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Instant Vintage [CASSETTE] [Import]

Raphael Saadiq Audio Cassette
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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"I can see my name written across the sky," Raphael Saadiq sings on "Go To Hell," from his stunning new album, Stone Rollin', as a B3 organ swells, cymbals dance, and a fluttering string section spirals towards the heavens. "Victory is near... I can feel it getting closer, closer every day."

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (11 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000066EZD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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BBC Review

By the time of Instant Vintage, the (then) 35-year-old producer, vocalist and sideman Raphael Saadiq had a considerable musical past. He’d sung in gospel groups from the age of six, and played bass with Sheila E and Prince on tour at just 18. After enjoying substantial success with Tony! Toni! Toné!, and the brief, fraught but delightful supergroup Lucy Pearl, here Saadiq struck out on his own. Calling on friends such as D’Angelo, Angie Stone and T-Boz from TLC, Saadiq created an album that was as refreshing as neo-soul got. It borrowed from hip hop, RnB and gospel yet felt genuinely innovative, with a style that Saadiq christened gospeldelic.

Doing What I Can sets the bar high. Opening with a Philly soul string crescendo, a news reporter offers a précis of Saadiq’s life. Talking about the tragedy that befell his family (the loss of three brothers and a sister), immediately it dispenses with any personal baggage. Instant Vintage is all about Saadiq’s roots, emphasised by the use of his birth name (Charles Ray Wiggins) in a couple of tracks: Still Ray, which uses the piano sample of Still D.R.E. by Dr Dre and the blues guitar-led childlike domestic documentary Charlie Ray. Be Here, a duet with D’Angelo, is a standout, featuring the duo’s arresting, intricate vocal blend. Each tries to out-smooth the other, without resorting to cliché.

There is also time for some good old-fashioned protest – People is dark and political, a call for the truth swiping at both George Bush and hypocrisies within the music industry. It works because of Saadiq’s sincerity. Even the interludes add to the overall power of the album. OPH is an acoustic, woozy two-minute doodle sung by Shyronda Felder and Traci Nelson, a homage to weed that refuses to succumb to the gauche pitfalls of drug songs.

Driven by his bass guitar, and unafraid to experiment musically (not many RnB albums featured tuba and recorders in 2002), Vibe magazine said that if Instant Vintage were an outfit it would be a "bell-bottom patchwork catsuit of silk, suede, cashmere and macramé with funky armpit stains". It garnered Grammy nominations and a place in the US top 30. By its very nature, Instant Vintage was too clever and sophisticated to be an enormous hit, remaining permanently underground. Saadiq does it his way, and does it well.

Instant Vintage feels like it did in 2002: at once familiar, at once new.

--Daryl Easlea

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Very very good album. Makes a refreshing change from a lot of the mediocre music that is around at the moment. Saadiq seems to have been around for lifetime, first with Tone Tone Tone, then Lucy Pearl, now finally on the solo tip.....seems to get better and better. One for a true music lovers collection. Very underated artist.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic 28 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the R'n'b, Modern soul album of the year, combines the artistry of D'angelo with toe-tapping of Donnell Jones. This is an amazing album without a bad track, covers every spectrum of soul music, whilst still being inventive. BUY IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant vintage, damn right 18 Feb 2004
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what can you say about this album that is not explained in the title. this is the solo album from the producer who started out in R&B group Tony toni tone. He has modernised his older stylings and brought everything back to the present. great appearences from the likes of T-Boz (TLC) and the master of the neo soul generation D'angelo. this album is likely to suit people who are like a more refined sophistcated modern day R&B. This album is quality. well written with expert production provided by Saadiq. to sum up a great album with no fillers
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful 28 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
fantastically crafted soul and I wouldn't expect less from the ex tony toni tone star. Sometimes listening to the whole album can be a bit draining particularly with the weaker tracks towards the end but once you find a fantastic track you truely find a fantastic track. For me i would have to say bodyparts, be here (with the king of soul himself D'Angelo), excuse me (with angie stone), faithful and Can You Feel Me are my favourite and Make My Day is a great interlude track well worth the £!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is the best thing since Michael Jackson 25 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Raphael Saadiq has finally made the frightening steps to become solo. From the brilliant Lucy Pearl he came, which makes it a hard task on beating the tunes he wrote and performed with such spark.
On first impressions i thought he hadn't I was looking for that lucy pearl style in his records. I could not really find it then i knew it would be one of those albums that you need to listen and listen to, to love it. The thing about this guy is he has not stuck to the lucy pearl style at all, he has made his own style which can only be to his outstanding talent that he posses. He calls the type of music on the album GOSPEL/DELIC which is very true as to me he has made a new type of music. It is very gospel especially in 'Blind Man' it could be by Al Green. There is quite alot of duets on this album, but it works he doesn't care about whether there big names its all on talent. The best one for me and probably the best track on the album is 'Skyy, can you feel me' with the beautiful vocals of Rosie Kaye, who is unknown to me, but as soon as she gets a album done i will be the first one to get it.
As I said before this album gets better and better everytime i listen to it. Ok if your getting this because your a lucy pearl fan, do but you won't be getting the same funky rhythms its a lot more soulful but still has the effect to blow you away at this guys incredible talent
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