Late Orchestration

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Late Orchestration
Live album by
ReleasedApril 24, 2006
RecordedSeptember 21, 2005
StudioAbbey Road (London, England)
GenreHip hop
LabelDef Jam, Roc-A-Fella
DirectorTom Bird
ProducerKanye West, Vicki Betihavas
Kanye West chronology
Late Registration
Late Orchestration
Can't Tell Me Nothing
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
entertainment.ie3/5 stars[2]
The IndependentFavorable

Late Orchestration is a live album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released on April 24, 2006 on Mercury Records.[3] The album features recordings of live renditions of songs derived from his first two studio albums. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England before an audience of three hundred personally invited guests and fans on September 21, 2005.[4] West was backed by a seventeen-piece all-female string orchestra and featured guest appearances by John Legend, Lupe Fiasco, GLC and Consequence. The CD release features the full performance (12 tracks) along with an additional bonus track, "Gold Digger" (Live at AOL). A video containing footage of the concert as well as interviews and bonus music videos for the first four singles of Late Registration was also released under the same name.[5]

The cover photograph (taken by photographer Andrew Meredith)[6] is a reference to the Beatles' cover of their 1969 album Abbey Road, which features the four band members walking across a crosswalk on the well known street. The album has been cited as the most well-known instance of hip hop and classical music coming together.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" – 4:08
  2. "Touch the Sky" (featuring Lupe Fiasco) – 4:07
  3. "Crack Music" – 2:48
  4. "Drive Slow" (featuring GLC) – 4:34
  5. "Through the Wire" – 3:33
  6. "The New Workout Plan" – 2:53
  7. "Heard 'Em Say" (featuring John Legend) – 4:10
  8. "All Falls Down" – 3:13
  9. "Bring Me Down" – 3:21
  10. "Gone" (featuring Consequence)– 4:15
  11. "Late" – 3:54
  12. "Jesus Walks" – 3:14
  13. "Gold Digger (AOL Sessions)" (bonus track) – 3:18


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2009-05-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Kanye West, Bijou Phillips, Jay Dee, Alice In Chains & More". MTV. MTV Networks. 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2006-07-28.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Kanye West at Abbey Road for Radio 1". BBC. MMIX. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
  5. ^ Southern, Nathan (2006-07-28). "Kanye West: Late Orchestration". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  6. ^ "Kanye West album design". Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  7. ^ "5 times hip hop and the classical world collided". BBC. 6 September 2019. Archived from the original on 10 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Kanye West – Late Orchestration". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 February 2018.