Various ‎– Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3



Full Force Alice
Original Concept Can You Feel It
Whistle (Nothing Serious) Just Buggin'
Mantronix Bassline
Roxanne Shanté Bite This
D.ST. Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh
Chris "The Glove" Taylor Itchiban Scratch
Newcleus Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)
Information Society Running
The Unknown DJ 808 Beats
Duke Bootee Broadway
Beastie Boys Hold It, Now Hit It
Boogie Down Productions South Bronx
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble
Whodini Friends
Heavy D. & The Boyz Mr. Big Stuff
LL Cool J Rock The Bells
Mixmaster Gee And The Turntable Orchestra The Manipulator
UTFO Roxanne, Roxanne
Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew The Show

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ELCST 1002 Various Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3(LP, Comp, Mixed) Street Sounds ELCST 1002 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ZCELC 1002, Z C E L C 1 0 0 2 Various Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Street Sounds, Street Sounds ZCELC 1002, Z C E L C 1 0 0 2 UK 1987 Sell This Version


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September 9, 2016
referencing Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3, LP, Comp, Mixed, ELCST 1002
What the people here (and whoever submitted the release on discogs) fail to notice is that the wording on the front is Crucial HIP HOP 3. Doesn't mention Electro on it at all!


January 14, 2014
referencing Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3, LP, Comp, Mixed, ELCST 1002
In my collection with sticker on frontsleeve: "The place to be! UK FRESH '87 details inside! Plus TAG UP. You and your crew on record! ELCST 1002, removablesticker" With inserts


December 15, 2004
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3, LP, Comp, Mixed, ELCST 1002
I'm not quite sure why this compilation was called 'Electro' anymore as 50% of side A, and 100% of side B is straight up '80s hip hop/rap'. The so called electro sound which was ever so popular at the first third of the eighties, was being taken over by the new generation of hip hop. With its bragging lyrics, slower tempos, vocal samples and use of sampled raw break beats in place of the good, old fashioned hard hitting but futuristic sounding Linn Drum, 808, 909, DMX drum machines and synthesizers. Hip Hop was going backwards. Or was it in the process of divorcing electro? Depends which way you want to look at it. it can be assumed this selection portrays a quick snapshot of what was changing or had changed at that particular moment. Things indeed change, things need to change, but not always for the best.

Nevertheless, all tracks were ground breaking in their own right. Even though the track selections aren't my personal favourites by a long shot - particularly on side B, the mixing is good on both sides, side B just beats side A by a whisker with its flow and mixing style.

However, this compilation missed a big trick imo as there were loads of electro tracks both classics and underground between the last Crucial Electro (2) release back in 1984 and this one in 1987. They could've even included proper electro tracks which didn't feature in the standard Street Sounds Electro and previous Crucial Electro compilations of at least half a decade prior to this release. On top of this, there are way too many tracks. Instead of focusing on a select but quality few.

Instead, Street Sounds repeated most of the tracks which had already featured on the previous compilations and concentrated on the then 'new', much less exciting (imo) and more mainstream, egotistical hip hop sound. I mean, some of the most overrated releases on side B with 'Roxanne, Roxanne' UTFO. Which wasn't electro even back in 1984 when it first came out and when the original electro sound was at its peak. And complete novelty anthems like Whistle, Heavy D & The Boyz "Mr Bigstuff" (complete shite), and of course Doug E Fresh "The Show" and Fresh Prince which together are the biggest and campest load of crap to be pressed on wax for their era. 'Alice' for heaven's sake, is a pop, new jack swing track!

As far as the proper hip hop opposed to electro tracks are concerned, which happen to be halfway decent are BDP's 'South Bronx', LL Cool J "Rock The Bells", Original Concept "Can You Feel It", Duke Bootee's jam isn't so bad I suppose, Beastie Boys' 'Hold It Now' is another bass heavy classic. The only track on side B which in some way resembles or is influenced by a more traditional electro style albeit with a typical hip hop attitude and SHOUTY rap is Mixmaster Gee's / Turntable Orchestra's rather raucous, clangy, cold, metallic, industrial sounding 'Manipulator'.

I suppose for completists this is a must and for those who prefer hip hop in general. But for fans of original electro, nothing beats the first two Crucial Electro series.


November 20, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
referencing Street Sounds Crucial Electro 3, LP, Comp, Mixed, ELCST 1002

This to me was the Street Sounds Electro swan song to the original skool before the likes of KRS1 & Public Enemy took control of the Hip Hop game and laid the foundations of what rap has become, and also before the impending tsunami-like arrival of House music which put Electro to bed rather quickly in its unequivocally successful quest for worldwide domination. The inclusion of the Electro 1 mix of Jam On Revenge to me signifies a nod to the series' beginnings with the irony being that (AFAIK) Crucial 3 was the last of the Street Sounds Electro series before they went under in their original guise, to resurface some time later under the Dance Music moniker. Say what you want about MK (how do you manage to put on the greatest hip hop show of the time, and yet get booed when you walk on stage?? [I think the UK Fresh '03 debacle has given me some insight to that one]), but the Electro series' influence and impact had not been seen before and has not been seen since. And that's what legends are made of.