The Last Poets (album)

The Last Poets is the debut studio album by spoken word recording artists The Last Poets. It was released in 1970 through Douglas Records. Recording sessions took place at Impact Sound Studio with production by East Wind Associates, managers of The Last Poets at the time of recording. The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and at #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States.

The Last Poets
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1970 (1970-06)
StudioImpact Sound Studio
ProducerEast Wind Associates
The Last Poets chronology
The Last Poets
This Is Madness
Singles from The Last Poets
  1. "On the Subway"
    Released: 1970

It spawned a single, "On the Subway", which was sampled by Digable Planets for their 1992 song "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)".[1] The songs from The Last Poets were used by various hip hop musicians, including N.W.A, Notorious B.I.G. and Brand Nubian.[1] The track "Wake Up, Niggers" is featured on the soundtrack album to the film Performance, also released in 1970.

Critical reception Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [3]
Uncut     [4]

Robert Christgau wrote of the group and the album in his 1970 column for The Village Voice:

"A few weeks ago I saw an incredible performance at the Apollo by a group comprising two shouting poets and an Afro-percussionist, the first time I'd ever really dug on the 'jazz poetry' idea. The recorded version, on Douglas, is a hot seller (over 350,000) and highly recommended; acerbic and exciting and as politically uncompromising as anything ever recorded. Name of group and record: The Last Poets. Frightening and beautiful."[5]

Track listing Edit

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Run, Nigger"Abiodun Oyewole1:14
2."On the Subway"Alafía Pudím1:33
3."Niggers Are Scared of Revolution"Omar Ben Hassen5:16
4."Black Thighs"Omar Ben Hassen1:31
5."Gashman"Abiodun Oyewole2:45
6."Wake Up, Niggers"Alafía Pudím2:49
7."New York, New York"Abiodun Oyewole3:36
8."Jones Comin' Down"Alafía Pudím2:51
9."Just Because"Abiodun Oyewole2:31
10."Black Wish"Omar Ben Hassen1:34
11."When the Revolution Comes"Omar Ben Hassen1:47
12."Two Little Boys"Abiodun Oyewole1:51
13."Surprises"Alafía Pudím2:09
Total length:30:36

Personnel Edit

Charts Edit

Chart (1970) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 29
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 3

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "The Last Poets". WhoSampled.
  2. ^ Duffy, John. "The Last Poets – The Last Poets". AllMusic. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "The Last Poets". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 760. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  4. ^ Anon. (March 2003). "Review". Uncut. p. 118.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 18, 1970). "Consumer Guide (11)". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Last Poets Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "The Last Poets Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.

External links Edit

The Last Poets – The Last Poets at Discogs (list of releases)