Rob Jones
Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five: Sugarhill Adventures – The Collection, 9CD Box Set

There is a new 9CD anthology showcasing the recording career of hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel And The Furious Five.

This set:

• Features all of their Top 100 hits in a deluxe CD box set covering their entire Sugarhill Records output of singles, including full length versions of the top 10 hits ‘The Message’, ‘White Lines’ and ‘Step Off’

• Includes the albums ‘The Message’ and ‘Work Party’, which makes its debut on CD in the UK, and full length versions of other hits such as ‘Scorpio’, ‘Message II (Survival)’, and ‘Pump Me Up’ with many remixes and edits previously unavailable on CD

• Presents an essay on the history of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and a full discography. This release is available as a 2 LP set, drawing together all their Top 100 hits for Sugarhill Records

Starting out in the 1970’s, Grandmaster Flash made waves on the New York scene as one of the hottest DJ’s around, thanks to his inimitable mixing style. Expanding his act to incorporate a team of talented MCs, Flash soon caught the eye of Sylvia Robinson at Sugarhill Records, leading to an impressive run of ground-breaking singles.

Tracks such as ‘Freedom’, ‘The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel’ and ‘It’s Nasty’ were successful club records, all leading up to their mainstream chart breakthrough, ‘The Message’ (UK #8) in 1982.

Although Flash departed in 1983, the band continued with Melle Mel at the helm and enjoyed further UK top 10 hits with ‘White Lines (Don’t Do It)’ (UK #7) and ‘Step Off’ (UK #8), as well as eight other Top 100 entries.

Track Listing:

1 She’s Fresh
2 It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love)
3 Scorpio
4 It’s A Shame
5 Dreamin’
6 You Are
7 The Message
8 The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
9 The Message (Instrumental)
10 The Message (7” Version)
11 The Message (7” Instrumental)
12 Scorpio (7” Mix)

1 Hustlers Convention
2 Yesterday
3 At The Party
4 White Lines (U.K. Mastermix)
5 We Don’t Work For Free (Short Version)
6 The Truth
7 World War III
8 Can’t Keep Runnin’ Away
9 The New Adventures Of Grandmaster
10 White Lines (New Shameek Mix)
11 White Lines (Ben Liebrand Remix Edit)

1 Superrappin’
2 Superrappin’ Theme (Instrumental)
3 Super Rappin’ No.2
4 Super Rappin’ No.2 (Instrumental)
5 Freedom
6 Freedom (Instrumental)
7 Freedom (7” Version)
8 The Birthday Party
9 The Birthday Party (Instrumental)
10 The Birthday Party (7” Version)

1 It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love) 2 It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love) (Instrumental)
3 It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love) (Part 1 7” Version)
4 It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love) (Part II)
5 The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash (7” Part I)
6 The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash (7” Part II)
7 Flash To The Beat (Part 1) 8 Flash To The Beat (Part II)
9 Showdown (with The Sugarhill Gang)
10 Showdown (Instrumental)

1 Message II (Survival)
2 Message II (Survival) (Instrumental)
3 Message II (Survival) (7” Version)
4 Message II (7” Instrumental)
5 New York New York
6 New York New York (Instrumental)
7 New York New York (7” Part I)
8 New York New York (7” Instrumental)
9 Jesse
10 Jesse (Instrumental)
11 Jesse (7” Version)


1 White Lines (Don’t Do It)
2 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Bonus)
3 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Instrumental)
4 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Short Version)
5 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (US Street Version)
6 White Lines (Don’t Do It) Alternative 7” Version)
7 Melle Mel’s Groove
8 Beat Street (12” Version)
9 Internationally Known
10 Internationally Known

1 Step Off
2 Step Off (Instrumental)
3 Step Off (Part 1)
4 Step Off (Part 2)
5 Step Off (New UK Edit)
6 Step Off (Alternative 12” Mix)
7 Pump Me Up
8 Pump Me Up (Instrumental)
9 Pump Me Up (7” Version)
10 The Megamelle Mix
11 King Of The Streets
12 King Of The Streets (Instrumental)
13 King Of The Streets (7” Version)

1 We Don’t Work For Free (12” Version)
2 We Don’t Work For Free (Instrumental)
3 World War III (Long Version)
4 World War III (7” Version)
5 Vice
6 Vice (Instrumental)
7 Vice (Edit)
8 Street Walker
9 Street Walker (Instrumental) 10 Street Walker (Edit)

1 The Message (Cutting Edge’s Old School Mix Edit)
2 The Message (Cutting Edge’s Old School Mix)
3 The Message (Richie Rich Remix)
4 The Message (Untitled’s Nothin’ Touchin’ The Original Mix)
5 Message II (Survival) (Richie Rich Remix)
6 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Cutmaster Swift & Pogo Mix)
7 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Davidson Ospina Club Mix)
8 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (NYC Ospina’s Dub)
9 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Kid Chris’s Cyclone Remix)
10 White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Back From The Dead Remix)
11 White Lines (Don’t Do It)