Title: Alicia Keys – Songs in a minor, Format: Vinyl Record, Label: Legacy/ J Records, Catalog Number: 88985344291, Barcode: 889853442935
Songs in A Minor is the debut Vinyl Record by American recording artist Alicia Keys. It was released in the United States on June 5, 2001 by J Records. After graduating from high school, Keys signed with Columbia Records to begin her music career. She recorded an album in 1998 under the label, which they rejected. Her contract subsequently ended with Columbia after a dispute with the label, and Keys later signed with Clive Davis. An accomplished, classically trained pianist, Keys wrote, arranged and produced a majority of the album, including “Jane Doe”, which was the only song in the key of A minor.
Songs in A Minor is a neo soul album with a diverse musical style that incorporates hip hop, soul, jazz and elements of gospel music. Its songs feature classical piano references and arpeggios, and are backed by haunting melodies, funk, classic soul structures, values to hyper-modern production technique and lyrics about the complexities and stages of romantic relationships. All of the album content was co-written by Keys except for two; one being a cover of Prince’s “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?” (1982) and the other being “Never Felt This Way” by Brian McKnight.
Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics, who noted her ability to catch an old-school jazz sound and mix it with R&B and soul melodies. The album earned Keys several awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards at the 44th Grammy Awards. Songs in A Minor debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 236,000 copies in its first week. It has sold over 6.2 million copies in the United States and twelve million copies worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine named Songs in A Minor the second best album of 2001, while ranking it number 95 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s decade. In 2013 Entertainment Weekly ranked the album at the 57th position among the greatest albums of all time.
Vinyl Record TrackList:
|1.||“Piano & I” (Samples Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”)||Alicia Keys, Ludwig Van Beethoven||1:52|
|2.||“Girlfriend” (Samples Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Brooklyn Zoo”)||Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Joshua Thompson||3:34|
|3.||“How Come You Don’t Call Me” (Originally performed by Prince)||Prince||3:57|
|4.||“Fallin'” (Samples James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”)||Keys||3:30|
|5.||“Troubles”||Keys, Kerry Brothers, Jr.||4:28|
|6.||“Rock wit U” (Originally released in 2000 on the Shaft soundtrack album)||Keys, Taneisha Smith, Brothers||5:36|
|7.||“A Woman’s Worth”||Keys, Erika Rose||5:03|
|8.||“Jane Doe”||Keys, Kandi Burruss||3:48|
|10.||“The Life”||Keys, Smith, Brothers||5:25|
|11.||“Mr. Man” (featuring Jimmy Cozier)||Keys, Jimmy Cozier||4:09|
|12.||“Never Felt This Way (Interlude)” (Originally performed by Brian McKnight)||Brian McKnight||2:01|
|14.||“Why Do I Feel So Sad”||Keys, Warryn Campbell||4:25|
|16.||“Lovin U” (hidden track)||Keys||3:49|