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Power To The People And The Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits
 
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Power To The People And The Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits

30 Jan 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 1:17:39
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  • ASIN: B001KWE68E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,774 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Rose on 11 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
Public Enemy were the most revolutionary hip hop band ever. They were also the most rock'n'roll one.
The lyrics are astounding - intelligent, confrontational, impassioned, telling it like it is. There's rarely been such a coherent and heartfelt railing against the way things are, against poverty, against racism, against injustice. In Chuck D, Public Enemy had a writer of outstanding moral and intellectual quality.
But the music is also ground breaking, crammed with unexpected timbres, textures, samples and both melodic and lyrical catch phrases These were welded together by the aggressive production techniques of The Bomb Squad - the more you listen, the more you discover. And this all serves to complement the message, delivered in the unique rich rap of Chuck D and his foil, Flavor Flav with his poppier nagging hooks. Together these elements made a sound that would inspire a generation, and continues to inspire today, showing that 'black music' could move a white rock audience and that art can indeed influence the real world. The sleeve notes by Harry Allen talk of how many people's lives were changed forever by this band, both in terms of how they see the world and what they do in it.
And then there's the musical influence. Without Public Enemy, where would Eminem, 2Pac, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Puff Daddy, The Chemical Brothers or indeed Manic Street Prachers be?
But despite their influence over the past decade, the tracks on this album still sound unlike anything else around. I defy you to listen to 'Rebel Without A Pause', 'Don't Believe The Hype', 'Fight The Power', or 'Shut It Down' without being overawed by its power, engaged by its beat and enraged by the injustice it talks of.
This is a great tribute to a truly great band. Buy it now, 8.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you don't own any Public Enemy albums then shame on you. ...Putting my petty predilections aside if you don't own any Public Enemy albums and you want a good representation of what they were about then this is an excellent place to start. I always say this when reviewing compilations but it's true so I'll say it again. You can argue about the track selection till the Police respond to a burglary call. It's all purely subjective of course. For instance why no "Shut Em Down" or "Night of the Living Bassheads"? , buts that just my opinion so overall I'd say a pretty good job has been done of selecting a salient representation of their body of work. That said I'd prefer a more ambitious project stretching to a double album so to be sure it captures all the highlights from their incredible body of work though there are 18 tracks here so at this price it does serve as good value.
Chuck D is blessed with a voice that booms like a thunderclap using a loudhailer. Never bettered as a rapper, he exerts an authority and simmering anger with an edge of righteous zeal and magnetism that places him on a very high pedestal with other great front men. (Plant, Lydon, Strummer, Mercury, Eitzel Coughlan spring to the front of my mind)Except of course he wasn't the only front man in Public Enemy as Flavour Flav , despite his rather more frivolous persona proves he can live with the mighty Chuck D on tracks like the brilliant "911 Is A Joke". On their first four albums they harnessed their fury at social and political injustice to such an extent they were far more powerful than many a punk or speed metal band. Plus they had an articulacy that demanded attention.
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Format: Audio CD
Listening to this recording rolled back the years to when these guys first arrived on the scene.The tracks are as innovative and moving to me as the fist time i heard them and have lost none of their anger,desperation and unfairness of the world that we live in.
For anybody who is new to hip hop this is the recording to get.Unlike some later hip hop artists who sing about living in a penthouse in Hollywood,drinking fine wine and driving a Porsche, this recording is what the hip hop scene was all about.
Do not buy this CD if you are into soulful lovey dovey sounds as the lyrics and passion on this recording can be very hard and brutal but say more about what is happening outside your window than any rubbish you see on the TV or read in the papers.
A timeless masterpiece.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 13 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
A brief word of caution. I purchased this CD and was rather disappointed when I put it into my laptop and was unable to rip the tracks to put on my MP3 player.

Ironically for a band that made their name with tracks like "Fight the power" they appear to have endorsed a paranoid capitalist ideal of intellectual property protection that basically means I can't listen to their music the way I'd like to.

Wish I'd just downloaded it now.
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Fantastic selection of songs to take you back and ready for the gig in a couple of weeks time! Fight the Power!!
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By andrada on 17 April 2014
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I waited decades until a good PE best of would come out and this is terrifying, all the hits and engaged songs that built a whole generation of protesters, I indicate this to activists and rap/hip hop lovers.
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