Mind Body & Soul

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Joss Stone, the British teen with a voice straight out of Memphis circa 1973, has big shoes to fill - her own. Stone's debut, an all-covers set conceived as a side-project to Mind Body & Soul, was a surprise smash, thanks to her beyond-credible vocalizing and the enthusiastic support of soul veterans -- including her mentor, Betty Wright. Somehow, the then-15 year old got to the meat of songs such as "The Choking Kind" and "All the King's Horses," crafting a retro set that went deeper than shag-carpet and naugahyde. Mind Body & Soul is a fine follow-up, powered by Stone's indelible, Dusty Springfield-inspired vocals. On tracks such as "Torn and Tattered" - ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Joss Stone, the British teen with a voice straight out of Memphis circa 1973, has big shoes to fill - her own. Stone's debut, an all-covers set conceived as a side-project to Mind Body & Soul, was a surprise smash, thanks to her beyond-credible vocalizing and the enthusiastic support of soul veterans -- including her mentor, Betty Wright. Somehow, the then-15 year old got to the meat of songs such as "The Choking Kind" and "All the King's Horses," crafting a retro set that went deeper than shag-carpet and naugahyde. Mind Body & Soul is a fine follow-up, powered by Stone's indelible, Dusty Springfield-inspired vocals. On tracks such as "Torn and Tattered" - where even her ad-libs feel essential -- you can hear the increasing maturity of her delivery. Wright and much of the same crew behind The Soul Sessions return to swaddle this golden child in plush grooves; Salaam Remi and Lamont Dozier help with production and write a few songs. That leaves Stone to handle the bulk of the songwriting, and that's the only chink in this supremely crafted effort. While there's much to be said for the honesty and passion that teens feel - the euphoria of first love and the lows of first heartbreak and betrayal - Stone's writing doesn't flow as naturally as her voice. While nothing's embarrassing the worst clunker: "I keep our song / On repeat / On my I-pod / Even when I sleep"; there's nothing revelatory, either. But the deliciousness of Stone's voice and the guileless way in which she shares it with the world make it easy to overlook her inexperience. Sometimes it's the singer, not the song.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the cover of her debut, The Soul Sessions, Joss Stone's face is obscured by a vintage microphone, a deliberate move that emphasized the retro-soul vibe of the LP while hiding the youthful face that would have given away that Stone was a mere 16 years old at the time of the album's release. The point was to put the music before the image and it worked, selling the album to an older audience that might have stayed away, thinking that the teenager sang teen pop. If the debut was designed to give Stone credibility, her second album, Mind, Body & Soul, delivered almost exactly a year after its predecessor, is designed to make her a superstar, broadening her appeal without losing sight of the smooth, funky, stylish soul at the core of her sound. There's no radical revision here -- she still works with many of the same musicians she did on The Soul Sessions, including Betty Wright and Little Beaver -- but there are some subtle shifts in tone scattered throughout the record. Certain songs are a little brighter and a little more radio-ready than before, there's a more pronounced hip-hop vibe to some beats, and she sounds a little more like a diva this time around -- not enough to alienate older fans, but enough to win some new ones. The album has a seductive, sultry feel; there's some genuine grit to the rhythms, yet it's all wrapped up in a production that's smooth as silk. By and large, the songs are good, too, sturdily written and hooky, growing in stature with each play. While Stone has developed a tendency to over-sing ever so slightly -- she doesn't grandstand like the post-Mariah divas, but she'll fit more notes than necessary into the simplest phrases -- she nevertheless possesses a rich, resonant voice that's a joy to hear. She may not yet have the set of skills, or the experience, to give a nuanced, textured performance -- one that feels truly lived-in, not just sung -- but she's a compelling singer and Mind, Body & Soul lives up to her promise. [S-Curve reissued the album in 2005, adding three bonus audio tracks (among them, her cover of Brian Wilson's classic "God Only Knows") and a DVD featuring four videos and an electronic press kit.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094634613620
