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  • Vinyl (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: earMUSIC
  • ASIN: B00JL2IZ4G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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“Amplified Soul”, the 16th studio album from Incognito, consists of 16 new recordings soaked in soul, coated in jazz with more than a twist of funk and dance. Or as Bluey puts it: “This is a labour of love, a gift to those who have supported us over the years”.

Recorded and mixed at the legendary Livingston Studio in North London where The Buena Vista Social Club‘s eponymous multimillion selling first album was mixed and also Björk‘s 1993 debut album recorded and mixed, this album features singers Tony Momrelle, Vanessa Haynes and new addition Katie Leone who provide some of the best vocal performances ever recorded by the band. They are joined by legendary singer songwriter Carleen Anderson and Connecticut born funkstress Deborah Bond and the return one of the Incognito fans favourite Imaani, with the addition of a totally fresh voice on the scene in the form of the soulful 22 year old Australian debutant Chiara Hunter.

Guitarist, main producer and band leader Bluey once again leads his tight rhythm section of Francis Hylton on bass, Matt Cooper on keyboards, Francesco Mendolia on drums and the young percussion sensation Joao Caetano to create a bed of soulful funky irresistible grooves that are punctuated by the trademark Incognito horns. At times on this album the band navigates towards a darker sound than on their previous works offering the listener a new adventure with wonderfully crafted songs wrapped in warm tones. At other times they just get joyously funky!

There are guest performances by original Jamiroquai drummer Nick Van Gelder on two cuts, the awesome alto saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock, synthesizer wizard Ski Oakenfull, Elements Of Life percussionist Roberto Quintero, and Incognito regular contributor Richard Bull and many more. From the plaintive opening number “Amplify My Soul” you get echoes of a classic era that could be easily associated with Marvin Gaye or Stevie’s offerings from the 70’s, to the bubbly, bouncy, catchy number that is immediate and infectious “Hats (Make Me Wanna Holler)”, the album unites all of Incognito’s best character traits. If ever Incognito had a festival crowd anthem, then “Hands Up If You Wanna Be Loved” is it!

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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album does sound very good on CD - the production is immaculate on every track and the musicianship is of a very high standard. I tried the MP3 version, given as a free download, but the CD reveals a lot more detail and has much more depth of sound.

The band are incredibly tight as usual and there is a good team of vocalists - I also enjoyed the horn arrangements and Nigel Hitchcock's alto solos are very classy - sounding quite American, if this can be taken as a compliment. Of course what singles out Incognito is the fact that they are British, but have a "transatlantic" sound.

This album has the usual mix of danceable tracks, with elements of Jazz, Funk and Soul. Every track is well-crafted, but for me, there isn't a stand-out tune that grabs you, as there have been on previous albums. Having said that, this album sounds ideally suited to the summer and makes great party music, with funky bass, syncopated horns and some catchy hooks. Not their best, but of a very high standard - just put it on and enjoy the summer!
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I have all their 16 albums but only on CD so I bought the vinyl version as I just wanted to have some Incognito under my needle. The courier has just delivers it about 30mins and so I'm giving side 1 of this 2xLP a quick listen before I go out. I'll say one thing of the vinyl version it truly is a work of art, it's a double gatefold sleeve and it's gorgeous, someone should be selling the cover art as a poster.

I've must say that it's got the Incognito sound but it also has a slight edge to it, as Bluey has brought in some new personnel such as Katie Leone who's vocals are simply divine. I will say this which might upset many Incognito fans but I'm so happy Maysa isn't on this album as I felt her guest vocals on the last couple of albums were just not up to the same standard as the other vocalists such as Immani, Tony Momrelle. I will finish this off once I've listened to the rest of the album tonight.
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Incognito back to their absolute best.
I only received this lunchtime today, listened to it all afternoon and honestly can say this album rivals some of the very best ones Cog have done over the last 35 years.
All the tracks are great- personally I love Amplify my Soul, Rapture and Never Known A Love Like This but its really hard to call as this album will appeal to all die hard fans
Bluey has combined good old jazz funk with a mix of soul, swing and jazz plus a heavy dose of funk.
Tony Momrelle features on many of the tracks and his soulful voice adds depth to the music.
There are not enough superlatives for this album.....
Bluey-you're a total genius!!
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I have followed Incognito since the beginning and after playing Amplified Soul non stop since receiving the package yesterday, for me this album doesn't go down anywhere near one of their best. Yes, there are some quality tunes to be savoured but with sixteen tracks to play from, the sum doesn't make for a totally satisfying whole. Key tracks which fit the 'killer diller' status are the Stevie-ish Something 'bout July, I Couldn't Love You More, I See The Sun featuring Deborah Bond, and the gorgeous Curtis Mayfield-ish Stop Running Away with Bluey on vocals, totally unrecognisable and a really lovely track. Bubbling under, Silver Shadow is a nice cover, Hands Up If You Wanna Be Loved is a grower and the single Hats (Makes Me Wanna Holler) is a different kind of party song for them I'm still not sure about, yet the video is good to watch and Bluey is very entertaining. The other point for me is there's little of their Jazz Funk instrumental asides with Amplified My Soul Part 2 and Wind Sorceress far too short. I also found the instrumental breaks and soloing in the songs a little too predictable, mainly sax, trombone and trumpet, but one of the big omissions was the flute!! How I love my vibbing . Summer grooves are not the same without your flute in attendance. Also lots of horn stabs but not much stretching/tempo changing like they've done before, and Bluey's musical director, brilliant keys player Matt Cooper had a very low profile time on the sessions I thought. Barely noticed him!!......

AND the one major thing I was hoping Bluey would do which I think would have made such a difference........draft in Simon Hale. His string arrangements are something to behold and always add a very special dimension to the music. Check Mario Biondi's 'Sun' for proof.
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I am fairly new to Incognito (the first album I bought was Transatlantic RPM) and this is album is pure class. Its smooth, funky, uplifting, jazzy, soulful and the instrumentation and production is flawless.

If you loved their last album, Surreal, you will be blown away by this one, that's for sure!
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Firstly, I'd like to say that I am a huge fan of the Cog. I like this album a lot and I'm pleased I bought it. But is it as good as some of the earlier albums? It's difficult to say as there have been some absolute crackers in the past... Transatlantic RPM, Tales From The Beach, Adventures In Black Sunshine... The list of great albums is long!

Like most albums, some tracks are stronger than others. My favourite track is probably Amplify My Soul (Part 2). Jamie Anderson's sax solo is quite frankly divine - I absolutely love this track. Rapture is another corker but then again anything Imaani sings is going to be good! Deeper Still is another corker - I thought I was listening to Erykah Badu when I first heard it. Chiara Hunter has a great voice. Something 'bout July is also a good tune. I especially like the Horns arrangement on this track.

In summary, if you like the Cog, you'll like this album - A LOT. Bluey also sings on one of the tracks adding to the huge range of vocal talent who contribute to this album; including Carleen Anderson, Katie Leone and Incognito stalwarts Tony Momrelle and Venessa Haynes.

Personally, I would like the band to release some of the tracks they regularly play live. I'd love to have a recording of Natalie Williams singing Minnie Ripperton's 'Inside My Love'. A recording of Vanessa Haynes singing 'Don't you worry bout a thing' in the format they dropped at the Royal Albert Hall would be nice too. Oh and what about the version of Always There that Imaani performed at the Blue Note in Milan in 2012? AND as they've started playing Parisienne Girl again, maybe it's time to re-record that one again too!

Bluey, perhaps it's time for another remix album mate! Keep up the good work and see you all soon. x
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