Proof that patience and persistence pay off when it comes to record shopping, I was rewarded with a trip to Half Price Books earlier in the week, when I snagged two N.W.A. 12-inches and a six-song Beastie Boys 12-inch for Shadrach: An Exciting Evening at Home with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. All three are in damn near mint condition, too.
The Shadrach 12-inch contains two Paul’s Boutique tracks – Shadrach and Car Thief – and four non-LP goodies, including And What You Give Is What You Get. In the insanely thorough 33 1/3 book on Paul’s Boutique, author Dan LeRoy writes of the track:
The instrumental version of “Shadrach” boasts a laundry list of new samples, including the riff from Black Flag’s hardcore anthem “Rise Above,” soundbites from various dancehall records and an interjection from comedian George Carlin. Yet although it only appears at the tail end of this mix, the snippet of the Jam’s “Start!” that gives the track its title is the most intriguing lift.
It’s a classic Paul’s Boutique-era cut – just a wild orgy of samples and scratches pieced together perfectly. Makes me wanna revisit the album.
Below is a rip from the 12-inch:
(Images swiped from the late, great B-Side Wins Again.)