Public Enemy Treat 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' and 'Fear of a Black Planet' to Expanded Reissues

Public Enemy Treat 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' and 'Fear of a Black Planet' to Expanded Reissues
Public Enemy's "Countdown to Armageddon" started close to 30 years ago, but the political hip-hop icons have just now unveiled plans to give both their 1988 LP It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and its equally classic follow-up Fear of a Black Planet special deluxe CD reissues loaded with a number of bonus tracks.

The band will first deliver the deluxe It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on November 24 via Def Jam. It arrives as a double CD with a DVD. The first disc features the album proper, including classic tracks like "Bring the Noise" and "Don't Believe the Hype," while disc two includes a number of remixes, a cappella tracks and B-sides. The DVD put back in print the band's Fight the Power… Live concert film, first issued on VHS in 1989. This is the live performance's first DVD release.

Public Enemy are then bringing us back to the Terrordome with a revamped Fear of a Black Planet on December 8. The latest edition likewise has the original album on the first disc, with the second featuring remixes and instrumentals of singles like "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" and "911 Is a Joke." It also includes the Do the Right Thing edit of "Fight the Power."

It should be noted that while these are the first CD represses of the albums since the mid '90s, Def Jam had It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back put back onto vinyl via its "Respect the Classics" series in 2013.

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back:



Disc 1:


1. Countdown To Armageddon

2. Bring The Noise

3. Don't Believe The Hype

4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor

5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic

6. Mind Terrorist

7. Louder Than A Bomb

8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?

9. Show 'Em Whatcha Got

10. She Watch Channel Zero?!

11. Night Of The Living Baseheads

12. Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos

13. Security Of The First World

14. Rebel Without A Pause

15. Prophets Of Rage

16. Party For Your Right To Fight

Disc 2:


1. Bring The Noise (No Noise Version)

2. Bring The Noise (No Noise Instrumental)

3. Bring The Noise (No Noise A Cappella)

4. Rebel Without A Pause (Instrumental)

5. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mix)

6. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST And Chuck Chill Out Instrumental Mix)

7. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic (No Need To Panic Radio Version)

8. The Edge Of Panic

9. The Rhythm, The Rebel (A Capella)

10. Prophets Of Rage (Power Version)

11. Caught, Can We Get A Witness? (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub)

12. B-Side Wins Again (Original Version)

13. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Instrumental)

14. Fight The Power (Soundtrack Version)

Disc 3 (DVD):


1. Countdown to Armageddon

2. Public Enemy Number One

3. Miuzi Weighs A Ton

4. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Live)

5. Fight The Power

6. Bring The Noise

7. Don't Believe The Hype

8. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos

9. Rebel Without A Pause

10. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic

11. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Video)

12. Prophets Of Rage

Fear of a Black Planet:

Disc 1:


1. Contract On The World Love Jam

2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out

3. 911 Is A Joke

4. Incident At 66.6 FM

5. Welcome To The Terrordome

6. Meet the G That Killed Me

7. Pollywanacraka

8. Anti-Nigger Machine

9. Burn Hollywood Burn (ft. Ice Cube)

10. Power To The People

11. Who Stole The Soul?

12. Fear Of A Black Planet

13. Revolutionary Generation

14. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man!

15. Reggie Jax

16. Leave This Off Your Fu*kin Charts

17. B Side Wins Again

18. War At 33 1/3

19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned

20. Fight The Power

Disc 2:


1. Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Remix)

2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Dub)

3. Flavor Flav

4. Terrorbeat

5. Welcome To The Terrordome (Terrormental)

6. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (Full Rub Mix)

7. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (U.K. 12″ Powermix)

8. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (Dub Mixx)

9. Burn Hollywood Burn (Extended Censored Fried To The Radio Version)

10. Anti-Nigger Machine (Uncensored Extended)

11. 911 Is A Joke (Instrumental)

12. Power To The People (Instrumental)

13. Revolutionary Generation (Instrumental)

14. War At 33 1/3 (Instrumental)

15. Fight The Power (Soundtrack Version)

16. Fight The Power (Powersax)

17. Fight The Power (Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee)

18. The Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley)