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The roots & john legend wake up

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The roots & john legend wake up

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  2. 2. iTTi _ lEliENll § Tlfis album was conceived in the heat oi he sum- mer oi 2008 in tho middle oi a passionate election’ campaign — a csrripoign that represented change & hope and awakened a new generation oi activ- ists who had never been inspired beiore. We live in a time oi seemingly unlimited possibiity and groundbreaking, historic change, yet we're also in the midst oi a deep recession and war. Poverty and disillusionment still aiilict a large portion oi humankind. This intense brew oi possioility & persistent poverty, optimism & despair, activism (St unrest, and global connectedness & intractable global conilicts is the reason WAKE UPI exists. I asked The Roots to join me in producing this al- bum, because they're one oi the best ban s in the business. ‘ live wanted to work with them since l went to college in Philly, and I knew that ? uestlovc would understand the album I was trying to make and help me get there. Its a blend oi soul, ip hop, iunlt, gospel, and reggae which draws inspiration irom a previous era oi socially-relevant music — the soul songs oi the 1960's and 70's. » ' said. “it's the job oi an artist 1"’ 'llb‘ct-the'_ s and we attempted to do just ' 3'-5:‘ todito make an album that spoke to the times in which we live. .. and this music icels so relevant right now. It's iunky & irustroted, revolutionary & rsilective. raw 8! righteous, spirited & spiritual. Oh yeah, and it's so Very soull-ul. I'm very proud to present this exciting collaboration, WAKE UP! _ . -JOHN LEGEND FREEDOM THEN, FREEDOM NOW! Every generation searches ior an anthem — an end- less joumey to Find that intoxicating melody that will ignite the passions and the minds oi millions. WAKE UP! , an album conceived on the eve oi Ba- rack Obamos historic presidential bid, is the prize oi one such irecdom quest. Moved by the millions oi young people who were on the verge oi iinding their political voice during the 2005 election, John Legend & The Roots plunged into the past to cre- ate a musical maniiesto that would reinvigorate this nswiound political activism and optimism. Starting with an extensive list oi songs irom d. ii'ler- ent eras and genres, Legend & The Roots‘ Ahmir “? uestlove" Thompson whittled it down to the socially-conscious soul music oi the 19605 and 1970s. WAKE UPI is the result oi digging in the Crates oi history - a deliberate time travel to an era which strangely mirrors our conilicts and potential . ~ ~ : ' - is antitinnr pure irsniisrn. n.n1£ing sound strncini pride and radical nrstasi. l‘/ louming the Ksnnéiys, Malcolm, and Martin, spealcing out against the Vietnam War, and bemoaning the Newark and Watts riots, the songs that appear here, popular or obscure in their own time, ushered in the new genres oi iunk and soul and demanded that their generation vote up and Change. some recent history: The eleven songs on this al— bum are irom sessions that took place between July 2008 and June 2010, beginning in The Stu- dio, the steodiast Philly recording home oi The Roots, and wrapped up in the behttinglymarned Legacy Studios in New York City. John Legend sings leacl on all the traclrs, and Melanie Fiona ap- pears on the title track oi the album only Other traclts leature emcees