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|1. Next Movement|
|2. Step into the Realm|
|4. Mellow My Man|
|5. Love of My Life - Common|
|7. Don't See Us|
|8. 100% Dundee|
|9. Adrenaline! - Dice Raw|
|11. Silent Treatment|
|13. You Got Me|
The Roots have always been different from other hip-hop artists: while others are at their best in the studio, the Roots' live show (which they hone by being on the road more often than back home in Philadelphia) has always been their forte; while others acknowledge those who came before them only by sampling past hits, the Roots routinely perform a hip-hop history lesson; while others rely on a DJ, the Roots are a full-functional, take-no-prisoners live band that features vocalist Scratch, who impersonates a turntable. (They've also got human beatbox Rahzel, who makes the music with his mouth.) Despite a minor hit with "You Got Me", from their fourth album, Things Fall Apart, they've never made an album that matches their live show--which is why Come Alive is so special. A collection of songs recorded live during the their 1999 tours (filled out with a handful of studio tracks), it's easily their finest moment on wax (or any other medium). What other hip-hop group could turn a live performance of their biggest hit into an extended jam, highlighting the talents of guest vocalist Jill Scott?
In the early 1990s, Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA was feted for his use of pianos and strings, just as GangStarr's Premier has been recogniSed for his innovative use of rare and classic jazz. The Roots, on the other hand, are led by drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, who probably performs innovative fills while waiting in line at the bank; joined by ace bassist Leon "Hub" Hubbard and keyboardist Kamal, they form a trio that, in another decade, would be one of Blue Note's mainstays. On Come Alive, they get to strut their stuff as never before, resulting in what is easily the best live hip-hop album to date--and, hopefully, just a hint of what is to come from Philly's finest. --Randy Silver
For a band that self-title themselves "the legendary Roots crew", they have quite a reputation to live up to and they totally do on this DualCd Live album. Read morePublished on June 28 2005 by Francois-samuel Fortin
Hip Hop is notorious for short shows over canned beats. The Roots have the talent and love of all music, not only Hip Hop, to sustain a live album. Read morePublished on June 14 2005 by "pjoseph1"
Many of you may know, the Roots records all of its albums 'live.' They dabbled in a studio recording on one since they were not mainstream enough, and it backfired. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by dnoyeB
The Roots standout in a world of cookie-cutter, non-original artist. Combining live instruments and the ridiculous flow of Black Thought, the Roots bring a fantastic and... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by "chef101984"
I'm into alot of underground types of music but when it comes to hip hop I only like the pure stuff and the pure stuff in my opinion is having MC's with an old jazz band and DJ... Read morePublished on April 16 2003 by blackholesun
This cd has become a classic for me and I never get tired of listening to it. Unlike other cds that you may tire over time, I never hesitate to slide this one into the cd tray and... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by "bashio"
The sickest and most talented bunch of musicians. They flow with such ease that before you know it your head is bobbin and your feet are tappn'. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2002 by "djxprez"
I just saw them on Smokin' Grooves at the Jones Beach Theater. They are tooo great! Buy this CD cause its the closest you can get to the energy of their live performances w/o... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2002