Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five

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All Music Guide - John Bush
A diplomatically titled Rhino compilation, Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five is a no-brainer collection featuring the absolute best of the group's four years on Sugar Hill -- from the national breakout with 1980's "Freedom" to the beginning of the end, Melle Mel & the Furious Five's rap-on-film classic, "Beat Street." Backed by the party-pleasing productions of Joey and Sylvia Robinson plus gorgeous grooves courtesy of the Sugar Hill house band guitarist Skip McDonald, bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Keith LeBlanc, Grandmaster Flash and company recorded most of rap's popular classics from the early '80s, providing a ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
A diplomatically titled Rhino compilation, Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five is a no-brainer collection featuring the absolute best of the group's four years on Sugar Hill -- from the national breakout with 1980's "Freedom" to the beginning of the end, Melle Mel & the Furious Five's rap-on-film classic, "Beat Street." Backed by the party-pleasing productions of Joey and Sylvia Robinson plus gorgeous grooves courtesy of the Sugar Hill house band guitarist Skip McDonald, bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Keith LeBlanc, Grandmaster Flash and company recorded most of rap's popular classics from the early '80s, providing a crucial bridge from the street-party aesthetic of the late '70s to Run-D.M.C.'s mid-'80s breakout. Rappers Melle Mel, Scorpio, Cowboy, Kid Creole, and Raheem were tied to old school delivery carefully and slowly phrased, but they did it better than all the others and had the DJ as well as the tracks to match. Flash & the Five also had the most diversity of any other early rap group, encompassing the refreshing Furious Five/Sugarhill Gang collaboration "Showdown" more a posse track than a battle, a gritty street-level snapshot of modern life rap's all-time classic "The Message", and the vocoder paranoia of "Scorpio." Rhino could've done a better job without too much trouble simply swapping an ineffective new Megamix with the DJ landmark "Adventures on the Wheels of Steel" would go a long way, but Message from Beat Street is still the best introduction to the authors of old school's greatest hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/1994
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227160647
  • Catalog Number: 71606

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Step Off Megamix - Melle Mel & the Furious 5 (5:03)
  2. 2 Freedom - Joseph Saddler (8:03)
  3. 3 The Birthday Party - Joseph Saddler (5:46)
  4. 4 Showdown - Melle Mel (5:33)
  5. 5 It's Nasty (Genius Of Love) - Joseph Saddler (7:39)
  6. 6 The Message - Melle Mel (7:02)
  7. 7 Scorpio - Joseph Saddler (4:48)
  8. 8 Message II (Survival) - Melle Mel (6:35)
  9. 9 New York, New York - Joseph Saddler (7:14)
  10. 10 White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) - Melle Mel (7:27)
  11. 11 Beat Street - Cowboy (7:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grandmaster Flash Primary Artist, Rap, Track Performer
Grandmaster Melle Mel Track Performer
Raheem Rap
Melle Mel Plowden Rap
Kid Creole Rap
Mr. Ness Track Performer
Cowboy Rap
Technical Credits
Michael Johnson Producer
Larry Johnson Producer
Jiggs Chase Producer
Chris Clarke Remastering
E. Fletcher Composer, Producer
Chris Frantz Composer
Reggie Griffin Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Contributor
Jigsaw Productions, Inc. Producer
David McLees Producer, Reissue Producer
Grandmaster Melle Mel Producer
Joey Robinson Jr. Producer, Reissue Producer
Leland Robinson Arranger, Producer
Sylvia Robinson Composer, Producer
Sanny X Engineer
Sylvia Inc. Productions Producer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Melle Mel Plowden Producer
Melvin Glover Composer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Joseph Saddler Composer
Larry Johnson Producer
Shannita Williams-Alleyne Liner Notes
Keith Wiggins Composer
E. Morris Composer
Scorpio Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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