Stezo ‎– Crazy Noise

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LPRE-82011 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, Album) Fresh Records LPRE-82011 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDRE-82011 Stēzo* Crazy Noise(CD, Album) Fresh Records CDRE-82011 US 1989 Sell This Version
INT 846.122 Stezo Crazy Noise(CD, Album) Fresh Records INT 846.122 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
600264 Stezo Crazy Noise(CD, Album) Fresh Records, Vogue 600264 France 1989 Sell This Version
CSRE-82011 Stezo Crazy Noise(Cass, Album) Fresh Records CSRE-82011 US 1989 Sell This Version
706224 Stezo Crazy Noise(Cass, Album) Fresh Records, Vogue 706224 France 1989 Sell This Version
SBUKLP 7 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP) Sleeping Bag Records SBUKLP 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
506224 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP) Fresh Records 506224 France 1989 Sell This Version
33131 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, Album) Torso 33131 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
INT 146.122 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, Album) Fresh Records INT 146.122 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
LPRE-82011 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, Album, Promo) Fresh Records LPRE-82011 US 1989 Sell This Version
LPRE-82011 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, TP) Fresh Records LPRE-82011 US 1989 Sell This Version
SBUKLP 7 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, W/Lbl) Sleeping Bag Records SBUKLP 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TEG-76510, none Stezo Crazy Noise(CD, Album, RE) Traffic Entertainment Group, Fresh Records TEG-76510, none US 2006 Sell This Version
LPRE-82011 Stezo Crazy Noise(LP, RE) Fresh Records, Traffic Entertainment Group LPRE-82011 US 2006 Sell This Version
OTLCD5440 Stezo Crazy Noise+4(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Octave Lab, Fresh Records OTLCD5440 Japan 2018 Sell This Version

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dazeofspeed

dazeofspeed

July 4, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Crazy Noise, LP, Album, LPRE-82011
There is an old saying that goes: "never judge a book by its cover", well the same can be said of record covers too.
I can't seem to make up my mind about this album cover for Stezo's 'Crazy Noise' LP. Is it so bad that it's actually pretty good in a kitschy way, or is it just rather rubbish? I err more to it just being rather rubbish. It appears to have just been slung together rather quickly and with the overload of denim (stone-washed, of course) sported by Stezo, it screams 1989 and is certainly of it's time.
BUT the music is where the gold is! This is just pure golden-age funky fresh hip-hop. If there was a dictionary definition of golden-age hip hop then this album would be in there as the prime example.
1989 was a real trophy year for hip-hop, so many great hip-hop LP's dropped that year from: Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Beastie Boys, BDP, De La Soul, 3rd Bass, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, MC Lyte, etc, etc the list goes on but for me this LP by Stezo sits at the top of the tree and takes the honours. Just an absolute classic. Every track brims with great production from the man Stezo himself (& Vicious V on 2 tracks) with a sound collection of samples and a boat load of dope beats, funky ill scratching on the decks from Chris Cosby & Jim Slice ('To The Max' still takes the breath away all these years later) and all overseen by the great man Paul C in the control room. Everything is set to 'dope' from the word go.
Strange though that this album often gets overlooked in the all time great hip-hop LP lists. It shouldn't do. So that makes this also the definition of a truly 'slept-on' album.
So forget the terribly dodgy cover art - get past that and open the shrink wrap and delve into one of hip-hop's best ever albums. You won't be disappointed.
coldrockdaspot

coldrockdaspot

February 11, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Crazy Noise, LP, Album, LPRE-82011

Classic album and indeed the first ever appearance on record of the Skull Snaps "It's A New Day" break which was originally found by Dooley-O.

smbro

smbro

February 19, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Crazy Noise, LP, Album, LPRE-82011

it was the first time you heard that skull snaps "it's a new day" sample--don't front!

the same year...Meat Beat Manifesto, an industrial group used the same break stezo did for the title track on this album.