A new volume in the Beatmasters series is long overdue, and it was always in mind to take it way back with Quincy Jones. With The Dude now at 76 years of age, I was kinda keen to get this one out while he was still alive; as you may have noticed, black music icons have a habit of passing away unexpectedly!
This is one for the connoisseurs. Anyone whose idea of black music is Flo Rida and Soulja Boy won’t find what they’re looking for here. On the other hand, if you appreciate and respect the heritage and foundations of soulful black music, this one’s for you.
The mix doesn’t claim to be fully comprehensive. For that, I’d have to have included the 50s and 60s numbers Q produced for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and Lesley Gore. Here, things pick up at the point of ‘Off The Wall’, the start of Quincy’s defining disco sound, and those glorious layered vocal harmonies that, more than anything else, let you know you’re listening to a Q joint.
Inevitably, the mix is chock full of Michael Jackson tunes, (and we’re probably all getting just a little tired of hearing them now,) but these are interspersed with Quincy’s own artist tracks, a healthy dose of bits from his genre-defying classic ‘Back On The Block’ album, and a handful of tracks produced for other artists.
It’s a lot. We salute a true musical genius.
There are two versions to download – a disk space-saving 128kbps for quick download, or a version for the full 320kbps experience!
QUINCY JONES Featuring QUINCY D III: BACK ON THE BLOCK
QUINCY JONES Featuring BARRY WHITE: THE SECRET GARDEN
QUINCY JONES Featuring TEVIN CAMPBELL: TOMORROW (A BETTER YOU, A BETTER ME)
U.S.A FOR AFRICA Featuring STEVIE WONDER & BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: WE ARE THE WORLD
MICHAEL JACKSON & PAUL McCARTNEY: THE GIRL IS MINE
DONNA SUMMER: STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
MICHAEL JACKSON: HUMAN NATURE
MICHAEL JACKSON: LIBERIAN GIRL
QUINCY JONES Featuring RAY CHARLES & CHAKA KHAN: I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU
MICHAEL JACKSON: ANOTHER PART OF ME
MICHAEL JACKSON: THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
QUINCY JONES Featuring COOLIO & YO YO: STOMP ’95
QUINCY JONES Featuring HEAVY D & THE BOYZ & BRANDY: ROCK WITH YOU ’95
MICHAEL JACKSON: BAD
MICHAEL JACKSON: I CAN’T HELP IT
JAMES INGRAM & MICHAEL McDONALD: YA MO B THERE
MICHAEL JACKSON: BILLIE JEAN
MICHAEL JACKSON: ROCK WITH YOU
MICHAEL JACKSON Featuring VINCENT PRICE (!): THRILLER
QUINCY JONES Featuring PATTI AUSTIN: RAZZAMATAZZ
MICHAEL JACKSON: DON’T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH
MICHAEL JACKSON: OFF THE WALL
BROTHERS JOHNSON: STOMP
MICHAEL JACKSON: WANNA BE STARTING SOMETHING
MICHAEL JACKSON: SMOOTH CRIMINAL
QUINCY JONES: AI NO CORRIDA
MICHAEL JACKSON: WORKING DAY & NIGHT
MICHAEL JACKSON: P.Y.T
GEORGE BENSON: GIVE ME THE NIGHT
QUINCY JONES: BIRDLAND
QUINCY JONES Featuring ICE T & TEVIN CAMPBELL: BACK ON THE BLOCK