Funky 4+1 – That’s The Joint

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-554] 1980 Follow up to “Rappin And Rocking The House” and their debut on Sugarhill. This is a classic old school track and replays the music of Taste Of Honey’s “Rescue Me”. There are a few label variations as pictured below. The first pressings have a large press ring, one with dark blue text and the […]

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Funky Four – Do You Want To Rock (Before I let Go)

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-586] 1982 Funky Four’s third release and second on Sugar Hill Records. It is based around the music of Maze’s “Before I Let Go”. Side A Do You Want To Rock (Before I let Go) (Vocal) [6:20] Side B Do You Want To Rock (Before I let Go) (Instrumental) [6:20]

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Funky Four – Feel It

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-463 / SH-32008] 1983 Based around the replayed music of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican”, this is the groups fourth single. The intro was used on the debut release by Bomb The Bass in 1987 entitled “Beat Dis”. People won’t you come along, get down to the funky song, everybody in the street, get down to the funky […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Freedom

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-549] 1980 Although originally intended for the Crash Crew, this was the Sugarhill debut for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The Crash Crew had already recorded “High Power Rap” on Mike & Dave Records which used the original beat from Freedom’s “Get Up And Dance”. Sugarhill wanted to do their own version over a replayed […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Birthday Party

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-555] 1981 This was the groups second release for Sugar Hill and included elements which would be used on the future Grandmaster Flash hit ‘Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel’. There are a couple of slight label variations pictured but there is also one not pictured which has the additional text Sugarhill Music Publ. Ltd. (BMI) […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-584] 1982 This is probably the most well known track by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and was a break from the usual party anthems. It was slower than other records of the time and had a synthesized hook with lyrics that told of the hardships of urban life. The main track only featured Melle […]

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Sugar Hill All-Stars – Malcolm X No Sell Out

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-469] 1983 After Sugar Hill’s acquisition of the Chess Records label, in-house drummer Keith LeBlanc approached Marshall Chess regarding funding an idea he had for a record. Marshall agreed and so with help from Reggie Griffin and a little input from Grandmaster Flash, Keith went on to produce “Malcolm X No Sell Out” which is credited […]

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