Collision Course

Collision Course

by Linkin Park, Jay-Z

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Overview

Mash-ups -- two songs stuck together that were never meant to be stuck together -- have their roots in the bedrooms and basements of computer-savvy music geeks who spend countless hours sticking Christina Aguilera's vocals over the Strokes' chugging backbeat or Missy Elliott's raps over George Michael, Joy Division, the Cure, and about a thousand others. MP3s were the medium of choice, white-label 12"s a distant second. It seemed like it was time to put a fork in the pranky genre when collections like The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever and Soulwax's As Heard on Radio Soulwax series exposed the mash-up to a wider audience, but then Danger Mouse came along. His headline-making Grey Album -- Jay-Z's Black Album vs. the Beatles' White Album -- inspired a ton of spirited imitations, and most likely the MTV-spawned, artists-involved Collision Course. The fact that the artists are involved with the project totally goes against the mash-up philosophy, but luckily Linkin Park -- who are revealed through the DVD as the main architects of the EP -- have that pop-loving prankster spirit and don't let their high-profile, well-funded life ruin it. The liner notes talk of a "once-in-a-lifetime performance" and "music history," but Collision Course is just plain old fun and all the better because of it. Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" sits nicely on top of Linkin Park's "Lying from You" on the CD's studio version, but it's the fist-pumping live version on the DVD that really justifies Collision Course's existence. The Z-man -- who's "retired" from the rap game while being busier than ever -- has had his excellent "99 Problems" rocked up before, so the version here with Linkin Park's "Points of Authority" and "One Step Closer" isn't so much the revelation the liner-note hyperbole makes it out to be, but it's got an awesome beat and you can still dance to it. If the CD were released on its own, the collection wouldn't be as exciting. Linkin Park's genuine excitement about the project on the "behind the scenes" segment of the DVD is infectious, and watching the furious and fast teaming of "Jigga What/Faint" teeter on the edge of falling apart is gripping. Check the DVD first, and then throw the CD in the car for when you feel half-mack, half-punk. It's doubtful mash-ups will survive corporate handling this well again, and to paraphrase a post-show Linkin Parker, Collision Course is awesomely fun. [Collision Course

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0093624896623
catalogNumber: 248966

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. In the Studio
  3. Jay-Z Arrives
  4. Rehearsal
  5. Sound Check
  6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You
  7. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  8. Jigga What/Faint
  9. Numb/Encore
  10. Izzo/In the End
  11. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer
  12. End Credits
  13. It's Goin' Down
  14. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You
  15. Jigga What/Faint
  16. Numb/Encore
  17. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Disc 2

  1. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You
  2. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  3. Jigga What/Faint
  4. Numb/Encore
  5. Izzo/In the End
  6. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linkin Park   Primary Artist
Jay-Z   Primary Artist,Rap
Big Jaz   Vocals
Kanye West   Vocals
Joseph Hahn   Sampling,Group Member
Mike Shinoda   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Phoenix   Bass Guitar
Amil   Vocals
Chester Bennington   Vocals,Group Member
Brad Delson   Guitar,Group Member
Rob Bourdon   Drums,Group Member
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell   Bass,Group Member
Leon Harris   Vocals
Don Crawley   Vocals
John Legend   Vocals
Robert Bourdon   Drums

Technical Credits

J.T. Burks   Composer
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Don Gilmore   Producer,Engineer
R. Rubin   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Steve Sisco   Engineer
John Ewing   Engineer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Lawrence Azerrad   Art Direction
Chauncey Mahan   Engineer
T. Marrow   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Kanye West   Producer
Joseph Hahn   Records
Mike Shinoda   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction,beats,Audio Production
Lenny Santiago   Additional Footage
Kamel Abdo   Engineer
Linkin Park   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Kiczula   Engineer
Rob McDermott   Executive Producer
Brad Delson   Arranger
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
David Choe   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Eric Weissman   Sample Clearance
Flem   Art Direction,Cover Design,Cover Art
Janet Haase   Executive Producer
Joby Barnhart   Executive Producer
Matt Caltabiano   Producer
Michele Megan Dix   Concept
Dave Hussey   Colorist
Jesse Ignjatovic   Concept
Jason Later   Programming
John Meneilly   Executive Producer
Kimo Proudfoot   Director
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer

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