by Arthur Baker


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Electro and hip-hop pioneer Arthur Baker's productions in the '90s exerted nowhere near the influence they did during the previous decade. That said, Breakin' is probably the closest thing to a proper anthology of Baker's earlier works on the market -- which is quite surprising, given the prolific string of groundbreaking hits Baker produced for various artists during that period of time. It also makes this record somewhat of a befuddlement. The only drawback to Breakin' is that it's a two-disc affair, and the first half is definitely something that hinders the potency of this release. Consisting of remixes and collaborations that are uptempo numbers bordering on progressive house, the songs are simply average at best, with absolutely no trace of the innovative nature or creative ambition Baker once so brilliantly displayed. But while the first CD consists of predominately new productions, the second CD is where the true gold and watershed moments of Baker's career are compiled. Starting off with the painfully brilliant remix of New Order's "Confusion," the disc moves at a breakneck pace through some of the most brilliant moments of hip-hop and electro. His productions of "Looking for the Perfect Beat" and several others sound just as fresh now as when they were debuted on the dancefloors around the world. Capping out the second disc with the anthem "Planet Rock" leaves you with a feeling of elation that one man could produce this many hits and so many more, but then also a feeling of bewilderment -- as to what exactly happened from then until now. Enjoy the second disc, but leave the first one in the case.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
UPC: 0689780300625
catalogNumber: 6

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arthur Baker   Primary Artist
Fleetwood Mac   Track Performer
New Order   Track Performer
Keith LeBlanc   Drums
Criminal Element Orchestra   Track Performer
Gavin Christopher   Piano,Vocals
Utah Saints   Track Performer
Cuba Gooding   Track Performer
Rockers Revenge   Track Performer
Afrika Bambaataa   Track Performer
Tina B.   Track Performer
Donnie Calvin   Track Performer
Gail King   Vox Organ
Fred Zarr   Keyboards
Armand Van Helden   Sampling
Top Cat   Track Performer
Felix da Housecat   Track Performer
Felix Stallings   Vox Organ
Drumattic Twins   Track Performer
Skam   Vocals
Tommie Sunshine   Vox Organ
DJ Face   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing
Lindsey Buckingham   Producer
Dave Clark Five   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Will Downing   Producer
Brian Auger   Composer
C.M. Lord   Engineer
Paul Oakenfold   Remixing
Richard Dashut   Producer
Dino Elefante   Composer
John Elefante   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
John Robie   Arranger,Producer
Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
Andy Wallace   Engineer
Fred Zarr   Arranger,Programming
Stephen Morris   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Gillian Gilbert   Composer
Wally Jump, Jr. & The Criminal Element   Producer
George Christy   Producer
Rennie Pilgrem   Producer
Timo Maas   Producer
Meat Katie   Producer
Martin Buttrich   Producer
Lee Coombs   Producer,Remixing
Justin Drake   Engineer
Felix Stallings   Producer
A. Baker   Composer
Gavin "DJ Face" Mills   Producer
Andy Bolleshon   Producer
Tommie Sunshine   Producer
Nick Slater   Engineer
Lanx   Engineer
Arthur King   Remixing
DJ Plus One   Cut
Nick Annand   Producer
Andy Gray   Remixing

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