Thursday, 27 August 2009

Herbie Hancock ”Sound-System”

Herbie Hancock

( LP Columbia Records, 1984 )
Catalog # FC 39478

A1 Hardrock (6:08)
Guitar – Henry Kaiser , Nicky Skopelitis
Percussion – Daniel Ponce
Programmed By – Robert Stevens
A2 Metal Beat (4:53)
Featuring [Lyricon] – Wayne Shorter
Featuring [Speaker] – Toshinori Kondo
Guitar – Henry Kaiser
A3 Karabali (5:17)
Cymbals – Hamid Drake
Percussion – Daniel Ponce
Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
B1 Junku (5:30)
Programmed By – Robert Stevens
B2 People Are Changing (6:03)
B3 Sound-System (5:51)
Cymbals – Hamid Drake
Guitar – Nicky Skopelitis
Trumpet – Toshinori Kondo

Personnel & Credits :
Drums – Anton Fier (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3)
Kora – Foday Musa Suso (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
Mixed By – Dave Jerden
Percussion – Aiyb Dieng (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
Producer – Bill Laswell , Herbie Hancock
Programmed By – Will Alexander (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B3)
Recorded By – Rob Stevens
Scratches – D.St. (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Vocals – Bernard Fowler (tracks: A2, A3, B2)
Notes: Mixed at Eldorado Studios, Los Angeles.
Recorded at Evergreen Studio, New York City.
Instrument Manufacturers:
Yamaha – Doug Buttleman;
Fairlight CMI – David Bross, Will Alexander & Geordie Hormel;
Rhodes – Harold Rhodes and John Shykun;
Korg – Jim Raynor;
Oberheim – Tom Oberheim & Todd McKinney;
Moog – Robbie Konikoff & Nancy Kewin;
Studio Maintenance Service – David Michaels;
Soundcraft – Betty Bennett;
Alpha Syntauri – Ellen Lapham;
Emu – Kevin Kent & Kevin Monahan.
Compu – Mod – Peter Butt.

In the grand tradition of sequels, Sound-System picks up from where Future Shock left off -- if anything, even louder and more bleakly industrial than before (indeed, "Hardrock" is "Rockit" with a heavier rock edge). Yet Hancock's experiments with techno-pop were leading him in the general direction of Africa, explicitly so with the addition of the Gambian multi-instrumentalist Foday Musa Suso on half of the tracks. "Junku," written for the 1984 Olympic Games with Suso's electrified kora in the lead, is the transition track that stands halfway between "Rockit" and Hancock's mid-'80s Afro-jazz fusions. Also, "Karabali" features an old cohort, the squealing Wayne Shorter on soprano sax. Despite succumbing a bit to the overwhelming demand for more "Rockits," Hancock's electric music still retained its adventurous edge.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG)

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