Common, CL Smooth, and. oi course, The Roots’ own Blaclc Thought. The instrumental lineup consists oi the Roots’ Ahmir “? uestlovc" Thompson on drums, James Poyser on keyboards, organ, and piano, Douglas on guitar, and Owen Biddle on bass. Coming up with an anthem that could inspire a gen— eration who grew up on hip hop and pop (not soul), who came oi age with MTV and Ynnrnirs (not vi- nyl), was no easy inst. These bright-eyed citizens are “postracialvv and flposblerninist" children: those who have grown up oitcr the legislated victories oi the Civil Rights and Women's Rights movements. They now soldier the wars oi "clinics" in lraq and Aighanistan. but are not shielded by a substantial . , . . . . anti-war movement They are e bcneiicisries o ans ‘ - unprecedented cultural integration, yet remain vic- tims oi segregated school and criminal justice sys- terns. They reside jn the wealthiest nation, but are ' ‘’ divided by inexplicable urbsn poverty and econom- ic inequality Strange times indeedi It is the potent mix oi timeliness and timelessness that makes WAKE UP! such a poweriul album. Beginning with ? uestloves brilliant boom—bap drumming on Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ 1971 “Hard Times, " the album opens with an urgency and despair. We are now-living through the great-_ . est economic calamity since the Great Depres- sion, And yet our joblessness and homelessness seems even more desperate alien Black Thought poignantly coniesses, “I probably do whatever that would better my outcome / This city is like the Audubon ballroom waiting ori Malcolm / Cause people wanna see my blood ilow no iouritairis / 1 got nowhere to go and still icol like isnnnsing" over this oit—sampled Curtis Mayiield beat. Delving into anti-war soul, Legend & nns Roots continue with Eugene l‘/ lcDaniels' immortal “Compared To What, " a Vietnam protest song made iarnous by pianist Les McCsnn and saxo- phonist Eddie Harris in 1959. Since McDsniels was blacklisted by record labels because oi his criticism against Nixon, his message primarily survived in hip hop samples. Here, by summoning McDsniols‘ progressive spirit, Legends sultry bori- tone and the blare oi Chris Farrs sax cut through
  3. 3. the fog oi war with stunning clarity — countering the hoom of US, mfisiles in the Middle East with the steady hacl-{heat ol justice. This quest ior justice is captured hy the center- piece ol the alhum, "Wake Up Everyhody" — the classic Philly Soul tune recorded hy Harold Mel- vin & The Blue Notes. The largesse oi its social vision is wrapped in the soullulness of Legend's and Melanie Fionals vocals, the lunlty authority ol Owen Biddleh hass, and Commonls provoca- , tive rhyme. The song grows hotter and hotter with each turn, emerging as the natural anthem for the hip hop generation, now all grown up and ready to lead. ’ Admittedly, some ol the songs on this alhum are so ohscure that only a music archivist lilte ? uest- love could unearth them. On tracks like Ernie Hines’ 1970 “Our Generation, ” now slyly featur- ing CL Smooth (who, with Pete Rock, originally sampled l'lines on the hip hop classic “Straighten It Out") and "Hang on In Tlisrs, " recorded hy Mike James Kirkland in 1972. we hear a pure, raw soul that's only recognizahle in hip hop sam— ples today We also glean insight into the musical iriendship that Legend & The Roots shared in these sessions. In their breaks and chords, phras- ings, and tempos, we