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While everyone else is busy curating….

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

During this time of testing out our new layout we wanted to thank everyone who over the years stuck with us through what we even admit may not have been the easiest site to navigate. It still as of now isn’t that operational but just giving a heads up as to what is going on. There will still be some cosmetic changes happening over the next few weeks along with items getting swapped out and all that. Our goal with the new site is to keep it simple and make it easy for the shopper to buy and be out, the idea of any commerce site (duh). This is something we wanted to have happen sooner but with such a small team we end up focusing more on making good product that sometimes certain things suffer. In addition we will have a better Pre-Order process and stock update info. Why now? With Boston currently being held hostage by constant snow storms and being stuck inside we forced ourselves to just pull the plug on the old site and just jump right into the new one unfortunately at the expense of our sanity (our apologies Jay). By doing this we wanted to just get it going and work out any issues in real time, plus with a bunch of amazing releases coming this spring what better moment than now. The purpose of this post honestly was just as a place holder for the blog (that whole in real time thing) but also a way of breaking down the wall a bit to our set up. In between doing new product shots over the weekend Jose (@J_freer) walked around the office and took some photos of the chaos.

-DJ 7L


Cyber Monday Exclusives!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

For this Cyber Monday we have our People Records 7” Boxset and limited copies of Run-DMC’s “Chritmas In Hollis” 7”w/Audio Postcard available on our site.

Continuing with our People Records deluxe reissues series – which launched on Record Store Day in April 2014 with the release of the JBs’ classic 1972 album Food For Thought – this unique box is a celebration of James Brown’s People label and some of the imprint’s most famous singles (two which were released in 1974, 40 years ago). Featured 45s include James Brown’s “Escape-ism” (1971); Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” (1972); Fred Wesley & The JBs’ “Same Beat” (1973); The Devils’ “X-Sorcist” (1974); and Maceo & The Macks’ “Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)” (1974).For more info and to purchasde click here!

We also have limited copies of Run-DMC’s classic holiday anthem “Christmas In Hollis”. This features the Keith Haring picture sleeve and an additional “Audible Postcard” is back in print for the first time in more than 15 years

Once you hear those warm-but-mildly-distorted intro horns (sampled from Clarence Carter’s 1968 hit “Back Door Santa”), you are instantly filled with the holiday spirit, thanks to the most important hip-hop group of the 1980s. By late 1987 this incredible Run-DMC production (co-produced by Rick Rubin and Steve Ett) had taken full hold of the music world. That holiday season, the song was featured on the A & M Records charity compilation A Very Special Christmas and was also granted its own A-side release outside of the U.S., complete with a cover illustrated by the late Keith Haring. As a bonus the B-Side features classic Run-DMC anthem “Peter Piper”! For more info and to purchase click here.

We also want to thank everyone for making this past Record Store Day a success! As always be sure to check back to the site for updates and new releases.

Get On Down Black Friday Record Store Day Releases!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This upcoming Record Store Day is turning into one of our favorites as we were able to cast a wide net showcasing some very special records that not only influenced and changed music, but also simply mean a lot to us personally. For a list of participating U.S. stores where these exclusive items can first be purchased in-person-only on November 28, visit


Get On Down’s five offerings for this year’s “Black Friday” include:


Various Artists For The People Part 1

Five 7-inch singles with deluxe embossed carrying case. Limited edition of 1,500 hand-numbered boxes.


Continuing with our People Records deluxe reissues series – which launched on Record Store Day in April 2014 with the release of the JBs’ classic 1972 album Food For Thought – this unique box is a celebration of James Brown’s People label and some of the imprint’s most famous singles (two which were released in 1974, 40 years ago). Featured 45s include James Brown’s “Escape-ism” (1971); Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” (1972); Fred Wesley & The JBs’ “Same Beat” (1973); The Devils’ “X-Sorcist” (1974); and Maceo & The Macks’ “Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)” (1974).


