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Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown – Unity
(Tommy Boy Records  1984  AFRX2)
Matrix No’s: A1/B1 – UK Pressing

Sleeve in Nr MINT condition

Vinyl in Nr MINT condition

Lance Taylor (born on April 17, 1957), also known as Afrika Bambaataa, is an American DJ, rapper, and producer from the South Bronx, New York. He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture. Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of breakbeat DJing.

James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as “The Godfather of Soul”. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown influenced the development of several music genres.

Unity” is a song recorded by Afrika Bambaataa and James Brown as a duet in 1984. It was the first recording in which Brown collaborated with a performer associated with hip hop, a then-new idiom heavily influenced by Brown’s own funk music. The record’s title and its cover showing the two performers clasping hands express solidarity between the two styles. The song’s music is similar in its structure to Brown’s own funk songs of the late 1960s and 1970s, but uses the drum machine and keyboard-generated timbres of electro. The song’s rapped lyrics are on the themes of “Peace, unity, love, and having fun”. The single charted #87 R&B.

Track listing

A1 Unity (Part 1 – The Third Coming) 3:20
A2 Unity (Part 2 – Because It’s Coming) 3:30
A3 Unity (Part 3 – Nuclear Wildstyle) 3:29
B1 Unity (Part 4 – Can You See It) 6:47
B2 Unity (Part 5 – The Light) 4:16
B3 Unity (Part 6 – World III) 2:44
  • Arranged By [Rhythm]Afrika Bambaataa, Doug Wimbish, Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald
  • Art DirectionMonica Lynch
  • BassDoug Wimbish
  • Design [Jacket]Steve Miglio
  • DrumsKeith LeBlanc
  • EngineerDoug Di Franco, Frank Heller, Peter Robbins
  • Engineer [Mix]Frank Heller, Peter Robbins
  • Executive-ProducerTom Silverman
  • GuitarSkip McDonald
  • HornsChops
  • Lyrics ByAfrika Bambaataa, James Brown
  • Mastered ByHerb Powers Jr., Herb Powers Jr.
  • Mixed By [Assistant]Mike Nicoletti, Steve Griffin
  • Photography ByAnnie Leibovitz
  • Producer [Assistant], Arranged By [Horn]Robin Halpin
  • Producer, Mixed ByAfrika Bambaataa, Tom Silverman
  • SynthesizerAnthony Marinelli, Brian Banks, Robin Halpin
  • Written-ByB Aasim, B. Alexander, D. Wimbish, J. Brown, K. LeBlanc, R. Halpin*
Weight 1.00000000 kg


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