The Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1


The Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1 by Rhino at Your Free Album. MPN: R273342. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Indie powerhouse Tommy Boy Records was born in Tom Silverman's NYC apartment in 1981 when the entrepreneurial trade mag publisher began releasing the best of the demos crossing his path. He struck gold with the label's revolutionary debut, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force's Planet Rock. One of the only 12'' singles ever to sell 600,000+ copies, it laid the foundation for the genre-defining house that Tommy built. Tommy Boy and its stable of stars led the way as the first wave of hip-hop's


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Indie powerhouse Tommy Boy Records was born in Tom Silverman's NYC apartment in 1981 when the entrepreneurial trade mag publisher began releasing the best of the demos crossing his path. He struck gold with the label's revolutionary debut, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force's Planet Rock. One of the only 12" singles ever to sell 600,000+ copies, it laid the foundation for the genre-defining house that Tommy built. Tommy Boy and its stable of stars led the way as the first wave of hip-hop's artistic translation of urban street culture became a mass-appeal phenomenon. With repeated high-charting crossover success, Tommy Boy earned almost 80 gold and platinum citations, and the label's groundbreaking grooves are essential pillars of hip-hop, as evidenced in this new collection of many of their greatest early tracks. Starting in 1982 with the release of Afrika Bambaataa's groundbreaking Planet Rock, Tommy Boy Records grew from one of many small, independent record labels to become one of the most influential urban music imprints of the 1980s. The Tommy Boy Story Vol. 1 keeps its focus tight, only looking at key releases from Tommy Boy's 1982-1988 era. However, there may be confusion, since Tommy Boy has no less than half a dozen different "greatest hits: compilations already out, many of which include the same songs. What distinguishes The Tommy Boy Story is its willingness to include a more holistic breakdown of the different genres that Tommmy Boy has promoted, meaning that it's not unusual on here for Bambaataa's disco-licious "Jazzy Sensations" to rub up against the Jonzun Crew's electro-funk classic "Pack Jam," or the Hi-NRG smash, "What's On Your Mind" by Information Society. The diversity and inclusiveness help give Story a more distinguished profile. But for the true Tommy Boy fan, this may not offer enough new angles to attract your eye. --Oliver Wang

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Brand:
Rhino
Manufacturer:
Rhino
Category:
Freestyle
MPN:
R273342
Release Date:
2006-04-11
UPC:
081227334222
Part Number:
R273342
Artist:
Various Artists
Publisher:
Rhino
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.16 pounds
Item Size:
5.75 x 0.45 x 5 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches

 


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