Friday, October 7, 2016

Vinyl Review: Universal Music Group Revisits Black Eyed Peas Catalog

One of the biggest hip-hop/pop groups of the last twenty years has been The Black Eyed Peas. Since their Interscope debut album ("Behind The Front") in 1998, their sound has grown, as original members will.i.am and apl.de.ap doubled their size with the addition of Taboo (1998) and Fergie (2003). To remind fans that The Black Eyed Peas were a staple of pop radio, Universal Music Group collected the band's Interscope output on vinyl for a new twelve-vinyl set (each album released as a double-vinyl).
 
The Black Eyed Peas were a hip-hop group waiting for their break-through as their first two albums, "Behind The Front" and "Bridging The Gap" were mild successes. Their albums featured guest appearances from the likes of Macy Gray, De La Soul and Wyclef Jean, but once Fergie became a full-time member in 2003, their music shot up the charts.
 
In 2003, The Black Eyed Peas released "Elephunk," which featured the #1 hit single "Where Is The Love?" and "Let's Get It Started." The album would end up selling over 9 million copies worldwide and turned The Black Eyed Peas into a household name. Their 2005 follow-up album "Monkey Business" earned the band their first Grammy award for "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" for the song "Don't Punk With My Heart." The album also featured cameos from Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Q-Tip, Cee-Lo Green, John Legend, Jack Johnson, James Brown and Sting.
 
With expectations at an all-time high for their next album, The Black Eyed Peas delivered the career pinnacle release of "The E.N.D." The album topped the album charts in five countries, including the U.S., garnished three #1 singles and sold over 14.5 million copies worldwide. The album included the Grammy winning single "I Gotta Feeling" that has been played at every wedding since it's release. 
 
The Black Eyed Peas most recent release, "The Beginning" failed to live up to its predecessor, but still hit #6 on the album charts, featuring "heavier electronic beats." This new limited edition vinyl box set was released on September 30th. The double-vinyl versions of the albums will also be released as separate LPs. To find out more about The Black Eyed Peas "The Complete Vinyl Collection," please visit prnewswire.com.

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