Back to Basics

Back to Basics

by Christina Aguilera

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Plenty of pop singers talk the talk when it comes to taking chances -- but Christina Aguilera really walks the walk on this ambitious, exciting double album. The blonde bombshell sets the bar high for herself, intro-ing the disc with a promise to honor "the soul singers, the blues figures, the jazz makers" -- and later, in "Back in the Day," name-checking such giants as Etta James and Marvin Gaye. The thing is, she sails over that bar with surprising ease, revealing an uncanny affinity for '40s-era vocal sass on the va-va-voom nugget "Candyman" and a genuine flair for old-school blues on the Billie Holiday-channeling "I Got Trouble." Much like the folks she's paying homage to, she even tempers the lasciviousness with a shot or two of church-borne testifying -- most notably on the swooping "Makes Me Wanna Pray." Not all of Back to Basics is that old-school, of course. The first disc is largely given over to tunes that let Aguilera push her pipes to the limit over sample-savvy dance floor beats -- a Gladys Knight snippet pops up in the low-slung "Slow Down Baby" -- and gritty funk bass lines (see the appropriately titled "Still Dirrty"). It's impossible, however, to listen to the disc without coming to the conclusion that Aguilera is a changed woman, having come a long way from her days as a spinner of sugary pop confections. She's no longer just playing soul-diva dress-up -- she's actually become the real deal.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2006
Label: Rca Victor Europe
UPC: 0828768963425
catalogNumber: 6896342
Rank: 60936

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christina Aguilera   Primary Artist
Steve Winwood   Piano,Hammond Organ
Glenn Berger   Saxophone
Bill Bottrell   Guitar,Conga
Aleta Braxton   Choir, Chorus
Cheryl Brown   Choir, Chorus
Mathew Cooker   Cello
DJ Premier   Percussion,Drums
Richard Dodd   Cello
Terry Glenny   Violin
Ray Hermann   Clarinet,Saxophone
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Rob Lewis   Bass,Guitar
Jim McMillen   Trombone
Linda Perry   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Choir, Chorus,Mellotron
Dieyelle Reed   Choir, Chorus
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar
Danny Seidenberg   Strings
Garrett Smith   Horn
Tom Tally   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Elin Carlson   Choir, Chorus
Susan Chatman   Violin
Ivan Gilliland   Choir, Chorus
Kenya Hathaway   Choir, Chorus
Joan Ellis   Choir, Chorus
Julie Rogers   Violin
Roger Wagner Chorale   Choir, Chorus
David Hernandez   Choir, Chorus
Sharlotte Gibson   Choir, Chorus
Tony Reyes   Bass,Percussion,Strings,Keyboards
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
John Krovoza   Cello
Ray Yslas   Percussion
Barbara Allen   Choir, Chorus
Darrin McCann   Viola
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Erika Jerry   Choir, Chorus
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Angel Williams   Choir, Chorus
Raymond Angry   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
Daphne Chen   Violin,Soloist,Concert Mistress
Printz Board   Trumpet
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Onitsha   Choir, Chorus
Mark Ronson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Meelah Williams   Choir, Chorus
Aroussiak Baltaian   Strings
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Jacinda Townsley   Choir, Chorus
Leah Katz   Viola
Diego Miralles   Cello
Alyssa Park   Violin
Francis Senger   Double Bass
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Chara Hammonds   Choir, Chorus
Damon Fox   Hammond Organ
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Thomassina Atkins   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Shannon   Choir, Chorus
Bonita Brisco   Choir, Chorus
Sonya Byous   Choir, Chorus
Roseland Holmes   Choir, Chorus
Traneen Young   Choir, Chorus
Marda Todd   Viola
Alwyn Wright   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Natalie Ganther   Choir, Chorus
Nicole Ganther   Choir, Chorus
Camille Grigsby   Choir, Chorus
Cassandra Grigsby   Choir, Chorus
Randy Jones   Tuba
Paul Ill   Bass
Richard Redd   Choir, Chorus
Jason Torreano   Double Bass
Amy Wickman   Violin
Richard T. Sledge   Choir, Chorus
Ilana Setapen   Strings
Mabvuto Carpenter   Choir, Chorus
Jherimi Leigh Carter   Choir, Chorus
Desarae Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Erica L. King   Choir, Chorus
Vernon Keith Allen   Choir, Chorus
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Joel Pargman   Strings
Traci Brown   Choir, Chorus
William Tell Taylor   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Wetherington   Drums
Raymond "Ez" Monteiro   Horn
Stephen Amerson   Choir, Chorus
Esther Marie Austin   Choir, Chorus
Sandra Beckwith   Choir, Chorus
Monika Bruckner   Choir, Chorus
Hanymons Cahra   Choir, Chorus
Charlean Carmon   Choir, Chorus
Nancy Gassner Clayton   Choir, Chorus
Carver Cossey   Choir, Chorus
Miguel Gandleman   Horn
Denise Grisgsby   Choir, Chorus
Janet Korsmeyer   Choir, Chorus
Cookie Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Lynda Sue Marks Guarnieri   Choir, Chorus
Jason McGee   Choir, Chorus
Susan Taylor Mills   Choir, Chorus
Denisha Millsap   Choir, Chorus
Yvette Andrews Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Movement Orchestra Horns   Horn
Judith Siirila Paskowitz   Choir, Chorus
Daniel Plaster   Choir, Chorus
Rochelle Rawls   Choir, Chorus
Alyss Olivia Sanner   Choir, Chorus
Angela Joy Seard   Choir, Chorus
Section Quartet & Friends   Strings
Isabelle Senger   Violin
Anna Stafford   Violin
Garik Terzian   Strings
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
