Rolling Stone - 6/20/02, p.834 stars out of 5
- "...Simply greater than the sum of its parts. And the parts are great....required reading for anyone who dares step behind the wheels of steel."
Entertainment Weekly - 5/31/02, p.109
"...Flash re-creates that stellar era [before hip-hop] on this mix of tracks that ignores borders, bridging James Brown's frenetic funk breaks to Cyanide's elastic bass lines..." - Rating: A-
This is a continuous in-the-mix CD compiled and mixed by DJ Grandmaster Flash.
Compilation producer: Grandmaster Flash.
Recorded at Reddlite Studios, Staten Island, New York.
Audio Mixer: Grandmaster Flash.
Recording information: Reddlite Studios, Stanten Island (The House Of Sin).
Photographer: Mo Daoud.
This is not a collection of classic Grandmaster Flash 12-inch jams from back in the day (try the essential MESSAGE FROM BEAT STREET for that) but Grandmaster Flash's own live mix of 16 classic dance tracks from the 1970s and '80s, combined on the master's own deck. It is a rather brilliant selection of tracks, from the pop fluff of Nu Shooz's "I Can't Wait" (containing possibly the coolest synth sound of the '80s) to acknowledged genre classics like Liquid Liquid's punk-funk milestone "Cavern" (the birthplace of the famous bass line from Flash's later hit "White Lines") and Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life." Flash keeps the cutting and scratching to a minimum, preferring to let the songs groove on their own. This isn't a full-length display of bravura technique like the genre-defining masterpiece "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel," but as a suite of old-school dance-floor jams, it's pretty hard to beat.