CD Wake Up! [Digipak] [886973708224] (CD 6967878),
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Wake Up! [Digipak] [886973708224]

  • 1. Hard Times
    2. Compared to What
    3. Wake Up Everybody - (featuring Melanie Fiona)
    4. Our Generation (The Hope of the World)
    5. Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) - (featuring Malik Yusef)
    6. Little Ghetto Boy
    7. Hang on in There
    8. Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)
    9. Wholy Holy
    10. I Can't Write Left Handed
    11. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
    12. Shine
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 37082

  • Credits
    ProducerJames Poyser; John Legend; Ahmir Thompson

    Personnel: Captain Kirk Douglas (guitar); James Poyser (organ, keyboards, synthesizer, xylophone); ?uestlove (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Jimmy Douglass.
    Liner Note Authors: John Legend; Salamishah Tillet.
    Recording information: A House Called ?uest; Hansa Mix Room, Berlin, Germany; MSR Studios, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
    Featuring spirited covers of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody," Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters' "Hard Times," and Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy" -- socially conscious soul cult classics and hits of the `60s and `70s -- Wake Up! is John Legend's fourth proper studio album. Backed throughout by the Roots, Wake Up! also features a Legend original, the uplifting "Shine."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] brilliantly conceived and executed album, reviving music from the nixon-era heyday of politically engaged R&B."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "An admirably cocksure romp through Eugene McDaniels' 'Compared To What' ups the lyrical ante, with Legend bringing full-throated truth..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.51) - Ranked #48 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "Legend's plaintive, gospelly cadences had a previously absent edginess."
    Paste (magazine) - "The album is organic and opulent, with a heart of diamonds a lush sound to match, and it delivers exactly what it promises: consciousness-raising tracks from spiritual-soul all-stars..."
    Clash (magazine) - "[A] soulful reimagining of 60's and 70's urban protest songs....The concept of political awareness reigns supreme..."
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