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Down in the Delta

  • 1. Believe in Love - Sunday
    2. God's Stepchild - Janet Jackson
    3. Heaven Must Be Like This - D'Angelo (live)
    4. If Ever - Stevie Wonder
    5. Where Would I Be - The Leverts (Eddie, Gerald & Sean)
    6. I'm Only Human - Hilary James/Luther Vandross/Cassandra Wilson/Bob James
    7. Just a Little Luv - Shawn Stockman
    8. We Belong Together - Antoinette/Tony Thompson
    9. Don't Talk 2 Strangers - Chaka Khan
    10. Let It Go - Jazzyfatnastees/The Roots
    11. My Soul Don't Dream - Keb' Mo'/Me'Shell Ndegocello
    12. Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes) - Ashford & Simpson
    13. Don't Let Nothin' Keep You Down - Sounds of Blackness
    14. Family - Stanley Clarke (score)
    15. Rain, The - Tracie Spencer
    16. Patchwork Quilt - Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46914

  • Credits

    Original score composed by Stanley Clarke.
    Producers include: Rodney Jenkins, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, D'Angelo, Stevie Wonder.
    Engineers include: Brad Gilderman, Gary Adante, Steve Hodge.
    Personnel: Eddie Levert (vocals); Gerald Levert (vocals); Sean Levert (vocals); Billy Steele (vocals, keyboards); Stevie Wonder (vocals, programming); Janet Jackson, Lincoln Browder, Antoinette Roberson (vocals, background vocals); Gwen Williams, Evelyn Harris, Bridgette Washington, Dondra Harris, Sedrick Jenkins, James Henderson, Phreddra Evans, Carrie Harrington, Geoffrey Jones, Quan Howell, Andrea Wallace, Jevetta Steele, Aisha Kahlil, Valerie Simpson, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Nitanju Bolade Casel (vocals); Randy Bowland (guitar, programming); Dave Ivory, David Barry (guitar); Allen Cato (acoustic guitar); Ken Holmen (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Franklin Wharton (flute, alto saxophone); Gerald Albright (soprano saxophone); Louis J. Wilson (tenor saxophone); Lynne Erickson, Larry Sims (trumpet); Scott Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); James "Big Jim" Wright (organ); Marcus Miller (keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming); Curtis Dowd, Jr. (keyboards, programming); Gary Hines, Ricky Peterson, Rob Mounsey (keyboards); Ivan Hampden, Jim Keltner, Michael Bland (drums); Harvey Mason, Jr. (programming); Jeff Taylor , David Isaac (drum programming); Sherena Wynn (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Darrell "Delite" Allamby; Jeff Taylor ; Valerie Ghent; Harvey Mason, Jr. ; Jon Smeltz; Mike Tarsia; Neal Avron; Richard Nichols; Rob Mounsey; Steve Hodge; Tom Tucker; Bill McElroy; Brad Gilderman.
    Arrangers: Gerald Levert; Curtis Dowd, Jr.; Marcus Miller; Randy Bowland; Rob Mounsey; Stevie Wonder.
    The soundtrack to Miramax's motion picture DOWN IN THE DELTA features an all-star line up of pop and R&B stars from the past and the present. Classic soul artists like Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Ashford & Simpson join today's chart toppers like Janet, Luther Vandross and D'Angelo. All sixteen tracks on the soundtrack perfectly capture the emotion and introspection felt in rediscovering what's important in life, the major theme of the film.
    Among the numerous highlights are Stevie Wonder ("If Ever"), Janet ("God's Stepchild") and The Leverts, Eddie, Gerald & Sean, who combine their voices on a beautifully sung "Where Would I Be." Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men chimes in with "Just A Little Luv" and Cassandra Wilson and Bob James join Luther Vandross in his performance of "I'm Only Human," which was produced by Marcus Miller. Chaka Khan's "Don't Talk To Strangers" was produced by none other than The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (her current label boss) and D'Angelo's "Heaven Must Be Like This" is a must-hear.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (1/8/99, pp.66-67) - "There's generally nothing more dispiriting than inspirational records. But the mostly R&B soundtrack to Maya Angelou's movie relieves the usual gooeyness with inventive lyrics, fleet melodies, and spare performances..." - Rating: B+
    Vibe (2/99, p.140) - "...In lieu of sappy romantic anthems, this collection features breezy inspirational numbers....light jazz accents to smooth contemporary R&B arrangements..."
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