HERBIE HANCOCK — Future Shock

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Album · 1983

Tracklist

A1 Rockit 5:22
A2 Future Shock 8:02
A3 TFS 5:15
B1 Earth Beat 5:10
B2 Autodrive 6:25
B3 Rough 6:57

Total Time: 38:00

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Bill Laswell
Keyboards – Herbie Hancock, Michael Beinhorn
Scratches – Grandmixer D. ST. (tracks: A1, B1, B3)
Bata – Daniel Ponce (tracks A1,B1)
Backing Vocals – Bernard Fowler (tracks A2,B3), Nicky Skopelitis, Roger Trilling(track B3)
Drums – Sly Dunbar (tracks A2,B3)
Guitar – Pete Cosey (track A2)
Vocals – Dwight Jackson Jr.(track A2),Lamar Wright(track B3)

About this release

Columbia – FC 38814 (US)

Basic tracks recorded at OAO Studios, Brooklyn, N.Y.
New York overdubs recorded at RPM Studios, N.Y.C.
Keyboard overdubs and additional recording at Garage Sale Recording, Los Angeles, CA.

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After a series of rather lackluster disco-funk records (with 'Mr Hands' being an excellent exception), Herbie Hancock totally turned his career around with this brilliant mix of hip-hop, world beat, electro- boogie and jazzy RnB. To some, this record may seem like a cynical attempt to cash in on the new hip- hop fad, but Herbie didn't just 'phone this in'. Instead, this album is bursting with the good vibes that only happen when someone has gotten back in touch with their life affirming creativity. Hip-hop was a far different thing in the early 80s. Still fresh and new, it's upbeat polyrhythms were rooted in Africa and Harlem and the genre was ripe for someone like Herbie to take it into a creative direction. Much of the credit on this album should also go to bassist, co- creator and producer Bill Laswell who catapulted himself from NYC's creative jazzy post-punk scene into super stardom with the massive success of this release. Likewise props should also go to Grand Mixer DST who brought the new skill of record scratching into high art and who also adds creative avant- garde soundscapes to most of the tunes. This album could have been trendy fluff and easily forgotten, but Herbie, DST and Bill infuse the album with creative melodies and rhythms that helped insure it's place in history well beyond the early 80s.

The lead tune 'Rockit' recalls Herbie's work on crime-jazz soundtracks with it's catchy Peter Gunn type melody. 'TFS' is minimalist heaven with it's short punchy interlocking rhythms, possibly there is a bit of Kraftwerk influence on this number. 'Earth Beat' is elegant and Asiatic while it hints at the more world beat direction Hancock's follow up album ('Sound System') would take. 'Autodrive' brings back the minimalist electro-funk of 'TFS' and is equally infectious and also features a great jazz piano solo.

The only clunker on the album is 'Rough', with it's boring rhythm and numbing repeating vocals. Also, the 80s styled remake of Curtis Mayfield's 'Future Shock' almost fails, but it is rescued by psychedelic jazz guitar guru Pete Cosey who turns in one of the weirdest and funniest solos of his career.

It's always fun to hear this album again as it brings back pleasant memories of a time when urban neighborhoods had one last glimpse of sunshine before the dark cloud of crack-cocaine descended.

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