Tougher Than Leather

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
At the end of 1986, Raising Hell was rap's best-selling album up to that point, though it would soon be outsold by the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. Profile Records hoped that Run-D.M.C.'s fourth album, Tougher Than Leather, would exceed the Beastie Boys' quintuple-platinum status, but unfortunately, the group's popularity had decreased by 1988. One of Run-D.M.C.'s strong points -- its love of rock & roll -- was also its undoing in hip-hop circles. Any type of crossover success tends to be viewed suspiciously in the hood, and hardcore hip-hoppers weren't overly receptive to "Miss Elaine," "Papa Crazy," "Mary, Mary," and other rap-rock delights found on the album. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
At the end of 1986, Raising Hell was rap's best-selling album up to that point, though it would soon be outsold by the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. Profile Records hoped that Run-D.M.C.'s fourth album, Tougher Than Leather, would exceed the Beastie Boys' quintuple-platinum status, but unfortunately, the group's popularity had decreased by 1988. One of Run-D.M.C.'s strong points -- its love of rock & roll -- was also its undoing in hip-hop circles. Any type of crossover success tends to be viewed suspiciously in the hood, and hardcore hip-hoppers weren't overly receptive to "Miss Elaine," "Papa Crazy," "Mary, Mary," and other rap-rock delights found on the album. Thanks largely to rock fans, this album did go platinum for sales exceeding one million copies -- which ironically, Profile considered a disappointment. But the fact is that while Tougher Than Leather isn't quite as strong as Run-D.M.C.'s first three albums, it was one of 1988's best rap releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2009
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 886975071821
  • Catalog Number: 7507182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Run's House (3:46)
  2. 2 Mary, Mary (3:15)
  3. 3 They Call Us Run-DMC (2:57)
  4. 4 Beats to the Rhyme (2:40)
  5. 5 Radio Station (2:49)
  6. 6 Papa Crazy (4:18)
  7. 7 Tougher Than Leather (4:22)
  8. 8 I'm Not Going Out Like That (4:55)
  9. 9 How'd Ya Do It Dee (3:24)
  10. 10 Miss Elaine (3:05)
  11. 11 Soul to Rock and Roll (2:18)
  12. 12 Ragtime (2:46)
  13. 13 Beats to the Rhyme (2:44)
  14. 14 Crack (1:43)
  15. 15 Christmas in Hollis (2:58)
  16. 16 Penthouse Ad (0:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Run-D.M.C. Primary Artist
Davy D. Bass, Guitar
Vincent Hammond Horn
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Group Member
Daniel Shulman Bass, Bass Guitar
Jon Sierra Guitar, Piano, Drums
Andreas Straub Guitar
Uptown Horns Horn, Ensemble
Jason Mizell Group Member
Bobby "Afro" Walker Drums
Joseph "Run" Simmons Group Member
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Kid Rock Author
Davy D. Producer
Chuck D Liner Notes
Steven Ett Engineer
Ice-T Author
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Run-D.M.C. Composer, Producer
Roey Shamir Engineer
R. Simmons Composer
Russell Simmons Executive Producer
Barbara Milne Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Eminem Author
J.K. Simmons Composer
Darren Salmieri Reissue Producer
Triana DOrazio Packaging Manager
Noah Uman Reissue Producer
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