Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage (2LP Reissue)

Raphael Saadiq

Instant Vintage (2LP Reissue)

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Release date: 02/21/2020
genre: Soul
Format: LP
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1. Doing What I Can
2. Body Parts
3. Be Here
4. Still Ray
5. Oph
6. You're The One That I Like
7. Excuse Me
8. Charlie Ray
9. Different Times
10. Tick Tock
11. People
12. Tek #1
13. Faithful
14. Make My Day
15. Blind Man
16. Tek #2
17. Uptown
18. What's Life Like
19. Sky, Can You Feel Me
Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage (2LP Reissue)


Raphael Saadiq did not rest on his laurels after bringing his famed R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! to a close in 1997. In
the coming years he was a highly sought after producer and session musician, leaving his mark on tracks by
D'Angelo, The Roots, and Erykah Badu, and briefly formed the supergroup Lucy Pearl with Ali Shaheed Muhammad
of A Tribe Called Quest, and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue. After nearly a decade of working in the realm of New Jack
Swing, Saadiq's interests gradually gravitated towards the burgeoning musical subgenre of neo-soul.
2002 marked Saadiq's debut as a solo act with the release of Instant Vintage, a record so titled to joke on the fleeting
nature of pop culture. It proved to be an album many years ahead of the curve, with its singular focus on organic,
instrumentation-driven soul. (With guest appearances from D'Angelo, T-Boz of TLC, Angie Stone, Calvin Richardson,
Hi-Tek, and the South Central Chamber Orchestra, among others.) A record that foresaw the arrival of the neo-soul
revival, and the mainstream success of nostalgia-mining artists like Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Mark Ronson,
and many more.
Instant Vintage underperformed commercially upon its release, having the misfortune of being released at a time
when pop audiences were more inured with the electro-infused sounds of The Neptunes and Timbaland. In spite of
this the record was an absolute marvel to critics, who praised Raphael Saadiq's shimmering sounds, and effortlessly
warm reproduction of the classic 70s soul of acts like Curtis Mayfield, merged with a then modern neo-soul sensibility.
Heavy praise from the likes of Chicago Sun-Times, The Village Voice, USA Today, and many more. Instant Vintage
would also go on to earn a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album in 2003, and would be ranked as one of the Best
R&B Albums of the 00s by Rhapsody.
In the nearly two decades since the album's release in 2002, Instant Vintage has never been reissued on vinyl.

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