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Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Ol Dirty BastardAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
3. Baby C'mon
4. Brooklyn Zoo
5. Hippa To Da Hoppa
6. Raw Hide
7. Damage
8. Don't U Know
9. The Stomp
10. Goin' Down
11. Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)
12. Snakes
13. Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Crane)
14. Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo
15. Cuttin' Headz
16. Dirty Dancin' (Bonus Track-CD Only)
17. Harlem World (Bonus Track-CD Only)

Editorial Reviews

Return's title and various lyrics acknowledge Wu-Tang's self-built mythology, but Ol' Dirty Bastard's solo debut, like the man himself, runs on its own idiosyncratic power. Rapping forcefully and on point--mumbling, singing, allowing weird wordless sounds to escape his throat in an assertion of his right to make random noise--ODB slips from mode to mode like Marvin Gaye juxtaposing the gruff and the smooth in the same song. The production, mostly by the RZA, sets the man down in the middle of funky, shape-shifting tracks to scream for blood, shout out to the Temptations and "you other grooops!" and threaten "any MC in any 52 states." "I love that guy," ODB secret identity Russell Jones declares of his alter ego at the outset; after a listen to this disc, it's likely at least part of you will, too. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

Certified gold by the RIAA. (6/95)

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ODB FOREVER!!! July 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
ODB may not be pretty to look at, but he got some serious "disposition". And if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to go out and buy this cd now. I used to only love his single "Shimmy shimmy ya" because it reminded me of the great Wu-tang style. Then I listened to the rest of the album and I could not believe my ears. Yes, ODB is raw, but he has so much energy and imagination. "Goin' down"(song #10) has got to be one the the greatest musical masterpieces of the 20th century. In this one song alone can you see all of ODB's genius: throat sounds, his signiture screaming, various rap styles, and his rendition of "Somewhere over the rainbow". He doesn't go at this album alone though. Method Man, the GZA and RZA(producer as well) ...make guest spots on several songs. This album will not disappoint. ODB is a true original in the hip hop community and its time he got some due respect.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete insanity -- BANGIN' October 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Some people are just not ready for Ol' Dirty Bastard.
NO ONE was ready for him when this album came out. They only knew him as the guy who did a little screaming and a little rapping on "Enter the 36 Chambers." Little did they know that Russell Jones would go on to become the next Clown Prince of Hip-Hop. "Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version" is bangin', offensive, noisy and hilarious all at the same time.
Almost entirely RZA-produced, the tracks on this album are unlike any other. Melodies shift and mutate into one another, sometimes changing into totally different entities. Some beats roll along; others are choppy and distorted. Similarly, Dirty's flow goes from sing-songy to balls-out roaring in seconds.
He pays homage to soul-crooners of the past on "Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)," name-checking Gladys Knight, the Temptations and Marvin Gaye while he rants and raves and practically has an orgasm mid-song. He leads insane sing-along chants in songs like the single, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and the BANGIN' "Brooklyn Zoo," where he lets you know, "Shame on you/When you step through to/The Ol' Dirty Bastard/BROOKLYYYYYN ZOO!"
There are plenty of great songs here. "Baby C'mon" shifts from hardcore and grimy to a slick bass loop midway through, and "The Stomp" is just what its title suggests: a hardcore, concrete-breaking beat and some typical Ol' Dirtyisms: "Baby girl/Tell me why, tell me so/I ask you to go hiiiigh, you ask me to go low/So I go low/*SLURRRRP*/Taste the sheeeeit/*SLURRRRP*/Taste it again, I like it!" ...what do you say about lyrics like that??
Some of the best songs pair Dirty with fellow Clan members, however.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ol' Dirty Bastard was everything today's rappers aren't - December 14, 2005
By Crisis
Format:Audio CD
- real.

This album is a classic, hands down. From the pure funkiness of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," which you'll find yourself singing along with each listen, to the hardcore vibe of "Raw Hide," this album delivers exactly what you'd want and expect from Dirt Dawg: lyrics so bizarre, and incoherrent, that they're more complicated than most you'll ever read or here.