Each 45 has been lovingly re-created with visuals taken from the original artwork. And beyond the five singles themselves, this set includes a deluxe, cloth-covered 45s carrying case with a People Records logo on the exterior and purple People embossing throughout the interior. This is a soul, funk and hip-hop DJ’s dream!



Run-DMC “Christmas In Hollis / Peter Piper” picture sleeve 7-inch with “Audible Postcard”

Re-issue of group’s classic holiday anthem with Keith Haring picture sleeve and an additional “Audible Postcard,” back in print for the first time in more than 15 years.


Once you hear those warm-but-mildly-distorted intro horns (sampled from Clarence Carter’s 1968 hit “Back Door Santa”), you are instantly filled with the holiday spirit, thanks to the most important hip-hop group of the 1980s. By late 1987 this incredible Run-DMC production (co-produced by Rick Rubin and Steve Ett) had taken full hold of the music world. That holiday season, the song was featured on the A & M Records charity compilation A Very Special Christmas and was also granted its own A-side release outside of the U.S., complete with a cover illustrated by the late Keith Haring.



Whether you are a die-hard hip-hop fan or a casual music listener, the song – a tribute to the group’s hometown of Hollis, Queens – remains a classic December jam to this day, that also gets heads bopping in March or August. This version of the 7-inch also includes a little song called “Peter Piper” on the B-side that you may have heard before, plus the full lyrics to “Christmas In Hollis” printed on the back cover. And to make this package impossible to pass up, we are also including a playable “Audible Postcard” of “Christmas In Hollis” in addition to the vinyl – keep it as a collector’s item or send to a friend to become the illest rap gift-giver of the year.


Various Artists Christmas Rap LP (Green or Red Vinyl)

Re-issue of 1987 Profile Records holiday compilation on colored vinyl, with songs by Run-DMC, Dana Dane, Sweet Tee, The Showboys, The Surf M.C.s, Spyder-D, and more



Leading off with the aforementioned Run-DMC smash, “Christmas In Hollis,” this comp featured some of the hottest rap artists of the day, celebrating the holidays, hip-hop style. Highlights include Dana Dane’s “Dana Dane Is Coming To Town,” Sweet Tee’s “Let The Jingle Bells Rock” and even the Surf M.C.s’ “A Surf M.C. New Year,” adding a California surfer (and, ahem, Beastie Boys rip-off) twist to the proceedings. Not to be overlooked is the classic front and back cover artwork, featuring a gift-wrapped B-Boy. It remains an essential, evergreen (pun intended) holiday album to this day. This special Get On Down edition features two versions: 750 LPs on Red Vinyl and 750 on Green Vinyl.


Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” 12-inch re-issue on glow-in-the-dark vinyl

B-Boy anthem from 1982 lights up any dancefloor… literally! First time ever on glow-in-the-dark vinyl.


Fresh off Bambaataa’s historic donation of his vinyl collection to the Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection and the Fall 2014 “Renegades of Rhythm” tour by DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist celebrating his unparalleled contribution to hip-hop, Get On Down celebrates the song for which the Godfather of Hip-Hop is best known: 1982’s “Planet Rock,” a Kraftwerk-meets-Bronx-B-Boy anthem. Renowned the world over as a never-fail floor-filler, this new 12-inch pressing of the single is printed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl for the first time ever. Although Bambaataa may have gotten top-billing on the release, it was a team effort, with crucial contributions by a team including DJ Jazzy Jay, Afrika Islam, Arthur Baker, John Robie, a Roland TR-808 drum machine (aka Planet Patrol) and of course MCs Mr. Biggs, G.L.O.B.E. and Pow Wow. This edition is housed in a clear, thick plastic sleeve with a sticker on the front.



