A Tribute to the Roland TR-909 Drum Machine

Coming later this month, (Record Store Day to be exact), Get On Down has a special offering. Although most of their releases are “special”, this one will definitely raise the eyebrows of all the beat heads and drum machine addicts out there. As a prelude to the upcoming book, Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession, authored by Get On Down co-owner Joe Mansfield, the boys from Beantown have come up with an absolutely unique package.

Dual Flexi-Disc Package

– 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 of the machine’s sounds and functions 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 Mansfield.

– A 20-page booklet created by Joe Mansfield, author of the upcoming Beat Box book, featuring history of the TR-909, original advertisements about the machine, photos and technical specs. [The TR-909 is one of 75 classic drum machines featured in the Beat Box book, all from Mansfield’s personal collection].

“PSK, we’re makin that green
People always say, “What the hell does that mean?
P for the people who can’t understand
How one homeboy became a man
S for the way we scream and shout
One by one I’m knockin you out
K for the way my DJ kuttin
Other MC’s, man, they ain’t sayin nothin
Rockin on to the brink of dawn
I think, Code Money, yo time is on.”- Schoolly D, PSK

For all you Hip Hop heads this is a dream. For all you New Jacks out there, this is your chance to hear it right from one of the originator’s mouth. Get On Down has been releasing unbelievable packages, and in addition to the book which will be released this Summer, the bar has been raised. More info below.

Check out this on the Get On Down website.

Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession

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