John Legend and The Roots release a collaborative album : ‘Wake Up!’ (2010)

‘Wake Up!’ by John Legend & The Roots is a collaborative studio album released on September 21, 2010 by GOOD, Columbia.

Track listing : 1.Hard Times (Curtis Mayfield) 05:16 . 2.Compared to What (Eugene McDaniels) – 06:26 . 3.Wake Up Everybody (Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead) – 04:26 . 4.Our Generation (The Hope of the World) (Leon Moore, Corey Penn) – 03:15 . 5.Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) (Owen Biddle, Kirk Douglass, James Poyser, Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, Malik Yusef) – 01:58 . 6.Little Ghetto Boy (Earl DeRouen, Edward U. Howard) – 05:26 . 7.Hang on in There (Mike James Kirkland) – 07:15 . 8.Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be) (Lincoln Thompson) – 03:49 . 9.Wholy Holy (Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) – 05:50 . 10.I Can’t Write Left Handed (Ray Jackson, Bill Withers) – 11:44 . 11.I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Dick Dallas, Billy Taylor) – 02:42 . 12.Shine (John Stephens) – 04:43 .


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Musicians : John Legend – Piano, Vocals (Background) . The Roots – . Owen Biddle – Bass . Black Thought – Vocals on (1 – 6) . Captain Kirk Douglas – Electric Guitar, Guitar . James Poyser – Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Xylophone, Producer . Ahmir “?Uestlove” Thompson – Drums, Percussion, Producer . Randy Bowland – Guitar . Jeff Bradshaw – Trombone . Matt Cappy – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Common – Vocals on (3) . Melanie Fiona – Vocals on (3) . CL Smooth – Vocals on (4) . Malik Yusef – Vocals on (5) . Chris Farr – Flute, Saxophone . Timiney Figueroa – Vocals (Background) . Natalie Curtis – Vocals (Background) . Lacey Jones – Vocals (Background) . Denise Powell – Vocals (Background) . Lenesha Randolph – Vocals (Background) . Ashley Simpson – Vocals (Background) . Linwood Smith Jr. – Vocals (Background) . Tamika Smith – Vocals (Background) . Matia Washington – Vocals (Background) . Jessyca Wilson – Vocals (Background) . Larry Gold – String Arrangements, String Conductor . Ruth Frazier – Viola . Davis Barnett – Viola . Michelle Bishop – Violin . Jennie Lorenzo – Cello . Charles Parker – Violin . Olga Konopelsky – Violin . Emma Kummrow – Violin . Igor Szweck – Violin . Gregory Teperman – Violin .

Production Produced by John Legend, The Roots . Steve Mandel – Engineer . Nick Banns – Engineer . Alex Venguer – Engineer, Vocal Recording . Ghian Wright – Engineer . Dustin Capulong – Assistant Engineer . Bojan Dugic – Engineer . Michael Ilbert – Vocal Recording . Ryan Kelly – Assistant Engineer . Derik Lee – Assistant Engineer . Joe Peluso – Vocal Recording . Jon Smeltz – Engineer . Chris Soper – Engineer, Vocal Recording . Jimmy Douglass – Mixing . Maki Suzuki – Mixing Assistant . Darren Moore – Mixing Assistant . Dave Kutch – Mastering .

Package : Chris Feldmann – Art Direction, Design . Michelle Holme – Art Direction, Design . Dave Bett – Art Direction, Design . John Legend – Liner Notes . Salamishah Tillet – Liner Notes . Anthony Mandler asterisques RVM – Photography .

Recorded in 2009–10 .

Released on September 21, 2010 by GOOD, Columbia.

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HipHop DX
In an R&B genre where covers are common, John Legend and The Roots take them to a complete different level. They don’t merely just sing the songs, they spend time bringing out their meanings, emotions and distinct qualities that time all too often forgets. […]

Paste
At this point, it’s no trouble for the Roots—with Legend or anyone—to train their never-sharper skills on the dark side of the street at nightand on the sun-kissed side in the morning. […]

L.A. Times
Legend, however, is stretching out of hisand he packs far more spark here than he did on 2008’s “Evolver.” – […]

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