David Sage   Viola
Victoria Lanier   Violin
Brian Macleod   Drums
Marcy Vaj   Violin
Ray Angry   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Steve Winwood   Composer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Composer
Don Costa   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Scratches
David Frank   Composer
Rob Lewis   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Choir Arrangement
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mark Rankin   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
William Guest   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Vocal Scratches
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Tony Reyes   Composer,Producer
Charles Roane   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Harold Beatty   Composer
Jonathan Pryce   Sample Clearance
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Marc Jameson   Programming
Barbara Allen   Choir Contractor
Rick Darnell   Composer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer,Vocal Recording
Eric Gorfain   String Arrangements
Christina Aguilera   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeannine Wagner   Choir Contractor
Raymond Angry   Composer
Kobie Brown   Sample Clearance
Heather Holley   Composer
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,beats
Christophe Barratier   Composer
Paul Ill   Composer
Kwame Holland   Composer
Joe Buissink   Photo Courtesy
Tracie Burton   Vocal Scratches
Coodie & Chike   Director
Charles Martin Roane   Producer,Engineer
Chris Tedesco   Horn Conductor
Alan Mason   Vocal Scratches
Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli   String Conductor
Ray Angry   Composer

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Back to Basics 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you glad God had Christina answer our prayers! I loved this album it is fun and if your like me, you love old movies and music, it is fun and enjoyable and again some of those songs you sing when you need to. Every track is a hit, even the introductions. My favorites: "Makes Me Wanna Pray", "Ain't No Other Man", "Save Me From Myself", "Mercy on Me", "Still Dirrty", "Here to Stay", "The Right Man","I Got Trouble", "Candyman", "Hurt". The most surprising tracks are "Oh Mother", "Fuss", and "Welcome". Which talk about Christina's childhood and problems in her career and social life a bit. It is incredible and we get to see Christina Aguilera mature into a happy, married woman at the time it was recorded and get to see her as a fully grown adult topic and adult artist all the way. Worth it to anyone who truly loves music, throwback music, and even if they love big band and Michael Buble' 's music they will love it and cherish it. It shows Christina at her happiest and her best musically, although I am sure she will blow our minds again someday soon. She is worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply put, "Back To Basics" is an INCREDIBLE album that brings Christina Aguilera's credit as an artist to a whole new dimension. The sounds on this album feel like authentic oldschool classics, but they have a unique modern touch. The songs are so organic and authentic to the point where you forget that its oldschool-inspired and just focus on the songs themselves. Disc one is an impressive funk collection
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jetgibson More than 1 year ago
to my surprise I really enjoyed the collection of music. she definitely has a matured vocal range which is rare these days with singers. her voice is very pure and her pitch seems perfect with every note in every song. I think she is a rare talent who will continue to redefine music/lyrics in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listing to this on and off I realizes that this album has it’s moments but it won’t be on heavy rotation on my personal player. This album has been promoted as a throw-back-retro of the blues, jazz, and soul cultivated during the past five decades unfortunately it really doesn’t measures up to the task. Imitation this time is less than flattering to the R&B artists she holds in such high esteem. Admittedly she has a great and mature voice as evidenced by her collaboration with previous artist’s this album, however, is characterized by self-indulgent songs that certainly capture the power of Aguilera's life and times, but these songs are not an affirmation of the great music exemplified by the blues, jazz, and soul from previous generations. Inspired by her recent marriage (which is great) but at the same time revisit certain subjects from "Stripped" such as the abuse her and her mother suffered at the hands of her father which is unfortunate but starts to get a bit redundant at times. The music overall is ambitious, yet obvious in that fact that she is trying way too hard to garner critical acclaim for the whole retro aspect. There are some good tracks in this album but too many filler’s at the same time. The power again is her voice, but sometimes it is a little too loud and over done, to the point of being harsh. The tracks that stood out to me though are "Oh Mother", "Without You," and "Hurt"- she sings more softly and sound beautiful in these tracks. I will also add "Ain't No Other Man," “Candy Man,” and "Mercy On Me" because she sounds very natural on these songs. I really hate having to be negative on this album but she left me no choice. I think next time don’t strain yourself to create an “out-of this-world” album Christina just make one simply effortless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina is back finally with a hot new single. Her new single is raw and I believe she will be here for a while. Unlike Britney Spears who uses her off clothing to sell music. Christina is way hotter and can sang. Welcome back Christina Love U
