Thursday, January 06, 2005
20th Century Steel Band and the sample that will never die
Any excuse to use this pic of Doug E.
20th Century Steel Band - Heaven and hell is on earth
Just one track today I'm afraid but it's an absolute bonafide gem. I've only ever heart one song by the 20th Century Steel but it's enough to warrant edition here. Even more shocking is that I can't really tell you anything about the band themselves - maybe you will have more luck googling for details than me.
The reason why i'm posting this song is that it's been used in many many many hip hop tunes but, bizarrely, most of them sample the very opening of the song before the tune kicks in. It's most famous is probably still Doug E Fresh's Back In The Days though for a full run down check here.
The irony is that the song itself is a wicked little steel drums number with high pitched singing and a superb riff. If i ever start making music myself it'll be the first place i go to steal drums from.
If you want to pick up a copy of this song it's available off numerous beats/breaks compilations.