Songs in A Minor [Collector's Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill. Keys was all that, and she had style to spare -- elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel. It was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing -- though it was a big hit, "Fallin'" doesn't have much body to it -- which is a testament to Keys' skills as a musician. And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren't many, and the whole thing remains a startlingly assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely. [The tenth anniversary Collector's Edition of Songs in A Minor is expanded by a second CD and a DVD, all housed in a box the size of a CD longbox. The CD runs 12 tracks and mixes up not-bad outtakes like "Typewriter" with non-LP selections -- remixes and B-sides, plus a version of "Fallin'" featured on the Ali soundtrack -- and three live cuts from Seattle, culminating in a languid reading of "Light My Fire." The DVD rounds up the videos from the album and adds a documentary about the making of the album that includes new interviews with Keys and Clive Davis.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979055223
  • Catalog Number: 790552
  • Sales rank: 172,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano & I (1:51)
  2. 2 Girlfriend (3:34)
  3. 3 How Come You Don't Call Me (3:57)
  4. 4 Fallin' (3:30)
  5. 5 Troubles (4:28)
  6. 6 Rock Wit U (5:36)
  7. 7 A Woman's Worth (5:03)
  8. 8 Jane Doe (3:48)
  9. 9 Goodbye (4:20)
  10. 10 The Life (5:25)
  11. 11 Mr. Man (4:09)
  12. 12 Never Felt This Way (Interlude) (2:00)
  13. 13 Butterflyz (4:08)
  14. 14 Why Do I Feel So Sad (4:25)
  15. 15 Caged Bird (3:02)
  16. 16 Lovin U (3:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Woman's Worth (4:28)
  2. 2 Juiciest (3:03)
  3. 3 If I Was Your Woman (3:01)
  4. 4 Ghettoman - Poet Mums Da Schemer (4:18)
  5. 5 Fallin' (4:29)
  6. 6 Typewriter (3:08)
  7. 7 Butterflyz (3:47)
  8. 8 I Won't (Crazy World) (3:44)
  9. 9 Girlfriend [Ed (3:51)
  10. 10 I Got a Little Something (1:41)
  11. 11 Piano Mashup: Moonlight Sonata/L'Interludio Ambivalente/Charu Music/Ain (2:04)
  12. 12 Light My Fire (3:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Harlem Love Story: Fallin'/A Woman's Worth (6:55)
  2. 2 Girlfriend (8:54)
  3. 3 How Come You Don't Call Me (6:17)
  4. 4 [Bonus Materials] (4:30)
  5. 5 Chapter 5 (9:26)
  6. 6 Chapter 6 (9:30)
  7. 7 A Harlem Love Story (Fallin'/A Woman's Worth) (10:03)
  8. 8 Girlfriend (3:34)
  9. 9 How Come You Don't Call Me (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar Guitar
Brian Cox Keyboards
Isaac Hayes fender rhodes
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
John Peters Organ
Norman Hedman Percussion
Tim Shider Bass
Alberto de Almar Guitar
Arty White Guitar
Kerry Brothers Keyboards
Andricka Hall Background Vocals
Kandi Background Vocals
Richie Goods Bass, Upright Bass
Arden Altino Keyboards
Tammy Saunders Background Vocals
Gerald Flowers Guitar
Reggie Flowers Fills
Erika Rose Background Vocals
Miri Strings, Violin, Keyboards
Rufus Jackson Bass
Paul L. Green Background Vocals
Vic Flowers Bass
A & C Productions Strings
Technical Credits
Prince Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Tony Black Engineer
Gloria Jones Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Andy Razaf Composer
Sanford Allen String Contractor
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Robert Chausow String Section
Ray Chew Composer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Jimmy Cozier Arranger, Composer, Producer, Duet
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer
Barry Finclair String Section
Brian Frye Engineer
Isaac Hayes String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
Syl Johnson Composer
Jimmy Jones Composer
Acar S. Key Engineer, Piano Engineer
Jesse Levine String Section
Alan Licht Liner Notes
James Mtume Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Joshua Thompson Composer
D'Wayne Wiggins Producer
Dale Stuckenbruck String Section
Russell Jones Composer
Marisol Espada String Section
Rick St. Hillaire Engineer
Marion Pinheiro String Section
Harry Brooks Composer
David Bakamjian String Section
Alli Art Direction
Larissa Blitz String Section
Kandi Burruss Composer
Douglas Romoff String Section
Sarah Seiver String Section
Anthony Nance drum programming
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Lori Miller String Section
Gerry Brown Engineer
Warryn Campbell Composer
Kerry Brothers Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Digital Programming, Production Concept
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Kandi Arranger, Producer
Isaac Hayes Orchestra String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
Alicia Keys Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Instrumentation, Digital Programming
Derrick Harris Composer
Arden Altino Arranger, Producer
Gwendolyn Laster String Section
Earle Sebastian Director, Producer
Erika Rose Composer
Taneisha Smith Composer
Jeff Robinson Executive Producer
Chris Robinson Video Director
Bernard "Doss" Malik Composer, Producer
Russ Elevado Engineer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Thomas Waller Composer
Julian C. Barber String Section
Robby Krieger Composer
Lil X Director
Patrick Hoelck Director
Herb Powers Jr. Mastering
Chris Wood Engineer
Clarence McMurray Composer
Ralph Cacciuri Engineer
Glenn Watts Composer
Kristin Lum Art Direction
Miri Beniri Arranger, Producer
Laurence H. Ridley String Section
Lena M. Fankhauser String Section
Albert V. Schoonmaker String Section
Jil Hardin Producer
Charles Bouis Engineer
Natali Galazka Producer
Fiz Oliver Producer
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