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Wake Up! [CD+DVD, NTSC]

The Roots, John Legend Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, NTSC
  • Label: Columbia
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hard Times - John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought
2. Compared To What
3. Wake Up Everybody - John Legend & The Roots feat. Common & Melanie Fiona
4. Our Generation (The Hope Of the World) - John Legend & The Roots feat. CL Smooth
5. Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) - John Legend & The Roots feat. Malik Yusef
6. Little Ghetto Boy - John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought
7. Hang On In There
8. Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be)
9. Wholy Holy
10. I Can't Write Left Handed
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. DVD Menu
2. Origins Of The Album
3. John Legend & The Roots Working Together
4. Shine
5. Lyrics From 40 Years Ago Still Relevant Today
6. The Message & The Music
7. I Can't Write Left Handed

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Wake Up Call ! 23 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Crikey! Soul music really doesn't get much better than this!
(Actually, music of any creed or kind doesn't get much better than this!)

John Legend's collaboration with The Roots is a sonic marriage
made in heaven. Mr Legend has always had a fine voice but
on 'Wake Up!' he digs deep and comes back with the most
confident and convincing performances of his estimable career.

If I had to choose one song from the big bunch of great songs
to have flowered and flourished in the listening world this year
i'll take this ensemble's rendition of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes'
'Wake Up Everybody' (featuring the additional dulcet tones of
Common and Melanie Flora) to take with me to my desert island!
It really is wonderful beyond words. Buy it for this track alone
and then open up your ears and heart to the many other treasures
waiting to enchant, beguile and thrill you!

Marvin Gaye's 'Wholly Holy' is also given a truly sublime work-out
which really will make the hair stand up along your neck and spine!
So too the jaunty gospel-blues of Nina Simone's 'I Wish I Knew How
It Would Feel To Be Free', it's glorious message, given new breath,
life and relevance, as powerfully true as it ever was! Stunning!!

John Stephens' uplifting composition 'Shine' brings the project to a
mellow and memorable conclusion. Mr Legend sings it like an angel!

The instrumental and vocal arrangements are never less than
consummately realised. The production is warm, vivid and wholly alive.

A Masterpiece. Nothing more, nothing less!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century "Songs in the Key of Life" 21 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Let me nail my colurs to the mast - in my opinion, The Roots are the finest exponents of hip-hop, period. I go back as far as Cool Herc, Soul Sonic Crew and Funk Master Flex through to KRS 1, Public Enemy, Tribe Called Quest and Talib Kweli. As far a John Legend is concerned, I'm a definately NOT a fan, hard as I've tried. I would not put him in the same class as Bilal, D'Angelo, Jaheim, Anthony Hamilton, Joe etc - the guy just does not move me as some singers can. As owner as both Get Lifted and Evolver albums, I always felt that he was a fine singer, but simply did not have the material to show off his talents. I compare the situation to why so many wanted to work with the Neptunes, Mark Ronson and JDilla (RIP) all geniuses when it comes to musical production.

What sets The Roots apart are that they are (have evolved) into a hip-hop "band"; their talent in this field is peerless being able to play absolutely anything, with anyone. This being they case, they obviously took time to dissect and analyse Legend's voice and subsequently selected a range of songs which are a perfect foil for his down-home earthy voice.

I first became aware of what was in store by seeing the live performance at the 2010 Fifa World Cup which blew me away - I finally thought "someone has actually worked out how to use this guy!" This album is testimony to that. Yes, apart from "Shine" its full of covers, but unless you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of music, there is lot to which you will not familiar. Apart from the title track, which is the "pull in a wide audience" track, there are a number of absolute gems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up! John Legend and The Roots 24 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Arrived today as 'nearly new' but looked like it hadn't been played. Was surprised to find a bonus 25min DVD showing the guys in the studio and interviewed about the concept of the album.

Again amazing value for money. I paid about 4 for this, the CD is just as good, if not slightly better musically with a larger lineup of backing vocals, horn and string sections. The DVD audio is more detailed but that's a given. It's far from being a disappointment!
I've been a fan of the Roots since the late 90's and the fact that they are still on top of their game and still relevant in an industry that normally gives a band a 5 year window, is testament to their incredible musicianship. John Legend works very well with this group of musicians and sounds great, a whole lotta soul goin' on!

A great choice of songs, not the obvious choices but that's the good point about it.

Worth every penny even at full price, but all the sweeter getting it at a bargain price!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any soul fan 22 Oct 2010
By lajonic
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply this is the album of the year so far. Every track is a complete masterpiece. John Legend has NEVER sounded this good! Pairing up with The Roots is a match made in heaven. I've been waiting for a soulful album like this for a long time and now it's here. Fair enough its a covers album all but the last track, but nevertheless the songs are covered to the highest quality. Not even one track can be skipped in my opinion, its impossible to pick a highlight without listing every track.
I was an original John Legend fan but lost a bit of faith after his past couple of albums. I hope he continues on this note. You NEED this in your collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A brilliant album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collabaration 9 May 2013
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
What can you say, one of the best modern day soul men with the best hip hop band, simply brilliant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its ok not as good as his second one!!!
Published 1 day ago by angelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab as always
Published 1 month ago by Gaynor McCarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of old and new
The cd is a mix of music & being nearly an oldie myself I much prefer the slower and more soulfull tracks. Well worth a listen though
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. P. Brookes
1.0 out of 5 stars John - What happened
I have one album which I enjoy, but this I couldn't. Nothing in it to make me want to play it again, so it went to the charity shop during a cull of my collection.
Published 9 months ago by adrian donnelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Wake up
Brilllant title track , disappointing with other tracks , interesting DVD with the CD. nOT AS GOOD AS ordinary pEOPLE
Published 15 months ago by Kim Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars nice item
I bought this item for a christmas gift. I love it and my friend love too.
Buy this item, because is lovely
Published 17 months ago by Ilenia
3.0 out of 5 stars Its good
I love John Legend. I love the previous albums, not this one so much. Probably because of where im at. I can consciously recall the first few and last few songs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kirah Harry
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album
An enjoyable album but not as good as the last 2. With hindsight perhaps I should have bought the CD rather than a download - I'm not sure where the downloaded file's gone & can't... Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by buysupreme
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Roots
This album does depart slightly from John Legend's previous work. I'd go so far as calling it a "concept" album because I'd say it's more experimental, very much infused with jazzy... Read more
Published on 22 April 2011 by D. Iddon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2010
John Legend does it again with a great collection of tunes from yesteryear.
Particularly love his version of Mike James Kirkland's 1972 'Hang on in there'. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by GT
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