is the thirty-sixth album
by Herbie Hancock
and the second of three albums with the Rockit Band.
About the Album
The second of the three Rockit band albums, Sound-System
was another smash for Herbie Hancock
Winning his second Grammy award for Best R&B Performance (his second-straight award), this album tried to capture the success of the previous Future Shock, with some more twists and turns.
"Junku" for instance, featured Foday Musa Suso and also was written for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. It also was used during Hancock's appearance on the long-running NBC Saturday Night Live.
"Sound System" sounded like "Junku" in many ways, while "Karabali" featured Wayne Shorter (playing a lyricon, instead of a traditional saxophone) and went back to the days of Hancock's African themed Mwandishi band.
- "Hardrock" (Hancock/Laswell/Showard) - 6:10
- "Metal Beat" (Hancock/Laswell) - 4:56
- "Karabali" (Hancock/Poncé) - 5:17
- "Junku" (Hancock/Laswell/Suso/Dieng) - 5:32
- "People are Changing" (Thomas) - 6:05
- "Sound System" (Hancock/Laswell/Suso) - 5:55
- Herbie Hancock: Piano, synthesizer, keyboards
- Bill Laswell: Electric bass, drum programming, tapes
- D.S.T.: Turntables, "FX"
- Nicky Skopelitis: Guitar, electric drums
- Henry Kaiser: Guitar
- Bernard Fowler: vocals, vocal arrangements
- Wayne Shorter: Lyricon
- Toshinori Kondo: Trumpet
- Anton Fier: drums, percussion
- Daniel Poncé: Percussion
- Foday Musa Suso: Percussion, guitar, various instruments
- Aiyb Dieng: Percussion
- Hamid Drake: cymbals
- Will Alexander: Fairlight programming
- Rob Stevens: Programming