Original Jill Scott From the Vault, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 897352002024
  • Catalog Number: 103
  • Sales rank: 134,489

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Scott Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerald Veasley Bass
Randy Bowland Acoustic Guitar, 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 III Saxophone
Eugenia "Chinah Blac" Shata Bess Background Vocals
Valvin Roane II 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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