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Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats 1981-96
Various Artists
Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats 1981-96
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #5

In a world oversaturated with box sets and anthologies, it's tempting--if not downright easy--to overlook a self-congratulatory, and conspicuously tardy, endeavor like Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, a five-volume retrospectiv...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats 1981-96
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tommy Boy
Original Release Date: 11/17/1998
Release Date: 11/17/1998
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: Electronica, House, Dance Pop, East Coast, Gangsta & Hardcore, Old School, West Coast, Experimental Rap, Pop Rap, Soul
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaCD Credits: 5
UPC: 016998129821

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In a world oversaturated with box sets and anthologies, it's tempting--if not downright easy--to overlook a self-congratulatory, and conspicuously tardy, endeavor like Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, a five-volume retrospective of the seminal hip-hop imprint. Don't. Although the label seems more focused on their highly successful MTV Party to Go and ESPN Jock Jams series than street-based hip-hop, the compilation aesthetic serves them well on this box. Rather than present a chronological walk through the label's history, this box consists of four mix discs that feature surprisingly successful (and occasionally bewildering) segues, and a consistent flow of high-energy tracks. Although there is a little electro-boogie, (most of that element of the label was saved for their Perfect Beats series), you get hits by Afrika Bambaataa, Coolio, Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, Stetsasonic, and the Force MDs, plus a remix disc featuring some leading DJs (Jason Nevins, DJ Premier, Dimitri from Paris) and a great booklet with lots of color pictures that make great period pieces. The box is a fine testament to the enduring vitality of hip-hop; most of the tracks have aged well, and some that didn't were improved by the remix. --Martin Johnson

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Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 11/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tommy Boy Records is, along with Def Jam, the seminal hip hop labels. This box set features the label's biggest hits, but presented in a classic mix tape fashion. There is no chronological order to the songs, each of the four disk's songs segue together into one long mix. This makes for some great listening and the beats are still slamming especially on the remix disk that boasts some great work by the all-time best, DJ Premier."
This is the baddest cd out there all the jams
JESSI DEVLIN ALBUCHE04@WEBTV.NET | LAWRENCE MASS | 05/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i cant believe they grab all my favorite old school jams and whipped them into one great package thank you.... if your having a party grab this bad boy all the songs i used to chill to as a little girl together in a package deal not one song on these cds is bad its worth the money"
A Trip Down Memory Lane..........
dOc | Atlanta, GA | 11/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I picked this one up from a record store while searching for the "Stimulated" compilation and I had the money to spend. While scanning the backcover in the store, seeing all the available classics. It became harder and harder for me to put it down, so I gave up the 40 bucks. Did I mention CLASSIC tracks were available on this one? Old school hip-hop and r&b tracks from artist like :Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force, De La Soul, Stetsasonic, Force M.D.'s, Club Nouveau, Planet Patrol ("Play It at Your Risk" was my joint back in the day), Apache, Digital Underground, Paris and many more CLASSICS. Not all tracks are favorites of mine, but the entire compilation is a 5 star deal. oNe"