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limited version with bonus dvd. musical powerhouses john legend and the roots present fans with a fiery offering, 'wake up!' featuring soulful music from the 60;s and 70's all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness, effectively telling listeners to wake up! after being inspired by the historical presidential election campaign of 2008, the r&b singer legend and hip-hop band the roots felt a need to enter the action. what started as plans for a single quickly developed into a passionate album representing change, hope and activism - not only referencing one particular moment in time, but on a larger scale, holding true no matter what the political climate may be. the resulting album features eleven profoundly evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. the album is highlighted by familiar tracks like 'wholly holy' by marvin gaye and 'little ghetto boy' by donny hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of baby huey and the babysitters' 'hard times,' and 'hang on in there' by mike james kirkland. the album features one original composition, legend's song 'shine,' which is featured in academy award-winning director davis guggenheim's documentary film 'waiting for superman'. the song demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. 'wake up!' blends legend's expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only the roots can provide.
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