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Grandmaster Flash Essential Mix CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60554983
UPC: 081227823221
UPC 14: 00081227823221
Release Date: 5/7/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Grandmaster Flash
2. I Can't Wait - (with Nu Shooz) ~ Grandmaster Flash
3. I Found Lovin' - (with The Fatback Band) ~ Grandmaster Flash
4. Before I Let Go - (with Maze/Frankie Beverly) ~ Grandmaster Flash
5. We Got The Funk - (with Positive Force) ~ Grandmaster Flash
6. Rapture - (with Blondie) ~ Grandmaster Flash
7. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - (with In Deep) ~ Grandmaster Flash
8. Cavern - (with Liquid Liquid) ~ Grandmaster Flash
9. I'll Do Anything For You - (with Denroy Morgan) ~ Grandmaster Flash
10. Bra - (with Cymande) ~ Grandmaster Flash
11. Walking On Sunshine - (with Rocker's Revenge) ~ Grandmaster Flash
12. Rock Your World - (with Weeks & Co.) ~ Grandmaster Flash
13. Love Is The Message - (with MFSB/The Three Degrees) ~ Grandmaster Flash
14. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose - (with James Brown) ~ Grandmaster Flash
15. It's Just Begun - (with Jimmy Castor Bunch) ~ Grandmaster Flash
16. You're The One For Me - (with D Train) ~ Grandmaster Flash
17. Planet Rock - (with Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force) ~ Grandmaster Flash

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This is a continuous in-the-mix CD compiled and mixed by DJ Grandmaster Flash.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Grandmaster Flash.
Muze PNote Recorded at Reddlite Studios, Staten Island, New York.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Grandmaster Flash.
Muze PNote Recording information: Reddlite Studios, Stanten Island (The House Of Sin).
Muze PNote Photographer: Mo Daoud.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Anthony Acid

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."

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations Mtv Presents: Hip Hop Back In The Day
Muze Music Compilations Essential Hip Hop Vol 6
Muze Music Compilations Hits
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Freestyle R b Platinum Cla
Muze Music Compilations 80s

Associated Artists and Works

Grandmaster Melle Mel

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/07/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 78232
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227823221

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-

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