Soundtrack for a Revolution

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Soundtrack for a Revolution, a 2009 documentary about the African-American civil rights movement that naturally incorporates new looks at the era's conscious/protest music, had no soundtrack. Corey Smyth and Talib Kweli's Blacksmith label filled the void three years later with this, a ten-track release that contains some of the performances heard throughout the film. Among the early highlights are Wyclef Jean's version of Phil Ochs' "Here's to the State of Mississippi" and Mary Mary's "We Shall Not Be Moved," the latter likely a major delight for those who love the singers' voices but not the slick contemporary gospel/R&B of their studio albums. On an urgent "This May ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Soundtrack for a Revolution, a 2009 documentary about the African-American civil rights movement that naturally incorporates new looks at the era's conscious/protest music, had no soundtrack. Corey Smyth and Talib Kweli's Blacksmith label filled the void three years later with this, a ten-track release that contains some of the performances heard throughout the film. Among the early highlights are Wyclef Jean's version of Phil Ochs' "Here's to the State of Mississippi" and Mary Mary's "We Shall Not Be Moved," the latter likely a major delight for those who love the singers' voices but not the slick contemporary gospel/R&B of their studio albums. On an urgent "This May Be the Last Time," Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama are backed by Soulive, whose Neal Evans adds weight on organ without detracting from the voices. Angie Stone's "Wade in the Water" carries an assured swing like that of the Staple Singers' studio version, but it's stripped down in comparison, supported only by drums, keyboards, and bass no background vocalists. The Roots' take on "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" is especially potent, with Black Thought delivering a stellar sung! lead vocal, joined by handclaps and background vocals from TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. This makes for a nice companion to the Light in the Attic label's Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974, also released in February 2012, as well as John Legend and the Roots' Wake Up!, a 2010 set of covers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923218029
  • Catalog Number: 2180
  • Sales rank: 67,601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Shall Not Be Moved - Mary Mary (2:50)
  2. 2 Here's to the State of Mississippi - Jerry Wonder (5:50)
  3. 3 Will the Circle Be Unbroken? - Richie Havens (3:58)
  4. 4 Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around - The Roots (3:18)
  5. 5 Woke Up This Morning - John Legend (3:46)
  6. 6 Eyes on the Prize - Joss Stone (3:48)
  7. 7 Wade in the Water - Angie Stone (2:36)
  8. 8 This May Be the Last Time - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:31)
  9. 9 Oh Freedom - Vivian Green (3:07)
  10. 10 We Shall Overcome - John Legend (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Genus Upright Bass
James Poyser Organ
Tariq Trotter Vocals
Randall Bowland Guitar
Warryn Campbell Bass
Babatunde Adebimpe Background Vocals
Nisan Stewart Drums
Neal Evans Organ, Keyboards
Alan Evans Drums
Eric Krasno Guitar
Steven Wolf Drums
Kyp Malone Background Vocals
Erica Campbell Vocals
Tina Campbell Vocals
Dame "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson Sousaphone
Charles Freeman Bass
Charlie Bereal Guitar
Ahmir Thompson Drums
Steven Tillman Keyboards
Thomasina Atkins Background Vocals
Edward Dixon Drums
Shanta Atkins Background Vocals
Alana Atkins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Guy Carawan Composer
Phil Ochs Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Frank Hamilton Composer
Vivian Green Vocal Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Zilphia Horton Composer
James Poyser Producer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Tom Soares Engineer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Jan Fairchild Engineer
Warryn Campbell Producer
Soulive Producer
Traditional Composer
Ryan West Engineer
Eric Krasno Arranger, Producer
Adam Deitch Arranger
Corey Smyth Executive Producer
John Legend Producer
Roger "Mista Raja" Greene Producer
Nigel Hall Arranger
Ahmir Thompson Producer
Joel Hamilton Engineer
Treena Ferebee Vocal Producer
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