THE LAST POETS Holy Terror (1994) + “Black And Strong (Homesick)” Maxi-CD – Produced By Bill Laswell

coverHoly Terror (1994)
Bill Laswell & Rap’s 60s Messengers

RE-UPPED FROM 2007 The Last Poets stirred the shit back in the late 60s – practically inventing modern rap while boldly confronting society’s unspoken black & white taboos. Armed with words, bongos and a bad attitude, they (unsurprisingly) managed to radicalized themselves to the outer edge of the mainstream… and nearly out of the business altogether. Minimized after a couple of decades on the movement’s sidelines, Bill Laswell brought together Umar Bin Hassan & Abiodun Oyewole (original members of The Last Poets) and backed them with his bass, his production and his small band of ultra-cool pals; Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Aiyb Dieng and Melle Mel. A lean crew by Laswell’s standards, and mean, too. Listen to the irresistible funk groove of “Homesick.” The words matter most, but the Laswell gang’s presence makes this album easily one of The Last Poets’ best. Out of print and cheap at Amazon (HERE), which is more criminal than downloading.

Invocation (2:01)
Homesick (8:20)
Black Rage (5:19)
Men-Tality (5:15)
Pelourinho (5:16)
Funk (6:06)
If We Only Knew (3:28)
Illusion Of Self (8:17)
Talk Show (5:32)
Black And Strong (Homesick) (11:29)
Last Rites (1:11)

Black And Strong (Homesick)“Black And Strong (Homesick)” (1995)
Maxi With Alternate Versions & Vocal Samples

Cool Maxi-CD (also issued on 12″ vinyl) featuring variations of Holy Terror‘s coolest groove, “Homesick” and “Black And Strong (Homesick).” Features the LP version of each, a radio edit and a 12-minute Bill Laswell ambient dub mix… along with isolated vocal samples, so you can get your Bill on and make mixes of your own. One of Laswell’s heaviest grooves. Still gettable at Amazon, HERE.

Black And Strong (Homesick) album track (11:31)
Black And Strong (Homesick) radio edit (4:37)
Black And Strong (Homesick) ambient dub mix (12:13)
Homesick (album track) (8:22)
“I’m Coming Home…” vocal only edit (0:22)
“…Bang Bang Another Nigger Going To Jail” vocal only edit (0:52)
“Like Graffiti On The Walls Of Wall Street… Black And Strong” vocal only edit (0:26)
“Like Graffiti On The Walls Of Wall Street… (Black And Strong” vocal only edit (0:12)
“The Screams…” vocal only edit (2:22)
“I See A Slave…” vocal only edit (0:44)
“The Blood…” vocal only edit (1:58)
“I’m Coming Home…” vocal only edit (0:21)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 20, 2007 - 00:39 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • S.
    March 16, 2008 - 08:58 | Permalink

    thanks for last poets' album :))

  • drfeelgoed
    March 20, 2008 - 23:32 | Permalink

    Thanks again, great Laswell related album!

  • jbull49
    August 6, 2013 - 14:09 | Permalink

    Thanks for getting their needed voices out there again.

  • Sven DiMilo
    March 26, 2014 - 11:19 | Permalink

    Congas, not bongos.
    (yeah, it’s nit-pickin’ but I got a god complex)

  • Revolutionarybum
    March 26, 2014 - 18:57 | Permalink

    Yow! Beautiful raw no BS missing puzzle piece for those of us not fully plugged in to the expansive musical universe or as in my case was only a child. This is gem from a mine thought to be no longer worth exploring. Something many are proving wrong more and more (Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (2007) for example. Thank you for bringing this to the surface, it’s as prevalent today as it was when it was recorded… Perhaps more so? Cheers

  • March 26, 2014 - 20:04 | Permalink

    Love this CD, as well as their first two which are masterpieces IMHO. Didn’t know about any single, cool. A fourth album from 1973, Lightnin’ Rod’s Hustlers Convention is also essential. Thanks again!

  • Anonymous
    March 27, 2014 - 20:12 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. Another one I didn’t know existed.

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