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  • Vinyl (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00G5YNSRC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Countdown To Armageddon
2. Bring The Noise
3. Don't Believe The Hype
4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor
5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
6. Mind Terrorist
7. Louder Than A Bomb
8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?
9. Show 'Em Whatcha Got
10. She Watch Channel Zero?!
11. Night Of The Living Baseheads
12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
13. Security Of The First World
14. Rebel Without A Pause
15. Prophets Of Rage
16. Party For Your Right To Fight

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the second studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy. The album charted for 49 weeks on the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 42 and by August 1989, it was certified platinum. Includes the singles ‘Bring The Noise’, ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’, Night Of The Living Baseheads’, ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos’ and ‘Rebel Without A Pause’.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brytey on 2 Jan. 2013
Format: Vinyl
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacko, Swaffham on 1 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
In todays world of multiplatinum, woman clad,bling blinging hiphop there is no album that can match the raw power, agression, storytelling, in yer face attitude that nation of millions can offer. Chuck D and Flavour flav honour Terminator X's flawless production with the verbal onslaught that it deserves. "rebel without a pause" can take a claim to the greatest hiphop track ever written, while being supported by classics like "dont beleive the hype" and "night of the living baseheads". They even sample a gut churning riff from slayers "Angel of Death" for "she watch channel zero. All in all a true masterpiece.
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Format: Audio CD
As a sequel to 'Bum rush', noone perhaps expected the impact that P.E. would have upon not just hip hop, but practically all music genres of the late eighties. And not stopping there, as the initial intro to the album suggested, sirens wailing, the revolution was maybe not televised, but P.E and the SW1s' ripped it up where ever they played, globally, with even the NME posing the question as to whether P.E. were the greatest rock n roll band ever. From the evidence of this album, harnessing the ever increasing pace of the hip hop revolution and exploding it into the anadyne, stagnating music scene of the late eighties, reaching into practically all corners of the industry and across the spectrum cultures, Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Terminator X had concocted the ultimate timebomb, with an immediate and lasting effect. Retrospective hyperbole aside, this truly was an album which would capture its intended audience and further afield, potent messages and wicked metaphor poured over the funk of the bomb squad, with the surreal talent of Flavor and militant, unstable rhetoric of Proffesor Griff combining with the best DJ talent in hip hop to create a molotov cocktail. With samples from slayer, the precursor of a symbois with some other rock group on Bring the Noise, the truly seminal Bassheads, Black steel and bazookas, and the drum track Maddonna teefed for justify my love, this album was enough to imprint the culture of enquiry, questioning and funk into those that heard it, and those who chose not to... it caught you pissin in your pants. For once, believe the hype, it defined the century for a generation and truly gave us a basis for figting the power.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By c.buckman@cableinet.co.uk on 20 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
The original political rap album. Released way back in 1988, it turned rap on it's head. Between them, Public Enemy and N.W.A tore up the east and west coasts of America respectively, with their devastating back beats and "funky-ass basslines" they brought rap into the mainstream for ever. Where Run DMC had started, Public Enemy and N.W.A carried on the tradition in fine form, evolving into world beating (and baiting) rap acts, it's Public Enemy though that I am talking about. Their debut album, 'Yo! Bumrush the Show' was a promising start and 'It Takes a Nation...' took things a step further, an absolutely astounding album that will blow anyone away. Starting with their live intro of an air raid siren, it is very apt, as this album hits you like a B-52 with nuclear capabilities. 'Bring the Noise' and 'Don't Believe the Hype' are true old skool hip-hop, funky back beats and hard-ass rapping from Chuck D make them instant classics and Flavor Flav as the court jester in PE's kingdom hits the spot every time. The album just keeps going at a devastating pace, classics like 'Louder Than a Bomb', 'She Watch Channel Zero', 'Night of the Living Baseheads', Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos' and the frantic 'Prophets of Rage' are enough to make a grown man cry. On top of being fantastic songs they hold a message which all should pay heed to, their anti-racist stance is strong enough to have white people joining the Black Panthers. Last track 'Party For Your Right to Fight' deserves a special mention, both Flavor and Chuck rap together to great effect. Quite simply, loosen your purse strings and buy this album.
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