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Barnes & Noble - Gabriel Alvarez
Although they hail from Philly and not Harlem, The Roots are nevertheless some rap-loving globetrotters, sure to be touring your neck of the 'hood, no matter where you reside, at least once. Thus, it makes sense that their fifth release is THE ROOTS COME ALIVE, a recorded-in-the-flesh-and-on-stage celebration displaying the crew's well-honed chops and witty, unpredictable talent. Like many live albums, this one is especially for the fans. The Illadelph hipsters show off with a tight, Energizer Bunny-like set full of Black Thought's improvisations, souped-up musical arrangements, and surprise guests like Common, who huffs through "Love of My Life." Newcomers to The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gabriel Alvarez
Although they hail from Philly and not Harlem, The Roots are nevertheless some rap-loving globetrotters, sure to be touring your neck of the 'hood, no matter where you reside, at least once. Thus, it makes sense that their fifth release is THE ROOTS COME ALIVE, a recorded-in-the-flesh-and-on-stage celebration displaying the crew's well-honed chops and witty, unpredictable talent. Like many live albums, this one is especially for the fans. The Illadelph hipsters show off with a tight, Energizer Bunny-like set full of Black Thought's improvisations, souped-up musical arrangements, and surprise guests like Common, who huffs through "Love of My Life." Newcomers to The Roots' sound or those "jumping on the Roots bandwagon," as Black Thought kids in-between songs luck out, since most of the material here is culled from the group's THINGS FALL APART album released earlier this year. Still, older hits like "Proceed," "Essaywhuman?!!" and "Silent Treatment" sizzle like a "Conk-o-lene perm burn." And when their breakthrough single, "You Got Me" featuring Jill Scott, who penned the hook that Erykah Badu sings on the album version brings down the house, it serves as an undeniable reminder that in the right hands, live hip-hop can be the best hip-hop. The Roots not only come alive, they come correct.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Releasing an album recorded live in concert makes more sense for the Roots than any other hip-hop artist, considering they've always concentrated on live prowess over their skills on the mic or in the production booth. The standard guitar/drums/bass/keyboards lineup of most rock bands is a reality for this group, and after years of requests from rabid fans, the Roots acquiesced with a document of their live experience, titled The Roots Come Alive. Recorded at two venues in New York and one in Paris, the album distills exactly what the Roots bring to the hip-hop world -- a live experience built on call-and-response vocals that bring the show to the audience like few other artists. The sound is fantastic, especially on early keyboard-driven tracks like "Proceed," "Essaywhuman?!???!!!," and "Mellow My Man." Though the raps themselves often suffer from the live setting, the rhythms are crisper than in the studio, and the bass-driven grooves are much beefier. The Roots' resident turntablist, Scratch, takes a large role as well, as does human beatbox Rahzel the Godfather of Noyze though the latter only appears on about half of the album. This is a live album that not only satisfies fans, but offers neophytes more entertainment than any of the Roots' studio efforts. It's difficult to make any live album a first pick, but Come Alive displays the group doing exactly what it does best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811205928
  • Catalog Number: 112059
  • Sales rank: 61,092

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live at the T-Connection (0:47)
  2. 2 The Next Movement (3:49)
  3. 3 Step into the Realm (3:26)
  4. 4 Proceed (2:44)
  5. 5 Mellow My Man (5:02)
  6. 6 Love of My Life - Common (3:43)
  7. 7 The Ultimate (3:57)
  8. 8 Don't See Us (5:21)
  9. 9 100% Dundee (4:30)
  10. 10 Adrenaline! - Dice Raw (6:10)
  11. 11 Essaywhuman?!!!??! (5:15)
  12. 12 Silent Treatment (7:19)
  13. 13 The Notice (4:28)
  14. 14 You Got Me (17:14)
  15. 15 Encore (0:06)
  16. 16 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:39)
  17. 17 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Roots Primary Artist
Craig Harris Trombone
Kamal Keyboards
James Poyser Piano
Jon Smeltz Recorder
Scott Spencer Storch Keyboards
Malik B. Vocals
Rahzel Vocals, Background Vocals
Black Thought Vocals
Common Track Performer
?uestlove Drums, Keyboards
Lenny Flynt Bass
Fuzzy Mustard Drums
Jaguar Vocals, Background Vocals
Maldog Keyboards
Dice Raw Vocals
Riq G Vocals
Jill Scott Vocals
Hub Bass
Riq-G's Vocals
Scratch Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Russell Elevado Engineer
David Hewitt Engineer
Kooster McAllister Engineer
James Poyser Producer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Tom Soares Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Richard Nichols Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Rahzel Vocal Effect
Kenny J. Gravillis Artwork, Art Direction
?uestlove Composer, Producer
Russell A. Robinson Artwork
Dix Contributor, Executive Producer
Grand Wizards Producer
Kalzone Vocal Scratches
Mike Lowe Programming, Producer
Maldog Contributor
Okayplayers Executive Producer
Scratch Vocal Effect
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're the Ultimate! Rock!Rockin!It!

    It's safe to say that the Roots are not only the best hip hop band out but one of the best bands in the music industry period. What better way for new comers as well as Roots fans to appreciate their artistry than a collection of live music and a double disc at that! The Roots arsenal is on full display here from changing beats of previously recorded material, scratches(done by Scratch or Rahzel, NO D.J. trust me!), to reworking familiar old school tunes ALL DONE LIVE! in the Roots traditional formula. Check out Next Movement, The Ultimate, Love of my life(Common stops by), 100%Dundee(they changed the beat) and You got me(not with Erykah Badu but the girl that wrote the hook Jill Scott). After hearing this album you will want to see them live if you haven't already. Unlike many artist's live shows, you are GUARANTEED to get your money's worth.

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