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Blowout Comb

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Media darlings after the commercial success of their debut, Digable Planets attempted to prove their artistic merit with this second album, and succeeded wildly. A worthy, underrated successor, Blowout Comb was just as catchy and memorable as their first, and also offered the perfect response to critics and hip-hop fans who complained they weren't "real" enough. Except for a dark, indecipherable single named "Dial 7 Axioms of Creamy Spies," Blowout Comb excelled at pushing great grooves over sunny-day party jams, even when the crew was providing deft social commentary -- as on "Black Ego" and "Dial 7 Axioms of Creamy Spies." The trio used their greater clout to invite ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Media darlings after the commercial success of their debut, Digable Planets attempted to prove their artistic merit with this second album, and succeeded wildly. A worthy, underrated successor, Blowout Comb was just as catchy and memorable as their first, and also offered the perfect response to critics and hip-hop fans who complained they weren't "real" enough. Except for a dark, indecipherable single named "Dial 7 Axioms of Creamy Spies," Blowout Comb excelled at pushing great grooves over sunny-day party jams, even when the crew was providing deft social commentary -- as on "Black Ego" and "Dial 7 Axioms of Creamy Spies." The trio used their greater clout to invite instrumentalists instead of relying completely on samples, and the music took on more aspects of the live jam than before. Though Blowout Comb still borrowed a host of riffs from great jazz anthems from Bob James to Bobbi Humphrey, Digable Planets used them well, as beds for their back-and-forth freestyling and solos from guests. The Digables remade Roy Ayers' "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" into "Borough Check," and invited Guru from Gang Starr to salute Brooklyn's block-parties and barbershops. The focus on the neighborhood even carried over to the liner notes, laid out like a community newspaper. The closer, a brassy, seven-minute "For Corners," also captured that fleeting feeling of neighborhood peace. Though Blowout Comb lacked the commercial punch of Reachin', Digable Planets made great strides in the two areas they'd previously been criticized: beats and rhymes. The beats were incredible, some of the best ever heard on a rap record, a hip-hop version of the classic, off-kilter, New Orleans second-line funk. The productions, all crafted by the group themselves, were laid-back and clearly superior to much hip-hop of the time. The raps, though certainly not hardcore, were just as intelligent as on the debut, and flowed much better. While Reachin' came to sound like a moment in time for the jazz-rap crowd, Blowout Comb has remained a timeless classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/1994
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383065424
  • Catalog Number: 30654
  • Sales rank: 45,715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The May 4th Movement (4:56)
  2. 2 Black Ego (7:02)
  3. 3 Dog It (4:21)
  4. 4 Jettin' (4:39)
  5. 5 Borough Check (6:56)
  6. 6 Highing Fly (1:23)
  7. 7 Dial 7 (Axion of Creamy Spies) (5:47)
  8. 8 The Art of Easing (5:06)
  9. 9 K.B.'s Alley (2:06)
  10. 10 Graffiti (4:03)
  11. 11 Blowing Down (3:51)
  12. 12 9th Wonder (Blackitolism) (4:27)
  13. 13 For Corners (7:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Digable Planets Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Brooklyn Vocals, Background Vocals
Guru Vocals
Jeru the Damaja Vocals
Dwayne Burno Bass
Carl Carter Bass
Huey Cox Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Dave Darlington Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Fretless Bass Guitar
Dave the Prince Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Goldsher Bass
Donald Harrison Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Lavish Vocals, Background Vocals
Mood Dude Vocals, Background Vocals
Afu the True Vocals, Background Vocals
Beneficent Vocals, Background Vocals
Davey Chalice Bass, Vocals
Crescents Vocals, Background Vocals
Lee Love Vocals, Background Vocals
Malik Vocals, Background Vocals
Myrtle Ave Nigs Vocals, Background Vocals
Beth Russo Cello
Seven Karat Vocals, Background Vocals
Trim Ken Slim Vocals, Background Vocals
Stilletto Vocals, Background Vocals
Yvette Sugar Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerald Brazel Trumpet
Chegua Vocals, Rap
Decky Vocals
Dust Daughters Vocals
Eye Cee Vocals, Background Vocals
Jahsun Vocals
David Lee Jones Alto Saxophone
Bill Lounge Vibes
P.O.W.E.R. Vocals
Shi Reltub Vibes
Sulaiman scratching, Background Vocals
Trim Vocals
J. Truth Vocals, Background Vocals
Sara Webb Vocals
Tim "T-Bone" Williams Trombone
Technical Credits
Bob James Composer
Shuggie Otis Composer
Digable Planets Arranger, Producer
Dave Darlington Producer, Engineer
Gerard McMahon Composer
Larry Mizell Composer
Brother Junior Plus Liner Notes
Dennis Wheeler Executive Producer
Henry Marquez Art Direction
Tom Coyne Mastering
Ishmael Butler Composer
Mary Ann Vieira Composer
Craig Irving Composer
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