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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back [Explicit]
 
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back [Explicit]

10 Jun. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1988
  • Release Date: 10 Jun. 2013
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1988 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 57:50
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00CZAPBDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,521 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1988 - "Armageddon has been in effect....Go get a late pass. Step!" the opening cut from PE`s "Nation of Millions lp . Without a doubt, the greatest rap/Hip-Hop album ever with Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Griff, Terminator X, Johnny Juice, the S1Ws & the Bomb Squad in top form. All this & producer Rick Rubin behind the mixing desk overseeing the most revolutionary album ever made.

2014 - 26 years on & this masterpiece finally gets the deluxe treatment from Def Jam/Universal. There was talk of a 20th Anniversary set in 2008 but this came to nothing at the time. Pleased as I am that this set has finally been put out, & Ill get straight to the point here , there are some glaring omissions. Chad Jackson`s manic DMC mixes of "Rebel" & "Bring the Noise" are missing as are the Jam Master Jay remix of "Louder than a Bomb" & the remix for "Party for Your Right" - both available on "Greatest Misses" but certainly worthy of their inclusion here.

There really should have been a 4th disc of Chuck D`s home demos & alternate versions of the album (aka: "Soul of a Nation") as it has been rumoured that Chuck wanted these out years ago but Universal baulked at the idea of clearing samples for a second time! A complete disc of instrumentals - or even the un-released versions recorded by PE`s backing band, The Banned - might have swayed it for some fans to buy the cd again.

The dvd is a nice touch as the VHS tape has never been released officially in this format. "Cold Lampin` With Flavor" appears to be missing which if true, is a criminal omission. Some period era Yo!
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There is a case to be made that this album is the greatest ever recorded. Period. I listen to it now and it still sounds awesome. Every song makes a valid statement on American society and the problems which exist. Contemporary, powerful, brilliant. Buy it now.
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25 year or so on, has anybody managed to encompass so succinctly, music into struggle expression? KRS1 perhaps, Nas more recently and a few less thrusted groups/artists. The originality of this album still holds true to this very 2013 day. It came from nowhere and still remains out there - untouchable fugitive. Listening back it still has the same bass heart as it did those many head whopping years ago. Test of time 10/10, lyrical content 10/10, tracks 10/10. This is one of those albums that will never again be repeated. Of course Dre's 2001, NWA' Straight Outta Compton and Tha Dogg Pound were ground breaking albums but none so with such cutting razor edge and uppercut to nosebridge POWeffect as this album. Anyone who frequented Westwoods set at Scrubbs Park (the then younger Rodigan of hip hop wannabee)back in the mid 80's will never ever forget the intro of Rebel Without a Pause, anticipating that..."I dont know what this world is coming to..." duhn, duhn (terminator transformer scratch) fist clenched like a fisherman casting rod.. craniuum back touching spine.."Yes, the rhythm, the rebel..." WHOP IT OUT!...Listening back just makes your neck ache.....with pleasure!
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satsumauk's review was very comprehensive so the only observations I wish to add are concerning the sound quality of this new remaster.

This is the best *sounding* CD version yet. Certainly superior to the original disc and *far* superior to the 2000 master which just felt louder and slightly harsher but still lacked any proper low end weight.

The low end had been given some much needed weight and everything now sounds quite balanced. It's not an astonishing difference by any means but a worthwhile and welcome one. I tested all the CD's on an audiophile system vs an original vinyl pressing. Unsurprisingly the vinyl is the clear winner with more natural vocals but the new remaster was the closest to the vinyl in terms of sound quality over the previous CD issues.

Packaging for the set is excellent and the extra material and DVD are nice bonuses.

It's the best CD version we're ever likely to see....
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What can be said about this - Not just one of ther greatest hip hop albums of all time but one of the greatest albums of all time.
After feeling that it took to long to release the 1st album (Yo bum rush the show) and hip hop had moved on in that time PE hit the ground running with this one.
The production is the amazing wall of sound they became known for-absolutely everything chucked in and this is the pinnacle of that.
The Tunes- Rebel without a pause, Dont believe the hype, Black steel in the hour of chaos, Bring the noise. Enough said!!!
So good that the band still sample this album to this day on their new releases-(check out The evil empire of everything and Most of my heroes still dont appear on no stamps).Chuck's rhymes are as relevant today as they were back then.
I still listen to this album 25 years on albeit on cd and mp3 as i wore my cassette out years ago.
Contrats to them on being inducted into the Rock & roll Hall of Fame- Truly the Rolling Stones of Rap as chuck says.
Also if they come to a town near you check them out live as they can still tear the roof of a place when they do! Going to see them in April and cant waqit to see these LEGENDS of hip hop.
If you love hip hop AND even if you dont you need to check out this CLASSIC album.
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