Original Jill Scott From the Vault, Vol. 1

Original Jill Scott From the Vault, Vol. 1

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After a host of successful albums and numerous singles, singer, songwriter, author, and actress Jill Scott jumped from Hidden Beach to Warner Bros to release her stellar Light of the Sun album in June, 2011. While she was recording, her former label initiated a lawsuit claiming that she owed them three albums. The suit was settled quietly, with neither partySee more details below

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After a host of successful albums and numerous singles, singer, songwriter, author, and actress Jill Scott jumped from Hidden Beach to Warner Bros to release her stellar Light of the Sun album in June, 2011. While she was recording, her former label initiated a lawsuit claiming that she owed them three albums. The suit was settled quietly, with neither party commenting on the outcome. Apparently, Hidden Beach got the right to issue The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1, released hot on the heels of the number one single from Light of the Sun, "So in Love," which spent eight weeks at number one on Billboard's Urban chart, and the follow-up, "So Gone (What My Mind Says)," with Paul Wall. By and large, From the Vaults recordings usually consist of dead dogs, outtakes, demos, or material regarded as substandard. Not so here. Many of the tracks here are finished masters, and virtually everything will delight hardcore Scott fans. The Deluxe Edition differs from the normal one in various ways. It 14 tracks rather than 12, and has a brief live video entitled "North Side Philly Love." All of these tracks showcase Scott in excellent voice, collaborating with many of the producers who helped to establish her name. The material ranges from the original, more skeletal version of "The Light" with Dre & Vidal (the strings are less bold here) and the slippery meld of neo-soul and hip-hop on "I Don't Know (I Gotta Have You)" produced by Ivan Barias, to a stellar, funky, but reverent cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day," produced by Jazzy Jeff, with an excellent string and horn chart just behind the beats. "Wake Up Baby," with Ronald "P-Nutt" Frost, is an old-school soul tune, layered with tasty guitar, steady, laid-back, nocturnal beats, and an infectious melody. It's a production demo, but a final mix couldn't have been much different. Another production demo, "Running Away," also allows the flow of studio sound through, and differs from the standard edition by being more than twice as long, and is labeled a "suite." Scott improvises, adds, comments, and sings alternate melodies, all in process of seeking out the tune's heart. It's a fascinating peek of Scott at work. The bonus tracks include the piano mix of "The Light," presenting the contrast between the versions, and a live version of "And I Heard...(Do You Understand)," which was to have been recorded for another Scott studio album from Hidden Beach. The Deluxe Edition is housed in a fold-out digipack with a booklet that includes the producer's comments on each track. Certainly, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1 is a fan's collection; that said, it doesn't diminish Scott's reputation or come off as a label rip-off. Instead, it enhances the listener's idea of her perfectionist work ethic. It's not only listenable as an "in process" document, but offers a slew of tracks in various stages that are a simply a pleasure to listen to.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2011
Label:
Hidden Beach
UPC:
0897352002024
catalogNumber:
103
Rank:
139135

Tracks

  1. Intro: Love To Love Prelude  - Jill Scott
  2. I Don't Know (Gotta Have You)  - Jill Scott
  3. Wondering Why? (You Don't Talk To Me)  - Jill Scott
  4. The Light  - Jill Scott
  5. Wake Up Baby  - Jill Scott
  6. Lovely Day  - Jill Scott
  7. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Record Industry  - Jill Scott
  8. Love to Love  - Jill Scott
  9. Running Away  - Jill Scott
  10. I'm Prettier  - Jill Scott
  11. Comes To Light (Everything)  - Jill Scott
  12. Holding On  - Jill Scott
  13. The Light  - Jill Scott
  14. And I Heard... (Do You Understand)  - Jill Scott
  15. North Side Philly Love  - Jill Scott

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Scott   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Veasley   Bass
Randy Bowland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
P-Nut   Bass,fender rhodes
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Aaron Draper   Percussion
Dwayne Wright   Bass
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Adam Blackstone   Bass
Noel Terrell   Keyboards
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
George "Spanky" McCurdy   Drums
Ronald "P-Nutt" Frost   Bass,Drums
Felle Vega   Percussion,Flamenco Guitar
Wendell "Pops" Sewell   Guitar
John Roberts   Drums
Eric Wortham   Keyboards
Kenneth Whalum   Saxophone
Eugenia "Chinah Blac" Shata Bess   Background Vocals
Valvin Roane   Background Vocals
Rare Valverde   Background Vocals
Dave Manley   Guitar
Erik Walls   Electric Guitar
Chris Farr   Saxophone
Wayna Morris   Background Vocals
Chyna Blac   Background Vocals
Allen Frost   Piano

Technical Credits

Bill Withers   Composer
Jazzy Jeff   Producer
P-Nut   Producer
Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Shelly Yakus   Mastering
Christopher Birch   drum programming
Anthony Bell   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Barry Benson   Marketing
Andre Harris   Composer
Jill Scott   Composer,Producer
Dale Voelker   Art Direction
Thornell Jones   Marketing
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Producer
Adam Blackstone   Composer,Producer
Mike Harrison   Engineer
Thianar Gomis   Administration
George "Spanky" McCurdy   Composer,Producer
Pete Kuzma   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lyzel Williams   Art Direction
Ronald "P-Nutt" Frost   Engineer,Instrumentation
Ari Blitz   Mastering
Vidal Harris   Composer
Jerrold Thompson   Administration
Eric Wortham   Composer,Producer
R. Frost   Composer
Tony Nuccio   Marketing
Larry Ryckman   Mastering
Fyah "Stah" Tahs   Producer
Elden Davy   Engineer
Boyd James   Arranger,Producer
Alric Anglin   Arranger,Producer
Tyrone Poe   Administration
Patrick Casserly   Executive Producer
Mary Christine Brockert   Composer

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