Live at the Jazz Cafe, London [The Complete Show]

Live at the Jazz Cafe, London [The Complete Show]

by D'AngeloD'Angelo


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The Japan-only original version of Live at the Jazz Cafe, London was released in 1996 as a stopgap between D'Angelo's first and second albums. Eighteen years later, it was expanded and widely reissued as a stopgap between the artist's second and third albums, the latter of which had yet to materialize. The 1996 release consisted of roughly two-thirds of the September 14, 1995 performance, with the selections presented out of sequence. The 2014 release contains the whole set, from the introduction to the rapt applause at the close of an 11-minute "Brown Sugar." In the U.K., D'Angelo's first single was three weeks away from release, yet the audience knew it from the first notes. In the States, the debut album from the 21 year-old was only two months old, on its way to platinum status. In the liner notes, manager Alan Leeds recalls that D'Angelo had done only a few gigs. Indeed, the early portion of this set sounds tentative. It begins with two-minute versions of Mandrill's "Fencewalk" and Ohio Players' "Sweet Sticky Thing," in which D'Angelo's trio of female background vocalists -- including collaborator Angie Stone, between pioneering rap group Sequence and her solo career -- are more prominent. From there, D'Angelo and his band roll through over half of the debut's songs, including an uptempo version of "Jonz in My Bonz" (co-written by Stone) and a livelier "Lady," greatly enhanced by the extra voices. There are other covers, not just one of Smokey Robinson and Marv Tarplin's "Cruisin'." Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" includes a showcase for guitarist Mike Campbell, an essential player in Voodoo, while a joyously reverent "Can't Hide Love" -- written by Skip Scarborough for Creative Source, made more popular by Earth, Wind & Fire, and practically a standard -- gets another instant crowd reaction. This is a fascinating and satisfying document of a path-clearing young artist who had just gone supernova.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0602537750375
catalogNumber: 2022702
Rank: 38045

Album Credits

Performance Credits

D'Angelo   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Karen Bernód   Background Vocals
Debbie Cole   Background Vocals
Angie Stone   Background Vocals
Jerry Brooks   Bass
Norman "Keys" Hurt   Keyboards
Abe Fogle   Drums
Mike Campbell   Guitar

Technical Credits

Green   Composer
D'Angelo   Composer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Angie Stone   Composer
Harry Weinger   Producer
Carlos Wilson   Composer
Lou Wilson   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Ric Wilson   Composer
Marvin Pierce   Composer
Aik   Cover Design
Carole 'Mo' Hisasue   Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Ralph Middlebrooks   Composer
Monique McGuffin Newman   Producer
Marshall Jones   Composer
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Jack Arenas   Tape Research
Rick Navarro   Tape Research
Leroy Bonner   Composer
James Williams   Composer
Motoko O. Matthews   translation

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