Label: Get On Down
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession features 75 drum machines, with more than 200 photos and archival images
Whether we are aware of it or not, the sound of drum machines has been woven into the fabric of popular music since the 1970s. Sly & The Family Stone, Blondie and Kraftwerk all benefitted from “Beat Boxes” on well-known hits, as did pop artists in the 1980s ranging from Madonna, Depeche Mode and Queen to Prince, Michael Jackson and Phil Collins. The relationship that these oft-misunderstood mystery machines have with hip-hop and electronic music runs even deeper, from Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys to New Order, Masters at Work, Moby and Kanye West. Three decades after he purchased his first Beat Box, producer and music industry veteran Joe Mansfield’s obsession with drum machines has finally spilled out of his recording studio and into the world at large. In Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession, Mansfield shares his deep love and respect for them on every page., This unique, one-of-a-kind book features gorgeous photos by Gary Land; captivating background and facts about each machine; archival advertisements; and interviews with master drum machine programmers and innovators including Davy DMX, Schoolly-D, Marshall Jefferson and Roger Linn. The range of drum machines covered spans three decades, from the late 1950s to the late 1980s.
Special Black Friday package includes:
- 208 page hardcover book
- Download Card to the sounds of drum machines featured in the book.
- Cassette Tape with Beats from Various drum machines featured in the book
- 7" Vinyl Record with the Roland TR-808 Beat to the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" on the A Side and a "Reverse Loop" Version on the B-Side.
- The entire set is housed in a Limited Edition Leather Slip Case.