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Featuring historic speeches from Barack Obama interwoven with music from today's most talented recording artists, this first-of-its-kind album inspired by a presidential campaign and its supporters' quest for a "more perfect union" contains performances by some of the most popular recording artists alive today, expressing themselves through instruments and voice. Collectively they have sold more than 100 million albums. This special collector's edition features deluxe packaging with a 52-page book with exclusive photos documenting this historic movement.
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Featuring historic speeches from Barack Obama interwoven with music from today's most talented recording artists, this first-of-its-kind album inspired by a presidential campaign and its supporters' quest for a "more perfect union" contains performances by some of the most popular recording artists alive today, expressing themselves through instruments and voice. Collectively they have sold more than 100 million albums. This special collector's edition features deluxe packaging with a 52-page book with exclusive photos documenting this historic movement.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hidden Beach Recordings is the first label -- independent or otherwise -- to attempt to cash in on the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States with Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. The album was produced by Steve McKeever of Hidden Beach with the brilliant Meaghan Burdick from Obama for America; she was his online coordinator for fundraising, and worked previously for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In his liner notes, McKeever documents the birth of Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, but that hardly matters in a sense, because the music is what does. Assembled here are 18 cuts, some of them presented in their original form, some with bits from the speeches of Obama and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" is here, but it's rather amazing that the audio for will.i.am's "Yes We Can" video is not, and neither is Kentrell's killer "Time" demo. Huh? Right. And that's part of the problem here: musically this set is diverse all right, but it is also scattershot in terms of quality -- that is, at best. It's about as middle of the road as it gets, even with the enormous profiles of some of these artists. Those using Obama speech audio include John Legend "Pride, In the Name of Love," Lionel Richie with "Eternity," and artists as diverse as Ozomatli, Jill Scott, Bebe Winans (who uses a bit of King's "I Have a Dream" speech instead), Dave Stewart, Shontelle, Los Lonely Boys, Suai, Keb' Mo', and Buddy Miller (whose closing number "Wide River to Cross" is among the real highlights). Elsewhere, Jackson Browne's "Looking East" is included as is Sheryl Crow's "Out of Our Heads," and "Promised Land" by Kanye West, Adam Levine, and Malik Yusef. Another highlight is Yolanda Adams' deeply stirring "Hold On." Thankfully,Bono isn't anywhere to be found here. Ultimately, this is a souvenir that loses the salt in its taste after a spin or two. It's far more memorable as a piece of memorabilia or nostalgia than as a musical artifact. The package is a nicer go, with photographs of everything from the Democratic National Convention to the New Hampshire Primary, and the many snippets from Obama speeches on the campaign trail included. The lyrics are also here but most of them are forgettable at best. We're also told that Hidden Beach is "donating a portion of the proceeds" from the sale of this volume to charitable causes. While it's a wonderful thing to want to remember and never forget what had to be overcome in this historic campaign, and it's unlikely that anyone living on either side of the red and blue aisle will thank goodness, it's quite another to engage in a bit of marketing for its own sake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 894096001504
  • Catalog Number: 70

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eternity - Lionel Richie (4:55)
  2. 2 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder (2:34)
  3. 3 Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer (3:23)
  4. 4 American Prayer - Dave Stewart (5:38)
  5. 5 Battle Cry - Shontelle (3:31)
  6. 6 Make It Better - Los Lonely Boys (3:19)
  7. 7 Pride, In the Name of Love - John Legend (4:11)
  8. 8 I Have a Dream - BeBe Winans (7:06)
  9. 9 Am I All Alone? - Suai (4:15)
  10. 10 One Is the Magic # - Jill Scott (3:46)
  11. 11 Love and Hope - Ozomatli (4:20)
  12. 12 Looking East - Jackson Browne (4:52)
  13. 13 Out of Our Heads - Sheryl Crow (4:22)
