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Tougher Than Leather [Extra tracks]

Run D.M.C.Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B00701QU0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Hip-Hoppers February 26, 2004
By "xklox"
Format:Audio CD
At the end of 1986, Raising Hell was rap's best-selling album up to that point, though it would soon be outsold by the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. Profile Records hoped that Run-D.M.C.'s fourth album, Tougher than Leather, would exceed the Beastie Boys' quintuple-platinum status, but unfortunately, the group's popularity had decreased by 1988. One of Run-D.M.C.'s strong points -- its love of rock & roll -- was also its undoing in hip-hop circles. Any type of crossover success tends to be viewed suspiciously in the hood, and hardcore hip-hoppers weren't overly receptive to "Miss Elaine," "Papa Crazy," "Mary, Mary" and other rap/rock delights found on the album. Thanks largely to rock fans, this album did go platinum for sales exceeding one million copies -- which ironically, Profile considered a disappointment. But the fact is that while Tougher than Leather isn't quite as strong as Run-D.M.C.'s first three albums, it was one of 1988's best rap releases. [Tougher Than Leather was remastered and reissued in 1999.]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories November 3, 2002
By omarv
Format:Audio CD
The recent passing of Jam Master Jay made me revisit their catalog, and while TTL was not their most well known album, It was always my favorite and I think it will stand up over time. It is very dense (similar to the Beastie's Paul's Boutique) and sounds great through a set of headphones.
If you are a fan of pure head bob'n rap from the 80's you'll appreciate this gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why all the bad reviews? June 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I still love listening to this cd after 10 years of hearing my brother's old tapes. If you are sick of new hip-pop-rap stuff, do yourself a favor, check out some old RUN DMC stuff, and starting with this cd wouldn't be a bad idea. Sure, at the time this idea may have been played out, but come on, no one in their right mind can argue against the title track, "Tougher Than Leather". This is simply one of the best songs ever made by one of the most successful groups in rap history.
I'll admit, sometimes the album is a little weak, but, it is only because only greatness is expected from RUN DMC and when it falls below that they are looked down upon, perhaps their success is doing them a disfavor by reviewers. If you are looking to get back to how rap originated and some of the classics, check this out, and tunes like "Mary, Mary", "Run's House", and perhaps the most catchiest song on the album, "Beats To The Rhyme". From a 21 year old who missed out on raps roots, I can still appreciate it through cds like this every day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for any old-skool fans May 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This was the first tape I ever bought. Recently I dug it up again and it sounded just as good as it did in junior high school when I played it to death. Run DMC took it to the masses and no one can doubt it. I came here looking for the CD (nostalgia?) and unfortunately found that it was out of stock!!! Damn!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Run DMC Reissue September 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When Tougher Than Leather was released in 1988 hip-hop and rap music was changing. Ice-T was spitting his gangsta rhymes. NWA and Eazy E were welcoming in West Coast rap and gangsta rap. Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy had concious rap on lock. Artists such as MC Hammer (yes, he did have an album before "U Can't Touch This), Kool Moe Dee, Eric B. and Rakeem, Big Daddy Kane, and The Beastie Boys were on the scene and on the music charts. Run-DMC had a bit more competition that they once did. Tougher Than Leather was by no means a commercial disapointment but it didn't have that huge appeal that Raising Hell had. The album had hits with "Mary, Mary," and "I'm Not Going Out Like That."

The most memorable song from this reissue is "Christmas In Hollis." This song is considered the first hip-hop Christmas Carol and can still be heard every holiday season. The song didn't appear on the original pressing of Tougher Than Leather but is one of three bonus tracks on the reissue. The reissue includes an introduction by Chuck D and includes interesting facts including the fact that Run DMC were set to headline their 4th national tour when the album was released.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the line old school hip hop album November 19, 2003
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
Man this album is dope and I highly suggest it. In my mind it's their best ever because Raising Hell is when they 'sold-out' and they just weren't the same. The best track on here is the last song Darryl & Joe (Krush Groove 3) cause JMJ (RIP) has some mad cuts in there and that's the best they've sound. Another good song is Jam Master Jammin. Both Jam Master Jammin and Darryl and Joe are both underrated songs, but they certainly make your feet tap.
Buy this album, you won't regret. If you like downloading off Kazaa or whatever, go right ahead, just as long as you appreciate what Run DMC did for hip hop music by coming out with this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Rock & Roll from the Kings of Rock! November 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is INCREDIBLE!
Though vaguely dissed by some hip-hop heads who felt the crew waited too long to drop the product, this album still holds up as one of the hardest rap albums of all time..
Hip hop beats and blazing guitars crash and burn like nowhere else!
Best Cuts: Mary Mary, Beats to the Rhyme, Miss Elaine, and the title track, which should be getting airplay on Classic Rock stations!
ALL of Run DMC's albums were re-released in 1999- So pick this up, party people!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album!
Published 1 month ago by MelanieTJR
5.0 out of 5 stars King of roclk,
My son loves it, plays in his car all the time, I hate it. Not my music buts loves it. He recommend it to other music lovers.
Published 7 months ago by bomber
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock AND Rap...?
You got it. Run Dmc pulls it off fo' sho...!!! Any "rocker" that hates rap, and any "rapper" that hates rock is about to have a revelation. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Capt. Peep Dubbins
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Classic
This album is a pure Platinum classic CD, nuff said! They don't make albums like this brings back memories of the 80's and 90's when music was at its best....!!
Published 13 months ago by Tony M
4.0 out of 5 stars almost prefect!
if they had only kept the original remix of jam master jammin it would be perfect but not a remix of a remix!
Published 17 months ago by Mark S. Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD SCHOOL AT IT'S BEST!!
Published 18 months ago by Love Fuggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
From the Kings From Queens. One of my all time favorites. This album still stands up today as one of the most unerrated rap albums ever.
Published 23 months ago by Peter F. Buoncristiano
5.0 out of 5 stars tougher than leather
The item arrived ahead of schedule. I was pleased with the quality of packaging and the condition of the item itself.
Published on December 28, 2011 by Johnny Robinson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Rock!!
I remember this back when I was a teenager. It always brings back great memories for me. They were the New Jacks on the block back then. Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by S. Rivers
4.0 out of 5 stars Second verse, same as the first, but more polished
Run D.M.C.'s first self titled album was brilliant. It presented a new and refreshing sound in hip hop music. Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by Media Man
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