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King of Rock (Deluxe Expanded Edition) Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000ANVP8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on February 26, 2004
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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By omarv on November 3, 2002
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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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By A Customer on June 3, 2002
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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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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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Brought back wonderful memories of college, when my neighbor played this album over and over way too loudly. Much more pleasant in my own living room, trying to explain the beginnings of rap and hip hop to my young son, and why artists are still sampling this wonderful album.

If you are looking for another bit of nostalgia, there is a near future police novel, Trickster's ThunderTrickster's Thunder (Trickster Chronicles Book 1), that is a throw back to the cyber punk revolution that started about the same time this album came out. In fact, listening to King of Rock while reading this novel would be an excellent trip down memory lane - on a Harley.
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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. I'm still not exactly sure how this all came to be but it is what it is and that's all there needs to be. Dope beats and lyrics over hard rock that is guaranteed to deliver the goods to both sides of the spectrum, this album hits levels that most today are afraid to venture. Take the first step and check this one out...
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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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