My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Head Hunters is the twelfth album by Herbie Hancock. It was recorded in September of 1973 and released a month later.
What I think: I was never really a fan of funk until I started listening to all these albums for my blog. I’m certain I would have just hated this album had I picked it up a couple years ago. As it stands now, this is pretty wonderful stuff. I really like the jazz funk combination, it just seems really fun and lacking in pretension, but still commands that you take it seriously. Of the four songs on the album, the first two are probably my favorites. “Chameleon” is an almost fifteen minute jam that never falters. “Watermelon Man” is a shorter six minutes and has some quirky instrumentation on top of the main groove. I was surprised when reading the Wikipedia page on the album that all of these songs weren’t sampled more than they were. In fact, I’m sort of surprised Hip-Hop didn’t burst forward right from here, in hindsight it seems like a great album to rap over.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This without a doubt should be here.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Head Hunters Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (227/295)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%