Wake Up!

Wake Up!

by The Roots, John Legend


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2010
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886973708224
catalogNumber: 737082

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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   Background Vocals
Lacey Jones   Background Vocals
Denise Powell   Background Vocals
Ashley Simpson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Victor Carstarphen   Composer
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
Bojan Dugic   Engineer
Joe Peluso   Vocal Recording
Ray Jackson   Composer
Leon Moore   Composer
Salamishah Tillet   Liner Notes

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