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Future Shock

Herbie HancockAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025VT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rockit
2. Future Shock
3. TFS
4. Earth Beat
5. Autodrive
6. Rough

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Herbie Hancock ~ Future Shock

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars overcompressed remastering March 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Musically, I would give this CD 5 stars for 'Rockit'
the seminal track that fused DJ scratching with Herbie's
jazz tinged analog synthesizer experiments over a drum
machine. The amazing remix 'Rockit (Megamix)' is also
quite stunning with some very creative use of samples
(ahead of its time).
The problem is that whoever remastered the music follows
the modern trend of overcompressing the music, draining
all dynamic range out of it to increase the apparent loudness.
This makes the music jump out at you, but it's very
tiresome on the ears and drains the life out of it.
Personally, I can't even listen to the CD anymore.
I would recommend prospective buyers pick up one of the old
school hip hop compilations with Rockit on it instead
(the other tracks on the LP/CD haven't aged as well)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I, Robot January 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The legs of one of the robots in the fantastic video for Rockit says it all; grooving to the funky beat while moving in a tight circle, keeping in step with the turntable scratches and driving the beat where dub, hip-hop and jazz became a new dynamic in the studio. Everybody dance now!

Future Shock was a new sensation when released in early 1983, as Herbie Hancock (and his Rockit band) & Bill Laswell teamed up to deliver electronics with funk, fusion and a sprinkling of avant-garde.

Rockit garnered a Grammy award for best R&B instrumental performance, while the video captured five awards - including Video of the Year - in the first MTV Video Music Awards show.

The CD has five cuts sandwiched between Rockit and Rockit (Mega Mix), the latter not on the original release. A true gem is Future Shock, a Curtis Mayfield composition. Earth Beat and Rough pump the funk through the speakers, while Hancock lets the jazz notes do the talking in T.F.S. and Autodrive.

