Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dream Warriors: And Now the Legacy Begins (1991)

This is another record from the era when vinyl was "dead." And, it's a good one. Allmusic starts its review with an incomplete sentence:

"Part of the slew of grand early-'90s hip-hop releases that avoided tough criminal posing for inventive, witty lyrics and arrangements, And Now the Legacy Begins is a hilarious, entertaining rollercoaster of a record. That the Warriors themselves were Canadian shows that north of the US border isn't all Rush tribute bands, as the duo plays around with any number of inspired samples and grooves, from jazz to harder-edged beats, with style and skill."

I guess I can agree with that, though the comment about Rush tribute bands is rather insulting to all of the great Canadian bands and singers (like: Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Tragically Hip, Black Mountain, Plants and Animals, Japandroids, Do Make Say Think, Teenage Head, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Rheostatics, Wolf Parade, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Sloan, The Band, Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Daniel Lanois, Cowboy Junkies, Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright, the list goes on and on). I wonder if that was mere ignorance or an attempt at humour. If they wanted a real dig, they should have mentioned Nickleback, perhaps the worst Canadian band of all time.

Anyway, this is an import from Europe. My understanding is that this record was never released on vinyl in Canada.

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