IT WAS ON THIS DATE, DEC 1ST 1986 AFRICA BAMBATTA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE RELEASED PLANET ROCK THE ALBUM

Planet Rock: The Album is an old school hip hop album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, released in 1986 as a collection of previous singles. The song “Planet Rock” was one of the earliest hits of the hip hop music genre and remains one of its pioneering recordings. The single’s liner notes include members of Kraftwerk with the songwriting credits. In creating the track, portions of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans-Europe Express” were interpolated (re-recorded in the studio, rather than through the use of a digital sampler), along with portions of songs by Captain Sky and Ennio Morricone.

Professional Ratings

Legacy

The song “Planet Rock” was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #240 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[3] and went on to become the first gold-certified vinyl 12-inch single. Slant Magazine listed the album at #84 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.[4] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5] “Renegades of Funk”, the third track, was covered by Rage Against the Machine on its Renegades album.

Track listing

No. Title Length

1.”Planet Rock”7:31

2.”Looking for the Perfect Beat”6:51

3.”Renegades of Funk”6:45

4.”Frantic Situation” (Frantic Mix) (featuring Melle Mel)3:47

5.”Who You Funkin’ With?”6:23

6.”Go-Go Pop” (featuring Trouble Funk)6:00

7.”They Made a Mistake”5:30

Personnel

Arthur Baker – producer, mixing

Keith LeBlanc – producer

Herb Powers Jr. – mastering

Latin Rascals – remixing

Afrika Bambaataa – producer, mixing

John Aquilino – illustrations, hand lettering

Jay Burnett – mixing

Albert Cabrera – remixing

Skip McDonald – producer

Tony Moran – remixing

John Robie – producer, mixing

LeRoi Evans – producer, mixing

Rae Serrano – producer

Adrian Sherwood – mixing

Andy Wallace – mixing

Doug Wimbish – producer

Monica Lynch – art direction

Steven Miglio – artwork, design

Fats Comet – producer, mixing

M.C. G.L.O.B.E. – additional vocals

References

^ “Planet Rock: The Album – Afrika Bambaataa, Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic”. AllMusic.

^ Christgau, Robert (1990). “B”. Christgau’s Record Guide: The ’80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved August 16, 2020 – via robertchristgau.com.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/afrika-bambaataa-and-the-soul-sonic-force-planet-rock-19691231 500 greatest songs of all time—rolling stone

^ “The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s – Feature – Slant Magazine”. slantmagazine.com.

^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.


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