Ghostface Killah Ironman “Premium Collection: Gold Edition” CD box Features:
- “24k Audiophile Gold Disc” CD [CD itself has embedded 24-karat gold] with re-mastered audio, housed in a “Cherrywood Trophy Box” with IRONMAN plaque
- 48-page full-color, hard-cover book including extended artwork, album lyrics and text from writer Chris Faraone
- Black 2-piece outer box with gold-foil sticker embossed with Ghostface Ironman logo [www.GetOnDown.com orders only]
- 12” x 12” puzzle featuring reproduction of original Ironman LP cover [www.GetOnDown.com orders only]
- Box is limited to 2,000 copies worldwide
By the time hip-hop had ambled its way into 1996, one fact was undeniable: the Wu-Tang Clan was not only here to stay, but – amazingly – still gaining steam with each new solo release. And not only on the dopeness scale: this was a fact commercially as well. To wit: Ghostface Killah’s debut, Ironman, entered at #2 on the Billboard charts in late October and was gold with by early ’97.
Rarely has a producer in any musical genre been more on-fire than RZA during this era, and with his wide-ranging work on Ironman he refused to let-up on quality, even as he was clearly being stretched with an otherworldly workload.
Like Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album from 1995, Ironman is a “co-billed” effort, with the artist title marquee listed as: Ghostface Killah featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna. And like Raekwon’s admirable sharing skills on Cuban Linx, Ghost only rocks solo on only four out of the album’s 17 tracks, with a singular end goal: to create a classic.
Rae and Cappadonna, of course, aren’t the only collaborators here: in true Wu family fashion, the guest list includes RZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God & Masta Killa. And, in an interesting collaborational twist, R&B artists from three different eras – Mary J. Blige, the Force MDs and The Delphonics – lend a voice to the at-times soulful proceedings.
Three singles from the eventually-platinum album were released by early 1997: “All That I Got Is You” (with Mary J. Blige); “Camay / Daytona 500”; and “Motherless Child” (from the soundtrack to “Sunset Park”). These three cuts couldn’t be more different, musically and stylistically, with Ghost’s slippery slang and RZA’s skillful production providing the only definitive continuity. And for many Wu fans, the singles – especially the pop-facing R&B of “All That I Got Is You” – were merely a side note, as they were drawn as much to complex album cuts like “Poisonous Darts,” “Winter Warz” and “Fish.”
Re-mastered and given the loving deluxe reissue touch for which Get on Down is now renowned, it’s time to give Ironman another look and listen, celebrate it and put it up on your trophy shelf where it belongs.
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Deadline is 2013-02-28