that Lenny Kravitz lives in the past -- he knows that 2008 is all about the resurrection of Led Zeppelin, so he's constructed his eighth album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution, as a virtual tribute to the mighty Zep. Once he dispenses with the neo-title track -- a signature two-chord, fuzz-tone stomp recalling "Are You Gonna Go My Way" -- Kravitz turns his attention to a stack of old Zeppelin LPs, borrowing the close of "When the Levee Breaks" for the coda of "Bring It On," echoing "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" on "I Love the Rain," recycling the JB groove of "The Crunge" twice (once freshening it up with some Dirty Mind synth on "Will You Marry Me"), and then stitching together the verse of "Ramble On" and the chorus riff of "The Rain Song" for "If You Want It," all before inverting the "No Quarter" riff for the song's furious conclusion. Clever classicist that he is, Kravitz does all this without outright thievery, drawing knowing allusions to sacred texts and then meticulously constructing an album that feels and plays like an LP from the golden age of gatefolds. What his newfound obsession with Jimmy Page's guitar army has done is revitalize his overly familiar aesthetic, giving him another palette of colors to splash across his re-creations of the past. This new coat of paint surely helps It Is Time for a Love Revolution feel fresh, but it also helps that he has written some of his best classic rock pastiches in years, songs powered by big hooks and bigger harmonies. As sonic sculptures, they're damn near irresistible but, as so many Kravitz songs are, they're about almost nothing but the sound. Always one who favors a sledgehammer to a scalpel, he bluntly addresses his dying father in "A Long and Sad Goodbye" and the Iraq War in "Back in Vietnam," never digging deeper than the messages in the titles, while the rest of the record is dominated by rhymes only slightly more complicated than those of "Fly." Then again, insight has never been among the chief reasons to listen to Lenny Kravitz: his knack for shaping sound always has been his main gift. And by the measure of pure sound, It Is Time for a Love Revolution is a glorious feast of retro-rock pleasures -- a feast of empty calories, perhaps, but sometimes fast food is more irresistible than a five-course meal. [It Is Time for a Love Revolution was also released in a Deluxe Edition including a bonus DVD on which Kravitz discusses the CD tracks, and which also features a selection of eight music videos.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099951169824
  • Catalog Number: 11698

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Revolution (3:14)
  2. 2 Bring It On (3:35)
  3. 3 Good Morning (4:17)
  4. 4 Love Love Love (3:21)
  5. 5 If You Want It (5:08)
  6. 6 I'll Be Waiting (4:19)
  7. 7 Will You Marry Me (3:43)
  8. 8 I Love the Rain (4:43)
  9. 9 A Long and Sad Goodbye (5:58)
  10. 10 Dancin' Til Dawn (5:09)
  11. 11 This Moment Is All There Is (5:07)
  12. 12 A New Door (4:38)
  13. 13 Back in Vietnam (3:45)
  14. 14 I Want to Go Home (5:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Materials
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lenny Kravitz Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Conga, Drums, Electric Guitar, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, cowbell, Finger Snapping, Wurlitzer, Soloist
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Robert Carlisle French Horn
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
Stewart Rose French Horn
Craig Ross Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping
Tony Breit Bass
Antoine Silverman Violin
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Anoushka Shankar Sitar
Conway Kuo Violin
Cornelius Dufallo Violin
Elizabeth Lim Dutton Violin
Alexandra Knoll Oboe
Kenji Bunch Viola
Kurt Nikkanen Violin
Michael Block Cello
David Bowlin Violin
Edison String Group Strings
Chris Gross Cello
Katie Kresek Violin
Dov Scheindlin Viola
Technical Credits
Lenny Kravitz Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Tony Lemans Composer
Henry Hirsch Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Craig Ross Orchestration
Gary Gardner Video Producer, Video Director
Alex Alvarez Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer, Instrument Technician
Dan Gardner Video Producer
Denine LaBat Studio Coordinator
Matt Calos Video Producer
Guy Peires Camera Operator
Brandon Ralph Video Producer, Video Director
Chris Sullivan Video Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent Album. Feels like your reliving the 60's era with romantic flair.

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