Rammellzee vs. K-Rob “Beat Bop” 12-inch on split black-and-white vinyl [Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork re-issue]

Re-issue of ultra-rare 1983 hip-hop masterpiece, co-produced and with artwork by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat


The original issue of the 1983 song “Beat Bop” by lyricists Rammellzee and K-Rob has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s one-off Tartown Records label, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and producer). They remain one of hip-hop’s “Holy Grail” items, selling north of $1,500 if you can even find one. The audio, which clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat (produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism. The picture-sleeve version of the release has never been officially re-issued, and this edition, curated by hip-hop historian Noah Uman, goes the extra mile. It features officially-licensed original artwork from the Basquiat estate and a four-panel folded insert with deep background on the original single’s creation, compiled by Andrew “Noz” Nosnitsky – including interviews with many of the artists involved with its production: Rammellzee, K-Rob, Glenn O’Brien, percussionist Al Diaz, Profile’s Cory Robbins and more. Rammellzee left this Earth in 2010 and Basquiat passed away in 1988 – with this deluxe reissue, their important contributions to the formative years of hip-hop on wax are remembered and celebrated. A must-own for any hip-hop purist.

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GZA Liquid Swords Instrumentals and Gallery-Quality Artwork Pieces!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

For a limited time Get On Down is excited to offer the following Liquid Swords instrumentals and gallery-quality artwork pieces as a perfect book-end to our GZA capsule. Each of the following four offerings has just been made available and will be presented in limited quantities.

Starting things off, we have limited edition Liquid Swords “Battle Scene” Wood Block prints. This 18” x 18” wood block is based on the album’s “Battle Scene” visuals which were included in Liquid Swords’ original album packaging. These wood blocks are screen printed by AntiDesigns, with a deluxe resin finish by Josh Falk. This resin finish adds a nice texture to the wood block, giving it a glass-like look. As shown in the video (see link below), the process to make these is quite involved. First, with Jay (AntiDesigns) making the screen and hand printing each block while Josh pours the clear, colorless liquid resin over the wood, adding flame to cast it permanently. These are hand-numbered and limited to 100.

Next up we have GZA Liquid Swords Instrumentals in never-seen-before packaging and presentation. These instrumentals, peppered with frequent interludes of dialogue from the classic samurai flick “Shogun Assassin,” became the core of the GZA’s 1995 sophomore LP. The full Liquid Swords instrumentals are available for the first time on white and black vinyl as nod to the chessboard art synonymous with the album cover. All tracks have been restored, with re-mastered audio from the original source tapes. Available on 2-LP, with custom silk-screened jackets by AntiDesigns, we are excited to bring to you these GZA Liquid Swords Instrumentals. Limited to 1,000.

In addition to the wood block prints, we have the Liquid Swords “Battle Scene” artwork, screen printed on high-end, acid-free rag paper, with a deckled edge. As with the wood blocks, these prints are individually created by AntiDesigns, in 18″ x 18″ size. This print will look perfect framed or on its own.

Finally, we are offering a limited Liquid Swords Instrumentals and “Battle Scene” Print Bundle. This bundle includes the 2-LP white and black instrumental vinyl housed in an original screen printed jacket; and the 18” x 18” print of the album’s “Battle Scene” (as described above). To have the complete instrumentals and this amazing art print is essential for any GZA and Wu-Tang fan and collector.

These items will only be available for a limited time only so be sure to grab one while you can! Also due to the custom nature of each item we will begin shipping on May 5th.

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Record Store Day 2014!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014


For this upcoming Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19th) we have a wide range of musical inspirations, from hardcore punk, classic funk and vinyl junk(ies): The JBs; TAANG! RecordsEric B. & Rakim; DJ Andy Smith; and Eilon Paz’s Dust & Grooves coffee-table book.

For a list of participating stores where these exclusive items can be purchased in person only visit –

Various TAANG! Records: The First 10 Singles

Ten 45s + 24-song CD, with 24-page book. This deluxe set features early work from Gang Green, Slapshot, The Lemonheads, Moving Targets and more [TAANG! Records / Get On Down]

To celebrate the pioneering label’s 30th Anniversary, this special edition 7-inch / CD box includes TAANG! Records’ first 10 singles, originally released between 1984 & 1988 on the legendary Boston-based punk label. Housed in a deluxe outer box, each 7-inch is featured in a full re-creation of its original jacket. All musical selections are also found on a 24-song CD included in the set. And as the icing on the cake, the set boasts a 24-page book with rare photos and liner notes by label founder Curtis Casella. The set is hand-numbered and limited to 2,000 worldwide.

