1/ Fire (Ohio Players) 5.24 2/ Boops (Here To Go) (Sly,Robbie,BL,Shinehead,BC) 5.15 3/ Let's Rock (Sly,Robbie,BL,Collins,Berger)7.23 4/ Yes We Can Can (Toussaint) 6.16 5/ Rhythm Killer (Sly,Robbie,Laswell,Shinehead)7.17 6/ Bank Job (Sly,Robbie,BL,BC,Berger) 6.50 Recorded at Quad Recording Engineered by Robert Musso Assistant engineer: Pete Sturge Mixed by Jason Corsaro at the Power Station Assistant mix engineer: Steve Boyer Produced by Bill Laswell/Material Administration: Roger Trilling Mastered by Howie Weinberg at MasterdiskSly Dunbar: Simmons drums, percussion; Robbie Shakespeare: bass; Bootsy Collins: voice, guitar; Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Bernard Fowler & Shinehead: vocals; Pat Thrall: guitar; Nicky Skopelitis: guitar, Fairlight programming; Bernie Worrell: prepared piano; Karl Berger: vibes, melodica; Henry Threadgill: saxophones, flutes; D.ST.: turntable; Daniel Ponce: bells, bata; Aiyb Dieng: congas, bells, percussion.
Material strings arranged and conducted by Karl Berger
1987 - Island Records (UK), BRLP 512 (Vinyl) 1987 - Island Records (USA), 90585-1 (Vinyl) 1987 - Island Records (USA), 90585-2 (CD)Note: Bill Laswell does not play on this album.
The two are also in big demand from musicians not born in Jamaica; they've been on the payroll of everyone from Bob Dylan to No Doubt. But it was their production of Grace Jones' Eighties club classic "Pull Up to the Bumper" that first demonstrated that Sly and Robbie were also superheroes of funk. This is the side of Sly and Robbie that Rhythm Killers showcases; although producer Bill Laswell nominally divides the record into six tracks, the rhythms flow relentlessly. Guest stars include the P-Funk alumni Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins (playing guitar rather than bass), toaster Shinehead and the avant-garde jazzman Henry Threadgill. Rhythm Killers is a thirty-five-minute dance party full of surprises and strange noises -- you never know when Dunbar will start playing heavy-metal drums or someone will whistle the theme to Masterpiece Theatre. Bridging classic funk and early hip-hop, Rhythm Killers sounds like the Great Missing DJ Set -- albeit one played by live musicians with perfect telepathy.
4 of 5 stars
Gavin Edwards (courtesy of the Rolling Stone website)