VH1 Storytellers [DVD+CD]

VH1 Storytellers [DVD+CD]

by Alicia KeysAlicia Keys

CD(Bonus DVD)

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First aired ten days prior to the release of Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers program featured six songs. While this set expands the set to 11 songs, it does not present the full performance. Heavy editing was involved; certain portions of Keys' dialogue re hacked up, crowd noise is unnaturally lowered and raised in volume, and there is little evident effort to make the songs flow. Keys' first words here, the lead-in to "No One," are "We were at the end of the album, and it was finished, and…" -- so it provokes the feeling of walking into the venue as the gig is in progress. Furthermore, much of her intro to the following "Brand New Me" was cut. For all its choppiness, VH1 Storytellers is enjoyably off-the-cuff, with Keys' anecdotes (including an extended tale about the making of "You Don't Know My Name") and remarks ("I love an acoustic guitar!") often delivered as she and her band are playing. The five songs that didn't air are relevant, including a hot "Fallin'" that could have easily been overcooked, and an "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" that packs a heavier rhythmic punch than the studio version. Ironically, this is less showy than 2005's Unplugged, and it's better for it. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888837263290
catalogNumber: 372632


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alicia Keys   Primary Artist
Jermaine Parrish   Band
Miles Robertson   Band
Hanan Rubinstein   Band
Alfred Carly   Band
Tony Hauser   Staging
Whitney Keaton   Band
Raphael Smith   Band

Technical Credits

Billy Squier   Composer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
Dr. Dre   Composer
Alex Coletti   Director,Producer
Bert Keyes   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Bill Flanagan   Executive Producer
Frank Micelotta   Cover Photo
Shawn Carter   Composer
Janet Sewell   Composer
Kanye West   Composer
Kerry Brothers   Composer
Alicia Keys   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
Allen Kelman   Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer
Rick Krim   Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds   Composer
Angela Hunte   Composer
Andre Brissett   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer
Noah Shebib   Composer
Mel Kent   Composer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
Lee Rolontz   Executive Producer
Emeli Sandé   Composer
Shuckburgh   Composer
George M. Harry   Composer
Trevor Lawrence   Composer
Amber Streeter   Composer
Kristin Lum   Art Direction
Kevin Largent   Production Design

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