Beat Street (soundtrack)

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Beat Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Volumes 1 & 2
Cover of the "Beat Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Volume 1".
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 1984 (U.S.)
1984 (Canada, Germany, Italy)
Genre old school rap, boogie, electro, breakdance music
Length 79.28 (total)
40:55, 38:73
Label Atlantic 80154 (Volume I.)
Atlantic 80158 (Volume II.)
Producer Arthur Baker, Harry Belafonte
Various Artists chronology
Beat Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Volume 1
(1984)
Beat Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Volume 2
(1984)

Beat Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Volume 1 and Beat Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Volume 2 are soundtrack albums for the 1984 drama film of the same name. It was released in 1984 by Atlantic Records. Both albums were produced by Harry Belafonte, a calypso artist best known for his 1956 hit "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", and prolific freestyle music producer and remixer Arthur Baker, who collaborated with music artists including Freeez, Afrika Bambaataa, New Order.[1][2]

Both albums even entered the Billboard 200 and R&B Albums charts and stayed there in the same year.[3][4]

Description[edit]

The soundtrack contains music mainly from old-school hip-hop artists including Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five, Jazzy Jay, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic and Treacherous Three featuring beatbox pioneer Doug E. Fresh but also various electro/boogie musicians such as Freeez, The System and Juicy.[5]

The album was certified gold in the same year.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

Volume 1 (LP-80154)[edit]

A-side
# Title Artist(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
A1 "Beat Street Breakdown" Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious 5 Melvin Glover, Reggie Griffin Melle Mel, Sylvia Robinson 6:48
A2 "Baptise The Beat" The System David Frank, Mic Murphy David Frank, Michael Murphy 4:25
A3 "Strangers In A Strange World"
(Love Theme From Beat Street)
Jenny Burton & Patrick Jude Jake Holmes Jake Holmes 4:25
A4 "Frantic Situation" Afrika Bambaataa
The Soul Sonic Force, Shango
Arthur Baker, Leroi Evans, Ray Serrano, Afrika Bambaataa Aasim, William Henderson, Ellis Williams, John Miller, Robert Allen, Wilfred Fowler Arthur Baker 5:04
B-side
# Title Artist(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
B1 "Beat Street Strut" Juicy Milton G. Barnes, Katreese Barnes Eumir Deodato 5:00
B2 "Us Girls" Sharon Green, Lisa Counts & Debbie D Debora Hooper, Lisa Counts, Ross Levinson, Sharon Green Harry Belafonte 3:52
B3 "This Could Be The Night" Cindy Mizelle Arthur Baker, Carl Sturken, Chris Lord-Alge, Evan Rogers, Tina Baker Arthur Baker 4:53
B4 "Breaker's Revenge" Arthur Baker Arthur Baker Arthur Baker 4:42

Volume 2 (LP-80158)[edit]

A-side
# Title Artist(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
A1 "Son Of Beat Street" Jazzy Jay John Byas, Lenny Underwood David Belafonte 4:05
A2 "Give Me All" Juicy Milton G. Barnes, Katreese Barnes Arthur Baker, Harry Belafonte 4:25
A3 "Nothin's Gonna Come Easy" Tina B Arthur Baker, Tina Baker Arthur Baker, Harry Belafonte 4:19
A4 "Santa's Rap" The Treacherous Three Kevin Keaton, LaMar Hill, Mohandas Dewese David Belafonte 6:10
B-side
# Title Artist(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
B1 "It's Alright By Me" Jenny Burton Peter Link Peter Link, Webster Lewis 5:00
B2 "Battle Cry" Rockers Revenge Arthur Baker, Donald Calvin Hawkes, Vincent Dwight Fuller Arthur Baker 4:52
B3 Phony Four MC's – "Wappin' (Bubblehead)" Ralph Rolle Earl Deas, Eric Real, Ralph Rolle Arthur Baker, Harry Belafonte 6:11
B4 "Into The Night" La La LaForest Cope, Lenny Underwood, Webster Lewis Webster Lewis 4:42

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 Billboard R&B Albums #10
1984 the Billboard 200 #14

Volume 2[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 Billboard R&B Albums #47
1984 the Billboard 200 #137

Album certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beat Street Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack) credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Beat Street Vol. 2 (Original Soundtrack) credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  3. ^ Beat Street Volume 1 - chart positions. Billboard & Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-August-09
  4. ^ Beat Street Volume 2 - Chart positions. Billboard & Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-August-09
  5. ^ "Beat Street Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack) credits". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  6. ^ "Vitae of Carl Maultsby - composer". Carl MaultsBy. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  7. ^ Ira A. Robbins (1985). The Rolling Stone Review — 1985. Edited by Ira A. Robbins. Rolling Stone Press. ISBN 978-0-684-18333-6. Retrieved August 21, 2011. "Although second to arrive, the Beat Street soundtrack went gold, and a Beat Street, Vol. II was released later in the year." 
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Various Artists – Beat Street". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH