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Planet Rock: The Album

Afrika BambaataaAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 5, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DBK WORKS
  • ASIN: B000AV626A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Planet Rock
2. Looking For The Perfect Beat
3. Renegades Of Funk
4. Frantic Situation
5. Who You Funkin' With
6. Go Go Pop
7. They Made A Mistake

Editorial Reviews

Afrika Bambaataa, one of hip-hop's progenitors, was known as a talented DJ before his single Planet Rock came out in 1982 on Tommy Boy. The song, which sampled (actually re-recorded in the studio) elements of Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express and was the first R&B track to use an 808, helped define a new movement in music, electro, which then inspired Miami bass and Detroit techno, and pushed the musician's status toward near iconic. Planet Rock: The Album, a collection of singles that came out four years later, captures Bambaataa's energy and innovation. This is his work with Soulsonic Force, which means his collaborations with James Brown (Unity) and John Lydon (World Destruction) are missing, but it's a good collection, the equally interesting Renegades of Funk (in remix form) and Searching for the Perfect Beat also present. There are also three previously unreleased tracks, which although not quite having the impact of the first half of the record, are much more than filler, and include guest appearances from famed Furious Five rapper Melle Mel on Who You Funkin' With? and D.C.'s Trouble Funk, appropriately, on Go Go Pop. The original 12 inch version of the title track is enough to make Planet Rock: The Album a worthwhile purchase, but the inclusion of the other material pushes that to necessary. - by Marisa Brown, All Music Guide

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album April 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
There is much to be said about Afrika Bambaataa the man, one of hip hop's progenitors, and an early proponent of melding electronic music and hip hop. Born Kevin Donovan, he grew up in the infamous Bronx River Projects historically plagued by devastating poverty and crime. Donovan was a founding member and division leader of violent street gang the "Savage Seven" (later known as the Black Spades). However, following an eye-opening trip to Africa, Donovan changed his name to Afrika Bambaataa Aasim, relinquished violence as a means of social justice, and formed the "Bronx River Association" as an alternative to gang life. "The Association" was reformed as the Zulu Nation, and attracted DJs, rappers, break dancers, and artists. Approximately twenty members of the Zulu Nation were assembled by Bambaataa to form the Soulsonic Force musical group, which began recording music in 1980. Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force released Planet Rock: The Album in 1986, which was a collection of their four previous singles and three additional new tracks. The album was dubbed the first electro funk album, and is also recognized as the most sampled record in hip hop. Reasonably so... it is incredible.
In 1982, the group began to experiment with electronic instruments and production, and created the electro funk genre with their hit song "Planet Rock." "Planet Rock" most audibly uses a keyboard melody from electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" (not sampled, but re-recorded the sample in the studio). The electronic beats fused with the melody were also borrowed from Kraftwerk's song, "Numbers" as well as from small parts of songs by Babe Ruth and Captain Sky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Afrika Bambaataa The Pioneer February 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
For me, this one started it all. Thank you Kraftwerk for that inspiration (Trans Europe Express). I bought this on vinyl when it first came out at Sound Warehouse in Houston, TX. It took years to find the best version of Planet Rock on CD, which is available on the Planet Rock single from the 90's. The version here is the Vocal Version, still good, but the instrumental is better. Of course you can't leave out "Looking For The Perfect Beat" and "Renegades Of Funk". Sorry, Bambaataa's version is the best and the Original. If you listened to radio back in the 80's, you probably heard the instrumental version of Planet Rock, it is still my favorite track of all time. This CD is definitely one that you should own if you're a fan of Old School Hip Hop/Electro.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I ORDERED. February 17, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The record I ordered seemed to arrive in perfect condition--the album sleeve was exactly what I had purchased. Unfortunately, inside the sleeve I found a record by an artist completely unrelated to what I ordered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Renegades of Funk August 17, 2001
Renegades of funk is a great song but I think that the Rage Against the Machine version is much better.
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