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VOL № RH074 — October 2023

Tougher Than Leather

Why you'll love it...

The success that Run-D.M.C. enjoyed through its first three albums is impossible to overstate — before the trio from Hollis, Queens, stomped its shell-toe Adidas through the music industry, hip-hop was completely unproven as a commercial force. Just about every ‘’first'' in the genre’s history was accomplished by Run-D.M.C.: It was the first hip-hop act to earn Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum album certifications, the first to have a music video play on MTV, the first to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, the first to nab a Grammy nomination, the first to sign a major endorsement deal.

In a previous edition of liner notes for Tougher Than Leather, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D gave the album its props and shared memories of going on the road with the...

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Release Type
1 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Black and White Stripe
Tip-On; Single
Mastering Studio
Alchemy Mastering
Mastering Engineer
Barry Grint
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
Lacquers Cut by Barry Grint, Alchemy Mastering
Listening Notes Booklet by William E. Ketchum III
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