Blowout Comb

Blowout Comb

by Digable PlanetsDigable Planets


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Media darlings after the commercial success of their debut, Digable Planets attempted to prove their artistic merit with this second album, and succeeded wildly. A worthy, underrated successor, Blowout Comb was just as catchy and memorable as their first, and also offered the perfect response to critics and hip-hop fans who complained they weren't "real" enough. Except for a dark, indecipherable single named "Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)," Blowout Comb excelled at pushing great grooves over sunny-day party jams, even when the crew was providing deft social commentary -- as on "Black Ego" and "Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)." The trio used their greater clout to invite instrumentalists instead of relying completely on samples, and the music took on more aspects of the live jam than before. Though Blowout Comb still borrowed a host of riffs from great jazz anthems (from Bob James to Bobbi Humphrey), Digable Planets used them well, as beds for their back-and-forth freestyling and solos from guests. The Digables remade Roy Ayers' "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" into "Borough Check," and invited Guru from Gang Starr to salute Brooklyn's block-parties and barbershops. (The focus on the neighborhood even carried over to the liner notes, laid out like a community newspaper.) The closer, a brassy, seven-minute "For Corners," also captured that fleeting feeling of neighborhood peace. Though Blowout Comb lacked the commercial punch of Reachin', Digable Planets made great strides in the two areas they'd previously been criticized: beats and rhymes. The beats were incredible, some of the best ever heard on a rap record, a hip-hop version of the classic, off-kilter, New Orleans second-line funk. The productions, all crafted by the group themselves, were laid-back and clearly superior to much hip-hop of the time. The raps, though certainly not hardcore, were just as intelligent as on the debut, and flowed much better. While Reachin' came to sound like a moment in time for the jazz-rap crowd, Blowout Comb has remained a timeless classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/1994
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383065424
catalogNumber: 30654

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Digable Planets   Primary Artist
Brooklyn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Guru   Vocals
Jeru the Damaja   Vocals
Dwayne Burno   Bass
Carl Carter   Bass
Huey Cox   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Darlington   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Fretless Bass Guitar
Dave the Prince   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Goldsher   Bass
Donald Harrison   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Lavish   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mood Dude   Vocals,Background Vocals
Afu the True   Vocals,Background Vocals
Beneficent   Vocals,Background Vocals
Davey Chalice   Bass,Vocals
Crescents   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lee Love   Vocals,Background Vocals
Malik   Vocals,Background Vocals
Myrtle Ave Nigs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Beth Russo   Cello
Seven Karat   Vocals,Background Vocals
Trim Ken Slim   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stilletto   Vocals,Background Vocals
Yvette Sugar   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Brazel   Trumpet
Chegua   Vocals,Rap
Decky   Vocals
Dust Daughters   Vocals
Eye Cee   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jahsun   Vocals
David Lee Jones   Alto Saxophone
Bill Lounge   Vibes
P.O.W.E.R.   Vocals
Shi Reltub   Vibes
Sulaiman   scratching,Background Vocals
Trim   Vocals
J. Truth   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sara Webb   Vocals
Tim "T-Bone" Williams   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob James   Composer
Shuggie Otis   Composer
Digable Planets   Arranger,Producer
Dave Darlington   Producer,Engineer
Gerard McMahon   Composer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Brother Junior Plus   Liner Notes
Dennis Wheeler   Executive Producer
Henry Marquez   Art Direction
Ishmael Butler   Composer
Mary Ann Vieira   Composer
Craig Irving   Composer

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