Perfect Machine

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Set upon recapturing the pop ground he had invaded with Future Shock, Hancock relies upon many of the former's ingredients for yet another go-'round on Perfect Machine. High-tech producer Bill Laswell is back, so is scratchmaster D. ST. -- and armed with a warehouse of mostly digital keyboards, Hancock adds the distinctive bass of Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players' vocalist Sugarfoot, who always sounds as if he had just swallowed something. The music is mostly thumping, funk-drenched techno-pop which still has some verve, particularly the designated single "Vibe Alive" and the "Maiden Voyage" interlude as heard through an electronic fun-house mirror. But this is not...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Set upon recapturing the pop ground he had invaded with Future Shock, Hancock relies upon many of the former's ingredients for yet another go-'round on Perfect Machine. High-tech producer Bill Laswell is back, so is scratchmaster D. ST. -- and armed with a warehouse of mostly digital keyboards, Hancock adds the distinctive bass of Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players' vocalist Sugarfoot, who always sounds as if he had just swallowed something. The music is mostly thumping, funk-drenched techno-pop which still has some verve, particularly the designated single "Vibe Alive" and the "Maiden Voyage" interlude as heard through an electronic fun-house mirror. But this is not really an advance over Hancock's early-'80s pop projects. This would be Hancock's last album for at least seven years as he concentrated upon film projects and reunions with Miles Davis alumni there was also an aborted deal with the Qwest label. As such, Perfect Machine is an appropriate end to this chapter in his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646596029
  • Catalog Number: 65960

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perfect Machine (6:35)
  2. 2 Obsession (5:19)
  3. 3 Vibe Alive (5:26)
  4. 4 Beat Wise (5:51)
  5. 5 Maiden Voyage/B. Bop (6:34)
  6. 6 Chemical Residue (6:01)
  7. 7 Vibe Alive (8:12)
  8. 8 Beat Wise (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocoder, fairlight, fender rhodes, DX-7, Yamaha Keyboards
Bill Laswell Keyboards, Interviewee
Mico Wave Bass, Vocoder, Talk Box, Mini Moog
Bootsy Collins Bass, Electric Bass, Vocoder
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Vocals
Jeff Bova Synthesizer
D. St. Turntables
Microwave Bass, Vocoder, Talk Box, Mini Moog
Nicky Skopelitis Drums, fairlight
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Bob Belden Producer, Reissue Producer, Interviewer
Herbie Hancock Composer, Producer
Bill Laswell Composer, Producer
Bryan Bell Engineer
Bootsy Collins Composer, Contributor
Garry Bonner Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
Jeff Bova Programming
Dave Jerden Engineer
Robert Musso Engineer
Nicky Skopelitis Contributor
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Billy Youdelman Engineer
Dominick Maita Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Tony Lane Art Direction
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Ari Kast Packaging Manager
Bryan Bell Engineer
Laswell Composer
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