Friday, 18 May 2012

The Beatmasters - Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1990)

Rhythm King/Epic Records 657361 2


Stop.

I know what you're thinking; "Beatmasters. Betty Boo. Is this what a quality site like The Soul Vendor has descended to?"

Hold on, though. This track is a perfect candidate for TSV. Okay, it's not so much soul as it is hip-hop, really, but this classy little number samples the hell out of Marlena Shaw, one of my soul icons, and her brilliant Woman of the Ghetto track (I think it was actually the live version of Woman Of The Ghetto), alongside 24-Carat Black's Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth. Oh, there are also a slew of other samples in there. Try and spot them all.

It features Brit rapper JC 001, who, at one time I seem to recall, held a record for being the fastest rapper around. Fortunately, he exhibits restraint on this and offers up some contemplative rhymes and paints an interesting picture with his lyrics. Check it and hear for yourself.

It's the 7" you'll want, which is wicked, but the jazz-tastic Freebop mix is also really nice if you fancy a switch.  The Chips Mix is another nice variation on the track, but not quite as good as the other two in my opinion. Night in Action is a really good secondary track. Heavy on the reggae samples, and good for it. Give it a breakbeat and it would almost be old skool hardcore. Very much in the spirit of their previous release Ska Train.

All in all, this package goes to show what an underrated bunch of producers the Beatmasters were if you look past their novelty misadventures with Betty Boo.

  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (7")
  • Night In Action
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Freebop Mix)
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Chips Mix)
The Download Link is here: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.zip | Filesize: 38.18MB

4 comments:

  1. Another fav from Mr Cook. Another sample in there is Jackie Wilson version of ' Light my Fire '.

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    1. Only the main sample running behind the whole tune. Can't believe I skipped mentioning it!!

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  2. THANK U THANK U THANK U BOO!!!!
    OMG, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS EVERYWHERE AND COULD NOT FIND IT OR HAVE NOT BE ABLE TO TRANSFER THE DOWNLOAD -
    CLASSIC RARE AND FOR SURE A HARD-TO-FIND GEM....

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