Get Lifted

Get Lifted

by John LegendJohn Legend

CD(German Import)

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If you've listened to Top 40 radio or flipped through the video channels during the past few years, odds are pretty good you know something about John Legend. He played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything" and might as well be considered Kanye West's sidekick, having assisted the producer and MC on several sessions -- Jay-Z's "Encore" and Slum Village's "Selfish" being two of the more prominent 2004 singles featuring his work. A former choir director, he has also released a handful of energetic live discs, some of which are credited to his less hubristic birth name, John Stephens. And though he claims "I've got something new," you've also heard substantial chunks of Get Lifted in records made decades ago by Sly & the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, and Bill Withers. This might not be a problem for listeners who crave anything that recalls the music they first heard in their youth, but Legend's over-reliance upon his inspirations is an impediment as much as a slick way to grab attention. That's because he has more than enough talent and charm to get by on his own. His own lyrics and hooks are unique and clever enough to get the point across that he's no everyday R&B artist and, just as importantly, he has a personable and instantly fetching voice you could listen to all day long. However, the association with West -- whose Sony-distributed boutique label released the record -- is very helpful. Without it, Legend would likely be zoned into neo-soul (2003's Live at SOB's New York City really makes this notion apparent), thereby standing little chance of reaching the ears of anyone younger than 30. The production work supporting his songs strikes a fine balance between soul and hip-hop, allowing him to appeal to those who are coming from either angle. This is a very good record. It's a given that Legend is destined to make at least two others that top it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099751857723
catalogNumber: 769725
Rank: 5522

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Legend   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Snoop Dogg   Vocals,Rap,Vocal Ad-Libs,Spoken Word
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson   Vocals
Candace Anderson   Vocals
Glen Jeffery   Guitar
Miri Ben-Ari   Strings   Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Bass
George Pajon   Guitar
Kanye West   Vocals,Rap
Lenesha Randolph   Vocals
Printz Board   Trumpet
Tim Izo   Flute,Saxophone
Tom Craskey   Bass
Dave Tozer   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Ted Chung   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Curtis Jay   Guitar
Elizabeth Lea   Trombone
Tarey Torae   Vocals
Steve Tirpak   Trumpet
Sharief Hobley   Guitar
Jimmy Coleman   Drums
Jenee Dixon   Trumpet
Corey Hogan   Saxophone
Horn Dogs   Horn
Tara Michel   Vocals
Na2   Vocals
James Roston   Vocals
Shvona   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
MBalia Singley   Vocals,Background Vocals
A. Wayne Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brandy Stephens   Background Vocals
Brett Stephens   Background Vocals
Dionne Stephens   Background Vocals
Doris Stephens   Background Vocals
Kashaan Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marjorie Stephens   Background Vocals
Phyllis E. Stephens   Background Vocals
Phyllis Y. Stephens   Background Vocals
Ronald Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vada Stephens   Background Vocals
Vaughn Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ronald "Bumper" Stephnes   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Jayme Kelly Curtis   Guitar
Jeremy Dyen   Synthesizer
Swiss Chris Flueck   Drums
Tarrey Torae   Vocals,Background Vocals
Candice Anderson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Michael Harmon   Engineer
S. Stewart   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
David Bett   Art Direction
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Pete Donelly   Engineer
Miri Ben-Ari   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Kanye West   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Andy Manganello   Engineer
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
John Stephens   Composer
Jason Villaroman   Engineer
Dave Tozer   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Aaron Fessel   Engineer
John Legend   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Paul Cho   Producer
DeVon "Devo" Harris   Producer
Matt Hueneman   Contributor
McGowan Southworth   Engineer

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