Monday, 5 November 2018

3rd Bass ‎– The Cactus Cee/D (The Cactus Album) (1989)

Genre/Style: Conscious, Hip-Hop
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Def Jam Recordings, CBS, Columbia

01.   Stymie's Theme
02.   Sons Of 3rd Bass
03.   Russell Rush
04.   The Gas Face
05.   Monte Hall
06.   Oval Office
07.   Hoods
08.   Soul In The Hole
09.   Triple Stage Darkness
10.   M.C. Disagree
11.   Wordz Of Wizdom
12.   Product Of The Environment
13.   Desert Boots
14.   The Cactus
15.   Jim Backus
16.   Flippin' Off The Wall Like Lucy Ball
17.   Brooklyn-Queens
18.   Steppin' To The A.M.
19.   Episode #3
20.   Who's The Third
21.   Wordz Of Wisom (II)
22.   Brooklyn-Queens (UK Power Mix)

Besides the upper-middle-class frat-punks-in-rap-clothing shtick of the Beastie Boys and emissary/producer Rick Rubin, who both gained a legitimate, earned respect in the rap community, there were very few white kids in rap's first decade who spoke the poetry of the street with compassion and veneration for the form. That is, until The Cactus Album. Matching MC Serch's bombastic, goofy good nature and Prime Minister Pete Nice's gritty, English-trained wordsmithery (sounding like a young Don in training), 3rd Bass' debut album is revelatory in its way. For one, it is full of great songs, alternately upbeat rollers ("Sons of 3rd Bass"), casual-but-sincere disses ("The Gas Face"), razor-sharp street didacticism ("Triple Stage Darkness," "Wordz of Wizdom"), and sweaty city anthems ("Brooklyn Queens," "Steppin' to the A.M.," odes to day and night, respectively), with A-plus production by heavyweights Prince Paul and Bomb Squad, as well as the surprising, overshadowing work of Sam Sever. The duo may not have come from the streets, but their hearts were there, and it shows. The album embodies New York life. Not every single idea plays out successfully -- Serch's Tom Waits impression on "Flippin' Off the Wall..." is on the wrong side of the taste line, and "Desert Boots" is a puzzling Western-themed insertion -- but they are at least interesting stretches that add to the dense, layered texture of the album. The Cactus Album was also important because it proved to the hip-hop heads that white kids could play along without appropriating or bastardizing the culture. It may not have completely integrated rap, but it was a precursor to a culture that became more inclusive and widespread after its arrival.
Stanton Swihart / AllMusic

CFM Band ‎– CFM Band (1992)

Style: House, Acid Jazz, Deep House
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Rey-D Records, Soulid Gold

01.   Intro
02.   Make It Funky CFM
03.   Hold Me Tight (CFM Mix)
04.   Jazz It Up
05.   Acid Soul
06.   Let's Do The Tapdancing
07.   Make Your Move "Swing"
08.   My Baby
09.   Welcome Back Brother James
10.   I Don't Want To Be Your Friend
11.   Check This Out
12.   CFM Groove
13.   Hold Me Tight (Pal Joey Remix)

Backing Vocals – Reynald, Richie Weeks, Rosa Russ
Bass – Philip "Paris" Ford
Guitar – John Putman, Ron Gibbs
Horns – Kevin DiSimone
Keyboards – Kevin DiSimone, Warren Rosenstein
Saxophone – Charlie Sanders
Tap Dance – Ariel Powers
Vocals – Rosa Russ
Vocals– Keith Rose, Richie Weeks
Vocoder, Talkbox – Reynald, Warren Rosenstein
Arranged By – Reynald "Crazy Frenchman" Deschamps
Written-By – Reynald "Crazy Frenchman" Deschamps, Richie Weeks

Cocteau Twins ‎– Blue Bell Knoll (1988)

Style: Downtempo, Ethereal
Format: CD, VinylCass.
Label: 4AD

01.   Blue Bell Knoll
02.   Athol-Brose
03.   Carolyn's Fingers
04.   For Phoebe Still A Baby
05.   The Itchy Glowbo Blow
06.   Cico Buff
07.   Suckling The Mender
08.   Spooning Good Singing Gum
09.   A Kissed Out Red Floatboat
10.   Ella Megalast Burls Forever

Remastered By – Robin Guthrie
Photography By – Juergen Teller
Sleeve – Jeremy Tilston, Paul West
Written-By, Producer – Cocteau Twins