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On Wake Up!, the funkiest, most flexible band on the planet backs one of the most skilled and accomplished singer/keyboardists in modern R&B. Stirred by Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and the social climate, the Roots and John Legend, with appearances from Black Thought, C.L. Smooth, Common, Melanie Fiona, and Malik Yusef, reinterpret a soul-dominated set of ever-relevant songs from the '60s and '70s. A few exceptions aside, the source material will be unfamiliar to the average fan of the artists. In January 1976, the motivational "Wake Up Everybody" was a number one R&B single for the Teddy Pendergrass-led Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. During the ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On Wake Up!, the funkiest, most flexible band on the planet backs one of the most skilled and accomplished singer/keyboardists in modern R&B. Stirred by Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and the social climate, the Roots and John Legend, with appearances from Black Thought, C.L. Smooth, Common, Melanie Fiona, and Malik Yusef, reinterpret a soul-dominated set of ever-relevant songs from the '60s and '70s. A few exceptions aside, the source material will be unfamiliar to the average fan of the artists. In January 1976, the motivational "Wake Up Everybody" was a number one R&B single for the Teddy Pendergrass-led Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. During the 2000s, versions of Eugene McDaniels' fiery "Compared to What" appeared in unlikely forms: a soft-drink commercial starring Mya and Common, and an episode of Lost, when a Les McCann and Eddie Harris take played on the Swan turntable. Otherwise, the majority of those who play this album will hear it with a fresh set of ears. The intent is not to improve upon the originals but to update them, introduce them to a younger audience, and inspire. The burning passion of the players cannot be denied, whether conveyed during the hushed "Wholy Holy" (first recorded for Marvin Gaye's What's Going On) or the muscular "Our Generation" (Ernie Hines). Older folks who approach the album for the sake of hearing a band play old-school rhythm & blues should familiarize themselves with the Roots catalog, beginning with Game Theory, Rising Down, and How I Got Over. Those albums are just as significant and vital as the songs honored here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973708224
  • Catalog Number: 737082

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Roots Primary Artist
John Legend Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar
James Poyser Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Xylophone, Group Member
C.L. Smooth Vocals
Black Thought Vocals
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Common Vocals
?uestlove Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Ruth Frazier Viola
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
Matt Cappy Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Ashlee Simpson Background Vocals
Kirk Douglass Electric Guitar
Owen Biddle Bass, Group Member
Timiney Figueroa-Caton Background Vocals
Michelle Bishop Violin
Melanie Fiona Vocals
Captain Kirk Douglas Guitar, Group Member
Chris Farr Flute, Saxophone
Jessyca Wilson Vocals, Background Vocals
Davis Barnett Viola
Charles Parker Violin
Natalie Curtis Background Vocals
Tamika Smith Background Vocals
Matia Washington Background Vocals
Linwood Smith Jr. Background Vocals
Lacey Jones Background Vocals
Denise Powell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Victor Carstarphen Composer
Al Cleveland Composer
Earl DeRouen Composer
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Eugene McDaniels Composer
Gene McFadden Composer
James Poyser Composer, Producer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
C.L. Smooth Composer, Lyricist
Billy Taylor Composer
John Whitehead Composer
David Bett Art Direction
Mike James Kirkland Composer
Malik Yusef Composer, Lyricist
?uestlove Composer, Producer
Dick Dallas Composer
Steve Mandel Engineer
Michael Ilbert Vocal Recording
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Lincoln Thompson Composer
John Stephens Composer
Ghian Wright Engineer
John Legend Producer, Liner Notes
Kirk Douglass Composer
Alex Venguer Engineer, Vocal Recording
Chris Soper Engineer, Vocal Recording
Edward U. Howard Composer
Owen Biddle Composer
Nick Banns Engineer, Vocal Recording
Dave Kutch Mastering
Bojan Dugic Engineer
Joe Peluso Vocal Recording
Ray Jackson Composer
Leon Moore Composer
Salamishah Tillet Liner Notes
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