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Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1
     

The Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1

 
Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, a four-volume series, was released in 1998. You could buy the volumes in one shot, albeit for a few extra bucks, because they came in a little plastic milk crate with a fifth disc of remixes. Three years later, you could get all five discs in a less elaborate package. These discs covered the label's first 16 years, from 1981 through

Overview

Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, a four-volume series, was released in 1998. You could buy the volumes in one shot, albeit for a few extra bucks, because they came in a little plastic milk crate with a fifth disc of remixes. Three years later, you could get all five discs in a less elaborate package. These discs covered the label's first 16 years, from 1981 through 1996. Tommy Boy's Greatest Hits, a three-disc compilation, was released in 2003 and naturally contained a lot of the material on Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, though it did expand its reach to include some late-'90s and early-2000s tracks. And now there's The Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1, a two-disc set that resembles a slightly worn double-vinyl pack, with die-cut circles exposing CD sleeves that are made to look like the inner sleeves of a 12." Sequenced chronologically, the set begins with Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force's monumental "Planet Rock" (1982) and ends with K7's decidedly less seismic "Come Baby Come" (1993). If you have any of the other Tommy Boy anthologies, or an extensive collection of compilations covering electro and early hip-hop and house music, you'll be duplicating many of the 22 tracks found here. (It is worth pointing out, however, that many of the versions here are slightly different from the ones on the preceding Tommy Boy sets; for instance, this has the 12" version of "Planet Rock," whereas The Greatest Beats has the four-minute edit, and Tommy Boy's Greatest Hits contains a five-minute version. It can be very confusing.) Almost half of the contents, including "Planet Rock," Planet Patrol's "Play at Your Own Risk," Jonzun Crew's "Pack Jam," and Information Society's freestyle cult-classic "Running," are essential. A few tracks on the second disc haven't aged so well, but relatively obscure tracks like Special Request's "Salsa Smurph" (electro at its slowest, deepest, and dubbiest, with "Trans-Europe Express" as the basis) and Planet Patrol's "I Didn't Know I Loved You" (which should thrill anyone who has grown tired of "Play at Your Own Risk") are entirely necessary. The liner notes from Blues & Soul's Lewis Dene are indispensable, full of historical anecdotes and revelations for non-scholars.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227334222
catalogNumber:
73342

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Arranger,Producer
Planet Patrol   Composer
Keith LeBlanc   Arranger,Composer
Coldcut   Producer
Gary Glitter   Composer
Michael Jonzun   Composer,Producer
Mike Leander   Composer
Latin Rascals   Producer
Blaze   Remixing
K7   Composer
Afrika Bambaataa   Composer
Albert Cabrera   Composer,Producer
Denzil Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joey Gardner   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Mike Lorello   Programming
Fred Maher   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Thomas McElroy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Monte   Producer,Remixing
Tony Moran   Composer,Producer
Tommy Musto   Producer
Shep Pettibone   Arranger
Mac Quayle   Composer
Paul Robb   Arranger,Composer,Programming
John Robie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tom Silverman   Producer
Lisa Stansfield   Composer
Maurice Starr   Composer
Justin Strauss   Producer,Remixing
Kurt Valaquen   Composer
"Little" Louie Vega   Remixing
Eric Williams   Composer
45 King   Concept
Robin Halpin   Arranger,Composer
Jay Scott King   Arranger,Producer
David Benus   Producer,Remixing
Graham Massey   Composer
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Paul Schwitters   Arranger,Producer
Stevie D. Lundy   Composer
Trisco Pearson   Composer
Gerald Simpson   Composer
Lewis Dene   Liner Notes
Jonathan More   Composer
Matt Black   Composer
Dana Owens   Composer
Antoine Lundy   Composer
Ralph Dagostino   Producer
Carlos DeJesus   Composer
Jose "Animal" Diaz   Producer
Martin Price   Composer
Kenton Nix   Composer
Johnny "D" De Mairo   Executive Producer
Craig Harris   Producer
Robin Hurley   Executive Producer
Masaki Koike   Art Direction
Humberto Howard   Art Direction
Harold McGuire   Composer
3-D   Producer
Larry Joseph   Composer,Producer
Eddie "Satin" Maduro   Producer,Remixing
Tommy Sozzi   Producer
Jessie Daniels   Composer

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