Uptown Saturday Night (album)

Uptown Saturday Night is the debut studio album from American hip hop group Camp Lo, released January 28, 1997, on Profile Records and distributed through Arista Records. The album was largely produced by Ski and spawned the hit single "Luchini AKA This Is It".

Uptown Saturday Night
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1997
Recorded1995–1996
StudioD&D Studios and New World
(New York City, New York)
GenreEast Coast hip hop, jazz rap, alternative hip hop
Length54:19
LabelProfile, Arista
ProducerIll Will Fulton (exec.), Ski, Trugoy the Dove, Jocko
Camp Lo chronology
Uptown Saturday Night
(1997)
Let's Do It Again
(2002)
Singles from Uptown Saturday Night
  1. "Coolie High"
    Released: August 22, 1995
  2. "Luchini AKA This Is It"
    Released: October 29, 1996
  3. "Black Nostaljack AKA Come On"
    Released: 1997

The album peaked at twenty-seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the fifth spot on the R&B Albums chart.[1]

Release and reception

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Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Muzik8/10[4]
RapReviews10/10[5]
The Source3/5[6]
USA Today    [7]

Uptown Saturday Night is often hailed as a classic by fans and critics. Leo Stanley of AllMusic called the album "a refreshing fusion of hip-hop, soul, and jazz that manages to avoid most jazz-rap clichés while retaining street credibility", and "a worthwhile debut".[2]

Cover art

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The album cover is a homage to the album cover of Marvin Gaye's I Want You, which featured the painting "Sugar Shack" by Ernie Barnes.

Track listing

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  • All tracks produced by Ski, except track 4 produced by Trugoy the Dove, track 14 co-produced by Ill Will Fulton, and track 15 co-produced by Jocko.
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Krystal Karrington"Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:24
2."Luchini AKA This Is It"Sylvers, Randolph, Smith, Spencer, Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:59
3."Park Joint"Cobham, Deodato, Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:27
4."B-Side to Hollywood" (featuring Trugoy the Dove)Jolicoeur, Wallace, Wilds3:46
5."Killin' Em Softly"Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:43
6."Sparkle"Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:39
7."Black Connection"Hugo & Luigi Chorus, Wallace, Weiss, Wilds, Willis4:06
8."Swing" (featuring Butterfly)Butler, Wallace, Willis2:50
9."Rockin' It AKA Spanish Harlem"Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:37
10."Say Word" (featuring Jungle Brown)Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:13
11."Negro League" (featuring Karachi R.A.W. and Bones)Jackson, Thomas, Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:23
12."Nicky Barnes AKA It's Alright" (featuring Jungle Brown)Wallace, Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:13
13."Black Nostaljack AKA Come On"Fulton, Sigler, Wallace, Wilds, Willis4:12
14."Coolie High"Roberts, Wallace, Wilds, Willis4:00
15."Sparkle (Mr. Midnight Mix)"Wallace, Wilds, Willis3:47

Charts

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Singles

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Year Single Peak chart positions[11]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles
1996 "Coolie High" 62
1996 "Luchini AKA This Is It" 50 8 21 5
"Black Nostaljack AKA Come On" 24

Personnel

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  • art direction – Carla Leighton
  • artwork – Dr. Revolt
  • assistant engineering – Dejuana Perignon, Dexter Thibou, Max Vargas
  • bass – Joe Quinde
  • design – Carla Leighton
  • engineering – Guido, Joe Quinde
  • executive production – Ill Will Fulton
  • illustrations – Dr. Revolt
  • mastering – Alan Douches
  • mixing – Guido, Kenny Ortíz, Joe Quinde
  • multi-instruments – Joe Mendelson
  • performer(s) – The Bones
  • photography – Christian Lantry
  • piano – Pete Levin
  • production – Joe "Ski" Chink, Ill Will Fulton, Jocko, Trugoy the Dove
  • vibraphone – Bill Ware
  • vocals – Tracey Amos
  • vocals (background) – Bill Ware[12]

Source: Allmusic

Notes

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  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Uptown Saturday Night > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Stanley, Leo. "Uptown Saturday Night – Camp Lo". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Diehl, Matt (January 24, 1997). "Uptown Saturday Night". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 17, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Ashon, Will (March 1997). "Camp Lo: Uptown Saturday Night (Profile)" (PDF). Muzik (22): 104. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2022. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  5. ^ Surround, El (April 18, 1997). "Camp Lo :: Uptown Saturday Night :: Profile". RapReviews. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Wilson, Elliott (February 1997). "Camp Lo: Uptown Saturday Night". The Source (89): 80.
  7. ^ Jones, Steve (January 28, 1997). "Camp Lo, Uptown Saturday Night". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 23, 2000. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Camp Lo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "Camp Lo Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  10. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1997". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  11. ^ "allmusic ((( Uptown Saturday Night > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Uptown Saturday Night > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
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