Adventures on the Wheels of Steel

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Adventures on the Wheels of Steel
Compilation album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Grandmaster Melle Mel
Released 1999 (1999)
Genre Hip-hop
Length 74:43 / 71:27 / 64:11
Label Castle Music
NXTCD 305
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Adventures on the Wheels of Steel is a 3CD compilation album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Grandmaster Melle Mel. It was released in 1999 on the Castle Music label and is a boxed set containing three CDs in slimline jewel cases together with a fold out insert.

This set contains a mixture of tracks by the various incarnations of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five including their debut Super Rappin' No 1 and Grandmaster Melle Mel. Several errors are present with regards to the correct artist. Two previously unreleased tracks are included (*).

The foldout booklet repeats the essay by Lewis Dene (Blues & Soul Magazine) from October 1997 that originally appeared on the album The Greatest Mixes.

Track listing[edit]

CD1

  1. "Freedom" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 8:18
  2. "The Birthday Party" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 8:21
  3. "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" (Grandmaster Flash) – 7:13
  4. "Showdown" (The Furious Five meets The Sugarhill Gang) – 5:55
  5. "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 7:53
  6. "Flash to the Beat (Parts 1 & 2)" (Grandmaster Flash) – 10:49
  7. "The Message" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five featuring Melle Mel and Duke Bootee) – 7:13
  8. "Scorpio" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 4:54
  9. "Message II (Survival)" (Melle Mel and Duke Bootee) – 6:54
  10. "New York New York" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 7:26

CD2

  1. "White Lines (Don't Do It)" (Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel) – 7:39
  2. "Jesse" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 6:13
  3. "Beat Street" (Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five with Mr. Ness & Cowboy) – 7:07
  4. "We Don't Work for Free" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 5:03
  5. "Step Off" (Furious Five featuring Melle Mel & Scorpio)  – 7:22
  6. "Pump Me Up" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:40
  7. "Mega-Melle Mix" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 5:00
  8. "King of the Streets" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 5:11
  9. "Vice" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 5:05
  10. "Street Walker" (Mass Production with special guest Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 6:14
  11. "Super Rappin' No 1" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 12.03

CD3

  1. "Trinidad Spot" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 0:39
  2. "She's Fresh" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 4:56
  3. "It's A Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)" (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) – 4:58
  4. "Internationally Known" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 6:50
  5. "Hustlers Convention" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 6:15
  6. "The Truth" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:18
  7. "World War III" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 8:48
  8. "The New Adventures of Grandmaster" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 5:40
  9. "Freestyle" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:46
  10. "Black Man" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:00
  11. "Drug Wars" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:46
  12. "Kick the Knowledge" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:18 *
  13. "D.C. Cab" (Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five) – 4:22 *

Notes[edit]

  • "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" is incorrectly credited. It should be credited to 'Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five'. [2]
  • "White Lines (Don't Do It)" has also been credited to 'Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five' and as 'Grandmaster and Melle Mel'. [3][4]
  • "Beat Street" was also released in an edited version as Beat Street Breakdown. [5]
  • "Step Off" is incorrectly credited. It should be credited to 'Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five'. [6]
  • "Mega-Melle Mix" has also been released as Step Off Megamix. [7]
  • "Trinidad Spot" is a radio advert for then upcoming shows in Trinidad on July 8 and 9.
  • "Internationally Known" is incorrectly credited. It should be credited to Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five. It originally appeared on Greatest Messages.
  • "Hustlers Convention" has the word 'shit' bleeped out.
  • "The Truth" is the slightly edited version. It is also incorrectly credited. It should be credited to 'Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five'. [8]
  • "D.C. Cab" was re-written and released as "Jesse".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "GRANDMASTER FLASH / “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel”". Kalamu.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Grand Master Flash and Melle Mel". Discomusic.com. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Beat Street Breakdown (Part 1)". Flickr. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Step Off [Part I & II] (1984)". Flickr. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Collectors' Choice Music". Ccmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09.