As the tongue-in-cheek title implies, Raphael Saadiq's solo debut, Instant Vintage, pays homage to old-school greats such as Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, and Smokey Robinson, whose socially conscious soul music informs the disc's every groove. Saadiq's influences are most apparent on songs such as "Body Parts," with its "Across 110th Street" vibe, and "Make My Day," which could be considered an artistic interpretation of Gaye's "Inner City Blues." Saadiq's references won't surprise his fans, who have followed him from pop giants Tony! Toni! Toné! to R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl, but with Instant Vintage, he does more than just lift from '70s classics. Here, he offers a complete smorgasbord of funk, soul, and R&B, soaring with urban radio-ready songs such as the Dr. Dre-inspired "Still Ray," which samples the hip-hop producer's piano-tapping instrumental "Still Dre." Although he's gone solo, Saadiq is still a team player, as he illustrates on the soulful, guitar-tinged first single, "Be Here," featuring D'Angelo, and on the melodic standout track "Excuse Me," a duet with Angie Stone. With Instant Vintage, Saadiq -- who calls his soulful, crowd-moving sound "gospel-delic" -- taps into his classic soul roots but instigates a new flowering on the fertile neo-soul tree.
Performance CreditsRaphael Saadiq Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Charles Veal Strings,Violin
D'Angelo Track Performer
Brandon Fields Tenor Saxophone
Nick Lane Trombone
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Leslie Wilson Vocals
Greg Adams Trumpet
Randall Wiggins Background Vocals
Kelvin Wooten Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Tuba,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings
Traci Nelson Background Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman Keyboards
Jake & the Phatman Percussion,scratching,Drums
Technical CreditsHi-Tek Contributor
Leslie Brathwaite Engineer
Timothy Christian Riley Producer
Benjamin F. Wright String Arrangements,String Conductor
Michelle Lynn Forbes Engineer
Raphael Saadiq Producer
Len Peltier Art Direction
Kelvin Wooten Producer
Daniel Romero Engineer
Gerry Brown Engineer
Clint Roth Engineer
Jake & the Phatman Producer
Glenn Standridge Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Instant Vintage based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Saadiq is back again! Great CD with very good songs. This artist has staying power first with TTT, Lucy Pearl and now solo. Doing what I can, Body Parts, Faithful, and Uptown.
Still Ray, track no. 4, is by far one of 5 really good songs of 2002. This album is soulful, different, and neat. I enjoyed it.
If you thought that Raphael Saadiq made good music before, you will be pleasantly surprised at how innovative this album is.All new funk, same old soul."Skyy, can you feel me","Uptown" & "You're the one that I like" are my personal favorites...check it out!!!