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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
From 1982 to 1986, Celluloid Records released about 40 extended-play 12"s of then cutting-edge hip-hop, characterized primarily by Linn Drums, the Yamaha DMX keyboard, turntable cutting, and rudimentary rapping. The New York-based label was overseen by Bill Laswell, who was an underground kingpin at the time, co-writing Herbie Hancock's "Rockit," co-producing Mick Jagger's solo debut, and fronting Material, among myriad other activities. Celluloid was quite forward-looking for its time. Ironically, the output of the label is quite dated today. Those Linn Drum sounds, above all, date the music instantly. Drum machines were hip and fresh at the time, sure, but they've ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
From 1982 to 1986, Celluloid Records released about 40 extended-play 12"s of then cutting-edge hip-hop, characterized primarily by Linn Drums, the Yamaha DMX keyboard, turntable cutting, and rudimentary rapping. The New York-based label was overseen by Bill Laswell, who was an underground kingpin at the time, co-writing Herbie Hancock's "Rockit," co-producing Mick Jagger's solo debut, and fronting Material, among myriad other activities. Celluloid was quite forward-looking for its time. Ironically, the output of the label is quite dated today. Those Linn Drum sounds, above all, date the music instantly. Drum machines were hip and fresh at the time, sure, but they've come a long way since the mid-'80s -- as has the art of rapping, and hip-hop production in general. So perhaps what's most interesting about The Celluloid Years is how primitive the music sounds today. Laswell and company obviously were onto something big at the time, treating hip-hop as an artistically valid style of music rather than just a fad. This mindset resulted in some fascinating songs, most notably "World Destruction" by Time Zone, featuring Afrika Bambaataa and John Lydon, "Home of Hip Hop" D.ST, and "Crazy Cuts" also by D.ST. Unfortunately, precious few of the songs compiled on this two-CD collection are all that fascinating. They all have their moments, featuring interesting elements here and there. But by and large, they're trying listens, whether because the rhythms are canned, the rapping is pathetic, the songwriting is weak, or some combination of these unfortunate factors. If you can discount all this, however, The Celluloid Years is a fun and historically interesting listen. It's probably not a collection you'll revisit more than once or twice, but it's revelatory upon first listen, to imagine these songs being spun by mid-'80s DJs in the clubs of New York City, accompanied, of course, by breakdancing. Also, it's good to have this music compiled once again on CD, especially in such a thorough manner leave it to the Germans, as usual. It was previously compiled on Roots of Rap: The 12 Inch Singles, Vol. 1, though not nearly to the extent that it is here. On The Celluloid Years, Collision features the original 12" versions, which are preferable, even if the songs drag on and on to disco length. The mastering is also commendable. Old-school hip-hop historians and collectors will cherish this release, no doubt, though most everyone else will find it unbearably dated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Collision Cause Chap
  • UPC: 673795000724
  • Catalog Number: 3007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Escapades of Futura 2000 - The Clash (6:50)
  2. 2 The Wildstyle (Rap) (6:50)
  3. 3 Grand Mixer Cuts It Up (8:33)
  4. 4 Makossa Rock - Manu Dibango (10:52)
  5. 5 Get Movin' (6:42)
  6. 6 Mega Mix II (Why Is It Fresh) (7:29)
  7. 7 Zulu Wildstyle (8:20)
  8. 8 Doriella du Fontaine (8:46)
  9. 9 Zulu Groove (9:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Change the Beat (7:37)
  2. 2 Change the Beat (French Rap) (3:42)
  3. 3 What I Like (6:25)
  4. 4 Shango Message (3:26)
  5. 5 Pata Piya (6:36)
  6. 6 Mean Machine - Jalal (6:20)
  7. 7 Home of Hip Hop (7:06)
  8. 8 Home of Hip Hop (4:05)
  9. 9 World Destruction - John Lydon (6:29)
  10. 10 Abele Dance (6:51)
  11. 11 Crazy Cuts (7:57)
  12. 12 Crazy Cuts (6:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Butterfield Harmonica
Wally Badarou DX-7, Oberheim OB8
Buddy Miles Organ, Drums
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards, Fairlight CMI, Prophet 5
Craig Harris Trombone
Jaco Pastorius Bass
Olu Dara Trumpet, Cornet
Lightnin' Rod Vocals
Afrika Bambaataa Vocals
Michael Beinhorn Synthesizer, Keyboards, Prophet 5
Aiyb Dieng Percussion, cowbell, talking drum, Jimbe, Chatan
Rusty Egan Musician
Suliaman el Hadi Vocals
Bernard Fowler Background Vocals
Fred Fowler Vocals
Jimi Hendrix Bass, Guitar
Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin Vocals
Nicky Skopelitis Guitar
Roger Trilling Vocals, Voices
Steve Turre Didjeridu
Phillip Wilson Percussion, Balafon, Synthesizer Bass
Rusty Wunderverke Musician
Amad Henderson Vocals
Infinity Background Vocals
BeeSide Vocals
Dibango Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Dondi Background Vocals
Fab Five Betty Vocals
God Father K. C. Background Vocals, Group Member
King Pin Shahiem Background Vocals, Group Member
Laswell Bass, Percussion, Fairlight CMI, Shortwave Radio
Jimmy Mac Vocals
Nicky Marroero Bongos
Motivator Vocals
Derek "D. ST." Showard Turntables, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Prophet 5
Soul Makossa Gang Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Fliest Booski Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Lightnin' Rod Composer
Afrika Bambaataa Producer
Michael Beinhorn Dmx
Joe Blaney Engineer
Alan Douglas Producer
Bernard Fowler Vocal Arrangements
Jean Karakos Author
Fran├žois Kevorkian Remixing
Martin Meissonnier Producer
Robert Musso Engineer
Rob Stevens Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Dominick Maita Engineer
KC Rockit Composer
Bob Musso Engineer
Phillip Wilson Producer, Dmx
Bernard Zekri Producer
Laswell Producer, Dmx, AMS Audiophile Operator
Bart Plantenga Liner Notes
Derek "D. ST." Showard Arranger, Producer, Dmx
Paul "Groucho" Smykle Remixing
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