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Wild Seed -- Wild Flower

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Album: Wild Seed -- Wild Flower
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Know
2)    Reality
3)    Stop to Think
4)    Passion
5)    Food for Thought
6)    Now or Later
7)    Don't Ever Touch Me (Again)
8)    11th Hour
9)    Water
10)    Blackbird
11)    Old Ladies
12)    Human
13)    Find Your Way
14)    Audition, The
15)    I Know - (NY Reprise Mix)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Dionne Farris (vocals); Moe (various instruments); David Harris (guitar, keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Skitch Lovette, Tory Ruffin, Bruce Gaitsch (guitar); Paul Barrere (slide guitar); Carl Young (saxophone, keyboards); Russell Mullen (trumpet); Tim Heintz (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Steve Twyman (organ); David Kahne, Billy Fields (keyboards); David Frank (keyboards, synthesizer); Randy D. Jackson, Milton Davis (bass); Parish Wintersmith, JuJu House (drums); Peter Michael Escovedo (percussion).
  • Producers: Dionne Farris, Randy D. Jackson, David Harris, Milton Davis.
  • Engineers include: Allen Abrahamson, Danny Kopleson, Don McKinzie.
  • "I Know" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
  • Personnel: Dionne Farris (vocals); David Ryan Harris (guitar, keyboards, drums, programming, drum programming, background vocals); Skitch Lovett, Tory Ruffin, Skitch Lovell, Bruce Gaitsch (guitar); Paul Barr‚re (slide guitar); Joel Derouin (violin); Suzie Kattayama, Suzie Katayama (cello); Russell Mullen (trumpet); Tim Heintz (piano, keyboards); Steve Twyman (organ); David Frank (keyboards, synthesizer); David Kahne, Billy Fields, Billy Field, Carl Young (keyboards); John Mitchell (drums, programming, drum programming); Anthony Johnson , Ju Ju House, Parish Wintersmith (drums); Jeff Haynes, Pete Escovedo (percussion); Ezra Greer (programming); DJ Nabs (turntables); Leesa Richards, Lessa Richards, Terry Shelton (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Danny Kopelson; Jess Sutcliffe; Allen Abrahamson; Michael Brauer.
  • Recording information: Larrabee Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; McMix Production Services, Atla; Sony Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Sony Studios, NY, NY; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographers: David Roth; Sandra Hendricks.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: David Alan Grier.
  • Who donated the powerful vocals for Arrested Development's initial hit single "Tennessee"? While some did not know her name, all became familiar with her voice, and many tried to imitate the chorus that she breathed so much life into. Dionne Farris was the woman responsible, and (a vaguely symbolic) three years after-the-fact, she comes forth with her own project, WILD SEED - WILD FLOWER.
  • Farris' debut seizes the feel of more than one genre, resulting in a broad-canvased amalgam of today's popular music. "I Know" and "Find Your Way" clearly reflect this cross-genre fixation. Farris talks through some of the songs, adding even more complexity to her vocal delivery--the creative "11th Hour" being the best example. She provides "Passion" with a distinct rock 'n' roll feel, adds an R&B swing to "Don't Ever Touch Me (Again)" and gives props to the hip-hop nation by incorporating scratching effects on "Stop To Think."
  • Farris is a true artist, contributing production to each of the album's fifteen tracks. And rather than painting herself into a cultural corner--which, as a female, African-American artist, would have been all too easy to do--she declares herself a member of the most diverse group on the planet: the human race. It doesn't take being black or female to relate to WILD SEED - WILD FLOWER; the music possesses a hold on "Reality" that all can identify with.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/26/95, p.62) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Dionne is a flickering flame, her sound organic, elemental and radiant....WILD SEED--WILD FLOWER crafts a soul-stirring tapestry of gospel, juke-joint blues..."

The Source (12/94, p.82) - "...pumps new vitality into...`contemporary black music'...Sensual without the grind and hardcore without the hoodie, she lures and ensnares...she projects spiritual blues with a seductive voice...`Passion' [aims] to reclaim Rock music as a Black artform..."

Musician (1-2/95, p.77) - "...Farris stakes out a style of her own. Drawing from rock, funk and blues, she creates a hybrid as original as Sly Stone's..."

Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #31 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
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