From snot-nosed Gang Green anthems like “Alcohol” and “Terrorize” to the Lemonheads’ melodic, proto-alternative “Glad I Don’t Know” and Slapshot’s instant mosh-pit creator “Same Mistake,” these 10 groundbreaking singles are what made TAANG! an undeniable force to be reckoned with.

TAANG! Records [an acronym standing for “Teen Agers Are No Good!”] was formed in 1984, as an outgrowth of and support system for the explosive Boston punk and hardcore scene that produced SS Decontrol [SSD], DYS, Jerry’s Kids, the F.U.s and so many more. Like its counterpart in Los Angeles, SST Records, each new TAANG! platter unleashed a sonic fury and inventiveness that made the ‘80s one of the most unique musical decades of the 20th Century.

As Casella says in the set’s liner notes, “There was no real record label [for punk music] in Boston at the time. At least none that I felt were representing Boston properly. That’s where I stepped in.”

The JBs Food For Thought (Get On Down Edition)

150-gram vinyl, with poster and exclusive bonus purple vinyl 45 (“The Grunt, Parts 1 & 2”) [People Records / Get On Down]

This 1972 reissue of perhaps the jewel in the crown of James Brown’s People Records label is pressed on 150-gram vinyl, features a ‘70s style Stoughton jacket, and is housed in an 8-gauge custom bag with an embossed People Records logo. Also included in this deluxe offering: a 22” x 22” poster of the original cover art; and a bonus 45 of “The Grunt, Parts 1 & 2,” pressed on purple vinyl.

This will be the first of several People Records releases coming from Get On Down in the next year or two, so stay tuned for more!

Eric B. & Rakim “Paid In Full” [UK 7-Inch reissue, with Coldcut remix]

7-Inch with full-color reproduction of rare original, UK-only “100 dollar bill” cover art [Get On Down / 4th & Bway]

This reissue of the UK version of Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full 7-inch features the “Mini Madness” Coldcut remix in its entirety. This edition of the 45 was only released in the UK, where the Coldcut remix hit #15 on the charts. The song kick-started the international career of Israeli singer Ofra Haza and was the first time British voice actor Geoffrey Sumner’s line, “This is a journey into sound,” was sampled. The 7-inch is housed in a full color reproduction of the original “100 dollar bill” cover art.


DJ Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist U.S.A.

Seven 45s with collectible case and 8-page book [Cultures of Soul via Traffic Entertainment]

Cultures of Soul’s Deano Sounds and DJ Andy Smith have teamed up to put out a great compilation of ‘50s and ‘60s sounds, including R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Sleazy Shakers, just like you would find at Andy’s popular Jam Up Twist club night in the UK.

DJ Andy Smith is a well-known British DJ who spent many years DJing alongside Keb Darge at Madame JoJo’s, and also sourced samples for Portishead and the Prodigy. Deano Sounds is the head of Cultures of Soul Records as well as a Boston-based DJ and lover of rare soul and R&B.

Together here they have selected classic and exclusive tracks from their collections including the rare northern soul track “Ever Again” by Gene Woodbury, classic Rockabilly from Eddie Cash and Sonny West, a handful rare of R&B tracks – some of which are re-issued here for the first time, including Ernie Washington and Willie Jones, and many other greats.

The 45 box set version comes in a heavy collectible case with 7 x 45s; an official 21” x 7” Jam Up Twist club night flyer; and an 8-page glossy book.

Photographer Eilon Paz’s DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING coffee-table book

“The Official Book of Record Store Day 2014”[Dust & Grooves Publications]

Eilon Paz’s stunning 416-page book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments — their record rooms. Photographic essays by Paz, the founder of the popular Dust & Grooves blog (, are paired with interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging.

