Main SourceBreaking Atoms

Label:Wild Pitch Records – WPL 2004
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Boom Bap, Conscious, Cut-up/DJ


A1Snake Eyes3:30
A2Just Hangin' Out4:10
A3Looking At The Front Door4:10
A4Large Professor3:08
A5Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball3:22
A6Scratch & Kut2:57
B1Peace Is Not The Word To Play3:07
B2Vamos A Rapiar
Co-producerPete Rock
B3He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music)3:34
B4Live At The Barbeque
Featuring, RapAkinyele, Joe Fatal, Nas
B5Watch Roger Do His Thing4:22

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Original first pressing.

Published by Frozen Soap Songs (ASCAP) & Kahari Music (BMI).
Mastered at Hit Factory, DMS.

℗ & © 1991 Wild Pitch Records, Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 91693-2004-1 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 091693200419
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout): WP-2004 A DMS cg☮︎ HuB
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout): WP-2004 B HuB
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Breaking Atoms (CD, Album)Wild Pitch RecordsWPD 2004US1991
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Breaking Atoms (CD, Album, Reissue)Wild Pitch Records, EMI USAWPD 2004, CDP-7-97543-2US1991
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Breaking Atoms (Cassette, Album, Dolby HX Pro, B NR)Wild Pitch RecordsE4-97543US1991
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Breaking Atoms (CD, Album, Reissue)EMI USACDP-7-97543-2US1991
Breaking Atoms (LP, Album, Promo)Wild Pitch RecordsWP-2004US1991



  • Sil6795's avatar
    This is an excellent first pressing worth seeking out, very dynamic
    • Cyrilnoya's avatar
      Why they cannot reissue this lp with the bonus tracks on a regular version and not on a picture disc?
      • benmi's avatar
        Repress coming soon on the Mr Bongo label :-) !
        • SpareGrooves's avatar
          • Jazzual's avatar
            A great example of a bunch of people who seem more interested in pressing details than the actual music. Have you people tried stamp collecting?
            • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
              Is that P Monch I hear in one of the chorus's ? He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music)
              • cambs04's avatar
                Edited 5 years ago
                To those who have tried to explain the features of the original pressing of this classic you gave missed 2 obvious details. The barcode on the back of the original press is positioned on the top right of the back cover of the cover with the long sides of the rectangular bar code box running down the cover and not across (as pictured on Discogs). None of the reissues are like this whether they feature a bar code or not.
                As for the vinyl the main source logo is outlined on the record label with the relevant run out groove info. The 95 repress is almost identical except for no barcode on back cover or outlined main source logo on record labels as it is just a simple black print (as pictured on Discogs). The 95 repress is rare though but I am not sure whether it is an official repress as some claim it to be.
                However which ever version you see buy it if you don't own a copy as a hip hop fan as its an absolute classic in every sense. I never become tired of listening to this as its aged gracefully!!!
                • barryblunt's avatar
                  Nowadays several bootlegs exist and there's one official single vinyl repress from 1998 that almost looks the 1st pressing.

                  If you want to be sure if your copy is the original 1st issue check the following characteristics:
                  1. 1st pressings will always have the "DMS cg ☮" signature etched in the runout grooves as well as the "HuB" etching.
                  2. The label of the single vinyl reprint has the same wild pitch logo on white background, but there's a slight difference: 1st pessings have the Main Source logo straight above the center hole, not sideways.
                  3. I have heard that '98 reissues have a different label adress. Make sure copy will have this Wild Pitch adress on label & sleeve: 231 West 29 Street, NY, NY 1001.
                  4. A further hint is the front sleeve. Some reprints (not all!) have a blown up photo on the same sized cover. So if the ear of Large Professor is cut off you owe a repress.
                  • BS.Dos.'s avatar
                    Edited 19 years ago
                    There are 1001 reasons why everyone should own at least one HipHop LP - this is one of them. Breaking Atoms remains largely undiscovered by many due to the LP being released on the now defunct Wild Pitch label resulting in it being out of print for a long time. The album was pioneering primarily for its excellent production, which made sublime use of the SP1200 - a dedicated sampling drum machines but also from the tight rap skills shown by the Large Professor. In addition, the LP also helped to establish the careers of both Akinyele and Nas. I won't offer a breakdown of the LP track-by-track suffice to say that they're all quality and contain no fillers. Do yourself a favour and check it out.


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