Innovative Life: The Anthology 1984-1989

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An overdue overview that is era-specific instead of career-spanning, Innovative Life compiles several Arabian Prince productions originally released in the 12" format on Rapsur, Street Kut, and Techno Kut, along with the fruit of a dalliance with the early N.W.A. As detailed in the phenomenal liner notes, this disc sheds a spotlight not just on Arabian Prince but the West Coast, which tends to get a very short shrift throughout coverage of electro and pre-gangsta-era hip-hop. Not all of the content here is gold -- "Strange Life," the first single, is a limp curiosity, recorded with musicians who knew much more about Poco than P-Funk -- but plenty of it rates with any of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An overdue overview that is era-specific instead of career-spanning, Innovative Life compiles several Arabian Prince productions originally released in the 12" format on Rapsur, Street Kut, and Techno Kut, along with the fruit of a dalliance with the early N.W.A. As detailed in the phenomenal liner notes, this disc sheds a spotlight not just on Arabian Prince but the West Coast, which tends to get a very short shrift throughout coverage of electro and pre-gangsta-era hip-hop. Not all of the content here is gold -- "Strange Life," the first single, is a limp curiosity, recorded with musicians who knew much more about Poco than P-Funk -- but plenty of it rates with any of Arabian's Kraftwerk/Bambaataa-spawned brethren on the East Coast, not to mention his fellow L.A. scene running mate, Egyptian Lover. All the ingredients of classic electro are present -- the bounding machine beats, synthesizers set to either "paranoid" or "assault," cyborg vocals, wordplay that switches from the sci-fi-obsessed to the playfully (rather than crudely) lecherous. (The timeline here cuts off just before Arabian cut "It's Time to Bone.") The most noteworthy missing track would be J.J. Fad's "Supersonic," easily the most well-known Arabian production, but anyone around at the time of its release can likely replay it in his or her head from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • UPC: 659457219222
  • Catalog Number: 72192
  • Sales rank: 173,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strange Life (6:54)
  2. 2 It Ain't Tough (6:10)
  3. 3 Take You Home Girl (8:17)
  4. 4 Let's Hit the Beach - Arabian Prince & the Sheiks (5:25)
  5. 5 Innovative Life - Arabian Prince & the Sheiks (5:55)
  6. 6 Innovator - Arabian Prince & the Sheiks (4:53)
  7. 7 Situation Hot - Arabian Prince & the Sheiks (4:38)
  8. 8 Panic Zone - N.W.A (3:33)
  9. 9 Professor X (Saga) (4:26)
  10. 10 Freak City (4:57)
  11. 11 Simple Planet (3:49)
  12. 12 Beatdabeat (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Arabian Prince Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Vocals, Emulator, oberheim, Musician
Dr. Dre Background Vocals
Shayne Fair oberheim, Juno
J.B. Beat Vocals
Michael Brebes Guitar, oberheim, Juno
Michael Krupnick Emulator
Technical Credits
The Arabian Prince Composer, Programming, Producer
Courtney Branch Producer
Tracy Kendrick Producer
Krazy-Dee Composer
Peanut Butter Wolf Executive Producer, Note Editing
Donovan Smith Engineer
Mike McDonald Engineer
Egon Note Editing
J.B. Beat Composer, Producer
Stephen Serrato Art Direction
Wild Bill Thompson Engineer
Kelly Hibbert Mastering
Michael Brebes Engineer
Amin Eshaker Liner Notes, Annotation
Gregory Everett Contributor
Mechanix Engineer
Kendrick "Buckwheat" Neal Producer
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