ELECTRO 12 (1985)
A1 Grandmaster Flash - Fastest Man Alive
A2 Fat Boys - Beat Box Is Rocking
A3 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Square Dance Rap (Rodeo Drive Mix)
A4 Ghetto Style With 2 The Live Crew - Trow The D.
B1 Ultimate III - Ultimate III Live!
B2 M.C. Chill - M.C. Story
B3 Celebrity Club - Girls (Rulin' The World)
Featuring - Royal Silk
B4 Whodini - Funky Beat
A nice edition with an almost 100% success rate. Herbie's in the mix again and tears it up on GM Flash's track. And the blend when he brings in MC Story over Ultimate III Live is nothing short of genius.
"Don't whip her too hard cos her jeans are tight"
ELECTRO 13 (1986)
A01 Grandmaster Flash - Style (Peter Gunn Theme)
A02 Afrika Bambaataa & Family - Bambaataa's Theme (Assault On Precinct 13)
A03 Hashim - Uk Fresh '86 (The Anthem)
Featuring - MC Devon
A04 Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Fast Life
A05 Aleem - Get Loose
A06 Masquerade - (Solution To) The Problem (The Definitive Dance Mix)
A07 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Square Dance Rap (Power Mix)
A08 Captain Rock - Return Of Captain Rock
A09 Information Society - Running ("The Nest" Remix)
A10 World Class Wreckin' Cru - Mission Possible
B01 Lovebug Starski - Amityville (The House On The Hill)
B02 Joeski Love - Pee-Wee's Dance
B03 Just-Ice - Latoya
B04 M.C. Chill - The Prophecy, Part 1 (In The Beginning)
B05 Eric B. & Rakim - Eric B. Is President
B06 MC Boob - Bring The Beat Back (Vocal)
B07 Real Roxanne, The (Bang Zoom) Let's Go Go
Featuring - Hitman Howie Tee*
B08 Roxanne Shanté Queen Of Rox (Shantë Rox On) (Street Version)
B09 Easy Mike - The State We're In (Vocal)
Featuring - MC Sure Shot
B10 Mantronix - Ladies
B11 Family Quest - Sleepwalking
Electro 13 was, in case you didn't know, the kind of 'companion' to UK Fresh 86 as it featured all the acts (or rather, the majority) who appeared at the two shows.
Kicked off (again!) by GM Flash and Mastermind dazzles with his styles on the 1's and 2's.
Then to go from the classic Bambaataa's Theme to the very 'meh'-sounding (IMO) 'official' anthem from Hashim puts me off a bit. Never really liked this track even though it does mention Mike Allen. Just sounds like a quickly done piece to cash in on the event itself.
One of my favourite Mike Allen tunes is The Information Society's Running. But let me make this clear that it has to be THE NEST REMIX. Not the instrumental and certainly not the vocal mix. I'm pretty sure that the 'percapella mix' is used here though.
Although I've never been a big fan of Lovebug Starski I did buy the 7" of House On The Hill from WH Smith as I was inticed by the promise of a "free black hole" upon purchase of said record. Call me a bit naive but I was slightly miffed when I realised that THAT circle on the front was it. If you want more tales of my naive record-buying habits and subsequent frustrations then it should come as no surprise to you when I tell you that I bought "He's the DJ....I'm the Rapper" and almost returned it back to the shop when I couldn't initially find the "free scratch mix album". Shhh, don't tell anyone else, okay?
And were Family Quest actually at UK Fresh 86? Or was this just a sly attempt to flog Morgan Khan's own-label group? Ageing B-Boys are cynical B-Boys.
"The reason we got style is 'cos we got it like that!"