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Stay Human

Michael Franti & SpearheadAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Oh My GodMicheal Franti & Spearhead 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stay Human (All The Freaky People)Micheal Franti & Spearhead 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rock the NationMichael Franti & Spearhead 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. SometimesMicheal Franti & Spearhead 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Do Ya LoveMicheal Franti & Spearhead 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. SoulshineMicheal Franti & Spearhead 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Every Single SoulMicheal Franti & Spearhead 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Love'll Set Me FreeMicheal Franti & Spearhead 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Thank YouMicheal Franti & Spearhead 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. We Don't MindMicheal Franti & Spearhead 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Speaking Of TonguesMicheal Franti & Spearhead 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Listener SupportedMicheal Franti & Spearhead 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Radio SegmentMicheal Franti & Spearhead0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Skin On The DrumMicheal Franti & Spearhead 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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One of the most respected, socially active artists in music, Michael Franti returns with his latest studio album, All People (Capitol Records). The album features the hit singles "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)" and "Life Is Better With You.”

“All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of ... Read more in Amazon's Michael Franti & Spearhead Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00005BGUT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

There aren't many hip-hop artists out there today who give a damn about putting positive messages in their music, but Michael Franti is one of them. Ever since his days with seminal group Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Franti has infused his sounds with insightful and thought-provoking lyricism, and this latest Spearhead joint is no exception. Stay Human tackles, among other things, the subject of capital punishment. Through a make-believe community radio station, Franti tells the tale of Sister Fatima, a healer and activist who is being put to death for a crime that her community believes she didn't commit. The "live" broadcasts act as elaborate skits between Franti's insouciant, soul-rap hybrids and help to expose the arrogant nature of America's judicial system and the brutal finality of the death sentence. Musically, Franti has created a richer, more string-laden backdrop for his tracks, creating some of his best idiosyncratic, feel-good vibes to date. But while the funkadelic edge of "Rock the Nation" and laid-back ballad style of "Do Ya Love" are worthy in their own right, Franti's real genius lies in his ability to weave opinions into compelling narratives so that we don't feel we're being battered over the head with someone else's ideas. Emotive, soulful, and opinionated, Spearhead are almost single-handedly keeping alive a tradition epitomized by Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers. Don't sleep. --Paul Sullivan

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Franti & Spearhead at their very, very best May 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The day a new Spearhead CD is released is indeed a richer day than most. Stay Human represents the best work Spearhead has released to date. It is at the same time beautiful, uplifting, thought provoking, educational, fun, serious, clever, mellow, angry, funky, happy and simply some of the finest music available today. I kid you not. There are songs on Stay Human which are so damn good it must be hard for other artists to listen to them without turning green with envy. Every single track is outstanding. How can I convey the beauty of this music through mere words? I can't. What I can do is recommend you buy this album as soon as physically possible. In a small but significant way it will enhance your life. Check it out. Enjoy it. Share it with a friend or loved one. Stay Human.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixes Glory of the R&B Past with Political Present February 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard Spearhead play live on a local radio station and immediately bought the cd on Amazon. I don't buy hip-hop per se but this album transcends categories. There are wonderful influences here, Al Green, Commodores, Marvin Gaye, gospel. And there are hip-hop influences as well. I recommend that you listen to "Every Single Soul" and "Love'll Set Me Free." These are melodic, refreshing, soulful songs that deal with the themes of redemption and the transcending power of love using lyrics that are never trite or sappy. For example, in "Every Single Soul," Franti sings, "No matter where I roam, every single soul's a poem written on the back of God's hand." The song highlights Franti's talents as a story-teller and a gifted singer who deals with the themes that matter most. Most importantly, the song will melt your heart. All in all, there are six tracks I play all the time. In addition to the previously mentioned, I play "Skin on the Drum," "Speaking of Tongues," "Do Ya Love," and "Oh My God." I've been playing the disc for ten months and still find nourishment from it. Even discs I often recommend usually don't have this long-lasting appeal.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great May 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The music on this album is amazing, and the message is right-on. In fact this is probably Franti's best ever album when judged from the viewpoint of music, lyrics, and message.

Unfortunately I found the radio broadcast segments to be ill-conceived and intrusive, but they are easily skipped.

The "music fan" who praised Stay Human but only gave it 1 star because of objections to who Franti chooses to give political support to needs to learn more about the Mumia Abu-Jamal case, which is nowhere near as cut & dried as their post suggests. The trial transcripts don't tell the whole story - the whole point is that this was considered an unfair and biased trial. Dig a little deeper and you'll find plenty to question.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Franti's Great American Opera October 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Stay Human is about as operatic a work as we've heard from any 21st century contemporary artist. Franti lets loose and through the guise of pretense of a dramatic play occuring at a radio station we are introduced to a group of characters including the two radio talk show hosts, Sister Fatima, the "Governor" and a host of listeners - liberal, conservative and brain dead, calling to weigh in on the fate of faith healer Sister Fatima now on death row and facing imminent execution that same night.

Woven between scenes at the radio station Spearhead's songs are brought to life that emphasizes Franti's message in a manner which could only be hinted it without the dramatic structure surrounding it.

The first time I heard this album was late on a hot summer night, on the back deck of a friend's house. He didn't prepare me for what I was about to experience and at the end of "Skin on the drum" I was emotionally exhausted with chills down my back and the hair on the back of my neck standing on edge. I'm not ashamed to say I also cried. This is music presented in such a powerhouse of a theatrical production it should be staged or filmed. As it stands, its effectiveness is not diminished one iota by being "audio only."

While some may eschew the socio/politico commentary embedded into the work, no one who listens and experiences it in its entirety will go unmoved, or turn it off free from thought. For these very reasons "Stay Human" is one of the most important works and deserves a wide audience. A truly remarkable achievement from Franti and Spearhead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is real music May 17, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Real music engages you in more than one way. First there is the sonic connection. You feel this record pulse through you. You alternate between calm and excited, solemn and hyped. You dance yourself tired, sit back, rejuvenate, and go right back at it. Second is the emotional connection. The connection that comes when you realize that the words and music of an artist have touched you in a way that only the greatest art can.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My God!! May 18, 2001
By Scott
Format:Audio CD
" ain't about who ya love, see it's all about do ya love".. Michael, man, why I love your music, your art, is that it makes me THINK. Thank you. For the rest of you who are reading this and wondering if you should THINK about listening to this recording....absolutely!! If you know nothing of Michael or Spearhead, give this one a spin. My God, I have been waiting for this one for awhile (4 years)...and it was worth the wait. Spearhead have changed personnel over the years some, but the vibe and message remains as strong as ever. Michael and the band's constant committment to activism and doing what's right for the people is real, not contrived bull.... like so many other pretenders out there. Listen to the opening track "Oh My God", and let the thoughts, not just the 'words' sink in. In "Stay Human", the streets are alive for everyone with an infectious beat....and speaking of a beat, check out "Rock The Nation", with lyrics to match. We are all a piece of the puzzle...."Sometimes" brings in some summertime fun like a block party, me and mine will be dancin' to it this sum, gather the kids all 'round. "Do Ya Love"...feels so good, one of my early faves here. "Soulshine" will make you want to shed those chains and feel free. "Every Single Soul" renews my faith and makes me have hope. Listen to the segment before "Love'll Set Me Free" and read Angela Davis' words below. Great job Mike. Is that Mary on "Thank You"? Right on. "We Don't Mind", give something back to life, all people. Speak from the heart, not from the tounge. Love like your life depends on it, because it does!!! "Listener Supported".....see them when they come to your city....listen to the information. "Skin On The Drum" will make you want to grow....anew.... Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Sterling Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Program music
Heard him on The Wire. This album is sort of programatic, tells a story from beginning to end. Oh My God is one of my favorite songs, the lyrics are awesome.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Huber
4.0 out of 5 stars Daring and Different
I bought this CD when it first came out and liked it a lot at the time. I'd been a fan of Franti and Spearhead and this fine album was another winner. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars great music, great set of songs, with a great theme overall.
this has been a replacement for an earlier CD purchase which somehow has gotten damaged. I'm glad is still available and the music ages well. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J S
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy all the music he writes.
I enjoy Micheal Franti's music. I listen to it while I ride my bike or any kind of exercise. My kids always say, that if mom is listening to Micheal Franti then don't bug her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Power to the Peaceful
Great messages, great rhythms, makes me feel like I'm on vacation! :) I couldn't be a bigger Michael Franti & Spearhead fan.
Published 16 months ago by Lawyer in Missouri
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the positive vibes in Michael Franti's music
Love all this artist's work! Positive, compelling, thought-provoking lyrics with great music and talented band. Hope to see them live one day!!
Published 16 months ago by Dan Hofert
5.0 out of 5 stars stay human
just a very good cd Allthought a very good attempt at a real show it is a play going on.
Published 20 months ago by A. Dergo
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
This is more a dramatic performance than a music CD. The radio segments in between each song are good the first time you listen to it, but after that it gets old. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lora F.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was looking for
The music on this album is great and I have been looking for it for a while, however the version I received was "Spearhead Radio" version with a bunch of short talking tracks in... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michelle
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