Anyways, let me get to the point of this post. Is the Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five LP (known as Work Party on some pressings) underrated? It's after the original Flash and the Furious lineup disbanded, so you're missing Kid Creole and Raheem (and you have a couple weirdos added), but there are some incredible tracks here.
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five- The Truth-
There's some other bangers on the record also...
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five- Hustler's Convention-
A reconstruction of Lightnin' Rod's Hustler's Convention, I feel like this is one of Wood, Brass & Steel's greatest in-house Sugar Hill sessions. They kill it. I never see this one on Best of compilations or anything, but I personally always loved blasting it.
Here's a selection from the original Hustler's Convention LP:
Lightnin' Rod- Sport-
As for this next one, if you can get past the odd flatulent-esque noise at the beginning, it's another keeper. I always loved it, but now, it's kind of hard to put a finger on why. The whole song's concept is somebody trying to page them with the group nowhere to be found. It pieces together lyrics and portions from previous songs on the album. All I know is I listened to this one quite a bit. That was possibly the worst write up I could ever assemble to introduce a song.
So with all these tracks being exceptional, why don't people show love to this album more? How come I don't bring it up as much and passionately debate with people how good these songs are on a regular basis? Probably because a track like Hustler's Convention is followed up with this:
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five- Yesterday
GuLllllLLLllL. I'm scratching my head too. Or am I?
I got nothin'.
* In regards to copy and pasting the lyrics, I did wind up changing one part. The internet had it as "Mixed with the blood of a weaker man," and I've always heard "Men spill the blood of the weaker man." I could be wrong, though.