Hollywood Recordings

The Hollywood Recordings

by Sa-Ra
     
 
Everything Sa-Ra releases might be held up to "Glorious." Originally released in 2004, it's Digital Underground's "Kiss Me Back" turned X-rated, wading in Venusian lava -- slow-motion AfroFuturist psychedelia combining doped-out falsetto, waddling bass throb, lancing synthesizer, and clamping percussion.

Overview

Everything Sa-Ra releases might be held up to "Glorious." Originally released in 2004, it's Digital Underground's "Kiss Me Back" turned X-rated, wading in Venusian lava -- slow-motion AfroFuturist psychedelia combining doped-out falsetto, waddling bass throb, lancing synthesizer, and clamping percussion. Prior to its release, Sa-Ra's three members had been connected with Dr. Dre, Ice-T, and Jam Master Jay, and as a group, they had produced tracks by Pharoahe Monch ("Agent Orange") and Jurassic 5 ("Contribution," "Hey"). "Glorious" set off a slew of low-key singles, compilation appearances, remixes, and collaborative production work, and three years later the song appeared as the prime standout of the first Sa-Ra full-length. Dubbed a prequel to their first major-label album, The Hollywood Recordings is neither a proper album nor a straightforward compilation. Old mixes it up with new, and its sequence seems somewhat happenstance and sprawling, like a glorified version of the demo CD-Rs that were passed around and spread across the Internet. Those who know the singles and demos won't be surprised by this disc's inconsistencies. Several songs sound either slapped together or needlessly toiled over, and a few beyond that have some mind-bending qualities obscured by digital gunk. When Sa-Ra is on, however, they are on, as if they formed one massive brain and fed their raw material through a device -- designed by a cast including George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Too Short, and J Dilla -- called the Filthinator 3000. Sa-Ra indeed owes much to their inspirations (not to mention their ceaselessly lewd imaginations and various substances), but they push their sounds into mutated shapes that are only somewhat familiar. Even the songs that aren't off-center have something faintly freaky about them. Frequent characteristics involve glistening melodies swirling through synthetic haze, demented machine beats, Native Tongues-like drum loops, and a cast of voices involving Sa-Ra themselves and their many friends. Most songs involve an elaborate description of a desirable female; one reminds them of Alice Coltrane, while an enterprising stripper/hooker impresses them so much that they wrote her a superhero theme. Abbreviated list of featured guests: Dilla, Monch, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Capone-N-Noreaga.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Babygrande Records
UPC:
0823979031321
catalogNumber:
313
Rank:
200563

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sa-Ra   Primary Artist
Erykah Badu   Vocals
Capone-N-Noreaga   Rap
Talib Kweli   Rap
Kurupt   Vocals,Rap
Om'Mas Keith   Vocals
Pharoahe Monch   Rap
Ty   Vocals
Shafiq Husayn   Vocals
Bilal Oliver   Vocals
J Dilla   Rap
Taz Arnold   Vocals
Georgia Anne Muldrow   Vocals
Erika Rose   Vocals
Nez   Rap
Rozzi Daime   Vocals
Kwame James   Vocals
Fenneta Lowe   Vocals
Kyona Beady   Vocals
Arabelle Clitandre   Vocals
Jeff Gittleman   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Kenneth Crouch   Programming,Instrumentation
Jesse Stone   Marketing
John Taylor   Programming
Chuck Wilson   Executive Producer
Om'Mas Keith   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Scott King   Engineer
Bilal   Programming
Shafiq Husayn   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Diego Carlin   Art Direction
Bilal Oliver   Programming,Instrumentation
Stephen Bruner   Programming
Sa-Ra   Audio Production
Taz Arnold   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Brook D'Leau   Programming,Instrumentation
Irisna Gayle   Composer
John T'man Taylor   Programming,Instrumentation

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