Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 823] 1982

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Although electronic music was nothing new, this is the track that really kick-started the whole electro sound. The music is by labelmates Planet Patrol who re-used it for their own release “Play At Your Own Risk” and uses elements of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans Europe Express”. It features Bambaataa and Jazzy Jay plus the vocals of Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow and MC G.L.O.B.E. and was produced by Arthur Baker & John Robie.

There are quite a few variations to the label, a selection of which are pictured below plus an abundance of remixes. All the standard pressings and reissues have the same track listing. The first pressing was a plain orange label with just text and had 2 slight variations. It was followed by a green label which was the first to feature the traditional Tommy Boy silhouette dancers and was followed by varying shades of blue. It was even released on a purple vinyl 7″ in 1982 plus reissued by Get On Down in 2014 on glow in the dark green vinyl for Record Store Day.

Also worthy of note is the Adam’s Family Mix on Fee Bee Records listed as just Soul Sonic Force.


Original Release 1982 [TB 823]

Side A

Planet Rock (Vocal) [6:25]
Bonus Beats [1:15]

Side B

Planet Rock (Instrumental) [9:16]

Adam’s Family Mix – Fee Bee Records 19?? [FB-500]

Side A

Planet Rock (Adams Family Mix) [7:48]

Side B

Planet Rock (Adams Family Mix) [7:48]

Don’t Stop…Planet Rock EP – Tommy Boy 1992 [TBEP 1052]

Side A

Planet Rock (2000 Mix) [4:39]
Planet Rock (In The Pocket Mix) [5:04]

Side B

Planet Rock (Classic Mix) [9:16]

Side C

Planet Rock (Bass In The Planet Mix) [8:15]

Side D

Planet Rock (Original Vocal Version) [6:22]
Planet Rock (Bonus Beats) [1:06]
Planet Rock (House Mix II) [5:48]

Hot Classic 1996 [HCL 2293]

Side A

Planet Rock ’96 (Classic Mix) [6:30]
Planet Rock (Whoop Mix) [6:48]
Planet Rock (Bonus Beats) [2:20]

Side B

Planet Rock (Zulu Funk Mix) [6:44]
Planet Rock (Raggae Easy Mix) [4:02]
Planet Rock (Instrumental Mix) [5:50]

The Remixes – Afro Wax 1998 [12 AUX 1 DJ]

Side A

Planet Rock (G. Corp On A Mission Mix)
Planet Rock (G. Corp Acid Beat Bo Revival Mix)

Side B

Planet Rock (Tipper’s 21 Sub P’Trol Mix)
Planet Rock (Back To Basics Mix)

Side C

Planet Rock (Eric Powell’s Boogie Mix)
Planet Rock (Eric Powell’s Boogie Dub)

Side D

Planet Rock (Zulu Funk Mix)
Planet Rock (House Mix)

Planet Rock 2000 – Planet Rock Music [PRM-2339]

Side A

Planet Rock (The Breakbeat/Garage Mix) [6:18]
Planet Rock (The French Hip Hop Remix) [5:11]

Side B

Return To Planet Rock (featuring The Jungle Brothers) [5:48]
Planet Rock Music [5:08]

Paul Oakenfold Presents…Tommy Boy Silver Label 2001 [TBSL 2266]

Side A

Planet Rock (Swordfish Mix) [7:51]

Side B

Planet Rock (Litman & Cox Club Mix) [9:00]
Planet Rock (Litman & Cox Tribal Infusion Dub) [6:00]

Paul Oakenfold Presents…Tommy Boy Silver Label 2001 [TBSL 2266]

Side A

Planet Rock (Swordfish Mix) [7:51]

Side B

Planet Rock (Original) [6:25]
Planet Rock (Swordfish Radio Edit) [3:26]

The Remixes 3×12″ – Hot Productions [HAL 12798]

Side A

Planet Rock (George Acosta’s Back To Basics Mix) [8:53]
Planet Rock (Charles Afton’s Funkee Mix) [6:54]

Side B

Planet Rock (Fordy’s Tripped Up Mix) [8:23]
Planet Rock (Roy “Jazz” Grant’s Planet Roy Mix) [7:02]

Side C

Planet Rock (Moogroove’s Bongo Mix) [8:25]
Planet Rock (George Acosta’s Speed Freak Mix) [7:11]

Side D

Planet Rock (Mike Mucci’s House Mix) [7:35]
Planet Rock (Soul Sonic Whoop Mix) [6:51]

Side E

Planet Rock (George Acosta’s Phunkaholic Mix) [8:03]
Planet Rock (John Robie’s Classic Mix) [7:33]

Side F

Planet Rock (Soul Sonic Reggae Mix) [4:05]
Planet Rock (Planet Beats) [3:59]
Planet Rock (Acapella) [6:28]



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