  • Catalog Number: 46136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Right to Be Wrong (4:40)
  2. 2 Jet Lag (4:00)
  3. 3 You Had Me (3:59)
  4. 4 Spoiled (4:03)
  5. 5 Don't Cha Wanna Ride (3:31)
  6. 6 Less Is More (4:17)
  7. 7 Security (4:30)
  8. 8 Young at Heart (4:10)
  9. 9 Snakes and Ladders (3:35)
  10. 10 Understand (3:46)
  11. 11 Don't Know How (4:01)
  12. 12 Torn and Tattered (3:58)
  13. 13 Killing Time (5:11)
  14. 14 Sleep Like a Child (5:24)
  15. 15 The Right Time (3:51)
  16. 16 God Only Knows (2:57)
  17. 17 Calling It Christmas (4:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Had Me
  2. 2 Right to Be Wrong
  3. 3 Spoiled
  4. 4 Don't Cha Wanna Ride
  5. 5 Mind, Body & Soul
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joss Stone Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Vincent Henry Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cindy Blackman Drums
Bruce Purse Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Timmy Thomas Organ, Hammond Organ
Jack Daley Bass
Van Gibbs Guitar
Willie "Beaver" Hale Guitar
Jonathan Joseph Drums
Myung Hi Kim Violin
Benny Latimore Piano, Wurlitzer
Mike Mangini Bass, Keyboards
Angelo Morris Bass, Guitar
Sandra Park Violin
Salaam Remi Organ, Bass, Strings, Wurlitzer
Margaret Reynolds Background Vocals
Laura Seaton Violin
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Angie Stone fender rhodes
Jeanette Wright Background Vocals
Teodross Avery Saxophone
Johnathan Shorten Synthesizer, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Nir Zidkiyahu Percussion
Commissioner Gordon Percussion
Alan Weekes Electric Guitar
Sarah Seiver Cello
Carole Cook Viola
Steve Greenwell Bass
Ruby Baker Background Vocals
Jenni Fujita Background Vocals
Eileen Moon Cello
Sharon Yamada Violin
Raymond Angry Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer
Daniel Panner Viola
Delroy "Chris" Cooper Bass
Phil Myers French Horn
Pete Iannacone Bass
Elizabeth Dyson Cello
Lisa Kim Violin
Fiona Simon Violin
Ignacio Nunez Percussion
Vivek Kamath Viola
Liza Lim Violin
Tracey Moore Background Vocals
Dawn Hannay Viola
Sarah Kim Violin
Matthew Lehmann Violin
Brian Chen Viola
Willburn "Squidley" Cole Drums
Matt Milewsky Violin
Astor "Crusty" Campbell Drums
Clovette Danzy Background Vocals
Tanya Darby Trumpet
David "Jody" Hill Drums
Ellison Kendrick Background Vocals
Krzysztof Kuznik Violin
Jeanne LeBlan Cello
Pat Milando French Horn
Veronica Sanchez Background Vocals
Carl Vandenbosche Percussion
Adam Choir Master
Jessica Lee Violin
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Producer
Brian Wilson Composer
Betty Wright Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Eugene Record Composer
Thom Bell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Lamont Dozier Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike Mangini Programming, Producer
C.P. Reeves Composer
Salaam Remi Producer
William Sanders Composer
P. Seymour Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Johnathan Shorten Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
B.J. Wright Composer
Commissioner Gordon Programming, Producer, Engineer
Matt Still Producer, Engineer
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
David Gorman Art Direction
Steve Greenwell Programming, Engineer
John R. Angier String Arrangements
Jamie Siegel Engineer
Chuck Mitchell Producer
Annette Mitchell Producer
Joss Stone Composer
Shomoni "Sho" Dylan Engineer
Aleeta Mayo Art Direction
Adam Vocal Arrangements
Steve Greenberg Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Todd S. Honeycutt Vocal Arrangements
D. Pierre Composer
C. Richardson Composer
D. Child Composer
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