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Wake Up!

18 Oct 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Sep 2010
  • Release Date: 17 Sep 2010
  • Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:02:47
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  • ASIN: B0044SWM5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,036 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By WayfaringWalter on 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 By Wayne M. on 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 By lajonic on 22 Oct 2010
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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By T A Layne on 9 July 2014
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A brilliant album
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What can you say, one of the best modern day soul men with the best hip hop band, simply brilliant.
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