Raise Up

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Larry Graham's first album since 1998's GCS 2000, Raise Up involves an updated version of his Graham Central Station: vocalist Ashling Cole, longtime guitarist and vocalist Wilton Rabb, keyboardist David Council, and drummer Brian Braziel. On three songs, Prince assists on several instruments and background vocals, while Graham's fellow Oakland native Raphael Saadiq performs on the closing "One Day." Everything seems to have been written and recorded for the purpose of live performance -- one that has the crowd dancing and singing along as it switches its gaze between the leader, primary bandmembers, and the horn section and backing vocalists as well. Raise Up has the same...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Larry Graham's first album since 1998's GCS 2000, Raise Up involves an updated version of his Graham Central Station: vocalist Ashling Cole, longtime guitarist and vocalist Wilton Rabb, keyboardist David Council, and drummer Brian Braziel. On three songs, Prince assists on several instruments and background vocals, while Graham's fellow Oakland native Raphael Saadiq performs on the closing "One Day." Everything seems to have been written and recorded for the purpose of live performance -- one that has the crowd dancing and singing along as it switches its gaze between the leader, primary bandmembers, and the horn section and backing vocalists as well. Raise Up has the same lively spirit and beaming energy of those '70s GCS albums. That's due in part to new versions of "It's Alright," "Now Do U Wanta Dance," and "It Ain't No Fun to Me" (the Al Green song originally covered in 1974). There's also a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" led by Cole, and Release Yourself's "'Tis Your Kind of Music" slyly serves as the foundation of "No Way." Each performer gets her or his time to shine. It plays out like a well-organized throwdown. Graham, of course, is the center of it all with his deep baritone and nimble basslines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018337229
  • Catalog Number: 83372
  • Sales rank: 48,415

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 GCS Drumline (1:24)
  2. 2 Throw-N-Down the Funk - The Millfield Horns (6:44)
  3. 3 It's Alright (the New Master) - The Millfield Horns (3:34)
  4. 4 Raise Up (5:35)
  5. 5 Shoulda Coulda Woulda (4:47)
  6. 6 Welcome 2 Our World (1:01)
  7. 7 It Ain't No Fun to Me (The New Master) - The Millfield Horns (6:09)
  8. 8 Higher Ground - The Millfield Horns (4:55)
  9. 9 No Way (7:05)
  10. 10 Hold You Close (5:07)
  11. 11 Movin' (4:57)
  12. 12 Now Do U Wanta Dance (The New Master) (5:35)
  13. 13 One Day (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Primary Artist
Larry Graham Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Snare Drums, Talk Box, Electronic Drums
Prince Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Tina Graham Vocals
James McKinney Cymbals, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocoder
Wilton Rabb Guitar, Vocals, Snare Drums
Raphael Saadiq Guitar, Vocals
David Council Keyboards, Vocals, Snare Drums
Lamar Carter Drums
Michael "Millfield" Moelhede Trombone, Trumpet
Tamar Davis Vocals
Chance Howard Vocals
Erik Häusler Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Mario Dawson Drums
Rob Bacon Guitar
Mike Scott Guitar
Ashling Cole Vocals
Brian Braziel Drums, Snare Drums
Latia Eittreim Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Green Composer
Larry Graham Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Joachim Becker Executive Producer
Tom Garneau Mastering
James McKinney Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Stevie Wonder Composer
David J. Russ Engineer
Steve Mandel Legal Counsel
Bob Engel Booking
Chuck Brungardt Engineer
Michael "Millfield" Moelhede Horn Arrangements
Ashling Cole Additional Music, Whistle
Mike Apodaca Tour Manager
Tim Tjaden Accounting
Quentin Geerinckx Executive Producer, Booking, Tour Manager
Kenny Stevens Web Design
Stéphane Piot Engineer
Simon Sixsmith Engineer
Steve Denniss Engineer
Neil Burstein Legal Counsel
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