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Come Alive [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics, Live]

Roots Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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1. Next Movement
2. Step into the Realm
3. Proceed
4. Mellow My Man
5. Love of My Life - Common
6. Ultimate
7. Don't See Us
8. 100% Dundee
9. Adrenaline! - Dice Raw
10. Essaywhuman?!!!??!
11. Silent Treatment
12. Notice
13. You Got Me
14. Encore

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ROOTS COME ALIVE!!! June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ok, well, for all of you out there who have not had the opportunity to see the Roots perform live... I'm so sorry, but... There's hope. This album, a live album, is as good as live albums get. And I mean it with all certainty in the world. Normally, I wouldn't be likely to mention HIP HOP and LIVE together in a sentence that contained the words "GREAT ALBUM."
Given that factor, let me qualify: First of all, I LOVE hip hop, and I've seen some great hip hop shows. I ALSO love rock and roll and have seen some fantastic shows, but two of my favorite shows I have been to included the Roots.
Now, to the BREAD of the review. The Roots, though a hip hop group, are one of the most talented musical bands that are out there today. Every single musician in their band has amazing skill at what they do (including Black Thought, the lyricist, who is REGULARLY overlooked when it comes to great lyricists). A live Roots show is more than just a show, it's an experience. Both times I've seen the Roots live, they were "just" the opening band, and both times, they've opened and I've been privy to some jaw dropped kid looking at me and saying "wow, that was F@#king AMAZING!", soon after said Jaw-dropped kid had looked at me like I was completely crazy and in the wrong place when I went nuts at the Roots introduction to the stage.
This album, is not quite the same as a live Roots show, but, it's about as close as it gets. It's also amazingly clean in terms of production (as Roots performances are), and the setlist that is played on it is AMAZING. I only WISH I had gotten to see this setlist at the concerts I saw.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Adrenaline (4.5 Stars) May 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I heard that The Roots were dropping a live album back in '99, I ran to the store and purchased it. I had already seen them live and I knew exactly what to expect. And on this CD, they didn't let me down (which they rarely ever do). These are all songs that you've probably heard before on their studio releases. But they take these same classic joints to another level when they do them live. There are some freestyles and other things that are on this album that make them take another shape than what the studio tracks sound like. There are also two bonus studio joints on here. What You want feat. Jaguar (from the "Best Man" soundtrack) and a super tight bonus track on the end of the CD that has Malik B on it. Overall, if you haven't heard this album, or if you haven't seen them live and you're a big Roots fan, then go out and pick this one up. You'll love it.
Personal Favorites: Step Into The Realm, Proceed, Mellow My Man (My Favorite), The Notic, Love Of My Life feat. Common, The Next Movement, and The Ultimate
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Adrenaline (4.5 Stars) May 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I heard that The Roots were dropping a live album back in '99, I ran to the store and purchased it. I had already seen them live and I knew exactly what to expect. And on this CD, they didn't let me down (which they rarely ever do). These are all songs that you've probably heard before on their studio releases. But they take these same classic joints to another level when they do them live. There are some freestyles and other things that are on this album that make them take another shape than what the studio tracks sound like. There are also two bonus studio joints on here. What You want feat. Jaguar (from the "Best Man" soundtrack) and a super tight bonus track on the end of the CD. Overall, if you haven't heard this album, or if you haven't seen them live and you're a big Roots fan, then go out and pick this one up. You'll love it.
Personal Favorites: Step Into The Realm, Proceed, Mellow My Man (My Favorite), The Notic, Love Of My Life feat. Common, The Next Movement, and The Ultimate
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Format:Audio CD
The Roots are the best in hip-hop. Period. They're on the border of underground and mainstream, not having their videos on TRL but still being MTV's "Jam of the Week" ("Don't Say Nuthin'" anybody?). Nevermind how underground they are today, they always have and always will rock the show live.
This album has both Scratch and Rahzel (how could it get any better?!!!??!), but no Malik B. (which sucks, but they still throw it up). The songs "100% Dundee" and "Step into the Realm" are legends as studio tracks, but just blew me away when I heard the live versions. Rahzel's singing on "Silent Treatment" made Black Thought say "Y'all sound drunk", which is good for a laugh at the start of a mellow track. Scratch's scratching on "100% Dundee" made me gape and start saying things I can't say in this Amazon review out loud (and make a lot of people stare at me, too). Leonard's bass just rocked the show on Black Thought's completely random "James Brown outburst" (as ?uestlove put it) on "Adrenaline!". Kamal and ?uestlove go crazy with their instruments on "Essaywhuman?!!!??!" (which, sadly, lacks a horn). No matter how good the live performances are, though, you should listen to the originals first so you can appreciate how amazing these songs are.
And for the final two studio tracks, make sure you listen to "The Lesson, Pt III (It's Over Now)" with Dice Raw, as that track, while short, is amazing. This album is one of those you can listen to at any time and find a song to fit your mood. If you don't love it, you are either extremely biased or need to get an appreciation for music.
PS: Guess where I got Malik in the U-Haul truck from and I'll give you a cookie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars up to the legend
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 more
Published on June 28 2005 by Francois-samuel Fortin
4.0 out of 5 stars Talent...pure and simple
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 more
Published on June 14 2005 by "pjoseph1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest ever
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 more
Published on June 10 2004 by dnoyeB
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of their Element
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 more
Published on April 13 2004 by "chef101984"
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elegant Live Album with a non stop beat for your stereo!!
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 more
Published on April 16 2003 by blackholesun
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting
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 more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by "bashio"
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this might very well be the best Live cd ive heard!
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 more
Published on Sept. 4 2002 by "djxprez"
5.0 out of 5 stars GO SEE THEM LIVE
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 more
Published on Aug. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Live CD You Will Ever Hear
You will never hear a live cd that reproduces a show better then this cd. It makes you feel like you are at the show. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2002 by J. Dantoni
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