25th anniversary deluxe edition of Nightmares On Wax's classic sophomore joint! I always thought the cover and title had a lot to do with this album's popularity. I remember seeing that juicy cover and wanting to buy it without even listening to it, followed by a sesh at home with a dime of NYC's bottom level brown mexi. Underneath the exterior, the album manages to live up to its presentation. Start with the Quincy Jones-sampling "Night's Introlude" which establishes the album's thick, dense sound. Relax to the oversized basslines of "Wait A Minute" and wonder at the intriguing interludes like "Me + You" and "Time," "Groove Str," "Man Tha Journey" and "Bless My Soul" were my shit back then, back when you could rock 90bpm instrumental tracks and have the dough boys go crazy (strange times). In retrospect, this album was much more realized than its downtempo counterparts, dude was already way more advanced than the cut and paste of the day. A downtempo classic indeed. A long one too with 16 tracks and over an hour of music.
- green + red colored double vinyl pressing
- 25th anniversary edition
- housed in mirrorboard gatefold sleeve w/ exclusive roach material insert + liner notes
- digital download includes full album plus 4 previously unheard bonus tracks
- limited edition
- music label: Warp Records 2020
reviewed by the mgmnt 03/2006