The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel

"The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" is a single released by Grandmaster Flash in 1981. It is a live DJ mix recording of Flash scratching and mixing records from various groups using three turntables. This single was highly influential on many DJs, including rapper Dr. Dre, and an early example of what would eventually be termed turntablism.

"The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel"
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Side A of the US 12-inch single
Single by Grandmaster Flash
Released1981
GenreHip hop
Length7:12
LabelSugar Hill Records
Songwriter(s)Clifton "Jiggs" Chase, Melvin Glover, George Jackson, Sylvia Robinson
Producer(s)Sylvia Robinson and Joey Robinson Jr.

SamplesEdit

Along with spoken word vocals from a 1966 album titled The Official Adventures of Flash Gordon, some of the primary records utilized to create the mix included:

Track listingEdit

VinylEdit

  1. "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" - A-side
  2. "The Birthday Party" (Instrumental) - B-side

CDEdit

  1. "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" .
  2. "The Message"
  3. "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)"

ReceptionEdit

The song was ranked at #2 among the top ten "Tracks of the Year" for 1981 by NME.[1]

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 55

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit