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Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage
Raphael Saadiq established himself as one of today's most consistent soul men through his work with Tony Toni Tone and Lucy Pearl, in addition to outside production for the likes of D'Angelo. For his long-awaited solo project, Saadiq chose the title Instant Vintage, heightening already high expectations.

Fortunately, Instant Vintage is one of 2002's best albums, a finely crafted, expertly realized record that is worth the wait. Unleashing the "gospedelic" era, a term inclusive of his background in gospel, funk, and soul, Saadiq imbues elements from these genres with satisfying vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and lush production, making Vintage one of the worthiest soul albums released in a long time.

Unlike most of his past work, Vintage is largely a solo affair.   When Saadiq does choose to collaborate, it is with luminaries such as Angie Stone, D'Angelo, T-Boz and newcomer Leslie Wilson, whom all add their flavor to the proceedings while keeping the listener's focus on Saadiq.

Highlights abound, particularly "Uptown," "People," and "Doing What I Can," all future classics that are reminiscent of Tony Toni Tone.  Be sure to check the hidden tracks at the end of the disc, where Saadiq performs a loving tribute to Sly Stone. 

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Released 2002 on Universal

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Selected Tracks:

Faithful
Blind Man
Skyy, Can You Feel Me
Be Here

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