The Knights Of The Turntables* ‎– Fresh Mess

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Fresh Mess (Jam...Your Radio) 4:39
"Dub" (The Knights Fly To Mars And Venus, With Their Dog, Woodpecker, And Cat!) 6:37
We Are The Knights 7:28

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jurrasic_classics

jurrasic_classics

June 27, 2013
referencing Fresh Mess, 12", RP, JDC0041
Yeah, although, I have seen a lot of copies with no Picture cover, which I assume are the re-presses.....

I got my Picture Sleeve copy from UK mail order company "Beat Street" in about 1989 - think it was £8.

Fizza

Fizza

September 3, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Fresh Mess, 12", RP, JDC0041
Being someone who owns a copy of the 'original' press from the 80s and also grabbed the chance to get the 'repress' in the early 2000s, having compared the two pieces of vinyl, I find it almost impossible to distinguish the two to the point of believing that the repress is either a) a reissue of original unsold stock, or b) a repress from the original plates, evidenced by the fact that the run out groove bleeds into the silver label art seemingly exactly the same way as the original, along with the matrix/runout etchings too. Either way it seems to me that the only benefit of owning an 80s issue is the cool sleeve art that is missing from this stock die cut sleeve issue. I'm just glad I marked my two newer copies when I bought them as I didn't want to mistakenly tear up my original copy when playing this gem of a record.

If anyone else can see any authoritative way to tell, please feel free to post a correction.

As far as the tracks themselves, I can only echo the comments others have posted regarding the 'original' release, Fresh Mess is/was one of my favourite LA tracks from that time and one of my favourite hip hop cuts of all time, raw but smooth and from a time when tracks like these didn't have to be labelled 'turntablism' for people to understand, it was all just hip hop and you knew it was good.
maggothrv

maggothrv

December 10, 2011
referencing Fresh Mess, 12", JDC0041
Another fine early west coast hip hop record! You can see the influence of P-Funk that is prominent in the genre.
tripple33

tripple33

January 21, 2011
referencing Fresh Mess, 12", JDC0041
First heard this in March 1985 and it blew me away. There is nothing else like it. If was great to find the sample years later - GET OFF YOUR ASS AND JAM - By Funkadelic from 1975. The drum programming is unique, the scratching is wild and the B Side is insane. This 12" sits next to my Reckless 12"
orangespring

orangespring

November 6, 2010
referencing Fresh Mess, 12", JDC0041
There were alot of great electro records released around this time, but if i was forced to pick out one tune as the best, then it would be this one. "Fresh mess"-(jam your radio) is a frantic piece of electro genius. The bassline is prominant throughout the track & a cascade of scratching cuts formed the basis of the track. But for me it's the beat that makes this track stand-out above most releases. The 808 drum program is running riot all over it, with it's snare & handclap blasting out, & that lovely nasal ticking rimshot complete with a very nice synth-line halfway through , makes this an unforgettable track. Quality electro - Enjoy.
zarcon

zarcon

January 14, 2010
referencing Fresh Mess, 12", JDC0041
probably the most insane electro-record ever...it is completely nuts, oldschool scratching from mars, crazy beats and FUNNY AS HELL! if you don't got it, go get it, seriously!