The book features a foreword by the RZA; an intro by Jeff “Chairman” Mao; and interviews with Gilles PetersonFour-TetThe Gaslamp Killer and many more.

The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos, framed by captions and select quotes. The second consists of 12 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. The book is printed on thick, 170 GSM matte art paper and was designed by the award-winning Brazilian studio 45JJ.

The subjects of Paz’s book span the globe, from New York City and Los Angeles, to Japan, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Israel, Ghana, Paris, London and numerous locations in-between.

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New Vinyl Releases Available Now!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

First off I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  2014 promises to be a busy and productive year for us, we have plenty of new box sets in store and tons of vinyl on the way. We would also like thank everyone for their support on our book – Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession -  it was a long time coming and am proud to say it’s one of our finest releases.

Now… lets get down to it – we have a grip of vinyl that just came in and we are excited to have in stock!

First up we have the modern classic Lord Willin’ by (sibling) Duo Clipse. Pusha T and Malice pull no punches on their second record (although considered their first to some) painting a vivid picture of life in Virginia over  A+ Neptunes production. Pharell and Chad Hugo were able to combine their cyberpunk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. But really, I got one word – “Grindin’”. Tell me another song in the past decade that came out of nowhere that had this much punch with little more than an off kilter drum beat and rapping? Available now on double LP, for more info and to buy – go here.

Next up we have Lord Finesse with his sophomore album Return of the Funky Man. At the time of it’s release (’92) I was already a huge D.I.T.C/Finesse fan so this album was highly anticipated and didn’t disappoint. Loaded with trademark  Finesse punch lines and head nodding beats, Return… just became one of those albums where you change your mind every other listen as to what your favorite song is. “Stop Sweating the Next Man”,”Yes You May”,”Save that Shit” the title track – all make this album a tour de force by the BX wordsmith. Available now on double LP, for more info and to buy  - go here.

Taking things to the Queens side we have the debut album from Capone N Noreaga, The War Report. Dropping in the summer of  ’97 The War Report was part of the new era that the Q Boro had been ushering in – an extension of the dunn language if you will.  With Tragedy as the groups ringleader (and unofficial 3rd member) and Capone and Noreaga with their unorthodox rap styles, they crafted The War Report to the classic status that it is today. Stand out tracks like “Illegal Life”, “Stick You”,“T.O.N.Y” and the albums lead off song “Bloody Money” all became anthems that summer, making this one of the Greatest Debut Albums in Hip Hop History according to Complex Magazine. Available now on double LP for more info and buy  – go here.

Following the launch of two critical and street acclaimed releases, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs return with the EP Deeper before their long awaited full length Piñata drops. Freddie Gibbs sounds right at home over Madlib’s never ending supply of bangers. On the B Side “Harold’s” steals the show for me and is evident why this combination just works perfectly. For more info and to buy  – go here.

Taking a turn in a different direction we have some amazing releases from everything from Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock n Roll and (dare I say it) a prototype to the Techno Sound.

First we have The Blackbyrds Walking in Rhythm : The Essential Selection 1973-1980. This 3 LP set features all of their classics spanning the 7 years where they changed the landscape of the Jazz Funk fusion. This compilation features countless hits like “Gut Level”, “Blackbyrds Theme”, “Walking in Rhythm”, “Mysterious Vibes”, “Supernatural Feeling” the B Boy anthem “Rock Creek Park” plus many many more (remember it’s 3 LP’s!). A must have for anyone looking for a definitive Blackbyrds collection on vinyl. Available now, for more info and to buy  – go here.

Next up we have the all star filled album Super Blues. With a line up consisting of blues legends Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Little Walker the results could only be amazing. Recorded at Ter Mar Studios in 1967, Super Blues serves as an ‘experiment’ of sorts putting 3 legendary musicians in a studio and seeing what happens. Tracks such as Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man”, Muddy Waters “I Just Want To Make Love To You” and Little Walter’s “My Babe” stand out making this album a great addition to the trio’s catalog. Long out of print, we are proud to add it to our catalog. For more info and to buy  – go here.


