Friday, March 7, 2008

"Blue Note Records : Droppin' Science!"

Howdy peoples. Just wanted to give everyone who'd be interested a heads up on a real sweet release from Blue Note Records that came out last month. It's titled "Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab".


Blue Note Records Presents: Droppin' Science. A unique collection of the legendary label's classic late 60s through mid-70s Jazz-Funk tracks, all of which have featured prominently as samples in some of the greatest Hip-Hop cuts of the late 80's, 90's and beyond. Hip-Hop artists ranging from Dr. Dre to the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest have sampled Blue Note grooves by such Jazz greats as Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Donald Byrd, and Lonnie Smith.

All of these original Blue Note tracks have been compiled for the first time on Droppin' Science!

The compact disc contains 10 tracks, and they are as follows:

1. LOU DONALDSON - "It's Your Thing" (8:59)
(sampled by Brand Nubian on "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down")

2. RONNIE FOSTER - "Mystic Brew" (4:09)
(sampled by A Tribe Called Quest on "Electric Relaxation")

3. DONALD BYRD - "Think Twice" (6:11)
(sampled by Main Source on "Lookin' Out the Front Door")

4. DAVID McCALLUM - "The Edge" (2:52)
(sampled by Dre. Dre on "The Next Episode")

5. BROTHER JACK McDUFF - "Oblighetto" (6:33)
(sampled by A Tribe Called Quest on "Scenario")

6. JOE WILLIAMS - "Get Out of My Life, Woman" (3:18)
(sampled by Kool G. Rap on "ill Street Blues")

7. GRANT GREEN - "Down Here on the Ground" (6:40)
(sampled by A Tribe Called Quest on "Vibes & Stuff")

8. LONNIE SMITH - "Spinnin' Wheel" (7:32)
(sampled by Pete Rock & CL Smooth on "Act Like You Know")

9. JEREMY STEIG - "Howling for Judy" (4:37)
(sampled by Beastie Boys on "Get It Together")

10. LOU DONALDSON - "Who's Makin' Love" (To Your Old Lady) (6:45)
(sampled by Notorious B.I.G. on "One More Chance" REMIX)

This release is also available on a double vinyl LP with a gatefold cover pressed on lovely THICK vinyl. The double LP also has three (3) additional tracks NOT found on the CD version. The bonus vinyl-only tracks are:

RONNIE LAWS - "Tidal Wave" (4:09)
(sampled by Black Moon on "Who Got The Props")

MONK HIGGINS - "Little Green Apples" (3:25)
(sampled by Gang Starr on "Code of the Streets")

DONALD BYRD - "Wind Parade"
(sampled by 2Pac on "Late Night")

Many of you may very well own the original pressings of these world-famous tracks, but for those who don't - OR for those who just love all-things Blue Note, this is a MUST HAVE release!

The CD can be purchased just about anywhere, and the vinyl is available from, (of course), and even!

The packaging on the double vinyl LP is fantastic, and the sound quality is TOP NOTCH!

Don't sleep on the vinyl version, as I am sure they didn't press a ton of 'em. Enjoy! - Ace:)

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