Grand Wizard Theodore & The Fantastic Romantic Five – Can I Get A Soul Clapp

Soul Wax Inc. (US) [2002/860-0097] 1982

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Original release with A4 insert.

Theodore (Teddy) Livingston is widely accepted to have been the inventor of the scratch and the needle drop. He began his career as part of the L Brothers (Livingston Brothers), with his brothers Mean Gene & Cordie-O and went on to appear in the cult movie “Wildstyle” with the Fantastic Freaks aka Fantastic Five aka Fantastic Romantic Five. This was a group of MC’s including Waterbed Kev, Master Rob, Prince Whipper Whip, Ruby Dee and Dot-A-Rock (R.I.P.). Ruby Dee and Dot-A-Rock were originally from the Cold Crush Brothers but never recorded with them. In “Wildstyle” they actually battled Cold Crush on “Basketball Throwdown”.

There are a few variations of this release, of which most are pictured below. Some of the early pressings were released just in plain generic sleeves, some had A4 inserts under the shrink, sometimes with one, two or even three different sheets. There were 2 early pressings, white & yellow label or black. It is widely acknowledged that the black pressing was first but there still seems to be some controversy about it. They each featured spelling variations. The white & yellow label was on Soul-O-Wax Inc. whereas the black label was just Soul Wax Inc. Also the group name was mispelt on both versions. On the white & yellow release it was Romatic Five but on the black it was Ronmatic Five.

There are a few reissues too. According to the label 1988 saw it reissued on Ol’ Skool Flava/Tuff City (Not pictured) although it was more than likely early 1994, followed by Tuff City later in 1994 and both had the artist as The Fantastic Five. Finally it was reissued again on Soul Wax Inc./Tuff City in 2006.

Grand Wizard Theodore @ Oldschoolhiphop.com
Grand Wizzard Theodore @ Wikipedia


Soul Wax Inc. & Soul-O-Wax Inc. Releases [2002]

Side A

Can I Get A Soul Clapp “Fresh Out Of The Pack” [8:00]

Side B

Hey What’s Your Sign, What’s Your Name, What’s On Your Mind [8:00]

Ol’ Skool Flava & Tuff City Releases [TUF 128080]

Side A

Can I Get A Soul Clap (Vocal)
Can I Get A Soul Clap (Instrumental)

Side B

Can I Get A Soul Clap (Acapella)
Can I Get A Soul Clap (Drum Acapella)

Soul Wax Inc./Tuff City Reissue [MC-6-GWT]

Side A

Can I Get A Soul Clapp “Fresh Out Of The Pack” [8:00]

Side B

Hey What’s Your Sign, What’s Your Name, What’s On Your Mind [8:00]



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