Shack (3) ‎– I Know You Well

Ghetto Recording Company ‎– GTGT11
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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At the end of Side A, Michael Head's spoken vocal "All God's children gotta have their freedom" is a direct echo of the same line Arthur Lee speaks at the end of the song "The Red Telephone" by Love (off that group's album Love - Forever Changes).

Side AA samples:
Bongo percussion loop from "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band off the album Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* - Bongo Rock.
Spoken dialogue from the "Intro" skit by De La Soul off the album De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising.

Both sides are labeled with "A".

Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side A): PROMO 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side AA): GTGT-11-A1
  • Barcode (Text): 5 017639 001167

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September 16, 2018
I've got this but in the promo sleeve. This little bit of mixup is notated in the various edits of the promo release, so I've got nothing to add. I will say that to my ears the hiphop mix initially sounded incredibly amateurish. Incredible Bongos, really? One of the most famous breakbeats ever, with samples reused that De La Soul used on their incredibly famous first record? heh. Silliness. But it's grown on me and now I just take it as a little fun. The real track though, and the mix on this nice wide groove 12" 45 wax sounds fantastic though of course! what a tune!


March 9, 2017
Pure sunshine, this. Shack were really onto something. The best example of baggy I can think of, and should have been huge at the time. Taps into that loose-limbed, bass-heavy 'Revolver' sound better than most. Such a great vibe to the whole thing. A lost classic if ever there was one.


February 22, 2012

Excellent Jon Paul Davies reworking yields "I Know You Well (If You Want It Mix)", a very groovy and danceable, percussive, and propulsive version with the (nearly) always-welcome bongo loop from "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band dropped underneath for extra funky earworm effect. JPD adds some nice bright horn flourishes, a few sort of out-of-place but amusing enough dialogue samples from De La Soul's first album ("Hey all you kids out there!", "Now, here's what you do!"). It gives the song a sort of fast-paced baggy indie-dance feel with a bit of "golden era" hip-hop headspace. Nice work indeed.