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on 27 March 2017
Quality I've put it in trophy cabinet true gem of an album
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on 20 October 2017
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on 1 March 2003
Dennis Coles aka Ghostface Killah was the fifth member of the Wu to release a solo LP, 'Ironman' arriving after Genius, Raekwon, Method Man and ODB had all cut their teeth on solo projects. The previous four albums had all been declared classics upon release by fans; 'Ironman' had a lot to live up to. It did not disappoint one bit.
Like every other early Wu solo album, it is at times a group effort. In fact, Raekwon and Cappadonna are giving second billing on the album. This trio works to best effect on the club favourite 'Daytona 500'. On it, Rza drags the listener into his chamber of innovation. The track grabs a heavy sample of Bob James' seminal funk track 'Nautilus' and couples it with some outrageous scratching. Method Man delivers a typically nonchalant verse on 'Box In Hand'. Meanwhile, Raekwon and Cappadonna reappear on 'Camay' to play sweet-talking suitors along with Ghostface.
Certainly the LP is best known for containing Ghostface's most commercial track so far, 'All That I Got Is You'. It's almost the perfect blueprint for a commercially successful hip hop track. Combining a guest spot from Mary J Blige with a heavy sample of 'Maybe Tomorrow' by the Jackson 5, the track tells the story of Ghostface's deprived childhood. "Fifteen of us in a 3 bedroom apartment / Roaches everywhere, cousins, Aunts was there / Four in the bed, two at the foot, two at the head / I didn't like to sleep with John John he peed the bed." It's a heartbreaking track. Rappers seldom manage to get tearjerkers right, but Ghostface manages it without breaking a sweat.
Credit must go to Rza for some innovative production. Rza, in his trademark style, takes sparse percussion and bass thuds and marries them to lush orchestration, baroque riffs and 1960s soul samples. The result, which is somewhat par for the course when dealing with early Wu releases, is remarkable. On 'Assassination Day' he chops the Pledge of Allegiance over some thumping beats. 'Fish' is the one track not produced by Rza; Tru Master takes control of the desk for this one. He doesn't let the side down; the mounting piano is met with a fizzy melody making it one of the album's highlights.
The album contains a lot of movie samples, even for a Wu Tang album. The album's opener, 'Iron Maiden' begins with dialogue from the movie, 'Fresh', 'Wildflower' kicks off with a snippet of cult classic 'JD's Revenge; 'Assassination Day' grabs a sample from 'The Usual Suspects' and 'The Soul Controller' begins its outro with a snippet from 'Carlito's Way' and ends it with yet more from 'The Usual Suspects'. One might think that so many samples would detract from the music and verse, they don't. In fact, because they are used so well, they manage to take good tracks and make them great.
'Ironman' points to Ghostface's awesome talent. It comes as no real surprise that he is the only member of the Wu to release three good solo albums while his peers have struggled to release two decent efforts. For me, 'Supreme Clientele' marginally edges out 'Ironman' as the essential Ghostface album. But, this reviewer's advice would be to buy both.
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on 28 November 2000
I bought this album with the expectations of hard non commercial beats with some off the wall lyrically dexterious rhymes ,and i wasn't disappointed. The album starts off in a typical wu-tang style with a film sample off of an old gangster film and then almost slyly (for a wu-tang album) comes the beat for the first track Iron maiden.The rest of the album really continues in this style with some comic interludes and some frank rhymes about life on the streets. The production from the RZA is slick as usual,but for me the album falls below the standard set by the GZA on his hip-hop classic Liquid swords. This is still not an album to be taken lightly and dismissed,it is well worth a listen,stand out tracks are Fish and Daytona 500
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on 14 January 2001
Ghostface may not be the best known member of the clan but he proves himself to be a tight mc in this excellent album. All the sounds are fresh and the album as a whole is very ill.
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on 9 April 2005
This is a classic album from start to finish the beats are like you've never heard although Liquid swords is a heavy album this has heavy bass tracks like BOX IN HAND & BLACK JESUS, POISONOUS DARTS, WINTER WARZ which cappadonna's verse full of lyrical technique will have you reciting every word. I think alot of people spend too much time comparing the Wu tang artists against each other when you realise they have their own styles especially Ghostface has a faster rapping approach compared to Gza GFK has one of the illest rhymes on ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX on WU GAMBINOS but the ironman album should be considered a class album one of Ghost's best.
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on 14 October 2000
Since the release of his brilliant sophomore effort "Supreme Clientele" in 2000, it's been clear that Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah has loads of potential in store for a flourishing solo career. In fact, he already made heads aware of his very own talent in 1996, when he published his first solo album "Ironman". The formula employed on the latter record is similar to the one Tony Starks uses on "Supreme Clientele": crazy picturesque songs made up of unexpected, if not weird, samples ("Daytona 500", "Black Jesus") and at first undecipherable lyrics which can nevertheless be rather simple and masterfully on point, like on the murderous "Wildflower" or on the moving "All I Got is You". Both previous elements combine to a movie-like musical score, for which Wu-architect The RZA mostly provides the beats and fellow Clan-members join Ghostface on the mic to achieve a record as colourful as a bag of multiple sweets. Let it melt in your mouth - er, ear.
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on 28 June 2014
Ghostface Killah's first solo release is not his best, there are some okay tracks produced by the RZA and mainly Raekwon and Cappadonna feature, but a lot of the album is drivel and listening to it now it sounds amateurish and definitely from 1996 where U.S hip hop was at it's peak.
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on 19 December 2005
An absolute classic Album - if you are a fan of the Wu-Tang or other Wu solo projects then you need to check out this album because it's worth the money (no matter the price)!
Hewi - Newcastle, England!
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on 18 May 2015
Excellent album by an artist who is constantly thrilling.... Check out his new one, that he recorded with Jazz Trio 'BADBADNOTGOOD', also..... I always enjoy his stuff... Think he's a major talent....
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