sense the playlul camarade— no that was brewing in their jam sessions. We hear the collaborative and improvisational spirit of 1970s lunk hands that provided the soundtrack for a more perlect American democracy, There are law who can pull ail Donny Hathaway hut a tender insistence lilts Legends version oi "Little Ghetto Boy, " an irresistihly soullul elegy that marks the time stolen from Americas incarcer- atecl hlack and hrown youth. Legends tnsatlitalr. ing, multilayered vocals and Black Thoughts inci— sive verse huild to a transcendent climax: the triumphant chorus ol people who are determined to he tree. one hears the playiul, seduciive emdtions in the vocals on "l-lnnianity (Love The way It Should Be)" that should he an unintentional echo familiar td any John Legend ian. But this single, initially released hy the Royal Rasses and Prince Lincoln Thompson in 1979, is not only a rare duh excursion [or Legend & The Roots, hut it provides the anti- dote to the social prohlems addressed throughout the alhum. on keyboards, James Poyser ol'lers an aphrodisiac groove that gently reminds us oi the power ol love to change the world, on "wlisly Holy, " Legend is fully haclc in church and turns his sizzling vocals into contemplative gospel, By layering Marvin Gayes vocal melody over Aretha l: ranl(l. ins musical arrangement, the simplicity oi this song is a sleight oi hand, [or Leg- end & The Roots are really performing a haptism that immerses us in the sanctity oi the pulpit and drenches us in the purity of justice. “The diiterence between the music then and now is that, hack then, there was an understanding that revolution and change needed to occur. There was ahsolutely no [ear in talring the first step and heing on the iront line and informing people and inspir- ing and leading them. Now, people [eel like day have a lot to lose. " - ? uestlove More than any song on the alhum, Bill Withers’ 1973 hallad “I Can't Write l. .el't Handed" dem- onstrates Legend & The Roots are willing to take some risks, lnstead ol the melancholic melody to mourn injured soldiers coming home lrom Viet- nam, this version is absolutely del-iant. unapologeti- cally dirt-in-the nails, and quintessentially hip hop. Thanlts to guitarist Capln Kirk Douglas’ electrify— ing solo, the song reaches such a leverish pitch that you know the holy ghost has come to give voice to our wounded and dead American soldiers — a twelve-minute revival trying to save the soul oi an emhattled nation. This sermon is picked up in the good-time-rolling "l Wish l Knew How lt Would Feel To Be Free, " by Nina Si- mone Despite the dogged stubbornness oi racial and economic ine ity in our times, the commu— nion ol Legend, his hacltground vocalist Jessyca Wilson, and thumping tamhourines creates the wakeiulness that the entire alhum seeks. In this twicertold lreedom song, our spirits cant help hut he lilted hy its undeniahly hopelul sound. written by Billy Taylor and canonized “An artist's duty as tar as I'm concerned is to rellect the times. l think that is true oi painters, sculptors, poets, and musicians - as tar as I'm concerned, it is their choice. But l choose to reflect the times and situations in which l hnd mysell, That to me is my duty’: —Nino Simone The only original song on this alhum, “Shine, ” is truly ol the moment. It was written by Legend for Davis Gnggsnlisins I-ilm ahout the loetrayal and hrokenness of American public schools, Waiting ior "Supermanl Poysers keys and Legends vo— cals do not simply reach new heights in this Stevie Wonder-inspired gospel, hut this is the most rous- ing song to date to catapult Americas “invisihle" children into a hetter luture. Moving through time and genre, WAKE UP! is a discovery oi musical imagination and a rediscovery oi memory. lt is a wonderful exchange ol heats and shouts and ciphers and rilis among musicians who reach hackward in order to move iorward. It is the coming together ol that wonderful tradition oi hlaclr protest, passed down like a “magical ha- isn, " as Amiri Baraka would say, train one genera- tion hnd piclred up hy the next. A triumph over trouhled times, WAKE UP! is music that demands action, We owe ourselves and the next generation nothing less. - SALAMISHAI-l TILLELF, SEPTEMBER 2010
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  5. 5. {g . m ‘ om. -mamu ammnguunfinunomv I W « « I . : . . wwawx». --grvIaInmn. uan»: nunrn: .3 . .~, -». :.I; nu-A«u. x~ -. .~ .4 HARD TIMES FEAT. BLACK THOUGHT WRITTEN BY CURTIS MAYFIELD I PUBLISHED BY WAR- NER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP. (BMI) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR "°UESTLOVE" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I JOHN LEG- ENDS VOCALS RECORDED BY ALEX VENGUER, CHRIS SOPER & NICK BANNS I BLACK THOUGHTS VOCALS RE- CORDED BY CHRIS SOPER :3: NICK BANNS I ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY STEVEN MANDEL 8: JON SMELTZ, AS- SISTED BY RYAN KELLY & DERIK LEE I BACKGROUND VO CALS JESSYCA WILSON I DRUMS: AHMIR THOMPSON I ADDITIONAL GUITARS RANDY BOWLAND I ELECTRIC GUITAR KIRK DOUGLAS I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I TRUM- PET- MATT CAPPY I SAXOPHONE & FLUTE. CHRIS FARR I STRINGS ARRANGED & CONDUCTED BY LARRY GOLD I VIOLINS EMMA KUMMROW, IGOR SZWEC, OLGA KONOPELSKY, CHARLES PARKER. GREGORY TEPER- MAN 8: MICHELLE BISHOP I VIOLAS: DAVIS BARNETT & RUTH FRAZIER I CELLO: JENNIE LORENZO COMPARED TO WHAT WRITTEN BY EUGENE MCDANIELS I PUBLISHED BY SPIR- IT ONE MUSIC O/ B/O LONPORT MUSIC, INC. (BMII IPRO- DUCED BY AHMIR “? UESTLOVE" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED BY BOJAN DUGIC I DRUMS AHMIR THOMP- SON I ADDITIONAL GUITARS. RANDY BOWLAND I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I TRUMPET: MATT CAPPY I SAXOPHONE CHRIS FARR I TROMBONE JEFF BRADSHAW WAKE UP EVERYBODY FEAT. COMMON & MELANIE FIONA WRITTEN BY VICTOR CARSTARPHEN, GENE MCFAD- DEN & JOHN WHITEHEAD I PUBLISHED BY WARNER- TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP. (BMI) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR “? UESTLOVE" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP 8: JOHN LEGEND I JOHN LEGENDS VOCALS RECORDED BY ALEX VENGUER I MELANIE FIONA'S VOCALS RECORDED BY MICHAEL ILBERT AT HANSA MIX ROOMI BERLIN. GERMANY I COMMONS VO- CALS RECORDED BY JOE PELUSO. ASSISTED BY DUSTIN CAPULONG, AT THE RECORD PLANT, LOS ANGELES. CAI RECORDED BY JON SMELTZ I ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY NICK BANNS & BOJAN DUGIC, ASSISTED BY DERIK LEE I LEAD VOCALS JOHN LEGEND, MELANIE FIONA, 8: COMMON I BACKGROUND VOCALS JESSYCA WILSON. ASHLEY SIMPSON, MATIA WASHINGTON, LENESHA RANDOLPH, LACEY JONES, DENISE POWELL. NATALIE CURTIS, TAMIKA SMITH, LINWOOD SMITH. JR & TIMIN- EY FIGUEROAI DRUMS: AHMIR THOMPSON I ADDITION- AL GUITARS RANDY BOWLAND I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I STRINGS ARRANGED & CONDUCTED