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Killer Album [PA]

  • 1. Crew from the North
    2. Law of the Jungle
    3. And It Wasn't a Dream - (featuring Tracey Carmen)
    4. Go Wild!
    5. Just Mellow
    6. Here Today..Here Tomorrow
    7. Justice (Just Us)
    8. Posse Strong
    9. Jealous MC
    10. That's My Nigger
    11. To the Other MC's
    12. Yakety Yak
    13. B-Line
    14. Three the Hard Way
    15. Just Mellow [Norman Cook 7'' Remix] - (remix)
    16. And It Wasn't a Dream [Dare to Be Aware Mix] - (remix, featuring Tracey Carmen)
    17. Just Mellow [12'' Mix] - (12'' Mix, remix)
    18. Just Mellow [Norman Cook 12'' Remix] - (remix)
    19. And It Wasn't a Dream (Norman Cook's Excursion On) - (remix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2987012

  • Credits
    ProducerGreg Wilson
    EngineerPaul Roberts

    Personnel: Paul Roberts (guitar); Dangerous Minds, M.C. Kermit le Freak (keyboards).
    Audio Mixers: Simon Coghlan; Keith Hartley; Mark Pythian.
    Liner Note Author: Andy Cowan.
    Recording information: Drone Studio.
    Photographer: Ian T. Titon.
    U.K. hip-hop groups with the temerity to adopt a hardcore stance a la the U.S. gangsta crews were ridiculed, with good reason, for their mannered street-toughisms in the late '80s and early '90s. Of all those who tried to convey the black urban British experience, the only crew to get close were Manchester's Ruthless Rap Assassins, who achieved some notoriety when MC Kermit subsequently joined Shaun Ryder in Black Grape. The Killer Album stands out as a real watershed in U.K. rap development by dint of its one outstanding track, "Justice (Just Us)." Only one other composition comes close to matching its impact -- the contrasting "Just Mellow," which advocated a return to old skool hip-hop values long before this plea had become common currency. "Justice (Just Us)" conversely kicks off with a Bomb Squad-style martial beat and bleak scratch-DJing. Its carefully structured narrative works because it doesn't try to impersonate American vocabulary or diction. Instead, it challenges the listener with its insistent hookline: "There ain't no justice, just us." For a fleeting moment we had a British group worthy of citing Public Enemy's influence. ~ Alex Ogg

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "KILLER ALBUM was widely acclaimed and achieved some crossover appeal....Killer material."
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