The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3 [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The photos on the cover and within the booklet of The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3 do not match the music. Does Jill Scott really have to hail a cab? Is she really awakened in the middle of the night by the need to write songs with an anguished look on her face? Really? Because these songs sound like they were written as she was fed chocolate-dipped strawberries while sprawled out on a bed cloaked with rose petals. Well, that's not entirely true -- there are some exceptions, like the furious "Hate on Me," and a couple songs involving deep heartache and sharp admonishments. For the most part and considerably more so than Scott's first two studio albums, however, The...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The photos on the cover and within the booklet of The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3 do not match the music. Does Jill Scott really have to hail a cab? Is she really awakened in the middle of the night by the need to write songs with an anguished look on her face? Really? Because these songs sound like they were written as she was fed chocolate-dipped strawberries while sprawled out on a bed cloaked with rose petals. Well, that's not entirely true -- there are some exceptions, like the furious "Hate on Me," and a couple songs involving deep heartache and sharp admonishments. For the most part and considerably more so than Scott's first two studio albums, however, The Real Thing is for romancing couples. While some of the collaborators -- Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Adam Blackstone -- are all over the singer's past releases, there's a handful of relatively new and significant associates, most notably JR Hutson. Presumably the son of '70s soul great Leroy Hutson, he is listed as "L. Hutson, Jr." in the songwriting credits. Hutson and Scott co-wrote four of the album's sweetest and steamiest songs, most of which have a few things in common with mid-'70s albums involving any combination of Minnie Riperton, Leon Ware, and Marvin Gaye. 4hero's "Les Fleurs" cover aside, "Come See Me" is the closest anyone has come to channeling Minnie, updating the slowest, most sensual sides of Perfect Angel and Adventures in Paradise. On the other hand, "Crown Royal" maintains that gooey, slightly sleazed-out sound of Marvin's I Want You while dispensing with the double entendres of that touchstone; Scott gets as erotic as ever, even raunchy at points, while making it all sound like poetry instead of straight smut. It's almost like she heard Janet Jackson's Damita Jo and figured, "Yeah, that's nice, but I can do it about ten times better." [A CD/DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 894096001375
  • Catalog Number: 55
  • Sales rank: 153,540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Be (1:50)
  2. 2 The Real Thing (3:25)
  3. 3 Hate on Me (3:29)
  4. 4 Come See Me (5:00)
  5. 5 Crown Royal (1:48)
  6. 6 Epiphany (2:32)
  7. 7 My Love (3:50)
  8. 8 Insomnia (3:55)
  9. 9 How It Make You Feel (4:32)
  10. 10 Only You (3:35)
  11. 11 Whenever You're Around (4:05)
  12. 12 Celibacy Blues (2:15)
  13. 13 All I (4:56)
  14. 14 Wanna Be Loved (3:22)
  15. 15 Breathe (3:06)
  16. 16 Imagination/Crown Royal Suite (5:50)
  17. 17 Rightness (3:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Long Walk
  2. 2 Golden
  3. 3 Cross My Mind
  4. 4 Hate on Me
  5. 5 My Love
  6. 6 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Scott Primary Artist
George Duke Synthesizer, Soloist
Randy Bowland Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Kevin Ricard Percussion
Kevin Hanson Guitar
Om'Mas Keith Background Vocals
Jae Deal Bass
Shafiq Husayn Bass, Background Vocals
Adam Blackstone Background Vocals, Upright Bass, Musician
Omari Shabazz Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve McKie Musician
J.R. Hutson Drums, fender rhodes, Musician
Khari Mateen Bass, Musician
Chinah Blac Background Vocals
Matt Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
Tyrone Benjamin Goldstein II Musician
Kevin Jeeter Drums
Technical Credits
Randy Bowland Producer
Steve McKeever Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Jon Smeltz Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Mike Ruiz Engineer
Bruce Walker Marketing
Lionel C. Martin Video Director
Om'Mas Keith Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Jamar Jones Composer, String Arrangements
Jill Scott Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Vidal Davis Producer
Jacob J. Gold Producer
Dale Voelker Art Direction
John Hanes Engineer
Conrad Golding Engineer
Shafiq Husayn Arranger, Programming, Producer, Orchestration
Adam Blackstone Programming, Producer, Engineer
Frank Sutton Engineer
Jessy Terrero Video Director
Andrew "Radar" Harris Producer
James Murray Engineer
Omari Shabazz Producer
Nzingha Stewart Video Director
Steve McKie Producer
Mike Tsarfati Engineer
J.R. Hutson Producer
Pamela Robinson Video Producer, Video Director
Khari Mateen Producer, Engineer
Ivan Brailsford Art Direction, Marketing
Vincent Dilornez Engineer
Taurean Joiner Marketing
Jesse Owenz Producer, Engineer, drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jill Scott Does It Again!!

    There is only one word I can use to sum up this CD, MAGNIFICENT! From beginning to end Jill Scott really brought her heart and soul to this project. I almost feel like she knows my life because several songs hit home for me "Track 7 & 11". Thanks Jill and keep bringing us good music. You are a true talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album IS The Real Thing!

    Let me start this review by saying: If you haven’t purchased The Real Thing yet, do it now! It is such an amazing collection of Words and Sounds that Jill Scott is known for. The songs on this album are nothing short of classic Jill Scott music. With a newer, sexier, braver, more independent sound and voice, Jill has done it again. If you loved her first two albums, you will adore the growth heard on Volume 3. And if you’re a newcomer, you’re even better off because this album is nothing like what’s being pushed out there – the lyrics are real, the music is real, and Jill Scott is The Real Thing. Enjoy this album as an affirmation of self and a true look into the soul of not only Jill Scott, but of the human spirit everywhere. The universal themes addressed are clearly seen from the start with “Let It Be”, “The Real Thing”, “Hate On Me”, “Whenever You’re Around”, and “Wanna Be Loved.” The sensual Jill Scott is heard with “Come See Me”, “Crown Royal”, “Epiphany”, and “All I.” And the soul-baring raw emotion of “My Love” cannot be matched. In order to answer the original question WHO IS JILL SCOTT? one must listen to the entire album to grasp the full experience of the BEAUTIFULLY HUMAN artist who has evolved into THE REAL THING. The quest is not over, but we are coming to an answer to that original question, and it can only be: Jill Scott.

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