BY LARRY GOLD I VIOLlNS: EMMA KUMMROW, IGOR SZWEC, OLGA KONO- PELSKY. CHARLES PARKER, GREGORY TEPERMAN & MICHELLE BISHOP I VIOLAS- DAVIS BARNETT & RUTH FRAZIER I CELLO JENNIE LORENZO I MELANIE FIONA APPEARS COURTESY OF SRC / UNIVERSAL RECORDS OUR GENERATION (TI-IE HOPE OF THE WORLD) FEAT. CL SMOOTH WRITTEN BY LEON MOORE I PUBLISHED BY IRVING MU- SIC, INC (BMI) I NEW LYRICS WRITTEN BY CL SMOOTH I JOHN LEGENDS VOCALS RECORDED BY ALEX VEN- GUER I PRODUCED BY AHMIR “? UESTLOVE" THOMP- SON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I CL SMOOTH'S VOCAL RECORDED BY NICK BANNS I ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY JON SMELTZ I ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY CHRIS SOPER, ASSISTED
  6. 6. BY DERIK LEE I LEAD VOCAL JOHN LEGEND I ADDI- TIONAL VOCALS CL SMOOTH I BACKGROUND VO- CALS JESSYCA WILSON, ASHLEY SIMPSON 8: LACEY JONES I DRUMS AHMIR THOMPSON I ADDITIONAL GUITARS RANDY BOWLAND I BASS: OWEN BIDDLE I TRUMPET MATT CAPPY I SAXOPHONE CHRIS FARR I TROMBONE JEFF BRADSHAW LITTLE GHETTO BOY (PRELUDE) FEAT. MALIK YUSEF LYRICS WRITTEN BY MALIK YUSEF I MUSIC BY AHMIR THOMPSON. JAMES POYSER. KIRK DOUGLAS & OWEN BIDDLE I PUBLISHED BY MALIK YUSEF JONES / JABRI- EL IZ MYNE. INC (ASCAP) / UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUB- LISHING. RANDY WATSON IBMI) / UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING I JAJAPO MUSIC INC (ASCAP) / UNCLE BOOGSIE MUSIC (BMI) / BIDABLE MUSIC (ASCAP) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR ""UESTLOVE' THOMPSON. JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEG- END I RECORDED BY GHIAN WRIGHT AT THE VILLAGE RECORDER LOS ANGELES, CA LITTLE GHETTO BOY FEAT. BLACK THOUGHT WRITTEN BY EARL DEROUEN & EDWARD U. HOWARD I PUBLISHED BY WB MUSIC CORP. O/ B/O KUUMBA MUSIC (ASCAP) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR "VUESTLOVE" THOMPSON JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED BY BOJAN DUGIC I AD- DITIONAL ENGINEERING BY STEVEN MANDEL & JON SMELTZ. ASSISTED BY NICK BANNS I LEAD VOCALS JOHN LEGEND & BLACK THOUGHT I BACKGROUND VOCALS JOHN LEGEND & JESSYCA WILSON I PIANO JOHN LEGEND I KEYBOARD: JAMES POYSER I DRUMS AHMIR THOMPSON I ADDITIONAL GUITARS RANDY BOWLAND I ELECTRIC GUITAR KIRK DOUGLAS I BASS OWEN BIDDLE HANG ON IN THERE WRITTEN BY MIKE JAMES KIRKLAND I PUBLISHED BY UBIOUITY RECORDS. INC (ASCAP) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR“VUESTLOVETHOMPSON. JAMES POYSERFOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED BY BOJAN DUGIC I LEAD & BACKGROUNDVOCALS JOHN LEGEND I DRUMS AHMIR THOMPSON I ADDITIONAL GUITARS. RANDY BOWLAND I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I STRINGS ARRANGED & CONDUCTED BY LARRY GOLD I VIOLINS: EMMA KUMMROW. IGOR SZWEC, OLGA KONOPELSKY. CHARLES PARKER GREGORY TEPER- MAN & MICHELLE BISHOP I VIOLAS DAVIS BARNETT. RUTH FRAZIER I CELLO: JENNIE LORENZO HUMANITY (LOVE THE WAY IT SHOULD BE) WRITTEN BY LINCOLN THOMPSON I PUBLISHED BY BUGHOUSE (ASCAP) O/ B/O BASEMENT MUSIC LTD IPRS) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR ”? UESTLOVE" THOMP- SON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC & JOHN LEG- END I RECORDED BY ALEX VENGUER I ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY STEVEN MANDEL. ASSISTED BY RYAN KELLY I LEAD VOCAL JOHN LEGEND I BACK- GROUND VOCALS JESSYCA WILSON, ASHLEY SIMP SON & JOHN LEGEND I DRUMS AHMIR THOMPSON I ELECTRIC GUITAR KIRK DOUGLAS I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I TRUMPET MATT CAPPY I SAXOPHONE CHRIS FARR
