Looking for the Perfect Beat Extra tracks, Import
Of all the hip-hop artists, in all the world, Afrika Bambaataa is perhaps the one with the biggest influence. He was one of the genre's creators back in the late 70s and he has worked ever since to help promote, maintain and spread the culture worldwide. Looking For the Perfect Beat spans an important five years of his career since it includes his seminal production moments such as "Funky Sensation", "Looking for the Perfect Beat" and "Planet Rock", the latter of which is one of the most influential records of all time, inspiring a whole host of genres including Miami Bass, Electro and early Techno. Elsewhere, the collection covers even earlier creations such as the hard to find "Zulu Nation Throwdown", a classic track despite some deeply dubious lyricism in places. Also featured is a selection of collaborations, such as "Frantic Situation" with Shango, "Unity" with James Brown (billed at the time as "The Godfather of Funk Meets the Godfather Of Hip Hop") and "Who Do You Think You're Funkin' With?" and "What Time Is It?" with Melle Mel. If you're a hip-hop fan, or just a fan of raw, exciting music, you need this in your collection. --Paul Sullivan
Disclaimer, however: I saw this band live in 1988 and it changed my life. I am so happy to have this album finally to refresh my memories of that amazing night.
The music is not only amazing, but artistically forward. While the rest of the burgeoning hip-hop nation was just rhyming over looped disco tracks, Bam borrowed from Stockhausen and put the music miles ahead of its competition artistically. The idiom of hip-hop, or any pop music, has rarely been so avant garde.
Also, extra props are due as these sides commemorate an era when hip-hop and rock were just part of the same game, with either side able to dance to the other.
Run-DMC get all the props from the early 80s, and they do deserve it, but Afrika Bambatta was a real revolutionary. Any hip-hop record today can trace its roots back to Bam.
I really do like this album it is a very nice cd to listen to I really do enjoy it every track on this cd is good I wonder why I only heard the planet rock song maybe I was too young to know what I was listening to but this is is a real treat and I would truly recommend any hip-hop fan to purchase this cd!!!!