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This album 'Experience: Jill Scott 826+' is a must have on many levels, but what surprised me the most is the pure value for money this album provides. Seriously, thank you Jill Scott. On CD 2 there is an album's worth of new material itself, but on CD1 there is another album comprised of live recordings of tracks from 'Who is Jill Scott?', her first album. This is what surprised me the most. Normally you would find the content of this new album spread over two, separately released albums; a live album and the new album. Here though we really do get two for one.
If you own the first album you may think that the first CD of this new album, the live recordings, will be wasted on you, however this would be wrong. I have the first album, and most people that I know who also own it all agree that is a spectacular debut album, with tracks such as 'Slowly Surely' and 'A Long Walk' breaking into the charts and appearing on very musically specific compilations, such as Gilles Peterson's 'Worldwide' album. The live recordings on the first CD of this new album sound very different to the original recordings. The tracks have all been beefed up, extended in places, and being live feature short solo jams by the musicians in her band. Playing live gives the artist more freedom to have fun with the music, and often they will liven things up for a live crowd, which is exactly what Jill Scott has done here. The other thing that you will notice is that Jill Scott displays a vocal range, and range of vocal stylings which is not evident in the original album. My favourite track on this CD would have to be 'A Long Walk' which was not my favourite track from the first album, and in a couple a places here Jill Scott manages to sound very similar to Nina Simone; very impressive indeed. If you do not have the first album it is worth buying this second release as you need to hear these tracks, and if you do already own the first album then you should still buy this because you will genuinely enjoy listening to these live versions.
The Second CD of this release is all new material of similar quality to her first album. One of the great things I felt about her first album 'Who is Jill Scott?' was the range of different styles she used throughout it; some were jazzy, some were Hip Hop based, some were ballads, and some were of a faster pace with that St. Germain, 'Sure Thing' chilled edge to them (Sorry that is probably a very bad description, but it's the best I can do). On this, her second release, her new material I would say, overall, is slightly slower than the average pace of the first album. I would say that her new material tends more towards jazz and R&B influence, having said that Track 2, 'Gotta get up (Another Day)', is a collaboration with 4Hero who are best known as Drum and Base artists. On that track there is evidence of Drum and Base in the drum rhythm, but I would still classify the track as Jazz, although pretty contempory. Another artist that she has collaborated with is Common who is a Hip Hop / R&B artist, and the resulting track, 'High Post Brotha' has a clear Hip Hop beat, yet is still a chilled and relaxing track to listen to. The rest of the tracks here are very good, but if I went into all of them I would undoubtedly bore you, although you should look forward to track 8, 'Be Ready', as it is a scratchalicious jazz record of the highest quality. Fantastic. Don't forget to look out for 2 hidden tracks on this CD as well.
Overall this is a very good album; good value for money, great music, and offers a further insight into the enigma that is Jill Scott. Buy it!
It would be a crime to award this anything less than 5 Stars.
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on 5 August 2003
This is a truly brilliant album from an amazing and talented artist. This album consists of both recordings from her live tour and new material. The tracks from her live tour are excellant and really do bring her spirit and her energy home. Those who are familiar with her first album will know these tracks. The new tracks are wounderfull, my particular favourite is 'Sweet Justice' but all the other tracks are outstanding.
Jill Scott is a talented and gifted muscian and has so much potential. She is marvelous live. This album allows those who have not been fortunate enough to have seen her live and witness her talent to hear how marvelous she is . A must buy. This album proves that Jill Scott is not just a one hit wonder, the album definantly lives up to the last. Nu-soul at its best
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on 17 February 2002
Jill Scott! This experience is one that can only be bettered by the actual live performance. This album combines the strength of Scott's voice with the passion that she feels for the world and her music. This album is simply superb and MUST enter your houshold as soon as possible!!!!
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on 4 June 2008
My favourite album of Jill's before my friend bought me this one was her first album. A massive range of songs, with lyrics that are so poetic, so honest and so real. The first time i put this in my CD player i was blown away. Absolutely amazing. The live versions bring something different to the studio versions and in my opinion, many of them are better. Commanding the stage and the flow of the music Jill gets it right every single time. I especially prefere the live versions of "Slowly Surely" and "One is the magic number#".
The band are killin' it (in a good way!) and it is such an honest performance from Jill who connects with her audience as though they were a few people sitting in her living room. The spoken words on "Love Rain" bring a new meaning to the poeticness of the studio version, you can sit back and really home in on the emotion behind the words. It's powerful.
For me, the harmonies from the backing singers add an extra flavour to the album that makes it a treat to listen to. Each song sounds different than the studio version and thats why I love it because you get to know different ways of portraying the songs.
My favourite album of all time.
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on 2 October 2009
Jill Scott is known for being an amazing recording artist, but she's also known for being great live too. An artist who flips things around and delivers something magical to many a sell out show. She has definitely made a name for herself within music and I am a big fan of hers.

Jill's live work is something special, as she captures your attention from beginning to finish, wets your appetite and leaves you begging for more. This album is a must for your collection, don't be put off by the fact that it's live, this album is definitely very different to her studio albums and gives you more insight into some of the amazing songs Jill has composed over the years.

A truly inspirational talent within music, film, poetry, etc. Jill is definitely one of the best out there.
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Not only has Jill Scott one of the most soulful voices i've heard in years but she has integrity and spirit. Her studio work is excellent, but Jill Scott live is magical. This album has one disc of live tracks from both her home town of Philadelphia and Washington DC. It also has another disc of studio stuff which features some collaborations but isn't as strong as her first album or the live disc on this album. 'He Loves Me' and 'Getting in the Way' are both superb live, but it'd be unfair for me to highlight a few tracks when they are all so good. Buy this album and enjoy the poetry of her lyrics and feel the soul in her vocals. An amazing artist!

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on 28 January 2013
If you love your music Old School ... I recommend you check out 'Gimme' on this cool album. The Experience album is just to chill out to. Every track has substance and the hottest track speaks for itself. Down right FUNKY! Smile.The Darlings of Soho
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on 13 April 2014
As a recently new listener, this is the CD that got me into the genre a few years ago. A must for anyone who appreciates REAL R&B not the horrible mainstream type. Groovy, funky and meaningful.
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on 19 January 2014
I love Jill Scott and this live album lived in my car for 6 months. She is amazing live and the atmosphere and quality is great!
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on 23 November 2001
Having already listened and loved 'Who is Jill Scott' and wanted to experience what this wonderful lady was like live. Was I dissapointed?, no and I didn't expect to be. This CD brings to your ears a new dimension of Jill. A must with some excellent BONUS tracks on the second CD. You've got to love this woman. She has got soul.
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