The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After a host of successful albums and numerous singles, singer, songwriter, author, and actress Jill Scott jumped from Hidden Beach to Warner Bros to release her stellar Light of the Sun album in June, 2011. While she was recording, her former label initiated a lawsuit claiming that she owed them three albums. The suit was settled quietly, with neither party commenting on the outcome. Apparently, what Hidden Beach received in the deal was the right to issue The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1, released hot on the heels of the number one single from Light of the Sun, "So in Love," which spent eight weeks at number one on Billboard's Urban chart, and the follow-up, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After a host of successful albums and numerous singles, singer, songwriter, author, and actress Jill Scott jumped from Hidden Beach to Warner Bros to release her stellar Light of the Sun album in June, 2011. While she was recording, her former label initiated a lawsuit claiming that she owed them three albums. The suit was settled quietly, with neither party commenting on the outcome. Apparently, what Hidden Beach received in the deal was the right to issue The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1, released hot on the heels of the number one single from Light of the Sun, "So in Love," which spent eight weeks at number one on Billboard's Urban chart, and the follow-up, "So Gone (What My Mind Says)," with Paul Wall. By and large, From the Vaults recordings usually consist of dead dogs, outtakes, demos, or material regarded as substandard. Not so here. Many of these tracks are finished masters, and virtually everything will delight hardcore Scott fans. The album contains a dozen tracks showcasing Scott in excellent voice, collaborating with many of the producers who helped to establish her name. The material ranges from a piano mix of "The Light" with Dre & Vidal and the slippery meld of neo-soul and hip-hop on "I Don't Know (I Gotta Have You)" produced by Ivan Barias, to a stellar, funky, but reverent cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day," produced by Jazzy Jeff, with an excellent string and horn chart just behind the beats. "Wake Up Baby," with Ronald "P-Nutt" Frost, is an old-school soul tune, layered with tasty guitar and steady, laid-back nocturnal beats, and an infectious melody. It's a production demo, but a final mix couldn't have been much different. Another production demo, "Running Away" (with a scratch vocal that becomes a live one), also allows the flow of studio sound to come through, making for a fascinating aural peek of Scott at work. Certainly, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1 is a fan's collection; that said, it doesn't diminish Scott's reputation or come off as a label rip-off. Instead, it enhances the listener's idea of her perfectionist work ethic. It's not only listenable as an "in process" document, but offers a slew of tracks in various stages that are simply a pleasure to listen to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 897352002017
  • Catalog Number: 102
  • Sales rank: 89,192

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Scott Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerald Veasley Bass
Randy Bowland Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
P-Nut Bass, fender rhodes
Wanya Morris Background Vocals
Ronald Frost Drums, Musician
Adam Blackstone Bass, Keyboards
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Keyboards
George "Spanky" McCurdy Drums
Ronald "P-Nutt" Frost Bass
Felle Vega Guitar
Wendell "Pops" Sewell Guitar
Eric Wortham Keyboards
Kenneth Whalum III Saxophone
Dave Manley Guitar
Erik Walls Electric Guitar
Chyna Blac Background Vocals
Allen Frost Piano
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Composer
Patrick Cassidy Executive Producer
Jazzy Jeff Producer
P-Nut Producer
Steve McKeever Executive Producer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Shelly Yakus Mastering
Christopher Birch drum programming
Anthony Bell Composer, Producer, Engineer
Andre Harris Composer
Ronald Frost Engineer
Jill Scott Composer, Producer
Dale Voelker Art Direction
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Producer, Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Producer
Adam Blackstone Composer, Producer
George "Spanky" McCurdy Composer, Producer
Pete Kuzma Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lyzel Williams Art Direction
Ari Blitz Mastering
Vidal Harris Composer
Eric Wortham Composer, Producer
R. Frost Composer
Larry Ryckman Mastering
Fyah "Stah" Tahs Producer
Elden Davy Engineer
Elden Davey Engineer
Boyd James Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Alric Anglin Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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