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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Babygrande Records
  • UPC: 823979031321
  • Catalog Number: 313
  • Sales rank: 124,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seagulls (Intro) (1:00)
  2. 2 Hey Love (3:14)
  3. 3 Glorious (4:41)
  4. 4 So Special - Rozzi Daime (3:35)
  5. 5 And If (2:37)
  6. 6 Rosebuds (4:18)
  7. 7 Feel the Bass (3:00)
  8. 8 Not on Our Level - Lord Nez (3:34)
  9. 9 White! (On the Floor) (2:57)
  10. 10 Bitch (3:22)
  11. 11 Do Me Gurl (3:57)
  12. 12 Ladies Sing (3:30)
  13. 13 Sweet Sour You (3:23)
  14. 14 Tracy - Rozzi Daime (2:24)
  15. 15 Fly Away - Georgia Anne Muldrow (4:12)
  16. 16 Lean on Me - Lord Nez (3:31)
  17. 17 Fish Fillet (3:37)
  18. 18 Thrilla (3:59)
  19. 19 Hollywood (Redux) (5:31)
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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
Lord 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
Mark Santangelo Mastering
John T'man Taylor Programming, Instrumentation
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