Gold

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Before Gold was released in 2005, only two Eric B. & Rakim compilations were readily available. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection contained 11 tracks, shortchanging anyone who wanted more than the most-known classics. And then there was Classic, a European set so numbskulled that it depicted Eric B. and Chuck D on the back of its sleeve. The bonus disc that came with early copies of Rakim's The 18th Letter, which did a better job than either release, doesn't really count, since it was rather limited and not a separate entity. Gold, a double-disc package, bills itself as being definitive, but it's far from it. Alternate and extended mixes, along with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Before Gold was released in 2005, only two Eric B. & Rakim compilations were readily available. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection contained 11 tracks, shortchanging anyone who wanted more than the most-known classics. And then there was Classic, a European set so numbskulled that it depicted Eric B. and Chuck D on the back of its sleeve. The bonus disc that came with early copies of Rakim's The 18th Letter, which did a better job than either release, doesn't really count, since it was rather limited and not a separate entity. Gold, a double-disc package, bills itself as being definitive, but it's far from it. Alternate and extended mixes, along with a stray radio edit and a couple inexplicable clean versions, when added up, are more numerous than original mixes -- so that means hardcore fans will benefit most, right? Well, not if they gobbled up all of the alternates through the various editions of Paid in Full and Follow the Leader. The most regrettable track that suffers the ill fate not ill meaning good but ill meaning bad is "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em": the "Clean UPSO Mix" is no match for the devastating original, an under-recognized touchstone for the RZA's early production work, with suffocating breakbeat pressure, funk guitar licks worthy of Public Enemy, and pulse-raising keyboard trills. While the definitive versions of "I Ain't No Joke," "Follow the Leader," "Microphone Fiend," "Lyrics of Fury," and "Don't Sweat the Technique" are provided, the truly definitive Eric B. & Rakim compilation has yet to be made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498814284
  • Catalog Number: 000455902
  • Sales rank: 36,214

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric B. & Rakim Primary Artist
Rakim Rap
Eric B. Turntables
Matt Black scratching
DJ Cell scratching
Technical Credits
Ralph Sutton Engineer
Bobby Byrd Composer
Tony A. Engineer
Patrick Adams Engineer
Lee Anthony Engineer
Melvin Gentry Composer
Mark Harder Engineer
Bobby Lovelace Composer
C.J. Mackintosh Remixing
DJ Mark the 45 King Remixing
Anton Pukshansky Engineer
Raine Shine Remixing
Rakim Composer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Hank Shocklee Remixing
Elai Tubo Engineer
Bo Watson Composer
Benny Nagari Arranger
P. Tony Engineer
Eric B. Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Composer
Dave Dorrell Remixing
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
David Corio Cover Photo
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
William Griffin Composer
Michael Mixx'in Moor Producer, Remixing
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Steve Griffin Composer
Gary G. Wix Remixing
Robert Hill Executive Producer
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