This is ODB at his best, no doubt. This is an undisputed classic, and one of the greatest albums to ever come from the Wu-Tang's camp of artists. ODB will forever live on through his music, and in hip-hop fans hearts around the nation. If you don't have this album yet, please, do yourself a favor, and purchase it. You won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Hip-Hop May 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Its almost impossible to explain what makes this album the masterpiece that it is. Many people bought this album and dismissed it as a mess after two or three listens. But, as with all classics, the finer qualities are not revealed until you have really persevered. The production is easily the RZA's best work to date with each track complimenting the one that follows. In my opinion the song 'Snakes' represents the height of the shaolin style of hip-hop that the Wu pioneered, while Tracks like 'Damage' and 'The Stomp' reveal the ODB's true genius.
All I can say is that this album is an overlooked classic that must be owned AND LISTENED TO by anybody with a real love for hip-hop. There are a few albums that are landmarks in Hip-Hip such as 'The Cronic', 'A nation of millions' and 'Illmatic'. Return to the 36 chambers is one of these albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If this CD isn't one of the top five greatest accomplishments of mankind, then I can't imagine what is. Top to bottom, front to back, it is pure auditory pleasure. ODB can, will, and must save you. Seriously, though, people . . . Russell Jones should be your friend. Buy this CD, put it on and remember why music should be like this all the time. "Hey, life is fun again. Thank you Ol' Dirty .... You changed my life."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drunken Style August 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Old Dirty Bastard is the G.G. Allin of Hip-Hop he dosn't give a rats a$$ what any one thinks. He says whats on his mind and a whole lot more if your new 2 the whole Wu-tang scene (if you are dont worry its not 2 late cause mainstream music [stinks] more than it ever has latley) and havn't heard this album buy it this is easily one of the best albums of the Wu-Tang family this album is timeless sh!t. The beats are hardcore from begining 2 end O.D.B makes wrappers like m&ms and puff diddy look like sellout posers. O.D.B is the real deal drunken master of the Clan "I came on my momas pu$$y I'm on welfare 26 years old still on welfare" WWHHAAATT!! just buy the dam thing !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars O.D.B killed it
The style, The voice, The flow, the crew, everything about this made it very much a good buy. Can't beat O.D. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andy L
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bastard
This album is a confident builder that everyone needs to listen to as far a good non lyrical hip hop is concerned.
Published 3 months ago by Grey
4.0 out of 5 stars I was sleeping. I was missing out BIG TIME
I loved Ol Dirty on 36 chambers, but i thought his style was over my head.After the junk thats out now,I had to think about real hip hop.Wu Tang.I bought this ecpecting a! Read more
Published 8 months ago by papafunky
5.0 out of 5 stars 18+ Years Later, I'm STILL Bangin This One!
Trying to describe "Return..." is nigh useless. You really have to hear this CD. There was nothing like this before and there's been nothing like it since. Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars wu-tang forever!!!
Wu-tang Forever! ODB brings the funk. Open your mind and breath in the wu, or else u be stung by killer bees
Published 18 months ago by Byron Wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars Ol' Dirty Dog!
First Solo album after Enter Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) love the lyrics and the beats to all his songs RIP Ol' Dirty
Published 18 months ago by Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars ODB Keeps The Planets In Orbit
If I were to classify the Wu Tang Clan in terms of their relation with the solar system then it would go like this...
Earth: Method Man - Judgement Day. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Ashley M. Blanchard
4.0 out of 5 stars hits the spot
refreshing blast of nut-hanging hip hop...compared to the current batch of over-produced, flashy, autotune lovin',shizzit hip-hop of today. the rawness is supreme. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by slick willy
4.0 out of 5 stars "Shame On A Nuh Who Try To Run Game On A Nuh...BROOKLYN ZOO!" (Rating:...
Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB) was a character with an interesting personality. His drunken and high lyrics were completely entertaining for any listener (its obvious that he was under... Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Ol Dirdy Genius!
Damn... I miss the dude. Too bad he had to go so young. I love this album from beginning to end like all his other releases. It gets your head noddin and gets ya laughin.
Published on January 23, 2010 by Nero da Tres Six
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