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All Music Guide - John Bush
During the '90s, it seemed nearly every year brought yet another Grandmaster Flash compilation -- so much so that classic productions like "White Lines Don't Do It" and "The Message" began sounding played out. Finally, in 2002, two labels finally started paying attention to Grandmaster Flash the seminal DJ, instead of Grandmaster Flash the chart hero. Hot on the heels of Strut's fantastic The Official Adventures Of..., Rhino released Essential Mix: Classic Edition, similarly a contemporary look at the classic sound of the wildly diverse old-school rap scene. Surprisingly, though, there's little overlap between the two; instead of '70s funk mastermixes, here Flash focuses on ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
During the '90s, it seemed nearly every year brought yet another Grandmaster Flash compilation -- so much so that classic productions like "White Lines Don't Do It" and "The Message" began sounding played out. Finally, in 2002, two labels finally started paying attention to Grandmaster Flash the seminal DJ, instead of Grandmaster Flash the chart hero. Hot on the heels of Strut's fantastic The Official Adventures Of..., Rhino released Essential Mix: Classic Edition, similarly a contemporary look at the classic sound of the wildly diverse old-school rap scene. Surprisingly, though, there's little overlap between the two; instead of '70s funk mastermixes, here Flash focuses on mostly straight run-throughs of synth-heavy early-'80s R&B nuggets from Nu Shooz, Fatback, Maze, Rockers Revenge, D Train, and Weeks & Co. Essential Mix: Classic Edition doesn't have the restless creativity and energy that sparks The Official Adventures, but there is a lot of great material; highlights come with the transition from Blondie's Flash-dropping "Rapture" into "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" and on to Liquid Liquid's "Cavern" whose bassline powered Grandmaster Flash's own "White Lines".
Rolling Stone - Rob Marriott
The whole of this mix CD is simply greater than the sum of its parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227823221
  • Catalog Number: 78232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:31)
  2. 2 I Can't Wait (1:58)
  3. 3 I Found Lovin' (4:44)
  4. 4 Before I Let Go (4:27)
  5. 5 We Got the Funk - Positive Force (1:00)
  6. 6 Rapture (2:55)
  7. 7 Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (3:24)
  8. 8 Cavern (2:45)
  9. 9 I'll Do Anything for You (6:01)
  10. 10 Bra (1:50)
  11. 11 Walking on Sunshine (2:54)
  12. 12 Rock Your World - Weeks & Co (3:16)
  13. 13 Love Is the Message (1:42)
  14. 14 Give It Up or Turnit a Loose - James Brown (4:57)
  15. 15 It's Just Begun (2:34)
  16. 16 You're the One for Me (4:03)
  17. 17 Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force (7:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grandmaster Flash Primary Artist
Blondie Track Performer
James Brown Track Performer
Cymande Track Performer
Maze Track Performer
Nu Shooz Track Performer
The Three Degrees Track Performer
D Train Track Performer
The Fatback Band Track Performer
MFSB Track Performer
Indeep Track Performer
Denroy Morgan Track Performer
Rockers Revenge Track Performer
Frankie Beverly Track Performer
Liquid Liquid Track Performer
Positive Force Track Performer
Weeks & Co Track Performer
Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force Track Performer
The Jimmy Castor Bunch Track Performer
Technical Credits
P. Patterson Composer
Anthony Acid Engineer
Michael Cleveland Composer
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