Old skool Hip-Hop from with some very un-hip-hop producers behind them, namely Thomas Dolby, (B1 & B3) Conny Plank (A2 & B2) and the UK studio collective, Willesden Dodgers, providing the filling in the sandwich. Dolby fans will be familiar with “Magic’s Wand” that used the backing track from Dolby and Matthew Seligman own composition, “Puppet Theatre” which ,again, was originally conceived as an advertisement for prominent radio jock Mr. Magic, who worked for New York’s WBLS. The track itself dates back to 1982 and starts off like Trans Europe Express!! A stone cold classic with no cussing!
On to “Nasty Lady” with a mix of funk and Art Of Noise, a unique sound with live bass and guitar by Raoul Walton. Give Conny Plank’s unique production skills. “The Haunted House Of Rock” is another track from 1983, embracing the horror pop of “Thriller” and a little bit cheesy. “Rap Machine” appears to be complaining against how they’re trying to replace MC’s with computers !!!! Nice vocoder here. A fine dub mix of “Magic’s Wand” closes this classic collection.
Jive – JIVE T 61
|A1||Magic’s Wand (Extended Mix)|
|B1||The Haunted House Of Rock (Extended Mix)|
|B3||It’s All In Mr. Magic’s Wand (Instrumental Mix)|