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Billy Squier - The Big Beat


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Break name:

Artist:                  Billy Squier
Track name:        The Big Beat
Original release: LP, The Tale Of The Tape
Label:                  Capitol Records
Cat number:        ST-12062
Year:                    1980
Drummer:            Bobby Chouinard / Billy Squier

Also available on: 7", Capitol Records [4901]

Dream Team / Dynamic Duo - Shadow
Mike Underground - We Are Live

Highly iconic & defining hip-hop breakbeat that I'd previously been under the assumption had never been used in jungle / drum & bass, then one day listening to the Dream Team track I thought... hold on a minute?! Just stumbled on the Mike De Underground track now, which reminded me to post.

Looks like it originally came out on the album, which indications suggest was May that year. A single of it was later issued in July. A 12" release as a b-side came out later in 1981 (possibly prompted by its popularity in that early hip hop era?)

An interesting article on the record is here



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