Chuck Berry is undoubtedly the father of Rock n Roll. That’s just fact. But by the 70′s his studio output would come to a slow crawl. It was during this time that Berry returned to Chess to release the overlooked San Francisco Dues in 1971. The album was pretty obscure and largely unnoticed, but remains a fascinating glimpse into Berry’s musical mind, and is now looked upon by critics as a slept on classic. Songs such as “Oh Louisiana”, “Bound to Loose” and “Viva Rock & Roll” shape this album into the forgotten gem that it is. For more info and to buy – go here.

Finally we take things to Detroit with the seminal Techno album Enter by Cybotron. Released at a time when the genre ‘Techno” wasn’t even a thing, Enter is a landmark release in the storied history of Detroit and dance music. Founded by visionary Vietnam veteran Rik Davis and teenage wiz kid Juan Atkins, Cybotron combined a fondness for electronic gear (as favored by groups like Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra) with a dark lyricism that echoed the urban blight of Detroit and advanced prophetic environmental concerns. This long-overdue reissue has been carefully curated to satisfy the most discerning fans, as well as provide an accessible entry point to one of the most influential electronic music releases ever. For more info and to buy – go here.

As an extra bonus we also have the clear 12″ pressing of Cybotron’s Dance floor smash “Clear” b/w “Techno City”. For some the music is easily recognizable as the main element to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control” and countless other dance records, but the genius lies in the original. With an infectious groove and minimal vocal drops “Clear” is easily one of most groundbreaking dance records ever recorded. And honestly, the clear pressing looks amazing, a must have for any collector. For more info - go here.

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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

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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Raekwon The Purple Tape (Slipcase Edition)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The new Raekwon Purple Tape (Slipcase Edition) includes:


- Purple cassette tape with all songs from original 1995 album, housed in a premium purple outer case

-  Meticulously recreated “J-Card” cassette inlay

-  Two stickers with images of original “Purple Tape” from 1995 (Sides 1 and 2)

 In September of 2012, the newly-minted online boutique Get On Down wowed Raekwon, Wu-Tang and classic hip-hop fans with their Only Built 4 Cuban Linx “Purple Tape Cassette Box,” which was housed in a glass-top, piano lacquer, 4-inch-tall black display case. The ultra-premium set sold out on in less than two days’ time, after overwhelming demand which crashed the site’s servers not once, but twice.

 Get On Down has come a long way in the past 11 months (said to be redefining the role and shape of the reissue in the digital ageby the New York Times; and called a premiere reissue imprint” by Forbes), including buying a great deal more server space. But it has not forgotten fans who lamented not being able to own their now-legendary “Purple Tape” deluxe cassette reissue. Act fast though, because these wont last long.


 In 1995, Wu-Tang Clan frenzy was at an all-time high. First there was the Wu-Tang Clan’s epic 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which changed the shape of ‘90s hip-hop, with ripples that still resonate today. Then the solo albums, all produced by Wu patriarch RZA: first was Method Man’s Tical (late 1994), then Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (spring 1995).

By the time Raekwon’s debut was ready, fans were knocking each other over on album release day. And so, on August 1, 1995 as the legend goes, the first 10,000 cassette buyers ran home and opened their plastic cases to discover that the tape itself was a stunning shade of lavender.

The rest, as they say, is history… and limited-edition history at that. After the initial purple versions, RCA Records switched to the usual clear plastic to house the legendary tape. The “Purple Tape” became an instant collector’s item, a Holy Grail for Wu-Tang disciples, coveted by those who could claim to be the earliest devotees of Raekwon’s lyrical genius. The album is still called “The Purple Tape” to this day, by Raekwon and other Wu-Tang members.

