Late Registration

~ Release group by Kanye West

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Late Registration CD + DVD-Video 21 + 1 Roc‐A‐Fella Records 0602498850534 602498850534
Late Registration CD 22 Roc‐A‐Fella Records 9885153 602498851531
Late Registration CD 21 Roc‐A‐Fella Records B0004813-02 602498824016
Late Registration (explicit) Digital Media 21 Roc‐A‐Fella Records 602498824016
Late Registration 12" Vinyl 19 Roc‐A‐Fella Records B0004813-01 602498824047
Late Registration CD 21 Roc‐A‐Fella Records B0005325-02 602498843680
Late Registration (clean version) CD 21 Roc‐A‐Fella Records B0004814-02
Late Registration (Deluxe Limited Edition with Bonus DVD) CD + DVD-Video 22 + 1 Roc‐A‐Fella Records 9885282 602498852828
Late Registration CD 21 Hip‐O Records 446698-6 4532556512240
Late Registration (Japanese Import CD with Two Extra Tracks: "Back to Basics" & "We Can Make It Better") CD 23 Roc‐A‐Fella Records UICD-9017 4988005417091
Late Registration CD 23 Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!)
Late Registration CD 22 UICO-9701
Late Registration CD 22 UICD-9049
Promotion
Late Registration Digital Media 9

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Diamonds From Sierra Leone
Gold Digger by Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
Heard 'em Say
Touch the Sky
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 118)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000344292 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/7087 [info]
Wikidata: Q1130097 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Late Registration [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/kanye_west/late_registration/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/xx4h [info]

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Kanye West is an asshole. Yep, he proudly confessed that on his first album, College Dropout. You only have to look at the way he behaves at award shows, declares himself to be the best at, well, everything, and has disputes with magazines who don't give his albums top marks to confirm his insight. However that's the appeal, the arrogance, the cockiness and the confusion. Recently named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, it is obvious that not only does he believe in his greatness, but that others think the same way too.

Late Registration, West's sophomore effort, has some fabulously soulful production. Some might find his samples a little obvious, but let's be honest, who has ever brought the essence of Simon and Garfunkel, Curtis Mayfield and Shirley Bassey to one album? For all his arrogance, Kanye is keenly aware of the history of black popular music and certainly has no fear of the 'pop music' label.

He's not afraid of making social and political statements either. "Crack Music" deals with the harsh reality of drugs in the black community and proclaims, like only a musician can, 'that music is the only medicine'. On "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (remix)" West acknowledges that the origins of his jewellery may be far from harmless.

But it wouldn't be a Kanye album without humour, wit and perverse ambition! And there's that by the truckload. The list of guests (Common, The Game, Nas and Jay-Z) is impressive, and rather weirdly - on "Gold Digger" -includes Jamie Foxx singing along in his Ray Charles voice, to samples of the original Ray Charles.

This is a thought provoking album. Whether it becomes a classic or not, only time will tell, but as the man himself says, 'everybody feel a way about K, but at least y'all feel something'.