Public Enemy’s second and third albums ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ and ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ still stand as monumental albums. So it’s fitting that they should be getting the Deluxe Edition treatment from Def Jam.

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1988’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ Deluxe which features the tracks ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ and ‘Bring the Noise’ will include the original album produced by the Bomb Squad and exec produced by Rick “Strip It Back” Rubin and Bill Stephney. A second disc is made up of 13 rare bonus mixes, including the original ‘No Noise’ version of ‘Bring the Noise’, instrumentals plus the soundtrack version ‘Fight the Power’ from Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’.

A third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS ‘Fight the Power… Live’ directed by Hart Perry, plus the music videos for ‘Black Steel’, ‘Night of the Living Baseheads’ and ‘Fight the Power’.

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1990s ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ also produced by The Bomb Squad features the singles ‘Fight the Power’, ‘Welcome to the Terrordome’ and Flavour Flav’s ‘911 is a Joke’.

Disc two includes 18 rare bonus tracks; an almost ten minute long ‘Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley), three mixes of ‘Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man!’, an extended/uncensored version of ‘Anti-Ni***r Machine’ and instrumentals.

The album which celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary in 2015 was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2005. The releases come with booklets featuring essays from The Roots’ Questlove and Wax Poetic’s Andre Torres.

These Deluxe Editions are the latest instalment of a year long celebration to mark 30 years of Def Jam.

‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ tracklisting:

DISC 1 (The Album)

  1. Countdown To Armageddon
  2. Bring The Noise
  3. Don’t Believe The Hype
  4. Cold Lampin’ With Flavor
  5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
  6. Mind Terrorist
  7. Louder Than A Bomb
  8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?
  9. Show ‘Em Whatcha Got
  10. She Watch Channel Zero?!
  11. Night Of The Living Baseheads
  12. Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos
  13. Security Of The First World
  14. Rebel Without A Pause
  15. Prophets Of Rage
  16. Party For Your Right To Fight

DISC 2 (Bonus Tracks)

  1. Bring The Noise (No Noise Version)
  2. Bring The Noise (No Noise Instrumental)
  3. Bring The Noise (No Noise A Cappella)
  4. Rebel Without A Pause (Instrumental)
  5. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mix)
  6. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST And Chuck Chill Out Instrumental Mix)
  7. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic (No Need To Panic Radio Version)
  8. The Edge Of Panic
  9. The Rhythm, The Rebel (A Capella)
  10. Prophets Of Rage (Power Version)
  11. Caught, Can We Get A Witness? (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub)
  12. B-Side Wins Again (Original Version)
  13. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Instrumental)
  14. Fight The Power (Soundtrack Version)

DISC 3 (Fight The Power Live DVD)

  1. Countdown to Armageddon
  2. PublicEnemy Number One
  3. Miuzi Weighs A Ton
  4. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Live)
  5. Fight The Power
  6. Bring The Noise
  7. Don’t Believe The Hype
  8. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
  9. Rebel Without A Pause
  10. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
  11. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Video)
  12. Prophets Of Rage

 

‘Fear of a Black Planet’ tracklisting

DISC 1 (The Album)

  1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental)
  2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out
  3. 911 Is A Joke
  4. Incident At 66.6 FM [Instrumental]
  5. Welcome To The Terrordome
  6. Meet the G That Killed Me
  7. Pollywanacraka
  8. Anti-Nigger Machine
  9. Burn Hollywood Burn (featuring Ice Cube)
  10. Power To The People
  11. Who Stole The Soul?
  12. Fear Of A Black Planet
  13. Revolutionary Generation
  14. Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya, Man!
  15. Reggie Jax
  16. Leave This Off Your Fu*kin Charts (Instrumental)
  17. B Side Wins Again
  18. War At 33 1/3
  19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)
  20. Fight The Power

DISC 2 (Bonus Tracks)

  1. Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Remix)
  2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Dub)
  3. Flavor Flav
  4. Terrorbeat
  5. Welcome To The Terrordome (Terrormental)
  6. Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man (Full Rub Mix)
  7. Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man (U.K. 12″ Powermix)
  8. Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man (Dub Mixx)
  9. Burn Hollywood Burn (Extended Censored Fried To The Radio Version)
  10. Anti-Nigger Machine (Uncensored Extended)
  11. 911 Is A Joke (Instrumental)
  12. Power To The People (Instrumental)
  13. Revolutionary Generation (Instrumental)
  14. War At 33 1/3 (Instrumental)
  15. Fight The Power (Soundtrack Version)
  16. Fight The Power (Powersax)
  17. Fight The Power (Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee)
  18. The Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley)

 

By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.