Saturday, March 24, 2012

Some of my favorite hip hop tapes (3): Grandmaster Flash

My personal all time hip hop hero is Grandmaster Flash. So, again, one tape isn't enough :-)

The first tape is Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel @ Christ the King High School - 1979.
Flash is mixing and scratching like his live is depending on it. The tape starts with Melle Mel trying to controll the crowd to prevent a panic, adding an intense atmosphere to the whole tape.

The next 3 tapes are related to my all time favorite record 'The adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the wheels of steel' from 1981.

Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow Live in Queens NY:
Two legends teaming up in 1981. What makes this tape extra special is that it contains the famous The Hellers' Life Story sample that Flash used in the adventures of grandmaster flash on the wheels of steel. Flash is mixing it up with Good Times. Not sure if this tape (16.50 minutes) is dated before or after the release of that single.

And on Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five @ The Peppermint Lounge, New York, 1983-03-25 Flash plays 'the adventures' live! Only without The Life Story sample. It's the only tape i have that contains a live version of the track.

Last tape is a snippet from the famous Dutch 'Ferry Maat's Soul Show' dated 18th of June 1981.
Ferry Maat opens his show with The adventures of grandmaster flash on the wheels of steel. After 4.10 the 12inch stops but the last part is played at the end of the show.
This could very well be the first time that Dutch radio listeners where introduced to scratching!!!
I have combined both snippets to 1 mp3.

For the non-dutch visitors of this blog i will translate some lines.
3:30: don't think that there is something wrong with the turntable, this is the way it suppose to sound. At the end of the show i will play some more.
4.30: there he goes again. That strange track from Grandmaster Flash.

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