Soul Circus

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Anyone who knows anything about Victor Wooten knows that he's one of those rare souls: he gains a rep for playing the bass. Soul Circus, however, isn't just an extravaganza for bass players. Wooten, as it turns out, is also a heck of a writer and, as the listener will learn on the first track, a fine singer. The unusual first track, "Victa," is a funky, soulful hymn in praise of -- who else -- Wooten himself, while "Bass Tribute" offers accolades to those who've come before him. If the subject matter sounds a bit strange, the confident delivery, understated humor, and fine songwriting make it all work. Soul Circus' production is a nice merger of keyboards, drums, ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Anyone who knows anything about Victor Wooten knows that he's one of those rare souls: he gains a rep for playing the bass. Soul Circus, however, isn't just an extravaganza for bass players. Wooten, as it turns out, is also a heck of a writer and, as the listener will learn on the first track, a fine singer. The unusual first track, "Victa," is a funky, soulful hymn in praise of -- who else -- Wooten himself, while "Bass Tribute" offers accolades to those who've come before him. If the subject matter sounds a bit strange, the confident delivery, understated humor, and fine songwriting make it all work. Soul Circus' production is a nice merger of keyboards, drums, lots of bass, and multiple voices. While this combination and Wooten's production does provide a blueprint sound for the album, it's never predictable. "Back to India," for example, combines soul and sitar for an unusual but winning mixture. There are other oddities like "Cell Phone," complete with dialer effects, spiritually tinged material like "Prayer" and "Back to India," and songs about the power of love such as "Can't Hide Love." Overall, Soul Circus has the adventurous, confident feel of an old Sly Stone album while still being completely of its time. It's also certain that the album will convince listeners that Wooten, while still a fine bass player, has many talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707978521
  • Catalog Number: 79785
  • Sales rank: 57,873

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro: Adam (0:09)
  2. 2 Victa (4:54)
  3. 3 Bass Tribute (5:11)
  4. 4 Prayer (5:47)
  5. 5 Natives (4:00)
  6. 6 Can't Hide Love (4:36)
  7. 7 Stay (4:56)
  8. 8 On and On (4:52)
  9. 9 Cell Phone (4:22)
  10. 10 Back to India (4:31)
  11. 11 Soul Circus (4:29)
  12. 12 Higher Law (4:34)
  13. 13 Take U There (0:28)
  14. 14 Ari's Eyes (4:59)
  15. 15 Outro: Kids (0:08)
  16. 16 Bass Tribute (Reprise) (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Victor Wooten Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, scratching, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Electric Drums, Electric Sitar, Track Performer, Acoustic Bass, Electronic Drums, MIDI Bass, Tenor Bass
Keith LeBlanc Vocals
Raymond Massey Drums, Snare Drums
Rod McGaha Trumpet
Dennis Chambers Drums
Bill Miller Flute, Vocals, Shaker, Frame Drum, Prayers
Steve Bailey Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Bootsy Collins Vocals
Oteil Burbridge Vocals
T.H. Subash Chandran Percussion, Ghatam, Konnakol, Vocal Percussion, Jaw Harp, Moorsing
Alvin Chea Vocals
Jeff Coffin Saxophone
John Cowan Vocals
Bill Dickens Vocals
Gary Grainger Vocals
Barry Green Trombone
Will Lee Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Howard Levy Harmonica, Drums
Christian McBride Vocals
Eric Silver Acoustic Guitar
Speech Vocals, Rap
T.M. Stevens Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Kurt Storey Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Voices, Announcer
Roy Wooten Cajon, Box
Future Man Keyboards, Vocals, Voices
Saundra Williams Vocals, Chant
Shawn "Thunder" Wallace Saxophone
J.D. Blair Drums
Count Bass D Rap
Rhonda Smith Vocals
Holly Wooten Background Vocals, Voices, Spoken Word
Kaila Wooten Vocals, Track Performer
Regi Wooten Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Ganesh Kumar Kanjira
Adam Wooten Vocals, Track Performer
Arianna Wooten Track Performer, Spoken Word
Derico Watson Drums
Joseph Wooten Keyboards, Vocals
Jeremiah Abel Spoken Word
Kit Leblanc Vocals
MC Divinity Vocals
Kelly Gravely Vocals
MC Sookie Rap
Darrell Tibbs Percussion
Larry Jarvis Guitar
Jacques Jones Bass Guitar
Radmila Bowers Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Bootsy Collins Composer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Speech Composer
Kurt Storey Engineer
Victor Wooten Composer, Producer, drum programming
Future Man Composer
Saundra Williams Composer
Count Bass D Composer
Steven Parke Concept, Illustrations, Prop Design
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Geoffrey Himes Liner Notes
Brian Fulk Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Kaila Wooten Composer
Adam Wooten Composer
Arianna Wooten Composer
Robert Battaglia Engineer
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