MC Tunes ‎– The North At Its Heights

ZTT ‎– 9031-71946-2
CD, Album

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1 The Only Rhyme That Bites
Music By – J. Moross*
2 This Ain't No Fantasy
Music By, Drums [Live Drums By] – Phil Kirby
3 Dance Yourself To Death 4:50
4 Own Worst Enemy
Music By – R. Hancock*, S. Powys*
5 The North At Its Heights 4:37
6 Tunes Splits The Atom
Drums [Live Drums By] – Phil Kirby
7 Mancunian Blues 4:49
8 The Sequel 5:11
9 Primary Rhyming
Drums [Live Drums By] – Phil KirbyRap – Dewiz, The Microphoness
10 Dub At Its Heights 1:39

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(P) 1990 ZTT Records Ltd
(C) 1990 ZTT Records Ltd

Published by Perfect Songs Ltd except 1 Perfect Songs Ltd and Warner Chappell Music Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 9031-71946-2 2
  • Matrix / Runout: 903171946-2.2 RSA
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner Ring, Mirrored): 20
  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 4281
  • Distribution Code (France): WE833

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTT3, 9031-71946-1 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(LP, Album) ZTT, WEA ZTT3, 9031-71946-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
ZTT 3C, ZTT3C, 9031-71946-4 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(Cass, Album) ZTT, ZTT, WEA ZTT 3C, ZTT3C, 9031-71946-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
XECZ-1043 MC Tunes Versus 808 State MC Tunes Versus 808 State - The North At Its Heights(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, Gat) ZTT XECZ-1043 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
WMC5-178 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(CD, Album) ZTT WMC5-178 Japan 1990 Sell This Version



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June 13, 2012

A genre-defining, time-defining album. Brought to everyone's attention by the synonymous track The Only Rhyme That Bites, listeners to the album were confronted with what can only be described as a blistering assault of hip-hop/rap and gritty reality.

Drugs, death, hard times, politics... all were given vicious-yet-poetic treatment, and all tracks leave such an impression at the time, that each will be forever embedded in your memory. The stark and brutal depiction that is My Own Worst Enemy might be the track that lives longest, though. Even more so than the popular and brilliant chart single tracks (TORTB and Tunes Splits The Atom). The depth of feeling in his vocal performances are more than equalled by the song-writing and lyricism. 808 State provided the beats in their trademark understatedly brilliant fashion.

I'd suggest that grim reality has never been more perfectly portrayed.

Nicky Lockett (MC Tunes) later re-surfaced as the frontman of the rap-indie-funk band Dust Junkys; producing yet more pinpoint lyrics and reminding the world of the scope of his talents.