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Public EnemyFear Of A Black Planet

Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious
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Tracklist

A-90
Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental)1:44
Brothers Gonna Work It Out5:05
911 Is A Joke3:17
Incident At 66.6 FM (Instrumental)1:37
Welcome To The Terrordome5:24
Meet The G That Killed Me0:44
Pollywanacraka3:52
Anti-Nigger Machine3:17
Burn Hollywood Burn2:46
Power To The People4:49
B-91
Who Stole The Soul?3:52
Fear Of A Black Planet3:40
Revolutionary Generation5:43
Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man2:45
Reggie Jax1:35
Leave This Off Your Fu*kin' Charts (Instrumental)2:32
B Side Wins Again3:39
War At 33 1/32:13
Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)0:48
Fight The Power4:42

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Notes

Album Sales: 1,000,000+
First Release Date: April 1990

The third studio album from Public Enemy. Like their previous album, "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back", it is considered one of their most commercially successful albums as well as one of the most influential rap albums. Although the album was released in 1990, the first two singles, "Fight The Power" and "Welcome To The Terrordome", were released in 1989. Actually, Public Enemy had planned to release "Fear Of A Black Planet" in 1989.

"Fear Of A Black Planet" reached Number 10 in the Billboard Top 200 and produced five singles:
"Fight The Power"
"Welcome To The Terrordome"
"911 Is A Joke"
"Brothers Gonna Work It Out"
"Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man"

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    • PabloPiKassiette's avatar
      Same GZ default pressing here, I can hear sometimes light sizzles during the play...
      • Mr.Massie_C178's avatar
        Awesome album, crap press.
        Avoid this shit.
        Album 10/10
        Press 2/10
        • macmania22's avatar
          macmania22
          If anyone has only Disc 2 and wants to sell, send me a message!
          • c.h.e.r.o.k.e.e's avatar
            Great pressing, my copy is super clean with no surface noise…….my original lp sounds the same throughout with some songs sounding less dynamic than others. This is how i remember my album and tape sounding.
            Gatefold and colored vinyl looks pretty slick as well.
            • spencer.gelhard's avatar
              Edited 6 months ago
              Also bought this factory sealed. Crazy amount of scratches on track A4. Like someone else mentioned, I imagine there was debris in the sleeve that scratched it during transit. Luckily the track is more of an interlude so not a huge deal to skip, but still frustrating. Rest of the record sounds fine, can only imagine the 2LP would sound better given the number of tracks and how dense they are. VMP pressing is twice the price, however.
              • Reesdog's avatar
                Reesdog
                Outstanding pressing, if you can't afford or find a US original then this OG Australian version is the next best thing. Quite a lot music crammed onto two sides of an LP, but somehow it works wonderfully. I just add a touch more bass via the amp to get it sounding just right. Worth seeking out.
                • counselor5150's avatar
                  counselor5150
                  This version is censored. It should have been disclosed on the cover.
                  • brewbs's avatar
                    brewbs
                    This is a superb master. Far better than the 36 Chambers from the same VMP month. Some people have commented on low mastering volume. I did not bother to measure decibel output (didn't seem necessary) but I did do a quick A/B just now between this and Wu-Tang and this is perfectly fine, comparable on output level (esp considering this is not 45RPM). It is missing the bloated bass of the Wu release which sounds like it was mastered for crappy speakers.

                    This is certainly not a dynamic album anyway, but this master actually makes it seem that way! Just superlative. Far better than the unbalanced, boomy Wu record. There is excellent separation in the frequency ranges, Chuck and Flava really pop out as do many of the samples (there's some definition on the samples that was totally unexpected- while at the same time the bass has a real heft and punch that is obviously absent from the (still rather good) single vinyl release of this. Actually, punchy is a good description for this master on the whole.

                    I don't know what folks are listening to this on, but this is seriously underrated. Sounds great and every time I put it on the volume inevitably creeps up and I end up getting a text from my wife saying her clients can hear it on her VC, but because it's such a clean punchy master it works really well at reduced volume too.

                    If you can get a clean version this is the one to have - that is the only issue, I am requesting my third due to characteristic GZ right channel surface noise. Otherwise, this master is definitive, would love to hear Bum Rush and Nation of Millions given this treatment. Hard albums to remaster to great effect but this shows it can be done, Chuck and Flava never sounded so good. There is also a wonderful rounded characteristic to the sound which takes away some of the inherent shoutiness of this record (and I say this listening on horns). I don't think this ran through tubes for the new master but I wouldn't be surprised if you told me so. Very impressive.

                    For reference, ATVM540ML, SL1200GR, PS Audio pre and mono blocks, Klipsch Forte III (and subwoofer off!).
                    • telwin5000's avatar
                      telwin5000
                      The whole idea if a lengthy album like this given the double disc treatment is that it's loud and dynamic, if that's not the case then it's basically a waste of time.
                      • fustini83's avatar
                        fustini83
                        Picked this factory sealed and it sounds fine but my copy came with lots of hairlines, scruffs and dirt, looking like a second hand vinyl badly cared. I can listen to pops and clicks even after a good rinse. What a disrespectul way to reissue a classic album like this one. Avoid this crap if you can.

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