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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2014
Maybe Shaolin's finest moment. It's doubtful at this point if they'll ever put out anything equal or better than this.

My main concern is the album, despite being renowned as a work of Lo-Fi, minimal genius could definitely benefit from
a thorough, tastefully done & subtle 24 bit remastering. As it stands it is often let down by less than great Stereo definition which leave brilliant tracks sounding flat and compressed.
It could also greatly benefit from some basic "equalization" enhancing (at the remastering level) to put a slight leash on the bass which is overblown in certain places (Shame on a Ni**a) and to sweeten & tease out the treble and mids in many cases (I know a home equaliser unit can do this but it's better to be done at the Studio level of the process so we may have a default well-balanced sounding CD).
Remastering needs to be done with respect and fine comprehension of the original producers aim/vision, otherwise it can be a butchering process.

RZA, I hope it can come to pass and be brought about by the right folks to breathe fresh life into a true Hip Hop classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2008
If you think back, the years leading up all the way through the middle of 1993 had been dominated by the West Coast, and rightfully so.

You had one of the best beatmakers on either coast in Dr. Dre, produce an outright classic of an album (The Chronic). His protege (and probably the world's best known rap artist), Snoop Doggy Dogg goes on and produces another classic LP in " Doggystyle". Add to that mix urban film classics such as " Boyz N Da Hood" and "Menace To Society", and the West Coast owned the scene until...Wu-Tang Clan drops "Enter The Wu-Tang".

Now it must be said, "Enter" is far from a perfect album. As a matter of fact, I heard more miscues on this album then any album I could ever remember. For example, listen to the beginning of C.R.E.A.M. as Raekwon tries to initiate the song w/o the beat. They make up for this with raw energy, action packed rhymes, and innovative production.

That raw energy can be found early and often in songs like " Bring Da Ruckus" and " Shame On A N!&&@". Now, this album has an early intermission, but with that comes the classic "Can It All Be So Simple". This is one of those joints you just sit back to with a drink and just think about yesteryear.

The next two tracks do a great job of setting the stage for one of the best acronyms in the English speaking world with "C.R.E.A.M.". I mean, the song is perfect, from the lyrics to the hook, and don't get me started on the staggering piano loop. RZA's beats on this album are some of the genre's best.

Personally, I would rather have seen the album end with " Protect Ya Neck" instead of a weak song like " Part Two", but that's me being picky.

All in all, this is a good album that sets the stage for classic LP's such a Liquid Swords and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Cop it and see the progression I speak of.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2003
I'm not a really big fan a rap, I'm more into really heavy hardcore and punk. As a matter a fact, this CD is the only Rap CD I own! I love the rawness, bare bones production. Just right in your face. The martial arts connection is brilliant. I've always been a fan of old school kung fu movies so seeing them adapt it to their rap personnas is very cool. I've heard some of their solo releases (Method Man, Ghost Face Killah etc..) None of them match up to 36 Chambers. SIDE NOTE: Dont buy any of their re-released Kung Fu DVDs. They're bad dubbed VHS copies in most cases, stick to the Crash and Celestial releases)
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on June 29, 2005
When I first heard this album I was turned off for a bit. The more I heard it, when my older brother played it non stop, it grew on me. All the songs are catchy and demonstrated how great each artist was at their prime. Currently as solo artists , they lost their touch, as a collective unit back in the day, they were an unstoppable hip-hopping machine. This album was, and to this day still is, my best friend and my favorite album to look back upon. Wu-Tang Forever is a nice supplement.
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on December 15, 2012
Now this is one the classic albums. It's Wu-Tang's best album without a doubt. Everyone goes just hard on the track with verse after verse. I would put it as 5 stars but what brought it down is that a few songs are censored! And it even says Explicit!
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on April 2, 2015
The quintessential powerhouse of east coast rap; each bringing succinct and near cut throat delivery and style, unique for their time and still a noteworthy triumph of the genre.
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on January 16, 2014
Amazing CD first off. I did receive the CD with a crack on the case though which isn't too big of a deal but kind of annoying since I collect CD's.
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on January 31, 2013
classic hip-hop album. must have for those who love this musical genre. ... do yourself a favor musically and pick up a copy here in amazon mp3 ...
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on April 22, 2013
One of the first rap albums I ever purchased when i was a kid. The sound on vinyl is amazing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
This CD has got to be the best rap album of all time, but with regards to all types of music, I would still say it's a 4 out of 5. Each song on the album contains at least one sample or dialogue from old kung fu movies. In fact, two of the songs actually start off with the exact same sample from a kung fu movie. I must say, with all sample-heavy CD's, especially this one, it's very fun to look up the original songs which were sampled, which can be found on the wikipedia page for the album. Ol' Dirty Bastard's raps sound a lot like Busta Rhymes, as does his voice. Inspectah deck happens to sound like Treach from Naughty by Nature. Each of the songs is entertaining in its own way. The numerous comic book and kung fu references are usually pretty funny. This album is worth the money with the songs C.R.E.A.M. and Method Man alone. My biggest problem with the cd is, it's great to listen to the first time through, but because of all the samples and the constant sound clips from movies, it becomes kind of nonmusical, and this is not one of those cds where you can just put the songs on your iPod and be entertained. The intermission on the cd, which is just included as the end of Can It Be All So Simple, is just about a minute and a half of Method Man and someone else (RZA, if I remember correctly) explaining the names of each member in the group. It's really entertaining if it's something you never knew before, but it gets repetetive. Also, it gets annoying hearing the other members yelling stuff in the background when one member is rapping. Wu Tang: 7th Chamber Part 2 is much better than part 1 in my opinion. it's just an excerpt from the exact same song, but they replaced the background music with some really cool bass. Like bass you can blast rolling down the street.
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