Monday, May 5, 2008

Common Thisisme Then: The Best of Common

Thisisme Then: The Best of Common is Common's first best-of compilation. It covers material from his early rap years: 1992-1997. It was released by Legacy Records on November 27, 2007. The compilation contains singles from Common's first three albums as well as "High Expectations" from the Soul in the Hole soundtrack. The album's title is borrowed from the song "Thisisme," a track that it is featured on the compilation. It was released on LP on January 8, 2008, six weeks after the CD release.

This album excludes his more recent material made during his membership in Soulquarians and his work with Jay Dee, later known as J Dilla.

1 "Take It EZ" 4:10 Common
Lenny Underwood (keyboards)
Tony Orbach (saxophone) 2 pc. DRK Lonnie Lynn

* Contains samples from "When Will the Day Come" by Rasa

2 "Breaker 1/9" 4:03 Common Immenslope Lonnie Lynn
O'Kelly Isley
Chris Jasper
Marvin Isley
Ronald Isley
Rudolph Isley

* Contains samples from "Between the Sheets" by The Isley Brothers
* Contains samples from "Black Jack" by Donald Byrd
* Contains samples from "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey

3 "Soul by the Pound" 4:21 Common Immenslope Lonnie Lynn

* Contains samples from "I Like It" by DeBarge
* Contains samples from "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott
* Contains samples from "A Chorus Line" by Ultramagnetic MCs (Vocals by Tim Dog)

4 "Charms Alarm" 4:31 Common Immenslope Lonnie Lynn

* Contains samples from "Side by Side" by Earth, Wind & Fire
* Contains samples from "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume
* Contains samples from "Don't Change Your Love" by The Five Stairsteps

5 "Heidi Hoe" 4:31 Common The Beatnuts Lonnie Lynn
6 "I Used to Love H.E.R." 4:40 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn

* Contains sample from "The Changing World" as performed by George Benson

7 "Book of Life" 5:06 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn

* Contains sample from "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" as performed by Roy Ayers

8 "Resurrection" 3:48 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn

* Contains sample from "The Signs Pt. II" as performed by David Axelrod
* Contains sample from "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" as performed by Whatnauts
* Contains sample from "Help Is on the Way" as performed by Whatnauts
* Contains sample from "Dolphin Dance" as performed by Ahmad Jamal
* Contains sample from "Sorcerer of Isis" as performed by Power of Zeus
* Contains sample from "Ice" as performed by Spirit

9 "Thisisme" 4:55 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn

* Contains sample from "Power of Love" as performed by Alton McClain & Destiny
* Contains sample from "Momma Miss America" as performed by Wings
* Contains sample from "Build and Destroy" as performed by Boogie Down Productions

10 "Retrospect for Life" 5:24 Common
Lauryn Hill
Vere Isaacs (bass) James Poyser
No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
James Poyser
Ernest Wilson
Stevie Wonder
Syreeta Wright

* Contains samples from "A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway
* Contains samples from "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" by Stevie Wonder

11 "Reminding Me (Of Sef)" 4:56 Common
Chantay Savage
Spike Rebel (keyboards) Ynot Lonnie Lynn
Anthony Craig
Larry Brownee
Gus Redmond
Lowrell Simon
Fred Simon

* Contains samples from "Reminding Me" by Patrice Rushen
* Contains samples from "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell

12 "All Night Long" 5:48 Common
Erykah Badu The Roots Lonnie Lynn
James Poyser
Ahmir Thompson
E. Wright

* Contains re-sung elements from "Don't Stop the Music" by Yarbrough and Peoples

13 "G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition)" 4:48 Common
Cee-Lo No I.D.
Spike Rebel Lonnie Lynn
Thomas Burton
Cornell Newbill
Ernest Wilson
14 "Stolen Moments, Pt. 3" 2:32 Common
Q-Tip No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson

* Contains samples from "Superstition" by Melvin Van Peebles

15 "High Expectations" 6:47 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
Jerry Ragovoy
Aaron Schroeder

* Contains samples from "I'll Move You No Mountain" by Chaka Khan

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