Wyclef Jean releases his debut album : ‘The Carnival’ featuring ‘Gone Till November’ (1997)

Wyclef Jean‘s ‘The Carnival’ is his debut album, mixing hip hop, reggae, folk, disco, soul, Son Cubano and Haitian music, released on June 24, 1997 by Sony Music/Columbia Records.

Track Listing : 1.Intro/Court/Clef/Intro (Skit/Interlude) (Manu Dibango) – 03:15 . 2.Apocalypse (Wyclef Jean) – 03:49 . 3.Guantanamera (Joseíto Fernandez, José Martí, Julián Orbón, Pete Seeger) – 04:30 . 4.Pablo Diablo (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 0:39 . 5.Bubblegoose (Wyclef Jean, Salaam Remi) – 03:49 . 6.Prelude To “To All The Girls” (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 0:29 . 7.To All The Girls (P.C. Bailey, Hal David, Albert Hammond, H. Jackson, M. Wright) – 04:18 . 8.Down Lo Ho (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 01:13 . 9.Anything Can Happen (Jerry Duplessis, Wyclef Jean) – 04:36 . 10.Gone Till November (Wyclef Jean) – 03:27 . 11.Words Of Wisdom (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 00:45 . 12.Year Of The Dragon (Jerry Duplessis, L.A. Hill) – 04:07 . 13.Sang Fezi (Wyclef Jean) – 04:02 . 14.Fresh (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 01:45 . 15.Mona Lisa (Wyclef Jean) – 04:30 . 16.Street Jeopardy (Jerry Duplessis, John Forté) – 03:57 . 17.Killer M.C. (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 00:00 . 18.We Trying To Stay Alive (John Forté, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb) – Feat. John Forté, Pras) – 03:11 . 19.Gunpowder (Wyclef Jean) – 04:24 . 20.Closing Arguments (Interlude/Skit) (Wyclef Jean) – 01:35 . 21.Enter The Carnival (Interlude) (Wyclef Jean) – 00:24 . 22.Jaspora (Wyclef Jean) – 04:03 . 23.Yele (Wyclef Jean) – 05:24 . 24.Carnival (Jerry Duplessis, Wyclef Jean) – 05:06


Kwaku Alston

Musicians : Wyclef Jean – Guitar, Keyboards . Celia Cruz – Vocals On (3) . Jenni Fujita – Vocals On (3) . Crazy Sam & Da Verbal Assassins – Vocals On (4) . Talent – Vocals On (4 – 8 – 20) . Melky Sedeck – Vocals On (5) . Will – Vocals On (8 – 20) . New York Philharmonic – Orchestra (10) . Lauryn Hill – Vocals On (12 – 13 – 19 – 23) . Neville Brothers – Vocals On (15) . John Forté – Vocals On (16 – 18) . Prakazrel “Pras” Michel – Vocals On (17 – 18) . Jocelyn Berouard – Vocals On (24) . Sweet Mickey – Vocals On (24) . Jacob Desvarieux – Vocals On (24) . Dj Skribble – Scratching . Funkmaster Flex – , Scratching . Jerry Duplessis – Guitar (Bass) . Rita Marley – Vocals (Background) . Judy Mowatt – Vocals (Background) . Marcia Griffiths – Vocals (Background)

Production : Produced By Wyclef Jean, Jerry Wonda . Sonny Kompanek – Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements . Salaam Remi – Engineer, Mixing . Rudy – Assistant Engineer . Warren Riker – Engineer, Mastering, Mixing . Paul Epworth – Assistant Engineer . Tony Gonzales – Assistant Engineer . Brian Dozoretz – Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Rawle Gittens – Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Storm Jefferson – Mixing Assistant . Jay Nicholas – Mixing Assistant . Alex Olsson – Mixing Assistant . Mike Roach – Mixing Assistant . Manuel Lecuona – Mastering

Package : Kwaku Alston asterisques RVM – Photography . Tomas Muscionico – Photography . Richard White – Graphic Design

Recorded In 1996-1997.

Released On June 24, 1997 By Sony Music/Columbia Records.

(Source Wyclef Jean‘s ‘The Carnival’ | Official Wyclef Jean Website)

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RapReviews
Though he’s not the greatest lyricist, he doesn’t claim to be either. He seems content to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The greatest feat achieved by Wyclef is not that he sipmly threw a bunch of his eclectic tastes onto an album–many artists have done that–but that he does it so well. […]

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I actually really like long albums especially in hip-hop but it can be a blessing and a curse for those involved! this is one of the best examples. Wyclef is a talented guy(Honestly though he is not as he described the modern day Quincy Jones lol Wyclef calm down) […]

Robert Christgau
He uses the sampler–augmented by the live quote, the honored guestand now the genre excursion–like MC Hammer before him, for one-dimensional tunes on which to float his well-articulated morality tales and popwise carnivalesque. Cognoscenti may bitch that it’s only r&b, but r&b has been the shit for half a centuryand this is where it lives […]

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