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Gotchyer! Caught with their hands in the sampled cookie jar, chart mega-weights have to fess up to their clever camouflage -- and often outright thievery -- of vintage disco, soul, jazz, and blues records. Which means this quite entertaining compilation piles on all types of original recordings that have remade their way into popular consciousness via the circuitous route of record-box revisionism. Want to know where that reggae break in Prodigy's "Out of Space" came from? It's here (Max Romeo and the Upsetters's "Chase the Devil"). Care to have someone show you where Fatboy Slim lifted the surf-guitar hop "Rockafeller Skank" from? Here, too (The Just Brothers' "Sliced Tomatoes"). And so it goes for 40 tracks, exposing the sampledelic smoke and mirrors with understated viciousness. Even when it sometimes highlights the superiority of the updates -- Patti Page's "Cape Cod," for instance, lacks the teary comedown luster of Groove Armada, Lonnie Liston Smith's "Expansions" misses its helium-funk mark that Stetsasonic nails, and Herbie Hancock's "Bring Down the Birds" doesn't even get within hip-shaking distance of the uninhibited glee of Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in ihe Heart." But as you can guess, most of these exposés show the ransacking hacks for what they are; it's well-known that MC Hammer, Robbie Williams, and Eminem were stretching the definition of songwriting. The latter of which does nothing new in his Labi Siffre-induced "My Name Is" except nasal karaoke. Extremely convenient, brutally unsympathetic, and -- at the very least -- educational, Sampled is terrific fun. The perfect compilation for transforming into the "Pish posh, my good man, you want to hear who really wrote that?" plague of any party.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724385050121
catalogNumber: 355

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pe Ante Pe   Track Performer
Dream Warriors   Track Performer
MC Hammer   Track Performer
Public Enemy   Track Performer
Janet Jackson   Track Performer
Massive Attack   Track Performer
Moby   Track Performer
Stereo MC's   Track Performer
Lulu   Track Performer
Prodigy   Track Performer
David Morales   Track Performer
Us3   Track Performer
2Pac   Track Performer
Tribe Called Quest   Track Performer
Mariah Carey   Track Performer
Neneh Cherry   Track Performer
Claude   Track Performer
De La Soul   Track Performer
David Holmes   Track Performer
Ini Kamoze   Track Performer
LL Cool J   Track Performer
Stetsasonic   Track Performer
Basement Jaxx   Track Performer
Dreem Teem   Track Performer
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock   Track Performer
Fatboy Slim   Track Performer
Robbie Williams   Track Performer
Groove Armada   Track Performer
Wiseguys   Track Performer
Lisa Marie Experience   Track Performer
Girl Next Door   Track Performer
Eminem   Track Performer
Stardust   Track Performer
Superfunk   Track Performer
M&S   Track Performer
All Seeing I   Track Performer
Spiller   Track Performer
Phats & Small   Track Performer
Face   Track Performer
Modjo   Track Performer
Bernard Edwards   Conductor
Nile Rodgers   Conductor
Lyn Collins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Dollar   Producer
Rick James   Arranger,Producer
Chris Rea   Producer
Bernard Edwards   Arranger,Producer
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Producer
Bunny Sigler   Producer
Airto Moreira   Producer
Patrick Adams   Arranger,Producer
Larry Blackmon   Producer
Booga Bear   Producer
Richard Bock   Producer
Jon Kelly   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Eric Matthew   Producer
Vince Montana   Producer
Flora Purim   Producer
William E. Cobham   Producer
Vera Hall   Arranger,Adaptation
Alex Macnutt   Concept
Neneh Cherry   Producer

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