Guest More than 1 year ago
Words can not express the talent of christina, I was not a big fan when she first came out, but since her CD Stripped , I have been a huge fan! this new CD has topped the charts for me, not only is she the best singer out there, she is original, no one can touch this new CD... I have never heard anything like it before,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now, what would a 56 year-old guy be doing buying a Christina Aguilara CD? Answer: this is fantastic music that suggests to me that this young lady is one of the greatest singers to come along in quite awhile. Christina has a deep connection to the music. Her pacing, timing and expression on this work leaves me breathless. On this two CD set, I find Disk One to be well done, but not for me. When I popped in Disk Two, though....WOW! Of all the work on this CD, my personal favorite is "Mercy On Me." I find myself listening to it over, and over....and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks...there are two discs and the entire album provides an eclectic mix from everything from pop, to jazz/blues, to somewhat of a big band with a modern twist. Christina was always talented, but this album proves exactly how diverse she really is in her range. It was a great fall/winter purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera, despite her questionable attire and the fact that she tends to be overly sexual, has always been one of my favorite singers because she possesses what I feel is most important in an artist: an outstanding singing voice. Each song that I heard (I've only listened to the first disc) was pure magic, my favorites being "Still Dirrty", "Makes Me Wanna Pray", and "Understand". Great CD from an even greater artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back to Basic is just simply amazing is a instant classic & album of the year.... Christina is back & on fire!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
her variety, her style, her control, her volume -- subtle yet provocative, christina has come out with a more mature album, encompassing different feelings and emotions, yet still showing us her amazing voice. this album is a stand out because the concept is like none other. she let's us in once again into her mind, adding to her stripped album but shows her growth and maturity. christina is here to stay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm usually not one for Christina Aguilera. But her song "Ain't No Other Man" caught my attention and I decided to try her album out. You know, give it a try. I was none other than floored. Not only has she eliminated her traditional poppiness, but she's added class and smooth music to her track record. I absolutely love 'Hurt'. Simply beautiful. However, it seems to lack something. It's just a little over blues-y and Jazzy. That's not to say I don't love the album, because I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love her new album, Back to Basics. Its jazzy, but still with a modern touch. I love Makes Me Wanna Pray, Back in the Day, Still Dirrty just to name a few. She's still got it. It was worth the long 4 year wait for this album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina is always been good as she get into something new...fom being a Genie to the expression of being STRIPPED came ot he very best as a young and soon to be legend artist. Back to Basics is a deep album just like Stripped..the difference is that the Xtina is Stipped have been outspoken form her darkest in B2B she really has proven that she's no playing with he career just like her counteparts.. First CD - Modern Jazz..that's it. Understand- threat to Alicia Keys... Back In The Day-got the beat goin' song! Still Dirty- phenomenal song! Mary J. listen! Makes Me Wanna Pray- moden gospel track! Hurt- it really hurts and great BALLAD! Save Me From Myself- raw Christina comes out! OVER-ALL - THAT'S ALL MUSIC SHOULD SOUND!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pop singer was recently steped out of the STRIPPED Phase and moved on to the Blues phane. The resilts of this change was extremely outstanding. Congrats to Xtina for releasing such an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I love about Christina Aguilera, is that she consistently manages to transform her image with every album. In my opinion, 'Back To Basics' is a great album. The first disc is my favorite, as it does sound like material that Aretha Franklin or Marvin Gaye would record nowadays. The second disc is pretty good too, but not my favorite as some of the songs on their are just a little lifeless. Tracks worth a listen are: Back In The Day, Makes Me Wanna Pray, Oh Mother, Understand, On Our Way, Slow Down Baby, Without You, Mercy On Me and Still Dirrty. Songs that didn't really impress me were: The Right Man and Here To Stay, as her vocals just don't seem to fit the tempo. Overall a great throwback record with AMAZING vocals and beats. I will definately be buying the official copy when it's released.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the music from the 20s, 30s and 40s. I fell in love with this album from the first time I listened to it. It has a variety of sounds to it, ranging from blues/jazz to big band. The highlights from this album are: Back in the Day, Slown Down Baby, Still Dirrty, Candyman, Nasty Naughty Boy and I Got Trouble.