Perfect Machine

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Not to be confused with The Perfect Machine.
Perfect Machine
Perfect Machine.jpg
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released May 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre R&B, Electro-funk
Length 35:48 (Original LP)
Label Columbia
Producer Bill Laswell/Material
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Round Midnight
Perfect Machine
A Tribute to Miles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Perfect Machine is the thirty-seventh album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, and the last with the Rockit Band.

About the Album[edit]

The last of the three Rockit band albums, Perfect Machine was also Hancock's final album for Columbia Records and is considered the least popular of the three Rockit band albums.

The album was released in 1988 following Sound-System which won Hancock's second Grammy award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1985 and Round Midnight which won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score in 1986.

Even though this album produced a unique music video for "Vibe Alive", this album received unfavorable reviews.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Hancock/Laswell/Collins/Bonner, except where noted.

  1. "Perfect Machine" (Hancock/Laswell/Skopelitis) - 6:35
  2. "Obsession" - 5:20
  3. "Vibe Alive" (Hancock/Laswell/Collins/Bonner/Micro Wave) - 5:26
  4. "Beat Wise" - 5:52
  5. "Maiden Voyage/P. Bop" - 6:34
  6. "Chemical Residue" (Hancock) - 6:01
  7. "Vibe Alive" (Extended Dance Mix)* - 8:13
  8. "Beat Wise" (12-Inch Edit)* - 6:28
  • Tracks marked with an asterisk(*) available only on the CD re-issue.

Production credits[edit]




  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Perfect Machine - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011.