Herbie Hancock ‎– Sound-System

Columbia ‎– FC 39478
Vinyl, LP, Album, Misprint, No text printed Side B

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A1 Hardrock
Bass, Electronic Drums [DMX], Tape – Bill LaswellBata – Daniel PonceDrums [Simmons], Percussion [Sound Plates], Cuica – Anton FierGuitar – Henry Kaiser, Nicky SkopelitisProgrammed By [Fairlight CMI] – Will AlexanderProgrammed By [XMD] – Rob StevensSynthesizer [Fairlight CMI, Rhodes Chroma, Apple IIe, Yamaha DX7, Emu 4060 Digital Keyboard] – Herbie HancockTurntables – D.St*Written-By – B. Laswell*, D. Showard*, H. Hancock*
A2 Metal Beat
Drums [Simmons], Percussion [Sound Plates], Cymbal, Gong – Anton FierElectronic Drums [DMX], Electronics [Shortwave] – Bill LaswellGuitar – Henry KaiserKora [Dusunguni], Balafon – Foday Musa SusoLyricon – Wayne ShorterProgrammed By [Fairlight CMI] – Will AlexanderSynthesizer [Fairlight CMI, Yamaha DX7] – Herbie HancockTalking Drum, Ghatam [Chatan], Bells – Aiyb DiengTurntables – D.St*Voice – Bernard FowlerVoice [Speaker] – Toshinori KondoWritten-By – B. Laswell*, H. Hancock*
A3 Karabali
Bata, Bells, Shekere – Daniel PonceCymbal [Cymbals] – Hamid DrakePiano, Synthesizer [Fairlight CMI] – Herbie HancockProgrammed By [Fairlight CMI] – Will AlexanderSoprano Saxophone – Wayne ShorterVocals, Arranged By [Vocals] – Bernard FowlerWritten-By – D. Ponce*, H. Hancock*
B1 Junku
Bass, Electronic Drums [DMX], Tape – Bill LaswellKora, Kalimba, Kora [Dusunguni] – Foday Musa SusoPiano, Synthesizer [Fairlight CMI, Yamaha DX 7, Rhodes Chroma, Memorymoog] – Herbie HancockProgrammed By [Praxis Processing, XMD] – Rob StevensTalking Drum, Ghatam [Chatan], Percussion [Don Don], Cowbell – Aïyb Dieng*Written By – A. Dieng*, B. Laswell*Written-By – F.M. Suso*, H. Hancock*
B2 People Are Changing
Electronic Drums [TR-808], Wood Block, Percussion – Anton FierPiano, Synthesizer [Yamaha DX7] – Herbie HancockVocals, Arranged By [Vocals] – Bernard FowlerWritten-By – T. Thomas*
B3 Sound-System
Bass, Electronic Drums [DMX] – Bill LaswellCymbal [Cymbals] – Hamid DrakeDrums [Simmons], Percussion [Sound Plates], Electronic Drums [Synare], Timpani – Anton FierGuitar – Nicky SkopelitisKora, Guitar, Talking Drum – Foday Musa SusoProgrammed By [Fairlight CMI] – Will AlexanderSynthesizer [Fairlight CMI, Yamaha DX7], Clavinet – Herbie HancockTalking Drum, Ghatam [Chatan], Bells – Aïyb Dieng*Trumpet – Toshinori KondoTurntables – D.St*Written-By – B. Laswell*, F.M. Suso*, H. Hancock*

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Mixed at Eldorado Studios, Los Angeles.
Recorded at Evergreen Studio, New York City.
Instrument Manufacturers:
Yamaha - Doug Buttleman;
Fairlight CMI - David Bross, Will Alexander & Geordie Hormel;
Rhodes - Harold Rhodes and John Shykun;
Korg - Jim Raynor;
Oberheim - Tom Oberheim & Todd McKinney;
Moog - Robbie Konikoff & Nancy Kewin;
Studio Maintenance Service - David Michaels;
Soundcraft - Betty Bennett;
Alpha Syntauri - Ellen Lapham;
Emu - Kevin Kent & Kevin Monahan.
Compu - Mod - Peter Butt.

On labels:
℗ 1984 CBS Inc.

Imported versions available with round sticker on labels "Imported by Sounds-Express" (see images)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 074643947817
  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-39478-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout etching): P-G AL 39478-1A XG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout etching): P-G BL 39478-1B XG
  • Matrix / Runout (Both Sides: 'MASTERDISK' Stamped; 'HW' etched underneath): MASTERDISK HW

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FC 39478 Herbie Hancock Sound-System(LP, Album) Columbia FC 39478 US 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2918 Herbie Hancock Sound-System(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 28AP 2918 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
SRCS 9509 Herbie Hancock Sound-System(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records SRCS 9509 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
CBS 26062 Herbie Hancock Sound-System(LP, Album) CBS CBS 26062 UK 1984 Sell This Version
S 26062 Herbie Hancock Sound-System(LP, Album) CBS S 26062 Europe 1984 Sell This Version