Wake Up!

With the recent success of their collaboration on The Fire still fresh, The Roots and John Legend are about to unleash their latest collaborative effort, a socially conscious album entitled, Wake Up!, scheduled for release September 21. NPR has the exclusive first listen.

According to the artists, “All the tracks feature an ‘underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness– effectively telling listeners to Wake up!’ “.  The album features 10 covers of politically motivated soul music from the 1960s and ’70s that are reflective of hope and frustrations of their eras of origin. The 11th song on the track, “Shine”, is an original cut featured in the upcoming Davis Guggenheim documentary, Waiting for Superman.

Album tracks include covers of the familiar– Eugene McDaniel’s protest song, “Compared To What” recorded in 1969 by Roberta Flack, “Wholy Holy” by Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy”– as well as lesser known tracks from the era such as “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” by Nina Simone and Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times”.

Check out the album at NPR’s First Listen here.

Listen to the individual tracks here.

[Via NPR First Listen and Consequence of Sound]

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