Archive for October, 2013

Get on Down Record Store Day Releases!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

We are very excited to announce two special releases we have for this upcoming Record Store Day on Friday, November 29th (“Black Friday”).

Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession is available everywhere December 3rd, for Record Store Day you get an early chance to buy the book with special packaging and musical components.

 Adding an extra level of collectability to Joe Mansfield’s upcoming book which explores 75 classic drum machines – all from the author’s personal collection – the Record Store Day Edition, limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, will include:

- A premium 1 3/4 inch thick textured “leatherette” outer slip case to hold the book (to be released worldwide on December 3rd), with different cover graphics than Beat Box.[A schematic image of a Roland TR-808 drum machine]. The slip case also house an extra 7-inch and cassette, which are described below.

- A 7-inch – only available with this package, not sold separately – with unique cover artwork (outer cover and inner sleeve).

Side A : Joe Mansfield’s re-creation of the Beastie Boys’ 1986 classic “Paul Revere” instrumental.

Side B : the REVERSE version of Joe Mansfield’s instrumental, which plays from the inside of the record out (from what is usually the end of the record to the start). As fans will recall, the music used on the “Paul Revere” original was a backwards-masked Roland TR-808 drum program…So, the reverse version plays the “correct”/forward way.

- An exclusive cassette with 18 beats recreated by Joe Mansfield of various Pop, Rock, Hip Hop and Dance classics that span over 11 different drum machines (all featured in the book). Machines used include the Linn LM-1 Drum Computer, Oberheim DMX, Roland TR-808, Vox Percussion King and many more. Just like the 7-inch record, this cassette will only be available with the Record Store Day Edition and will not be sold separately.

Joe Mansfield’s 200-plus page Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession coffee-table book features 75 drum machines from the author’s personal collection, with more than 200 photos and images. Photography by Gary Land, with a foreword by Dave Tompkins. The book will be released worldwide on December 3, so this is a chance for consumers to purchase the book before it will be available anywhere else, plus get amazing extras that the regular version will not have.

Also for this coming Record Store Day we have our special 2-LP edition of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s 1976 monster release Super Ape.

The 2-LP vinyl-only set includes all of the original music, plus:

- Three extra songs: “Rastaman Shuffle” (single edit), “Magic Touch” and “Cornfish”(single edit)

- Side Four of the sets has no audio, but is etched with a unique Super Ape graphic

- 23″ x 23″ poster of album cover

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Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We are proud to announce the release of our book Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession. The book officially drops on December 3rd but for an early chance at getting your copy please click here.

As a bonus on November 29th “Black Friday” we have our limited Record Store Day Version of Beat Box, that includes the regular book, but in special deluxe packaging with musical components. This version is available at participating Record Store Day retailers, for more info on what stores in your area will be carrying Record Store Day product please visit www.RecordStoreDay.com.

Here is a look at what is in store for the Record Store Day version :

Premium 1 3/4 inch thick textured “leatherette” outer slip case to hold the book with different cover graphics than Beat Box – A schematic image of a Roland TR-808. The slip case also house an extra 7-inch and cassette.

7-inch – only available with this package, not sold separately – with unique cover artwork (outer cover and inner sleeve).

Side A : Joe Mansfield’s re-creation of the Beastie Boys’ 1986 classic “Paul Revere” instrumental.
Side B : the REVERSE version of Joe Mansfield’s instrumental, which plays from the inside of the record out (from what is usually the end of the record to the start). As fans will recall, the music used on the “Paul Revere” original was a backwards-masked Roland TR-808 drum program…So, the reverse version plays the “correct”/forward way.

An exclusive cassette with 18 beats recreated by Joe Mansfield of various Pop, Rock, Hip Hop and Dance classics that span over 11 different drum machines (all featured in the book). Machines used include the Linn LM-1 Drum Computer, Oberheim DMX, Roland TR-808, Vox Percussion King and many more. Just like the 7-inch record, this cassette will only be available with the Record Store Day Edition and will not be sold separately.

 

 

Joe Mansfield’s 200-page Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession coffee-table book features 75 drum machines from the author’s personal collection, with 214 photos by Award Winning photographer Gary Land and Foreword by Dave Tompkins.

It all started with one machine. The location was Boston, Mass. The year was 1985. The “beat box” in question was the TR-808. Almost three decades later, Mansfield’s obsession with drum machines has finally spilled out of his home and climate-controlled storage space into the world at large. With Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession (Get On Down Publishing), the Boston-based hip-hop producer and music industry veteran – who helped bring the world Edo G’s “I Got To Have It” and “Be A Father To Your Child” in the early ’90s, and went on to found Traffic Entertainment Group and co-found Get On Down – shares his deep love and respect for “Beat Boxes” on every page.

The Book itself features gorgeous photos of 75 drum machines by Gary Land, background and facts about each machine gathered by Mansfield; archival advertisements; and interviews with master drum machine programmers and innovators including Davy DMX, Schoolly-D, Marshall Jefferson and Roger Linn. The range of drum machines covered spans several decades, from the 1950s to the late 1980s.

Mansfield’s collecting has never been about machines-as-trophies, hoarding or fetishism: he can play and/or program each machine he details in the book. His electronic children aren’t kept in plastic, never to be touched or used. That’s what gives the book its heart – Mansfield’s emotional attachment to these objects that many people still see as robotic replacements for human percussion. But, as any good drum machine manipulator knows, even machines can have soul. And lest readers forget, Mansfield reminds us that drum machines have been used in the rock and pop world since the 1970s: Sly & The Family Stone, Kraftwerk, the Yellow Magic Orchestra and Blondie all benefited from beat boxes on their hits, as did artists ranging from New Order and Madonna to Prince and Bruce Hornsby in the ’80s.

All of these aspects encompassing the wide-ranging and complex history of drum machines are documented and discussed in words and images in Beat Box, helmed and overseen by Joe Mansfield’s expertise. It is part encyclopedia, part coffee-table photo book, and will enthrall music, technology and photography fans around the world.

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