Columbia publish Herbie Hancock’s ‘Perfect Machine,’ an album co-produced with Bill Laswell (1988)

Herbie Hancock‘s ‘Perfect Machine’ is his thirty-seventh (and the last with the Rockit Band) album co-produced with Bill Laswell and released in May 1988 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Perfect Machine (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Nicky Skopelitis) – 06:35 . 2.Obsession (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, William Bootsy Collins, Garry Bonner) – 05:20 . 3.Vibe Alive (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, William Bootsy Collins, Garry Bonner, Micro Wave) – 05:26 . 4.Beat Wise (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, William Bootsy Collins, Garry Bonner) – 05:52 . 5.Maiden Voyage, P. Bop (Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, William Bootsy Collins, Garry Bonner) – 06:34 . 6.Chemical Residue (Herbie Hancock) – 06:01

Musicians : Herbie Herbie Hancock – Piano, Fairlight Cmi Series I & Ii, Rhodes Chroma, Apple/Mac Plus, Yamaha Dx-1, Yamaha Dx7 And Dx7-Iifd, Kurzweil K-250, Yamaha Tx 8/16, Oberheim Matrix-12, Akai 900-S, Vocorder . Jeff Bova – Synth Programming . William Bootsy Collins – Electric Bass, Vocorder . Sugarfoot – Vocals . Nicky Skopelitis – Fairlight Drums . Mico Wave – Minimoog Bass, Talk Box, Vocorder . D.S.T. – Turntables, Fx

Production : Produced By Bill Laswell/Material, Herbie Hancock . Bryan Bell – Enginee . Martin Bisi – Engineer . Steve Boyer – Assistant Engineer . Michael Christopher – Assistant Engineer . Lawrence Duhart Iii – Assistant Engineer . Jon Goldberger – Assistant Engineer . Dave Jerden – Engineer, Mixing . Mike Krowiak – Assistant Engineer . Dominick Maita – Engineer . Robbie Morris – Assistant Engineer . Robert Musso – Engineer, Mixing . Howie Weinberg – Mastering . Billy Youdelman – Engineer

Package : Eika Aoshima – Photography . Nancy Donald – Art Direction . Howard Fritzon – Art Direction . Tony Lane – Art Direction . Randall Martin – Design . Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas – Photography

Recorded 1988.

Released In May 1988 By Columbia.

(Source Herbie Hancock‘s ‘Perfect Machine’ | Perfect Machine | Herbie Hancock: The Official Site)


Electronics are still very much in evidence on this CD but Hancock moves to a more humanistic sound with the help of Bootsy Collins (Parliament, Funkadelic) on guitar and Sugarfoot (Ohio Players) supplying vocals. The result is not groundbreaking but a nice balance between his earlier electronic funk and his later hip-hop sound. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Given all the talent on hand, it’s surprising how dull this album is. Laswell was in a slump during the late 80s, with one production after another featuring lots of open space, electronic drums playing standard 4/4 patterns, minimal funk bassand a small range of keyboard effects. As often happens with Laswell, he’s so busy imprinting his sound onto the record that the leader is shoved aside. […]


Herbie Hancock‘s ‘Perfect Machine’


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