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Back on the Block

Quincy JonesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones' career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. As ... Read more in Amazon's Quincy Jones Store

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Qwest (Warner)
  • ASIN: B000002LJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue (2 Q's Rap)
2. Back On The Block
3. I Don't Go For That
4. I'll Be Good To You
5. The Verb To Be
6. Wee B. Dooinit
7. The Places You Find Love
8. Jazz Corner Of The Word
9. Birdland
10. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)
11. One Man Woman
12. Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)
13. Prelude To The Garden
14. The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)

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Back on the Block is a 1989 studio album produced by Quincy Jones.[5] It features many famous and important musicians and singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge and Ray Charles.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His project of a lifetime? September 26, 2006
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The 80s were a very busy decade for Quincy Jones. Between 1979 and 1989 he not only produced three hit albums for Michael Jackson, he also produced hit albums for others, including George Benson, Donna Summer, James Ingram, Patti Austin, The Brothers Johnson, Rufus & Chaka Khan and Ernie Watts. In his 1990 documentary "Listen Up", which documents a lot of the making of this particular album, Jones tells of how overwork and exhaustion ultimately led to a nervous breakdown and two separate aneurysms.

By the time he was ready to make this album, which he describes as his project of a lifetime, music was undergoing a revolution. Disco was long dead and buried, hip-hop was emerging as the predominant force and the smooth jazz-influenced beats Jones was reputed for were falling out of favour.

To give him his due he approached the situation gamely. The title tune, "Back On The Block" was a brave kiss with rap if not a particularly wise one. The song, which features big guns of the time such as Melle Mel, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T and Kool Moe Dee is always fun to listen to but I never heard it played on the radio or at any clubs or parties. "Jazz Corner of The World", his attempt to marry rap with jazz was more interesting and featured jazz luminaries like James Moody, Miles Davis, George Benson, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Josef Zawinul alongside Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane. It's heady, exciting stuff to listen to even now, 17 years later. If nothing else, Q certainly knew where music was heading.

The production on this CD is stunning beyond belief. "Wee B. Dooinit", featuring Siedah Garrett, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, Take 6 and Sarah Vaughn is a completely acapella performance.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted and colorful masterpiece! September 24, 2004
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Without a doubt one of the most influencial musicians for the past 50 years as of this writing, Quincy Jones is one of the best musicians that on this planet and remains a great influence on music to this day.

His 1989 magnum opus entitled "Back on The Block" is unrivalled by almost everything else. The sheer number of singers and other stars who came aboard for this project is impressive! Starring a huge cast of old-time singers some of whom have sadly since passed away, rappers, and then yet-to-be pop stars this incredible masterpiece is without a doubt a contender for being one of the smartest, most creative, and energetic albums anyone has ever put out. While I don't want to sound too biased with this review but "Back On The Block" is my favorite African-American music album of all time. .

The party begins with a marvelous rap interlude entitled "Prologue (20's rap scene/ Quincy's Rap) which is a fun and energetic warm-up track featuring a wonderful rap dialogue that is really a lot of fun and highly joyous to listen. The title begins with a industrial metallic drum intro similar to that of the title track of Janet Jackson's dynamite "Rhythm Nation" and becomes a marvelous and energetic blend of rap, hip-hop with a New Jack Swing Spice. "I Don't Go For That" is similar to the previous and with a stadium-like New Jack Swing anthem with a fun Manhattan nighttime city feel. "I Don't Go For That" is a wonderful New Jack Swing classic with a highly danceable beat, wonderful melody.

"The Verb To Be" is a really humorous interlude with oddly amplified voice effects and really funny lines. The laughing voices merge into the track "We Be Doing' It".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "OUT OF STOCK" ?!? Ya must be kiddin'... December 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
How can one of the greatest Black music albums ever be listed as "out of stock" by Amazon? Who can be so blind as to not leave this record out for sale on a permanent basis?
Well, if you haven't heard this album, you're simply missing a rare treat. Quincy Jones is one of the most influential artists in music ever, period. He single-handedly launched a wide range of highly-gifted artists and arranged/produced albums for many artists that still hold out as the best in their careers. Since the 1970s, his solo projects are a way for him to showcase tons of talent, old and young, blending together and taking up new vocal and musical challenges.
And this is precisely what this record was all about. More than an album, it is a testament to the greatness of Black music. Quincy has gathered here the greatest amount of talent any money has ever bought (or will ever buy, for that matter, since many of them have passed away since) : respectable old-timers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis or Ray Charles, and, nearer to us, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Barry White, Bobby McFerrin or Chaka Khan, share their many talents with rising stars such as Take 6, Al B. Sure, El DeBarge, Siedah Garrett, Tevin Campbell and even a cast of first-class rappers such as Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee or Big Daddy Kane. By comparison, the next project, "Q's Jook Joint", for its almost equally incredible line-up of artists, is not half as good as this.
For "Back On The Block", Quincy was sold on rap by his son, and he wanted this album to reflect the passing of the flame from the old to the new generation and the blending of all Black music, be it gospel, jazz, African, funk or rap. He has largely succeeded...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quincy is Back on The Block.
This CD was the 1st where Q embraced rap & hiphop with his jazz/r&b/pop style and it was tremendous. From Back On the Block to The Secret Garden every song is a masterpiece. Read more
Published 5 days ago by monteria ivey
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th TIME IS A CHARM
I have worn through a few cassette tapes AND a few CDs of this. Amazing music.
You will stay in your car on a hot Summer day to listen to this. Secret Garden. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dina L. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Quincy at his visionary best !
A blend of (then contemporary) pop and classic jazz and r&b artists that is unmatched. Awesome sound mix. The cover of "Birdland" is the best I have ever heard. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vince M. Barron
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignored disc by a great!
Q is a wonderful assembler of talent. His contributions are phenomenal A ton of others are on here but it was never pushed well.
Published 4 months ago by William G. Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Rated supreme.
This is a winner. An oldy but goody that you would really like and would too. Two thumbs
up and then some.
Published 10 months ago by Joseph Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good R & B
Great mixture of jazz, soulful melodies, and hip hop. Tevin Campbell, James Ingram, Siedah Garrett, stand out the most. It even has Ray Charles and Chaka Khan.
Published 12 months ago by sunshine897
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I remember hearing this when it came out on Cassette tape, I enjoyed it then, but when the tape warped I tossed it in the trash. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brian Ernest Blackmore
5.0 out of 5 stars ((( IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER )))
The more I listen to this recording the better it gets. I didn't realize at first just how star-studded this recording is. It's packed with big-name artists. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Zephram
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that astounds the inner ear!
I have often listened to music on the radio going to work and back home but my brother gave me the first copy of Back on the Block in cassette. Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Quincy's Genius
Here he pays homage to Jazz and gives a supporting and nurturing nod to hip hop. Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles and Dizzy are eternal. Beautiful songs.
Published 22 months ago by Sandy
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