As we mentioned yesterday, John Legend And The Roots recently covered Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” during their Spike-Lee-directed American Express UNSTAGED show at New York’s Terminal 5. Here’s the video, which features Legend, Questlove, and Co. injecting a little soul into the Montreal band’s anthemic live-set closer.
Can’t wait for the new John Legend And The Roots album, Wake Up!, to be released next Tuesday? Our friends over at NPR Music are streaming the album in its entirety at this very moment. You can listen here. Featuring covers of topical songs from the 1960s and 1970s—including tracks such as “Compared To What,” “Hard Times,” “Little Ghetto Boy” and “I Can’t Write Left Handed”—Wake Up! is quickly becoming one of our favorite new releases of 2010. The album will be streaming until its release date on September 21st.
Less than two weeks remain until the September 21st release of Wake Up!, the new album from John Legend & The Roots. All but one of the songs are covers of classic ’60s and ’70s R&B songs—including Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy,” Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody,” the Les McCann/Eddie Harris jazz-funk classic “Compared To What,” Bill Withers’ “I Can’t Write Left-Handed,” and Baby Huey’s “Hard Times.” One original song, “Shine,” was written by Legend for the documentary, Waiting For Superman. The folks at Okay Player have already released “Shine” and “Hard Times,” which you can download for free here.
For those not familiar with the work of Chicago-based R&B and soul singer Baby Huey, listen to the original version of “Hard Times” in the video below.