The Message (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five album)

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The Message
Studio album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Released October 1982
Genre Old school hip hop[1]
Length 36:58
Label Sugar Hill
Producer Jigsaw Productions, Sylvia Robinson
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five chronology
The Message
(1982)
On the Strength
(1988)
Singles from The Message
  1. "It's Nasty"
    Released: 1981
  2. "Scorpio"
    Released: 1981
  3. "The Message"
    Released: 1982

The Message is the debut studio album of American hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in October 1982 by Sugar Hill Records. It was the only album released while the original group was together.

Release and reception[edit]

The Message was released in October 1982 by Sugar Hill Records.[2] It was the only album released while the group's original line-up was together.[3] The album charted at number 53 in the United States and at number 77 in the United Kingdom.[2] Music journalist Robert Christgau gave it an "A–" and said that, although "She's Fresh" is the "only instant killer", each song's "experiment" and attempt to "touch a lot of bases with a broad demographic ... justifies itself".[4] He named it the 21st best album of 1982 in his dean's list for the Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[5]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Ron Wynn gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and cited it as the group's "ultimate peak" whose highlight was the title track.[6] Miles Marshall Lewis, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), gave its 2002 British reissue four out of five stars and cited "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" as the album's "clincher" and "the only prime-period example of Flash's ability to set and shatter moods, with his turntables and faders running through a collage of at least 10 records that sound like hundreds."[3] Colin Larkin also gave it four stars in his Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2006).[7] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media said that The Message features "two absolutely essential songs"—the title track and "Scorpio", which he dubbed "the greatest early electro track". However, he found the rest of the songs to be inferior and gave the album a score of 6.4 out of 10.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Composer(s) Length
1. "She's Fresh"   Milton Edwards, Bobbie Knight 4:57
2. "It's Nasty"   Clifton Chase, Melvin Glover, Sylvia Robinson, Tom Tom Club 4:19
3. "Scorpio"   Melvin Glover, Nathaniel Glover Jr, Eddie Morris, Keith Wiggins, Guy Williams 4:55
4. "It's a Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)"   Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright, Lee Garrett, Curtis Harmon, James Lloyd, Cedric Napoleon 4:57
5. "Dreamin'"   Melvin Glover, Nathaniel Glover Jr, Gary Henry, Eddie Morris, Keith Wiggins, Guy Williams 5:47
6. "You Are"   Gary Henry 4:51
7. "The Message"   Clifton Chase, Edward Fletcher, Melvin Glover, Sylvia Robinson 7:12
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart[9] 14
UK Albums Chart[2] 77
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 53
U.S. Top Black Albums[10] 8

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
U.S. Hot 100
[11][12]
U.S. R&B
[11][12]
U.S. Club Play NZ
[9]
UK
[13][14]
1981 "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)" 22
"Scorpio" 30 77
[14]
1982 "The Message" 62 4 12 2 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (July 14, 2005). "Grandmaster Flash / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: The Message / They Said it Couldn't Be Done". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Strong 2004, p. 619.
  3. ^ a b Lewis et al. 2004, p. 341.
  4. ^ Christgau 1990, p. 270.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 22, 1983). "Pazz & Jop 1982: Dean's List". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron. "The Message - Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five". Allmusic. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Larkin 2006, p. 308.
  8. ^ Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (Vinyl, LP, Album). Discogs. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Discography Grandmaster Flash". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Message - Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five : Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five". Rolling Stone. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  12. ^ a b Billboard chartings. Accessed October 17, 2009.
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  14. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Grandmaster Flash". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 

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