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Looking for the Perfect Beat: 1980-1985 [Vinyl] Extra tracks


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Vinyl, Extra tracks, March 20, 2001
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  • Vinyl (March 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • ASIN: B00005ABF7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zulu Nation Throwdown - Afrika Bambaataa Zulu Nation Cosmic Force
2. Zulu Nation Throwdown - Bambaataa Zulu Nation Soul Sonic Force
3. Jazzy Sensation (Bronx Version) - The Jazzy 5
4. Planet Rock
5. Looking For The Perfect Beat
6. Renegades Of Funk
7. Frantic Situation
8. Unity Part 1 (The Third Coming) - The Godfather Of Soul James Brown
9. Who Do You Think You're Funkin' With? (Hip Hop Mix)
10. What Time Is It? (Live)
11. Funk You! - Family
12. Bonus Track

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Green on April 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've waited for a compilation of Bam's hit sides since they were still fresh. There's not a wack track in the bunch.
The music is not only amazing, but artistically forward. While the rest of the burgeoning hip-hop nation was just rhyming over looped disco tracks, Bam borrowed from Stockhausen and put the music miles ahead of its competition artistically. The idiom of hip-hop, or any pop music, has rarely been so avant garde.
Also, extra props are due as these sides commemorate an era when hip-hop and rock were just part of the same game, with either side able to dance to the other.
Run-DMC get all the props from the early 80s, and they do deserve it, but Afrika Bambatta was a real revolutionary. Any hip-hop record today can trace its roots back to Bam.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jqr on June 27, 2004
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To my taste, this CD is back-loaded with hits. The first couple of tracks are OK but the rapping doesn't reach the potential of the music. When it comes to the last few, however, "Who do you think you're funkin' with" being the best example, you may not be able to keep your jaw from dropping. I honestly do not think that these tracks (with the Sugar Hill Gang backing up) have ever been surpassed in the hip-hop genre. They are so dense and complicated and incredibly arranged.
Disclaimer, however: I saw this band live in 1988 and it changed my life. I am so happy to have this album finally to refresh my memories of that amazing night.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason on March 31, 2001
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Essentially a greatest hits album, this has all the essentials. Planet Rock, Looking for the Perfect Beat, Renegades of Funk and Frantic Situation are four songs that are absolutely unreal and so funky that these songs are the preferred choices for breakdancers to get off on. The other tracks I view as icing on the cake. The above aforementioned songs are worth the price of the disc and then some. If you're looking for grooves which are so funky they make you want to get up and move this disc is for you. Bam basically started the whole hip-hop movement and in all honesty he and the Soul Sonic Force did it best. Probably the most underrated hip-hop artists, buy the disc and you'll know what I'm talking about.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OlSkoolBGirl on August 15, 2004
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This CD has almost everything. The early hits with Zulu Throwdown was just an appetizer to whet the true-schooler's appetite,then you can feast on Planet Rock, Looking for the Perfect Beat,etc. The only letdown was it did'nt have Play It At Your Own Risk, a couple of songs at the end of the collection could have been left off. But in my opinion its money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trishonda on December 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD reminds me of my old high school and college days. This purchase was definitely worth it. KEEP LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT AND IT WILL HELP YOU REACH YOUR PEEK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on June 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had to get the cd just for Planet Rock And Looking for the perfect beat, has some other good ones. But just for those two it was worth it for me.Recommend it very much.
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Nothing unexpected here, just classic Hip Hop preserved on CD.
The quality is as good as can be expected from the old recordings.
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Lookin' for the perfect beat? Essential 80's Beats for any electro/hip hop fan's collection. Great purchase, glad to own it!
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