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Perfect Beats 1
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
Part 1 of Tommy Boy's comprehensive compilation of early electro, hip-hop, and freestyle hits concentrates on the fundamentals. The collection begins as it must, with Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force's epochal "Planet ... more »
Part 1 of Tommy Boy's comprehensive compilation of early electro, hip-hop, and freestyle hits concentrates on the fundamentals. The collection begins as it must, with Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force's epochal "Planet Rock," a sort of Rosetta stone for producers in the decade that followed and beyond. Loved (and sampled) to this very day, "Planet Rock" cleared the way for all the tracks that follow it here (arranged chronologically), including "Walking on Sunshine" by Rocker's Revenge and Jellybean's timbale-mad upgrade of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican." But despite the limitations implied in the compilation's subtitle, "New York Electro Hip-Hop + Underground Dance Classics, 1980-1985," the set reaches back to earlier sources, inevitably including Kraftwerk's bleats, blips, and beats. --John Sanchez
Nice collection, but wrong mixes
Michael Callaghan | 04/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A good selection of underground dance sounds from the early 80s, but you can't really relive that clubbing experience with these short mixes. Who ever danced to to a 3:46 version of Dirty Talk? At least this collection does the honest thing and lists all cuts and lengths on the CD. A great driving CD for the car if you've become too busy or lazy to make your own tapes from your old 12" EPs."
Essential for fans of any kind of dance music
Michael Callaghan | Jersey City, NJ United States | 10/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is really a wonderful album, a testament to the strength of early house, electro, freestyle and hiphop. These are all familiar sounds to anyone who spent the better half of their youth in an urban nightclub setting. If anything, these pieces have all matured rather gracefully, and as a soundtrack to the summer, only the most stodgy rock and roll fan would have to turn this down."