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1st Album Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A new era of protest songs began with this 1970 LP, a rhythmically propulsive cry against injustice and an urgent wakeup call to the black community. Here are New York, New York; Niggers Are Scared of Revolution; Two Little Boys; Jones Comin' Down , and the rest of this proto-rap classic!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Run, Nigger
  2. On the Subway
  3. Niggers Are Scared of Revolution
  4. Black Thighs
  5. Gashman
  6. Wake Up, Niggers
  7. New York, New York
  8. Jones Comin' Down
  9. Just Because
  10. Black Wish
  11. When the Revolution Comes
  12. Two Little Boys
  13. Surprises


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00006EXIB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Elizabeth B. Daykin on April 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My husband and I have both used this album successfully with our students to explore the messages of those connected with the Black Panthers and the history of rap music. I used this album, Gil Scott-Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and Public Enemy "Fear of a Black Planet." Students are very interested in rap music and understanding it's history and how the message has changed over the years (critical thinking). It was also interesting to see how many students thought the Last Poets had recorded in the 1990s.
This album is also great to listen to on a personal level because it provides a different, more cutting, view of the world.
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The Last Poets...took me a step back in time. Their words are just as relevant today as when I first heard them...taking the time to LISTEN to their poetry. It was a very turbulent time and the music reflects that. It makes you think. There is no guessing what the words mean or what the message is. The rhythm flows and the words go, describing with intensity the times in this world we live in. Yeah, sit down and listen. Have a cup of coffee; but WAKE UP! linda
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It's amazing how the message has been twisted. If you want to see how spoken word (rap) started, get this. The style, force, intensity, creativity, passion and truth of 'the Last Poets' is unmistakable.

After 'Fear of a Black Planet', by Public Enemy...the path diverged with the emphasis being placed on common, egotistical, pornographical, sexist, tripe by the corporate powers that be. Artists that wanted to focus on uplifting, educational, inspirational offerings were ignored, while those that focused on garbage were promoted...the weak, are STILL scared of revolution.
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David Bowie calls The Last Poets' record 'one of the fundamental building blocks of rap.' Asked by Vanity Fair (Nov. 2003) to list just 25 albums from his vast vinyl collection that he had to get on CD, Bowie makes the Poets' debut his first choice.
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There was no hip hop when these guys cut this record. Now it's everywhere and this artistic endeavor stands up to the test of time.
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By Fred on September 19, 2015
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Roots of Rap... these guys would be rich in todays music scene
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This was a gift for my husband, he enjoyed it very much.
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just a reminder of what good music is
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