Grandmaster Flash Essential Mix CD (2002)

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 60554983
UPC 081227823221
UPC 14 00081227823221
Format CD
Release Date 5/7/2002
Author Grandmaster Flash
Associated Artist/Work Grandmaster Melle Mel
Artist Influence Duke Reid
Artist Influence Funkadelic
Artist Influence Gil Scott-Heron
Artist Influence James Brown
Artist Influence Jimmy Castor
Artist Influence Kraftwerk
Artist Influence Liquid Liquid
Artist Influence Mandrill
Artist Influence Parliament
Artist Influence Slave
Artist Influence The Fatback Band
Artist Contemporary Afrika Bambaataa
Artist Contemporary Aleem
Artist Contemporary Arthur Baker
Artist Contemporary Boogie Down Productions
Artist Contemporary Crash Crew
Artist Contemporary Davy DMX
Artist Contemporary Doug E. Fresh
Artist Contemporary EPMD
Artist Contemporary Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Contemporary Grandmaster Melle Mel
Artist Contemporary Grandmixer D.ST
Artist Contemporary Ice Cube
Artist Contemporary Kurtis Blow
Artist Contemporary Lovebug Starski
Artist Contemporary Planet Patrol
Artist Contemporary Raheem
Artist Contemporary Run-D.M.C.
Artist Contemporary Scorpio
Artist Contemporary Spoonie Gee
Artist Contemporary Steinski
Artist Contemporary Stetsasonic
Artist Contemporary The Jonzun Crew
Artist Contemporary The Sugarhill Gang
Artist Contemporary Treacherous Three
Artist Contemporary U.T.F.O.
Artist Contemporary Whodini
Artist Follower A Tribe Called Quest
Artist Follower Beastie Boys
Artist Follower Boogie Down Productions
Artist Follower Cut Chemist
Artist Follower De La Soul
Artist Follower Digital Underground
Artist Follower Dilated Peoples
Artist Follower DJ Shadow
Artist Follower EPMD
Artist Follower Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Follower Gang Starr
Artist Follower Jurassic 5
Artist Follower Public Enemy
Artist Follower The Chemical Brothers
Artist Follower The X-ecutioners
Technical Info
Engineer Anthony Acid
CatalogID 78232
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 05/07/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227823221
Album Notes and Credits
This is a continuous in-the-mix CD compiled and mixed by DJ Grandmaster Flash.
Compilation producer: Grandmaster Flash.
Recorded at Reddlite Studios, Staten Island, New York.
Audio Mixer: Grandmaster Flash.
Recording information: Reddlite Studios, Stanten Island (The House Of Sin).
Photographer: Mo Daoud.
This is not a collection of classic Grandmaster Flash 12-inch jams from back in the day (try the essential MESSAGE FROM BEAT STREET for that) but Grandmaster Flash's own live mix of 16 classic dance tracks from the 1970s and '80s, combined on the master's own deck. It is a rather brilliant selection of tracks, from the pop fluff of Nu Shooz's "I Can't Wait" (containing possibly the coolest synth sound of the '80s) to acknowledged genre classics like Liquid Liquid's punk-funk milestone "Cavern" (the birthplace of the famous bass line from Flash's later hit "White Lines") and Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life." Flash keeps the cutting and scratching to a minimum, preferring to let the songs groove on their own. This isn't a full-length display of bravura technique like the genre-defining masterpiece "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel," but as a suite of old-school dance-floor jams, it's pretty hard to beat.
Artist Overview
Quite possibly the most influential and innovative figure in rap music, Grandmaster Flash pioneered the turntable techniques that eventually became standard in the rapidly growing genre. Born Joseph Saddler, Flash grew up in the Bronx and, along with Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, became an integral part of the late-1970s/early-'80s New York City rap community. His deft turntable stylings were so entrancing to his club audiences that he had to enlist the help of others to shift the focus away from him, and this group formed the Furious Five, one of the first MC crews. He also helped pioneer the socially conscious aspect of rap with 1981's pop crossover hit "The Message."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/20/02, p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Simply greater than the sum of its parts. And the parts are great....required reading for anyone who dares step behind the wheels of steel."
Entertainment Weekly (5/31/02, p.109) - "...Flash re-creates that stellar era [before hip-hop] on this mix of tracks that ignores borders, bridging James Brown's frenetic funk breaks to Cyanide's elastic bass lines..." - Rating: A-
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 I Can't Wait - (with Nu Shooz)
3 I Found Lovin' - (with The Fatback Band)
4 Before I Let Go - (with Maze/Frankie Beverly)
5 We Got The Funk - (with Positive Force)
6 Rapture - (with Blondie)
7 Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - (with In Deep)
8 Cavern - (with Liquid Liquid)
9 I'll Do Anything For You - (with Denroy Morgan)
10 Bra - (with Cymande)
11 Walking On Sunshine - (with Rocker's Revenge)
12 Rock Your World - (with Weeks & Co.)
13 Love Is The Message - (with MFSB/The Three Degrees)
14 Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose - (with James Brown)
15 It's Just Begun - (with Jimmy Castor Bunch)
16 You're The One For Me - (with D Train)
17 Planet Rock - (with Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force)
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