That the collaboration of Hancock and Laswell was unable to reproduce the magic in subsequent releases speaks greatly about the quality found in Future Shock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNKY AS YOU LIKE June 15, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it came out as an experiment and at first I really didn't know what to think. It was just completely alien to me being a teenage metalhead. Over the following weeks however, I became addicted to it, playing it regularly- something I've done ever since.
Rockit is fairly representative of the albums electro/hip hop content but other tracks such as Earthbeat and Rough go much deeper to incorporate ambient and even world music. The title track is like electro vs. a rather camp P-funk!
The main strength of this album for me is that has a completely unique atmosphere that it maintains throughout. It is rather like a strange alien landscape- it provides excellent escapism because of the inhuman feel created by the stiff rhythms and huge warm soundscapes. FUNK is the key word here, meaning that the album has only dated in an academic sense.
It is impossible to turn off. It is definately recommended for the car. In my opinion the Rockit megamix is the only track that has dated to the point of embarassment- the title gives it away! Every other track though remains classic electro. F-F-F-F-Fresh!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it HERBIE or is it LASWELL? August 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Herbie's alway's had his hand on the pulse of music, especially cutting edge stuff. He hooked up with Bill Laswell just when Laswell started an incredible run of "production jobs" that continues on through the 90's, and beyond. It's hard to figure just WHO get's the most credit here. Who cares? If you like it, dig! If you don't think it's "jazzy" enough, that's cool too, because it's very hip-hop/beats oriented (no guest "raps" but some cool soul vocals). A jazz artist incorporating the use of turntables and a whole array of synths and such-- read the liner notes with all the folks who appear here. One can't expect "Kind of Blue" now can you? Get funked up!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, risk taking album from Herbie Hancock April 9, 2006
By Preston
Format:Audio CD
I'd like to defend this album, because between his more mellow jazz albums of the 70s and what he's doing now in 2005-2006, this 1983 album is still one one of my favorites from Herbie Hancock. Herbie took a big risk with going for the hip-hop sound and he succeeded. Every one of the six original songs are dynamite, are edgy and very creative for that period. I still love Rockit, perhaps one of Herbie's finest performances. Its mix of urban jazz and the turntable scratches of hip-hop was very unique. It has some hard hitting beats that could even rival most of Run-DMC and LL Cool J's albums. I couldn't stop playing the 45 single of the single and album versions for several months! It's still played over 2 decades later! The video for that song was phenomenal with the art direction and the marionettes moving to the song's beats. The album's very keyboard oriented, but Hancock kept the jazz style intact on most of the songs. I don't think he sold out,as some purists say. I think this album helped make him a more respected jazz musician and artist later on. Even if the album's massive success took him by surprise, he did it with class and he is still respected today. Very creative, chance-taking and wonderfully performed and done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
The first of three collaborations with the innovativeproducer/bassist Bill Laswell, 1983's FUTURE SHOCK finds an effectivebalance between state-of-the-art studio production techniques and street-wise rhythms that are in the forefront of the hip-hop idiom. Hancock's then decade-old expertise with synthesizers complements Laswell's cutting-edge approach as a producer. The results manage to sound both technological and funky. In fact, the album spawned an invigorating hit single (ROCKIT) that has dated surprisingly little over the years (even though the sound of hip-hop has changed dramatically since then), and provided an early indication of the potential mass popularity of hip-hop that became commonplace in the ensuing decade. One potential disappointment amid the innovative textures has to do with what a potential purchaser expects when purchasing a "Herbie Hancock" album. For those who picture Hancock behind an acoustic or electric keyboard playing extended, provocative solos--be forewarned. On the entirety of FUTURE SHOCK Herbie has ONE bona-fide piano solo (on AUTODRIVE). A key difference between Hancock's musical approach and that of his one-time employer Mr. Davis: Miles used any styles necessary as a inspirational means to keep his improvisations--and that of his sidepersons--from settling into a predictable state (rarely if ever did the solos take a back seat to their surroundings). On the other hand, with Herbie's post-1977 "pop" albums, the solo-oriented keyboard talents that comes to mind when most of us think the name Herbie Hancock rarely surfaced. Whether this fact is good, bad or indifferent is for each listener to sort through their preferences and biases to decide. I miss Herbie's improvisation skills, but find--on its own terms--FUTURE SHOCK to be a laudable project nonetheless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Herbie Hancock Rockiting To The Earth Beat!
Between 1980 and 1982,Herbie Hancock found himself in an important transitional phase musically. In 1981 he released the album Magic Windows,a hardcore contemporary funk album... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
1.0 out of 5 stars (1.5 stars) "Rockit!": The Maxi-Single
Ever wanted to hear Herbie's take on hip-hop? Yeah, neither did I. Despite that, I love the infamous "Rockit!", with scratching, vocoder, and Herbie's awesome synthesizer part. Read more
Published on December 13, 2007 by finulanu
5.0 out of 5 stars DO YOU NEED TO ASK?
IF THE NAME HERBIE HANCOCK DOESN'T GET YOU TO BUY IT,THEN "ROCK IT' MUST. REMEMBER THE VIDEO?
Published on October 23, 2005 by Angel Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Laswell And Hancock Funkit!!!!
THIS IS FUNKY STUFF!!A little Material,a little Kraftwerk
and ALOT of Grandmixer DST's scraching up against Herbie's
synthesizers and catchy tunes. Read more
Published on August 8, 2003 by Andre' S Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Hancock is a master...
Whoever said this album is the same song over and over does not have an ear for music, jazz or otherwise.
This is an essential recording.
Published on August 8, 2003 by Stacy Rockwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Xtraordinary!
Herbie Hancock is normally a jazz misician but he made a few electro dance albums back in the 80's, here's the first one including the great hit "Rockit", a funky song... Read more
Published on October 23, 2002 by Josephll
3.0 out of 5 stars Rockit, not-so-good Rockit, and more Rockit
If you enjoyed Rockit enough to want to listen to it for almost forty minutes, then Future Shock is not a bad choice. Read more
Published on December 11, 2001 by Larry M. Coleman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not All That
The thing that shocked me about this was the degree to which Bill Laswell, in the liner notes, appropriates much of the credit for the music's content and states matter-of-factly... Read more
Published on October 23, 2000 by Scott McFarland
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