Uptown Special [Explicit Lyrics]

Uptown Special [Explicit Lyrics]

by Mark RonsonMark Ronson
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What do you do when you're a connected and funded musician/producer who, like many others pushing 40 or greater, is disappointed with commercial music made by and for people born after your favorite era of music? If you're Mark Ronson, you dial a Pulitzer-winning novelist, snare a sympathetic group of stars, session giants, and unknowns, including a singer discovered during a talent quest through churches from New Orleans to Chicago, and record another tribute to your childhood soundtrack. Indeed, apart from the involvement of Michael Chabon, whose lyrics color nine of the 11 songs, Uptown Special is business as usual for Ronson and co-pilot Jeff Bhasker. The two songs that don't involve Chabon made the earliest and deepest impressions. Bruno Mars showcase "Uptown Funk," despite aiming for early Time and landing closer to a second-tier trifle -- One Way's "Let's Talk," for instance -- topped pop charts in a number of territories and went platinum in Ronson's native U.K. "Feel Right," led by Mystikal at his vulgar and ebullient best, splits the difference between Bobby Byrd and Son of Bazerk. Everything else was co-written with Chabon, whose somewhat surreal scenes are matched with predominantly hazier and freewheeling sounds. These songs, including two highlights that boast the dynamite rhythm section of Willie Weeks and Steve Jordan, as well as lazing vocals from relative youngsters Andrew Wyatt and Kevin Parker, tend to evoke summery soft rock/smooth soul hybrids of the mid- to late '70s, or certain songs by later practitioners like Phoenix and Daft Punk. "I Can't Lose" is the lone Chabon song that breaks a sweat -- thick, twisted synth funk that borrows from Soho's "Hot Music" and (cleanly) lifts from Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun," featuring newcomer Keyone Starr in the role of Evelyn King (or maybe Mary Jane Girls' JoJo McDuffie). Neatly tied together by opening and closing cuts that include Stevie Wonder on harmonica, because Ronson could swing it, Uptown Special is another nostalgic fantasy that provides light entertainment and provokes backtracking.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888750531025
catalogNumber: 505310
Rank: 7468


  1. Uptown's First Finale
  2. Summer Breaking
  3. Feel Right
  4. Uptown Funk
  5. I Can't Lose
  6. Daffodils
  7. Crack in the Pearl
  8. In Case of Fire
  9. Leaving Los Feliz
  10. Heavy and Rolling
  11. Crack in the Pearl, Pt. 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Ronson   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Linn Drum,Electric Bongos
Carlos Alomar   Guitar
Kevin Parker   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Willie Weeks   Bass
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Mystikal   Vocals
Ray Mason   Trombone
Karl Van Den Bossche   Percussion
Geoff Zanelli   Synthesizer Strings
Andrew Wyatt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums,Hi Hat
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Kameron Whalum   Trombone
Nick Movshon   Bass
Jeff Bhasker   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Talk Box,Juno
James Ford   Keyboards
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Zane Lowe   Background Vocals
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Trumpet
Phred Brown   Keyboards
Bruno Mars   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Philip Lawrence   Background Vocals
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Shontelle Norman   Background Vocals
Tim McFatter   Tenor Saxophone
Dan Oestreicher   Baritone Saxophone
Brody Brown   Bass
Dwayne Dugger   Tenor Saxophone
Sharisse Norman   Background Vocals
Kirin J. Callinan   Guitar
Michael Leonhard   Trumpet
Peter Cottontale   Keyboards
Nico Segal   Trumpet
Teenie Hodges   Guitar
Keyone Starr   Vocals,Background Vocals
Candise Rayborn-Marshall   Background Vocals
Jimmy King   Trumpet
Jamareo Artis   Bass

Technical Credits

Kevin Parker   Composer
DJ Zinc   Additional Production
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Rufus Wainwright   Composer
Michael Tyler   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Ricardo Brown   Composer
Andrew Wyatt   Composer,Programming
Alex Greenwald   Composer
Nathaniel Hale   Composer
Riton   Additional Production
Charles Moniz   Engineer
Josh Blair   Engineer
Mark Ronson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Inaam Haq   Engineer
Joseph Longo   Composer
Nick Movshon   Composer
Chris Vatalaro   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Warren Griffin   Composer
James Ford   Engineer,Additional Production
Homer Steinweiss   Composer
Boys Noize   Additional Production
Michael Chabon   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer,Engineer
Bruno Mars   Composer,Producer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Additional Production
Cristian Pérez   Engineer
Philip Lawrence   Composer
Boo Mitchell   Engineer
Artie Smith   Engineer
Wayne Gordon   Engineer
Brody Brown   Composer
Rhys Downing   Engineer
Nicholaus Williams   Composer
Devon "M.E." Gallaspy   Composer
Joe Visciano   Engineer
TEED   Additional Production
Devin Nakao   Engineer
Riccardo Damian   Engineer
Michale Chabon   Composer
Matthew Stevens   Engineer

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