spirityouall

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Bobby McFerrin will always be remembered for his 1988 omnipresent hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy," which is fine, really, because that song perfectly reflects McFerrin's belief that music should calm, heal, soothe, and redeem, and all of his recorded work before and after that breakaway hit fits right in line with that philosophy. On spirityouall, McFerrin centers things around black spirituals, a genre he sees as at the epicenter of American music, full of a kind of musical strength that puts joy, persistence, redemption, and a belief in personal and collective freedom up against the horrors, pressures, marginalization, and pure evil the world can generate in our lives. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Bobby McFerrin will always be remembered for his 1988 omnipresent hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy," which is fine, really, because that song perfectly reflects McFerrin's belief that music should calm, heal, soothe, and redeem, and all of his recorded work before and after that breakaway hit fits right in line with that philosophy. On spirityouall, McFerrin centers things around black spirituals, a genre he sees as at the epicenter of American music, full of a kind of musical strength that puts joy, persistence, redemption, and a belief in personal and collective freedom up against the horrors, pressures, marginalization, and pure evil the world can generate in our lives. The album is also a tribute to his father, Robert McFerrin, whose 1957 album Deep River brought black spirituals into the world of the concert hall and high art, and like that groundbreaking release, this album opens with the same song, an easy rolling "Everytime." In all, there are seven traditional spirituals here, including "Joshua" full of McFerrin's jazzy scat singing, a joyous and syncopated "Whole World," and the pulsing, nuanced, and flowing "Wade," alongside an intimate cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and five McFerrin originals, and the whole sequence adds up to the audio version of a warm comforter blanket. By the time the closing track, "Rest/Yes, Indeed," a two-step spiritual hoedown, rolls in, the world seems not only bearable but better in all dimensions. Music can soothe the savage soul, goes the old adage. McFerrin believes it does even more than that, providing a bridge and a gateway to joy and redemption in a world that all too often seems to want to sweep all of our souls over a cliff. On spirityouall, McFerrin does what he has always done as an artist -- he makes this troubled world shine bright as a diamond.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 887654568625
  • Catalog Number: 545686
  • Sales rank: 7,723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everytime - Esperanza Spalding (3:19)
  2. 2 Swing Low (4:09)
  3. 3 Joshua (4:04)
  4. 4 Fix Me Jesus - Esperanza Spalding (4:14)
  5. 5 Woe (3:35)
  6. 6 I Shall Be Released (4:33)
  7. 7 Whole World (3:35)
  8. 8 Gracious (2:33)
  9. 9 25:15 (3:58)
  10. 10 Wade (3:21)
  11. 11 Glory (5:09)
  12. 12 Jesus Makes it Good (4:06)
  13. 13 Rest/Yes, Indeed (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby McFerrin Primary Artist, Vocals, fender rhodes
Gil Goldstein Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Accordion, fender rhodes, Bass Accordion
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals
Larry Campbell Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Violin, Electric Guitar, Cittern, Guitar (Resonator)
Charley Drayton Drums
Larry Grenadier Bass
LaTanya Hall Background Vocals
Esperanza Spalding Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ali Jackson Jr. Percussion, Drums
Joey Blake Background Vocals
Marlon Saunders Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger, Producer
Bobby McFerrin Composer
Fred Miller Executive Producer
Steve Addabbo Engineer
Linda Goldstein Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bob Power Engineer
Carol Friedman Cover Design
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Laura Kszan Product Development
Tyler Hartman Engineer
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Charlie Kramsky Engineer
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