But, colors aside, let’s not forget about the album itself! Backed by arguably RZA’s most wide-ranging, hard-hitting and at-times lush beats on any Wu-Tang family album before or since, Raekwon and co-MC Ghost Face Killer (a/ka/ Ghostface Killah) run the lyrical gamut, introducing “Wu-Gambinos” slang, dishing out “Ice Cream” for the ladies, and melting “Glaciers of Ice” along the way to influencing just about every MC who followed in their wake.

Boasting five singles – “Heaven & Hell,” “Glaciers of Ice” (promo only), “Criminology,” “Ice Cream / Incarcerated Scarfaces” and “Rainy Dayz” – the album was revered from the get-go, earning  4.5 out of 5 Mics in the Source (retroactively upgraded to 5 Mics in 2002) alongside raves in publications from SPIN to the Los Angeles Times. It went gold in two months.

Beyond Ghost Face (who shines on 12 out of the album’s 17 tracks), guest appearances from Nas, Method Man, Inspektah Deck, Master Killa, RZA and the debut of Cappadonna (aka Cappachino) locked the album as an undisputed classic. It’s a record that hit hard in 1995 and continues to resonate with new fans to this day.

Pre order Sly & The Family Stone There’s A Riot Goin’ On Gold Disc now!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Known more in recent months for its hip-hop deluxe editions, Get On Down has always been about SOUL, with multiple classics from the African diaspora – from the blues of Muddy Waters to the otherworldly reggae of Lee “Scratch” Perry – shining amongst its label discography.

For proof, look no further than our new “Gold Edition” CD box of Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On. The album is available for pre-sale now and will be available at and fine stores everywhere on July 30.


The CD box boasts some very unique features, including a “24k Audiophile Gold Disc,” with embedded 24-karat gold (as seen in recent deluxes like Nas’ Illmatic and Ghostface Killah’s Ironman).

Most striking of all may be the unique, embroidered flag cover, presented on the set’s CD box cover as an actual embroidered fabric square. This is a tribute to the album’s original cover, which was, in future years, replaced by Sly’s record label with a different cover image. Its recreation has been carefully overseen by Get On Down to reflect and represent the original.

Beyond that, the “Gold Edition” includes an impressive 48-page hard-cover liner notes book, with new essay by A. Scott Galloway and more than 20 photos and album-related images.


Oh, and there’s that truly incredible music as well….

42 years after its original release, debates still simmer about Sly’s fifth studio LP, praised as one of the greatest albums ever by fans and musicians, but ranked only #99 in a list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stone (in 2003). On the other side of the coin, noted rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album a retroactive “A+” rating in his Village Voice “Consumer Guide” (after his initial 1971 rating of “A-.”)

No matter how fans and critics have ranked it, it remains perhaps Sly’s most complex and perplexing work.

After two years in production, the follow-up to Sly & The Family Stone’s 1969 smash Stand! was unveiled to the world in November 1971. Not only did it contain radio hits like “Family Affair,” “Runnin’ Away,” and “(You Caught Me) Smilin’,” it also – in true Sly fashion – dove deeper into a trippy sonic and lyrical universe that explored societal tensions (“Brave & Strong”), the motherland (“Thank You For Talkin’ To Me Africa”), personal relationships (“Just Like A Baby”) and artistic expression itself (“Poet”).

There were three singles released from the album: “Family Affair,” “Runnin’ Away” and “(You Caught Me) Smilin’.” The Album reached # 1 on both the Pop and R&B charts and, years later, was certified platinum, gaining tens of thousands of new fans with each passing year.

