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The Story of the 'Amen Break' with Crissy Criss - BBC 1Xtra

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The Story of the 'Amen Break' with Crissy Criss - BBC 1Xtra

In 1969 the drummer of a band called The Winstons performed a 6 second drum solo in a track called Amen Brother. He could have had no idea how that break would go on to become one of the most used samples of all time.

It was used in early hip hop records during the 80s, it cropped up in loads of old skool rave tunes and became one of the foundation stones of Jungle and Drum & Bass - not to mention all the other tracks which feature it in one form or another! There are loads websites, databases and facebook groups devoted to the subject, for some reason Djs and producers are TOTALLY obsessed by it.

Crissy Criss explores the legacy of the Amen Break and tries to track down one of the original members of The Winstons to find out how he feels about creating the most influencial 6 second break in music.

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Please people, it isn't a soul track. It's a Gospel song!!!!!

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Informative and interesting .... All hail the amen . Without it music would be shat !!!

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Thx

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Mint

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Such an awesome break. I've mixed together a load of tracks that make use of the Amen including hip-hop, jungle, D&B, techno, rave and digital hardcore. Check it out!
Amen Breakdown (Part 1)
Amen Breakdown (Part 2)
Amen Breakdown (Part 3)

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I wish that some of these rich white boys would pay me for using my music!!RichardSpencer

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:-)

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Gracias!

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Those seeking the history of how the Amen break migrated from Hip-Hop to Drum & Bass, the story is in full detail here: http://www.miamibasshistory.com/wiki/...

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http://soundcloud.com/mramenbreak/spa... , interesting audio documentry, thanks for educating the world dude.

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Whats the name of the track at 25:47 please tell!

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some good info but one really important early track that didn't get mentioned is Success n Effect's "roll it up (bass kickin beats)", amens w/ chopped hiphop samples a year or two before "we r ie"

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biggup sir!

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LOVE shows like this.. it shows the People that don't research music where jungle/DnB came from

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Awesome! Is it possible to get a listing of the jungle/drum and bass tracks used in this show?

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