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Back To Basics" is a fantastic album that brings Christina Aguilera's credit as an artist to a whole new dimension. The sounds on this album feel like authentic oldschool classics, but they have a unique modern touch. The songs are so organic and authentic to the point where you forget that its oldschool-inspired and just focus on the songs themselves. Disc one is an impressive funk collection. There's the song of the summer, "Ain't No Other Man" - with the blaring horn blasts and funky beat. Another highlight of the album is "Slow Down Baby" which is another funky dance groove. On a more emotional note, "Oh Mother" pays tribute to Aguilera's mother and acknowledges that pain of her childhood abuse. Lastly on Disc One is "Here to Stay". The horn blasts and funky beats make this song's message clear: Christina Aguilera is definitely "here to stay" in the music world, proving that talent is the key to longevity. On Disc 2, we find a more burlesque feel. The second disk is characterized by burlesque-show tunes and some gorgeous vocal ballads. On the upbeat and peppy "Candyman", Christina goes all out with the burlesque theme by using some big band swing music. Next, she tones it down a bit with a slow and sensual "Nasty Naughty Boy". Aguilera then channels through the old soul icons like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald on "I Got Trouble", which is not a cover, but an organic composiiton that truly sounds like an old classic soul number that Holiday, herself, would sing. Christina shifts gears again and dives into a haunting ballad, titled "Hurt". The ballad is a gut-wrenching emotional piece that simply gives you chills. "Back To Basics" proves to be a milestone in Christina Aguilera's career she's matured a bit, as displayed in her intelligent lyrics and musically, she's matured as well, with this collection of intelliegently composed songs. This album cannot be overlooked simply, Christina's greatest work so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
......and better than ever!!!!!. I've got to tell you something about this girl. When her self titled debut came out in 1999, I had thought, "Man does she got talent." She had some great songs on that record too including the singles "Genie In A Bottle", "What A Girl Wants", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)", and "Reflection"-from Disney's Mulan. These were some great songs to start her carrer off on the right track. A year later in 2000 , she came out with a Christmas album called My Kind Of Christmas featuring the holiday classics like "Oh Holy Night", Angels We Have Heard On High", and "The Christmas Song"(Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire). The Album also featured some new songs by Christina including "Christmas Time", "This Year", and "X-Tina's X-Mas". After coming out with a video DVD and a concert DVD, She took a little break before coming with her 3rd smash album 2 years later in 2002 called Stripped. This album featured 5 chart-topping singles including "Dirrty"-feat. Redman, "Beautiful", "The Voice Within", "Can't Hold Us Down"-feat. Lil' Kim", and the showstopping "Fighter". These 5 singles showed that Christina could take on all kinds of music including pop, rock 'n' roll, r&b, rap, and slow songs. This album also featured "Get Mine, Get Yours" as well as "Impossible"-Alicia Keys played the piano on that track. She also wrote the song for Christina as well. Christina then took a break and then came back to record a song for the movie Shark Tale. She recorded the classic song "Car Wash" with Missy Elliott. She also was featured on Herbie Hancock's new album Possibilities. They did a song called "A Song For You". Then she got married to a guy named Jordan. Now, after 4 years of waiting, Christina releases a 4th album. The album has a bit of jazz in some of the songs which means she can take on anything. The album features the new debut single "Ain't No Other Man" which is played across America today. The album also features the songs "I Got Trouble" and "Mercy On Me". This album is in the top 20 on thsi site. Buy this album. It's worth the money. Christina can sing better than anybody else today in the music business. SHE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her previous albums were good. But "Back To Basics" is superb. With this work she proves once again, she is above and beyond all her other "so-called competition" (which they never were) Spears and Simpson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never buy CDs & I bought this one the first day it came out. I'm happy to report that I didn't waiste my money. Both CDs are awesome. I feel that she is the most talented female singer in music today. And it helps that she writes all of her own music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when have you seen chirstina aguilera lip sing to her back to basics album she has never done so.. she did in stripped once when she lost her voice. but other than that she hasnt... christina would never lip sing and she is ten times better than any solo artist out there just people these days dont know good music or talent if it hit them in the face. this album is amazing buy it you wont be sorry.. Outstanding
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Back to Basics" opens doors and sends the message loud and clear that this woman is the real thing. While she may not dress the best or what have you she absolutely can sing. This is the kind of music that gives you goose bumps. Personally "Ain't No Other Man" is not one of my favorites. There are many, many other amazing songs through out the album including "Save me From Myself", which is one of the standout tracks. It really strips down her voice and shows off her raw talent without all of the typical runs. As a music lover of all genres I have to give Christina props.