  14. 14 Promised Land - Kanye West (3:06)
  15. 15 Hold On - Yolanda Adams (3:38)
  16. 16 America the Beautiful - Keb' Mo' (3:30)
  17. 17 America - Ken Stacey (4:14)
  18. 18 Wide River to Cross - Buddy Miller (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barack Obama Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Vonda Shepard Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Foster Keyboards
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Steve Brewster Percussion, Drums
Warryn "Smiley" Campbell Blocks
Luis Conte Percussion
Mark Goldenberg Guitar
Tom Hemby Guitar
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Drums
Kevin McCormick Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
Craig Nelson Bass Guitar
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Scott Thurston Guitar
Keb' Mo' Guitar, Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Adam Levine Vocals
BeBe Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
Lisa Williams Background Vocals
Darwin Hobbs Background Vocals
Henry Garza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Stephan Oberhoff Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Various
Angela Fisher Choir Director
LeAnne Palmore Background Vocals
Warryn Campbell Wood Block
Wayne Wilkins Various
Jill Scott Vocals, Background Vocals
Jafar Barron Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet
Karima Kibble Background Vocals
JoJo Garza Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Pat Coils Keyboards
Ringo Garza Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Nikki Flores Background Vocals
Shontelle Vocals, Background Vocals
Shontelle Layne Background Vocals
Janet Adderly Choir Director
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer
Pat Coils Keyboards
Stan Jones Various
Technical Credits
Amanda McBroom Composer
Jackson Browne Composer
The Jam Audio Production
Lionel Richie Composer
U2 Composer
David Foster Arranger, Audio Production
Sheryl Crow Composer
Yolanda Adams Composer
The Edge Composer
Lee Garrett Composer
Julie Miller Composer
Niko Bolas Engineer
Bono Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering, Remastering
Luis Conte Composer
Mark Goldberg Composer
Tom Hemby Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jamie Jones Composer
Jack Kugell Composer, Vocal Producer
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Composer
Kevin McCormick Composer, Audio Production
Steve McKeever Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Buddy Miller Composer
Dave Reitzas Vocal Engineer
Paul Riser Arranger
Doug Sax Mastering
Dave Stewart Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Scott Thurston Composer
Gabe Veltri Engineer
Dennis Wall Mastering
Doug Williams Composer
Kevin Wommack Management
Stevie Wonder Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Syreeta Wright Composer
James Patrick Dunne Composer, Producer, Audio Production
T-Ray Audio Production
BeBe Winans Arranger, Composer, Producer
Adrienne Cooper Artwork
Martin Luther King Jr. Composer
Kevin Evans Composer
John Boncimino Management
Candy Hemphill Christmas Artwork
Malik Yusef Composer
Gregg Jampol Engineer
Ozomatli Composer, Audio Production
Bill Botrell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mike Bradford Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Henry Garza Composer
Stephan Oberhoff Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ned Douglas Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Jordan Audio Production
Wayne Wilkins Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Ronald B. Gillyard Talent Coordinator
John Mayer Composer, Audio Production
Jill Scott Composer, Lyricist
Vidal Davis Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Seth Foster Mastering, Remastering
Jeff Young Composer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Composer
Dale Voelker Artwork, Art Direction
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Producer
Jason Pennock Composer
Los Lonely Boys Audio Production
JoJo Garza Composer
Erik Steigen Talent Coordinator
John Legend Producer, Audio Production
James Auwarter Engineer
Ringo Garza Composer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Heavy Weights Audio Production
Pamela Robinson Artwork
Claude Kelly Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
Barack Obama Inspiration
Tyler VanDalen Engineer
Thierry Migeotte Mastering, Remastering
Jordan Omley Composer, Vocal Producer
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Engineer, Sound Design
Wayne Wilkens Composer
K. Bates Composer
Joel Beckerman Audio Production
Jerrold Thompson Remastering
Stan Jones Composer
Quiz & Larossi Composer, Audio Production
S. Ward Composer
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