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THE AMEN BREAK

NATE HARRISON'S "AMEN BREAK" VIDEO
Originaly posted by Peter P. Carli - November 18th, 2007
links tested January 23rd, 2014

A few weeks ago, bay area DJ Robert Shank pointed me to a Youtube video on the history of the "Amen Break", a well known music clip that has been sampled on a countless number of records, first by hip-hop producers in the late 1980s, followed by the creators of the early drum & bass "jungle techno" mixes of the early 1990s. If you are a fan of drum & bass, you will quickly recognize the distinctive snare hit, originally recorded by the The Winstons, a 1960s era funk and soul outfit.

The name "Amen Break" comes from the song "Amen Brother"; the song where the break is sourced from. "Amen Brother" is a gospel song that the Winstons covered in 1969, released as the B-side of the "Color Him Father" single, released by Metromedia Records (MMS-117). "Amen Brother" is is currently available on several compilations and on a 12-inch vinyl re-release.





Narritive courtesy of Mobius32: This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the "Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music -- a six-second clip that spawned several entire subcultures. Nate Harrison's 2004 video is a meditation on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable music clip.



Special thanks to DJ Robert Shank for directing me to the Amen Break video.