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Herbie Hancock: Future Shock/Head Hunters [Box]

Track List

>Rockit
>Future Shock
>TFS
>Earth Beat
>Autodrive
>Rough
>Rockit - (Mega Mix)
>Chameleon
>Watermelon Man
>Sly
>Vein Melter

Album Notes

This slipcase box packs two of Herbie Hancock's most commercially successful and wildly inventive recordings into one package. Issued exactly a decade apart, these two records both issued in specific changes in the world of recorded sound. 1973's Head Hunters marked the true beginning of hardcore electric jazz-funk. As an album, its killer breaks, badass bass whomp, and infectious vamps connected immediately with both the rock & roll hordes as well as those beefing up on Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire. The latter recording, produced by Bill Laswell, all but took Hancock out of the jazz realm altogether and forged something else out of a meld of hip-hop beats, scratching (courtesy of turntablist DST), and futurist jazz vibes -- thanks to the participation of Laswell and his crew of downtown N.Y.C. musicians as well as Wayne Shorter, guitarist Pete Cosey, and drummer Hamid Drake -- to funky world fusion from Toshinori Kondo, Aiyb Dieng, Foday Musa Suso, Sly Dunbar, Daniel Ponce, and others. The album scored a big single and dance club hit with "Rockit," and even won a Grammy. Despite the wild differences in feel, these two sets are a perfect complement to one another. Usually these two-fers are simply a way for a record company to clear their shelves of excess inventory, and provide little rhyme or reason for pairing or even tripling titles together in a dodgy package. In this case, the intention might be the same, but the result is aesthetically and funkily on target. ~ Thom Jurek



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