Grandmaster Flash Picks His 'Essentials'
Warner Strategic Marketing will turn back the musical clock on May 7 with the release of "Essential Mix: Classic Edition," mixed by famed DJ Grandmaster Flash. The set is the latest in the ongoing "EsWarner Strategic Marketing will turn back the musical clock on May 7 with the release of "Essential Mix: Classic Edition," mixed by famed DJ Grandmaster Flash. The set is the latest in the ongoing "Essential Mix" series, which also sports titles by Carl Cox, Pete Tong, and Paul Oakenfold, among others.
Flash has selected his dance music favorites from the '70s and '80s, including Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock," Blondie's "Rapture" (which namechecks the DJ), and Indeep's immortal "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life." The set also features tracks from Liquid Liquid, D Train, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and Positive Force.
Flash recently performed at the DanceStar USA awards in Miami, and was among the first inductees to the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame last month in New York.
Here is the tracklist for "Essential Mix: Classic Edition":
Intro - "Zack's Fanfare"
Nu Shooz, "I Can't Wait"
Fatback Band, "I Found Lovin'"
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, "Before I Let Go"
Positive Force, "We Got the Funk"
Indeep, "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"
Liquid Liquid, "Cavern"
Denroy Morgan, "I'll Do Anything for You"
Rockers Revenge, "Walking on Sunshine"
Weeks & Company, "Rock Your World"
MFSB featuring the Three Degrees, "Love Is the Message"
James Brown, "Give It Up or Turnit-a-Loose"
Jimmy Castor Bunch, "It's Just Begun"
D Train, "You're the One for Me"
Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, "Planet Rock"