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Super Breaks - Return To The Old School [VINYL]


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Super Breaks - Return To The Old School [VINYL] + Super Breaks Vol.1: Essential Funk Soul & Jazz Breakbeats [VINYL] + Super Breaks Vol.3: Essential Funk Soul and Jazz Samples and Breakbeats [VINYL]
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  • Vinyl (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bgp
  • ASIN: B002L1F3NA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Funky President (People It's Bad) -James Brown
2. Super Sporm - Captain Sky
3. Apache - The Incredible Bongo Band
4. Blow Your Head - (Fred Wesley &) The Jbs
5. Scratching - Magic Disco Machine
6. Gotta Get A Knutt (Lp Version) - The New Birth
7. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed -Thin Lizzy
8. Get Ya Some - Melvin Sparks
9. The Clapping Song - Shirley Ellis
10. Good Old Music - Funkadelic
11. Get Up And Dance - Freedom
12. Mary Mary - The Monkees
13. Who Is He And What Is He To You -Creative Source
14. It's Just Begun - Jimmy Castor
15. Give It Up And Turnit A Loose (Live) -James Brown
16. Let A Woman Be A Woman -Let A Man Be A Man-Dyke & The Blazers
17. Africano - Earth Wind And Fire
18. Shifting Gears - Johnny Hammond
19. Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
20. Unfinished Business - Blackbyrds

Product Description

* BGP's top-selling Super Breaks series returns on the 30th Anniversary of the release of the first hip hop singles. The music captured on those early records - by the Sugarhill Gang and the Fatback Band among others - was the result of a street level culture that had grown up in the wasteland of 1970s Bronx that had spread throughout New York's black communities. While MCs created the vocal hooks based on increasingly complicated rhymes, the musical beat was created by pioneering DJs cutting up old and new funk and soul records in ways that allowed them to play the bits of the records that the crowd responded and went wildest to. "Super Breaks Back To The Old School" gathers together some of the hottest tracks from those original block parties.

* The compilation is inspired by the likes of DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaatta, Grandmaster Flash and Charlie Chase and is a homage to the early breaks compilations such as Paul Winley's "Super Disco Breaks" and "Original Breaks and Beats". They spread the message of the top DJs to a wider world of house parties and bedroom DJs by gathering up the most sought-after breaks and making them easily available. The clandestine nature of these releases gave them a glitter that added to the new music's aura, and Super Breaks hopes to reflect this.

* The compilation features many of the biggest cuts such as James Brown's `Give It Up Or Turn It Loose', the fake live version from the "Sex Machine" album that was the original B-Boy album. We bring records such as Cheryl Lynn's `To Be Real' and Captain Sky's `Super Sporm' which were virtually contemporary releases when the DJs picked up on them and mix them with records such as Funkadelic's `Good Old Music' or Jimmy Castor's `It's Just Begun' which were rescued from obscurity by the early hip-hop community. We have pulled previously under-acknowledged records such as Freedom's `Get Up and Dance' which Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five used as the basis of their hit `Birthday Party'. Rock records such as Thin Lizzy's `Johnny The Fox' and the Monkees' `Mary Mary' show the lengths to which the hunt would go to create a unique sound...

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 31 July 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It can be very easy to take great music for granted, to forget just how important or seminal the emergence of a genre was. To imagine that it has always existed, or was a natural and entirely predictable event. Nearly thirty years ago, the record buying public had the opportunity to hear recorded, for the first time, the capturing of an underground musical experience that had previously only existed in block parties, in local neighbourhoods, in an entirely localised and culturally specific experience. The Sugar Hill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' and Fatback Band's 'King Tim III' announced, to an unsuspecting world, that something was happening....

As Dean Rudland writes in the liner notes, 'street culture is always difficult to pin down with exact dates'. Arguments continue to rage regarding what the first Hip Hop record was, about the roles of key protagonists, with the scant surviving documentary evidence available providing a fractured and incomplete historical picture, often competing with alternative oral traditions. However, a point of origin has been identified - 1520 Sedggwick Towers in Brooklyn - the home of Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc.

Having moved from Jamaica to New York at the age of 13, Campbell had grown in a culture where the sound system culture was strong, and translating this experience to New York saw Campbell drawing on music drawn from a predominantly black American musical heritage. Significantly, Campbell developed a technique that concentrated on the highly percussive elements of songs that proved particularly popular with dancers attending his parties. By playing the percussive 'breaks' repeatedly from various records Campbell extended the break and was rewarded with a heightened response from the dancefloor.
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By J. B. Lock on 6 Dec 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great songs on a great pressing with great re-mastering work, sounds amazing. Some songs sound better than the CD versions I've heard.
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Very good mixture of tunes from the Old School, well mastered too , no dodgy vinyl rips on here !
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Back To School Jam 7 Oct 2013
By pICKy ShOPpEr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This compilation, while breaking little ground, is a rock-em-sock-em tribute to the genre. A true foundation piece with essential party vibes that narrates the story now better than ever, especially considering the cultural four decade-long celebration. While hip hop is not what it once was, through these songs, any listener - whether an old school head or a new jack - can get a realistic feel of what went into its origins. Rather than buy this CD, which I do highly recommend, my suggestion is to go to a record store (if there's one around your area) and purchase a dozen or so pieces of vinyl similar in vain...perhaps you too will be inspired to create.
More than just samples 23 Sep 2014
By Bryce Norman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
These "as sampled in" collections are a dime a dozen, and seem to exist more to satisfy our curiosity (which obscure jazz piece did Preemo sample on that track on Gang Starr's second joint?) than out of any intrinsic listening value. Super Breaks: Return to the Old School is a bit different. Firstly, it's thematically consistent, focusing on late 70s / early 80s hip-hop. Therefore, there's very little atmospheric soul or jazz; most of these selections are funky R&B or disco tunes with slamming percussive breaks. Secondly, these are the actual jams that were spun and actively involved in the formation of hip-hop, not just tracks which happened to have three second of their music twisted into a Kanye West hook. The end result is a 70+ minute block party that never draws breath, or a damn good evening spent sauntering around the living room, spinning the black circles.

P.S. The tracklisting above is incorrect. Good Old Music by Funkadelic and Unfinished Business by The Blackbyrds do not appear on this collection (at least not on the vinyl version). The other 18 tracks are here, but in a completely different order.
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