Sound-System (album)

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Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released January 1984
Recorded October–December 1983
Length 33:53
Label Columbia
Producer Bill Laswell/Material
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Future Shock
(1983)Future Shock1983
Village Life
(1985)Village Life1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

Sound-System is the thirty-sixth album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and the second of three albums with the Rockit Band.


The second of the three Rockit band albums, Sound-System was another smash for Herbie Hancock.

Winning his second Grammy award for Best R&B Performance (his second-straight award), this album tried to capture the success of the previous Future Shock, with some more twists and turns.

"Junku" for instance, featured Foday Musa Suso and also was written for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. It served as the "Field" theme. It also was used during Hancock's appearance on the long-running NBC Saturday Night Live.

"Sound System" sounded like "Junku" in many ways, while "Karabali" featured Wayne Shorter (playing a lyricon, instead of a traditional saxophone) and went back to the days of Hancock's African themed Mwandishi band.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hardrock" (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Derek Showard) - 6:10
  2. "Metal Beat" (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell) - 4:56
  3. "Karabali" (Herbie Hancock, Daniel Poncé) - 5:17
  4. "Junku" (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Foday Musa Suso, Aiyb Dieng) - 5:32
  5. "People are Changing" (Timmy Thomas) - 6:05
  6. "Sound System" (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Foday Musa Suso) - 5:55

Bonus Track from CD reissue

  1. "Metal Beat (Extended Version)" (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell) - 6:44

Productions credits[edit]



External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Sound-System - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Herbie Hancock". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 94. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.