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Future Shock (Herbie Hancock album)

Future Shock
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released August, 1983 [1]
Recorded 1983
OAO Studios, Brooklyn, New York
RPM Studios, New York City
Garage Sale Recording, Los Angeles
Genre Electro-funk, instrumental hip hop
Length 37:58 (original LP)
44:16 (remastered edition with bonus track)
Label Columbia
CK 38814
Producer Material
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Future Shock
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
PopMatters 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4] 3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[6]

Future Shock is pianist Herbie Hancock's thirty-fifth album and a million-selling Platinum-certified disc. It was Herbie's first release from his Electro-funk era.

About the album

Much of the album was initially composed by the team of avant-garde bassist/record producer Bill Laswell and keyboardist/producer Michael Beinhorn, and played on tour by their group Material in 1982, as a precursor to recording the follow-up album to Material's One Down album (which was famous for debuting Whitney Houston as a lead singer on a cover of the Soft Machine song "Memories"). Hancock was approached to collaborate on this recording that would go towards a postmodern direction, instead of his usual jazz-fusion. The result was a hip-hop influenced album, released under Hancock's name, which combined Hancock's keyboard mastery with Laswell's innovative arrangements and Grand Mixer DXT's turntablism.

According to 1999 re-issue's liner notes, when Laswell went to buy speakers at a music equipment store he would insist on testing them by playing the demos of "Rockit" and "Earth Beat". While those songs were played through the speakers, passing by customers apparently liked what they heard and danced to the music. Soon after Laswell let Hancock know about the incident, eventually telling him: "We got something good here."

Future Shock its the title name from Hancock's remake of the Curtis Mayfield song from ten years earlier, also featured here.

"Rockit", the album's big hit, was accompanied by one of the most successful music videos ever. The video, directed by Godley and Creme of 10cc fame, featured dancing robots made by Jim Whiting, moving around to the beat of the music and the turntable scratching. Hancock won several MTV Music Video awards in 1984, as well as the Grammy award for best R&B performance.

Track listing

All songs written by Herbie Hancock, Michael James Beinhorn and Bill O. Laswell (except where noted).

  1. "Rockit" - 5:28
  2. "Future Shock" (featuring Dwight Jackson, Jr.) (Curtis Mayfield) - 8:05
  3. "TFS" - 5:47
  4. "Earth Beat" - 5:13
  5. "Autodrive" - 6:27
  6. "Rough" (featuring Lamar Wright) - 6:58
Remastered CD Bonus Tracks
7. "Rockit (Mega Mix)" - 6:18

Production credits




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