  7. 7. WHOLY HOLY WRITTEN BY RENALDO BENSON, AL CLEVELAND, & MARVIN GAYE IPUBLISHED BYJOBETE MUSIC CO , INC. O/ B/O FCG MUSIC (ASCAP) / MGIII MUSIC/ EMI APRIL MUSIC, INC. (ASCAPI / NMG M_USIC/ EMI APRIL MUSIC. INC. (ASCAP) / STONE AGATE MUSIC/ EMI MUSIC PUB- LISHING (BMI) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR "? UESTLOVE" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP '& JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED BY ALEX VENGUER I ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY STEVEN MANDEL, AS- SISTED BY RYAN KELLY :3: DERIK LEE I BACKGROUND VOCALS JESSYCA WILSON, ASHLEY SIMPSON. MATIA ASHINGTON. LENESHA RANDOLPH, LACEY JONES. D NISE POWELL, NATALIE CURTIS. TAMIKA SMITH, LIN- WOOD SMITH, JR. & TIMINEY FIGUEROA I DRUMS: AH- MIR THOMPSON IADDITIONAL GUITARS RANDY BOW- LAND I PIANO & ORGAN: JAMES POYSER I BASS: OWEN . _ BIDDLE I SAXOPHONE & FLUTE: CHRIS FARR I STRINGS ARRANGED & CONDUCTED BY LARRY GOLD I VIOLINS ' EMMA KUMMROW, IGOR SZWEC, OLGA KONOPELSKY. CHARLES PARKER. GREGORY TEPERMAN & MICHELLE BISHOP I VIOLAS: DAVIS BARNETT & RUTH FRAZIER I CELLO JENNIE LORENZO I CAN'T WRITE LEFT HANDED WRITTEN BY BILL WITHERS 8: RAY JACKSON I PUB- LISHED BY INTERIOR MUSIC CORP, ADMIN BY SONGS OF UNIVERSAL, INC. (ASCAP) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR "7UESTLOV'E" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I RECORDEDBY BOJAN DUGIC I ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY JON SMELTZ. ASSISTED BY NICK BANNS I LEAD :3: BACKGROUND VO- CALS JOHN LEGEND IDRUMS AHMIR THOMPSON IAD- DITIONAL GUITARS: RANDY BOWLAND I PIANO. JOHN LEGEND I ORGAN JAMES POYSER I ELECTRIC GUITAR: KIRK DOUGLAS I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I TRUMPET MATT CAPPY I SAXOPHONE CHRIS FARR I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE WRITTEN BYBILLYTAYLOR&DICKDALLASIPUBLISHED BY DUANE MUSIC. INC (ASCAP) I PRODUCED BY AHMIR "°UESTLOVE" THOMPSON. JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP 8: JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED BY ALEX VENGUER, ASSISTED BY DERIK LEE I LEAD VOCALS- JOHN LEGEND & JESSYCA WILSON I BACKGROUND VOCALS JESSYCA WILSON, ASHLEY SIMPSON, MATIA WASHINGTON. LENESHA RANDOLPH. LACEY JONES, DENISE POWELL, NATALIE CURTIS, TAMIKA SMITH. LINWOOD SMITH. JR. & TIMINEY FIGUEROA I DRUMS: AHMIR THOMPSON I PIANO JOHN LEGEND I ORGAN JAMES POYSER I ADDITIONAL GUITARS RANDY BOW- LAND I BASS OWEN BIDDLE SHINE WRITTENBY JOHN STEPHENS I PUBLISHED BY CHERRY RIVER MUSIC O/ B/O JOHN LEGEND PUBLISHING (BMII I PRODUCED BY AHMIR “7UESTLOVE" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEG- END I RECORDED BY ALEX VENGUER I ADDITIONALEN- GINEERING BY JON SMELTZ. ASSISTED BYNICKBANNS I VOCALS JOHN LEGEND I DRUMS AHMIR THOMPSON IPIANO & KEYBOARDS JAMES POYSER I ELECTRIC GUI- TAR: KIRK DOUGLAS I BASS OWEN BIDDLE I TRUMPET & FLUGELHORN MATT CAPPY I SAXOPHONE & FLUTE CHRIS FARR VFCSF I LET 'EM REACHIUP TO THE V/ MP CHORUS THEY WAIT TO PLEAD CLOUDS LET ‘EM SHINE THEIR CASE LET ‘EM SHINE ON UNKNOWN, CAST-ASIDE THEY CAN'T EAT IF LET 'EM LIVE WE DON'T FEED 'EM LET 'EM SHINE ON I'D LOVE TO SEE THEIR FACE THEY CAN'T READ IF ‘ CAN WE SPARE THE LIGHT? WE DON‘T TEACH ‘EM LET ‘EM BREATHE TI-IERES NO LIGHT, IF LET ‘EM SHINE ON OR ARE WE AFRAID TO SEE THEM? DON'T JUST LET ‘EM DIE LET ‘EM SHINE ON PRISONERS OF HISTORY REPEAT CI-ZORUS LET