As noted journalist A. Scott Galloway explains in the set’s extensive liner notes book, knowing the background of the album’s recording is essential to a deeper understanding of what Sly was going through at the time:

“The songs that comprised There’s A Riot Goin’ On were recorded in three places: The Record Plant studio in Sausalito, his custom Winnebago motor home with state of the art studio and, primarily, in an elaborate home studio that previous owners John & Michelle Phillips had built into the attic of Sly’s $12,000 a month Bel Air abode … Master tapes were recorded on and erased to the point of massive oxidation resulting in excess hiss. Some tapes disappeared altogether. Six engineers and a consultant are credited, pushed to their limits of patience, professionalism and sanity. Stress on Stone ranged from Epic hounding him for past due product to the Black Panther Party pressuring him to drop the band’s non-Black members as well as their White manager [David] Kapralik … It is in this seamy Southern California cauldron where menace married bliss that There’s A Riot Goin’ On emerged from the deep. Composed by Sylvester Stewart and produced by Sly Stone, the album feels like a man in a tug of war with who he has become vs. who he has always strived to be.”

Galloway also recounts the story of the iconic original album cover:

“In an interview with Jonathan Dakss … Sly definitively explained his concept for the cover art as it related to the overall theme of the album: ‘I wanted the flag to truly represent people of all colors. I wanted the color black because it is the absence of color. I wanted the color white because it is the combination of all colors. And I wanted the color red because it represents the one thing that all people have in common: blood. I wanted suns instead of stars because stars to me imply searching, like you search for your star. And there are already too many stars in this world. But the sun, that’s something that is always there, looking right at you. Betsy Ross did the best she could with what she had. I thought I could do better.’”

That flag has been recreated by Get On Down to bring texture and feel to an album which is already full to the brim with feeling. It’s another way to pay tribute to one of the late 20th century’s musical geniuses: a man who brought fans together during one of America’s most turbulent eras.

To pre-order this impressive new “Gold Edition” deluxe or to get more information and images, GO HERE!

Record Store Day Saturday April 20th!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With this coming Record Store Day around the corner (Saturday, April 20th), we thought it would be a cool idea to give everyone a sneak peak at what we have dropping that day. For participating U.S. stores where these exclusive items can be purchased in-person, visit the Record Store Day website.

First up we have by popular demand, GZA Liquid Swords Chess Box : Vinyl Edition. After the success of  last years CD Version, we got countless emails asking about a possible vinyl one. So you spoke, we listened.


GZA Liquid Swords Chess Box : Vinyl Edition includes a 4 LP set, 2 LP of the original album, plus 2 LP of the instrumentals.  In addition it comes with an in-depth liner notes booklet with input from GZA (interviewed by journalist Chris Faraone) as well as artwork reproductions from the original release and singles.

The GZA Chess Box : Vinyl Version also comes with a sticker pack featuring the characters from the cover. Each is separated so they can be arranged how ever you’d like to stick’em.

This also comes with a full-size wooden chess set, which can be played on the chess board printed on the inner lining of the box. All this comes housed in a 13 x 13 x 3 hard case box with a magnetic clasp.

Next up we have something extra special. As a prelude to this summers upcoming book Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession (to be published by Get on Down) we have a Dual Flexi 7″ release which pays tribute to the Roland TR-909 drum machine.

The book, which is written by Get on Down co-founder Joe Mansfield, is something we all have been looking forward to for some time now. This unique package features two 7” flexi-discs (one clear, one orange) in a gatefold package. Included on these flexis are the sounds of the famed Roland TR-909 drum machine; narration and explanations by the legendary Schoolly-D, one of the machine’s early masters in the mid-80s (who is interviewed in Beat Box); cuts by DJ 7L; and instrumental remakes of the drum tracks for Schoolly-D’s “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” and “Gucci Time,” programmed on the TR-909 by Joe himself.

Instrumental remakes of the drum tracks for Schoolly-D’s “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” and “Gucci Time,” programmed on the TR-909 by Joe Mansfield

To whet appetites for Get on Down’s upcoming Premium Edition Box Set of Non-Phixion’s classic indie hip-hop full-length The Future is Now (Summer 2013), this 7” – with both songs produced by Necro – is offered for Record Store Day as a tribute to the late 1990s indie hip-hop resistance. Featuring MCs Ill Bill, Goretex and Sabac with DJ Eclipse, the group retains a rabid fanbase to this day.

Make sure you hit your local participating Record Store Day retailers so you don’t miss out on these and other great releases!