Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

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Album Sales: 1,000,000+
First Release Date: April 1988

The second studio album from Public Enemy. It is considered one of their most commercially successful albums as well as one of the most influential rap albums. By August of 1989, it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after shipments of one million copies in the United States.

"It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" reached Number 42 in the Billboard Top 200 and produced four singles:
"Don't Believe The Hype"
"Night Of the Living Baseheads"
"Bring The Noise"
"Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos"

Tracklist

Side Silver
Countdown To Armageddon 1:41
Bring The Noise 3:47
Don't Believe The Hype 5:20
Cold Lampin With Flavor 4:13
Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic 4:30
Mind Terrorist 1:18
Louder Than A Bomb 3:37
Caught, Can We Get A Witness? 5:03
Side Black
Show 'Em Whatcha Got 1:57
She Watch Channel Zero?! 3:50
Night Of The Living Baseheads 3:16
Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos 6:25
Security Of The First World 1:22
Rebel Without A Pause 5:05
Prophets Of Rage 3:15
Party For Your Right To Fight 3:27

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C 44303, FC 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Columbia C 44303, FC 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
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9827880 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(2xLP, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 9827880 US 2005 Sell This Version
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menutsy

menutsy

February 29, 2016
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, 527 358-1
Does anybody know which vinyl version was the very first pressing in th USA ? (the real original)
There are 7 different versions tagged as USA 1988... but what version came first ?
Razielek

Razielek

November 17, 2015
edited 8 months ago
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + DVD-V + Dlx, Ltd, 3773708
It is indeed amazing reissue. Beautiful presentation (embossed digipack), perfect remastering, bonus tracks on separate disc, DVD with classic videos. Must have.
steamybrown2003

steamybrown2003

December 6, 2014
edited 11 months ago
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + DVD-V + Dlx, Ltd, 3773708
Remastered beautifully!!!! Dynamics intact!! Thank you Universal/Def Jam!! "Nation" and "Fear Of The Black Planet" could not be re-realesed at a more appropriate time here in America where there is still a poison going on. "Yo! Bum Rush The Show" & "Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black" please?!
Trumasterz

Trumasterz

May 17, 2014
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, 542 423-2
Perfect Remaster! The difference in sound quality between the 1988 and this release is enormous. Classic album and perfect remaster! Recommended!
MarquisSmith

MarquisSmith

April 21, 2014
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, 2xLP, Album, RE, 9827880
date tag on the photo is 2003, incompatible with 2005 date
Fotis-N.

Fotis-N.

January 26, 2011
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, CD, Album, 462415 2

Prophets of rage or rebels without a pause, the words of the black panthers
mixed with every kind of "black" music were for a short while very popular!!
Those little miracles that music can bring.
Great black music ancient to the future.
Plasticonegro

Plasticonegro

October 31, 2010
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, SVLP 214
This edition (Simply Vinyl) has a bug in the track 15 (Prophets Of Rage). In the 1:57 minute of the song is a recording break. It is a fault in the master, not a scratch on my copy, and therefore exists in all copies were sold by Simply Vinyl.
ijunor

ijunor

March 12, 2010
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, SVLP 214

WOW!!!,where do i begin to review this?.There's the school of thought within the hip-hop community that the individual recomending something is a music snob (rap fans are not always right,apart from your's truly).In this instance giant leaps were made by P.E as they broke new ground.This album sits comfortably in any collection whatever your taste.An out and out masterpiece at the time,i'm not saying rush out and buy this but you'll never understand the difference between pre "nation of millions" to what we hold so dear today unless you've copped this.Chuck D,Terminator X and rap's class clown Flava Flav on top of their game,no dizzout.peace.