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Instant Vintage

Raphael SaadiqAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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"I can see my name written across the sky," Raphael Saadiq sings on "Go To Hell," from his stunning new album, Stone Rollin', as a B3 organ swells, cymbals dance, and a fluttering string section spirals towards the heavens. "Victory is near... I can feel it getting closer, closer every day."

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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000066EZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD
If you think that by calling an album 'Instant Vintage' it is a testament to an artist's arrogance and how highly they think of what they do, then you know nothing about and have never heard any song that Raphael Saadiq had a hand in. If you have, and especially if you've heard Tony Toni Tone's final album 'House of Music', my personal favorite album of all time, then you can only be nodding your head at the title. The fact of the matter is, he is the most talented and consistentally impressive musician and singer working in R&B and you can count on him to release a great album no matter what state the music is in. The typical music fan is probably still sleeping on this one, sadly, as I've heard only one song played on the radio and BET and seen this album nowhere on the Top 40 charts. The majority of R&B acts and performers these days are purely style over substance, but this album is substance with a gang of style along with it. It is so well-written, well-performed, and almost all of the songs have something deep and meaningful beneath the surface shine.
The opener of the album 'Doing What I Can' is a biographical number where he sings about just trying doing the best that he can at what he does, and is intersparsed with various reporters and media types speaking about Saadiq's life and childhood growing up in the rough streets of Oakland. Then it moves right into 'Body Parts', a nice uptempo number with a heavy backbeat and a late-night feel like you's comin' back from a night of poppin' Cris at a club. The first and only single that I know of off the album, 'Be Here', is a nice number featuring D'Angelo that was a good choice for the radio, but is hardly the stand-out on the album.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Neo-Classic June 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As with most brilliant concepts, Neo-Soul has begun its ineveitable slide into cliche. Not the concept itself, but the desire to slap the label on everything even remotely related to it. In light of that, the next logical step is the backlash against neo-soul. As much as we all would like to deny it, invariably the industry's desire to capitalize will triumph, at least in part over the purity and genius of the original concept. If rock-and-roll and hip-hop were not immune, neo-soul, for all it's noble aspirations, will fare no differently.
Instant Vintage, Raphael Saadiq's debut solo effort, is a brave attempt to stave off neo-soul's descent. It is lush and diverse in sound, linked only by Saadiq's signature phrasing. By now you most likely have already heard the brilliant duo with D'Angelo, "You Should Be Here", reason alone to buy the album. Duets with Angie Stone and T-Boz (TLC) are also worthy highlights. Most notable in this effort is a deft two-step away from the typical musical fare of recent neo-soul releases. There is a song featuring a tuba, a move any good marching band afficianado can appreciate. Those who long for Lucy Pearl, will appreciate this album, as will those of us who still remember Tony, Toni, Tone'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone that was a Tony Toni Tone fan like I was, was very disappointed to see that the group had broken up. I am glad that they blessed us with "Who", "The Revival", "Sons Of Soul", and "House Of Music", but after 4 CDs of hits that included my favorites like "Born Not To Know", "The Blues", "It Never Rains In Southern California", "Whatever You Want", "If I Had No Loot", "Anniversary", "Thinking Of You", "Still A Man", etc., I was not ready to see them apart. Once the break up occurred, Dwayne Wiggins dropped a slept on debut "Eyes Never Lie" and everyone eagerly awaited on the debut of the supergroup Lucy Pearl, which consisted of Raphael Saadiq, Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, formerly of A Tribe Called Quest. Their 1st single, "Dance Tonight" was a certified hit, but once their CD dropped it did not do as well as was expected. A bad 2nd single choice in "Don't Mess With My Man" didn't help either, but overall Lucy Pearl had a nice debut, in my opinion. Now after droppin' solo songs like "Ask Of You", "Get Involved" w/Q-Tip and "Just Tryin' To Be A Man" w/Devin The Dude over the years, Tony Toni Tone fans finally get what they want and that's a full length CD from Raphael Saadiq. The first thing that I will say about "Instant Vintage" is that if you are a Tony Toni Tone fan then you are going to love this CD. It's just that simple. Raphael plays an important role in all of the lyrics and production and he also gets contributions as well. The stand out song on this CD is clearly "Be Here" w/D' Angelo. This was the perfect choice for the 1st single. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soulful "Stocking Stuffer" if Ever There Was One! November 10, 2003
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Of course, this is not a holiday offering; however, if anyone wants to give a "gift that keeps on giving", then "Instant Vintage" should satisfy the fan of true R & B.
Saadig's 2002 Grammy-winning release is exactly as others have stated: a neo-soul masterpiece. The listener can relish in Saadig's unique voice and lyrical poetry. Saadig is obviously influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, and the use of the South Central Chamber Orchestra harkens back to the days of Motown when string backgrounds brought an air of sophistication to soul music.
In an album full of favorite tracks, I must praise "Faithful", a song whose title is self-explanatory for all those fellows that think being a "playa" is the way.
If I can influence even one person to invest in this astronomical release, then I have done my job.
Certainly, Saadig has done his in crafting one of the best albums of the new millennium!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Real music about life. Very unique sound tracks
Published 9 days ago by Bert Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like this cd. There a lot if good songs.
Published 18 days ago by Brittney Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Out
A decent first effort by an R&B legend. One gets the sense he was trying to establish a singular sound to help him step away from what he was known for at the time - some spots... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have neo-soul
I love nearly every song on this album. Raphael Saadiq takes soul music back to a time where it was timeless quality hits. I could listen to his songs all day on repeat. Read more
Published 8 months ago by nomdeplume
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Vintage Is More Like Instant Classic
One of the new albums I can put on and listen from start to finish. As offered in the intro, it is true gospeldelic, with soul and funk. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason L James
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!!!!!!
I absolutely love this album. Every song literally lives me wanting to listen to the next one and the next one and the next one... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage? Time Will Tell
It's already vintage to my kids who listened to this on their way to elementary school when they were young. Read more
Published 16 months ago by V. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Raphael Saadiq is a great Bay Area soul artist and this old-school style CD is a must-have for fans and soul lovers alike.
Published 18 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Raphael....
Raphael THIS is pure soul at it's best. What a great voice, band, great song choices and duet partners...just pure incredible ear candy!
Published 19 months ago by Bontomasi
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful, Fantastic
This guy is fabulous. I loved the CD. You can feel his pain and his joy. He should write more songs.
Published 19 months ago by latestbuy
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