EM LOVE THESE BEAUTIFUL MINDS, OHHHHHH TRAPPED INSIDE BRIDGE LET 'EM LOVE _ BRING THEM BACK TO LIFE STARS FLICKER IN OHHHHHH THE DISTANCE CHORUS LONELY OUTIN SPACE OUTRO VERSE LET 'EM SHINE THEY SING OUT, BUT HOLD 'EI"I CLOSE LET 'EM SHINE ON WE'RE NOT LISTENING LET ‘EM KNOW LET 'EM SHINE WE DON‘T SEE THEIR FACE THEY‘LL GET THROUGH LET 'EM SHINE ON THE NIGHT WE CAN'T LET 'EM DIE V ERSE 2 WE CAN'T MAKE 'EM HIDE ORDINARY PEOPLE IT'S SO DARK BUT I SEE SPARKS ALL THE LITTLE MIRACLES CAN BE A HERO IF WE DON'T SNUFF 'EM OUT THAT LIVE INSIDE DON'T PUT OUT THE LIGHT WE'VE GOTTA LET 'EM FLAME LET 'EM SHINE i LET 'EM SPEAK THEIR NAME REPEAT CHORUS ‘ ALBUM PRODUCERS AHMIR "°UESTLOVE" THOMP SON. JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP 8: JOHN LEGEND "LITTLE GHETTO BOY (PRELUDEI RECORDED BY GHIAN WRIGHT AT THE VILLAGE RECORDER. LOS ANGELES. CA I ALL SONGS RECORDED AT A HOUSE WE JUST HIDE THEM LET 'EM GROW CALLED °UEST & THE STUDIO, PHILADELPHIA, PA, & AT MSR STUDIOS. NEW YORK. NY I ALL SONGS MIXED BY JIMMY DOUGLASS, ASSISTED BY MAKI SUZUKI & DARREN MOORE, AT THE MAGIC BOX, MIAMI, FL, & MANHATTAN CENTER STUDIOS, NEW YORK. NY I ALL SONGS MASTERED BY DAVE KUTCH AT THE MASTER- ING PALACE HARLEM, NEW YORK, NY
  8. 8. BONUS TRACKS SHINE (WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” VERSION) PRODUCED BY JOHN LEGEND I VOCALS AND PIA’ NO BY JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED BY ALEX VEN' GUER AT MSR STUDIOS, NEW YORK, NY I MIXED BY TONY MASERATI FOR TWO CHORD MUSIC, INC AT CANAAN ROAD STUDIOS, CANAAN. NY I MASTERED BY DAVE KUTCH AT THE MASTERING PALACE, NEW YORK, NY WAKE UP EVERYBODY (LIVE IN STUDIO PERFORMANCE) PRODUCED BY AHMIR “°UESTLOVE" THOMPSON, JAMES POYSER FOR AXIS MUSIC GROUP & JOHN LEGEND I RECORDED AND MIXED BY STEVEN MANDEL AT MSR STUDIOS, NEW YORK, NY I MAS TERED BY DAVE KUTCH AT THE MASTERING PAL’ ACE. NEW YORK, NY VIDEO IN THE STUDIO WITH JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS RECORDED ON MAY 24, 2010 AT MSR RECORDING STUDIOS, NEW YORK, NY I DIRECTED BY NATALIE JOHNS I DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY. GEORGE LYON I ASSOCIATE PRODUCER MELISSA KOVNER I FILM PRODUCED BY DIG FOR FIRE THE ROOTS ? UESTLOVE DRUMS & PERCUSSION I JAMES POYSER ALL KEYBOARDS, ORGANS SYNTH 8: XYLOPHONE I CAP‘N KIRK DOUGLAS GUITARS I OWEN BIDDLE BASS I THE ROOTS APPEARS COURTESY OF DEF JAM RECORDS A&R OPERATIONS DAMIEN ALEXANDER&MEAGHAN LYONS I MARKETING: SCOTT GREER & NAIMA COCHRANE I MANAGEMENT THE ARTISTS ORGANI ZATION I ART DIRECTION & DESIGN DAVE BETT CHRIS FELDMANN 3: MICHELLE HOLME I ILLUSTRA TIONv POST TYPOGRAPHY I PHOTOGRAPHY AN’ THONY MANDLER ARTWORK AND DESIGN © 2010 SONY MUSIC ENTER’ TAINMENT/ ® 2010 GETTING OUT OUR DREAMS AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT / VIDEO CONTENT © ZOIO GETTING OUT OUR DREAMS AND SONY MU’ SIC ENTERTAINMENT / MANUFACTURED AND DIS’ TRIBUTED BY COLUMBIA RECORDS, A DIVISION OF SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT / 550 MADISON AV ENUE NEW YORK, NYIOO22'32II / “COLUMBIA” AND 9’ REG US PAT & TM OFF MARCA REGISTRADA / FOR NONVCOMMERCIAL PRIVATE EXHIBITION IN HOMES ONLY ANY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OTHER USE. OR COPYING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED ALL RIGHTS UN’ DER COPYRIGHT RESERVED / GOIOOO20047I79 JOHNLEGENDCOM I COLUMBIARECORDSCOM mu mm Q SIIIIIIIEL 1 NTSC 3'9} :13

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