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The jazz/hip-hop fusion collective Us3 scored a major hit in 1994 with "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," a song that displayed the group's fondness for sampling classic recordings on the Blue Note label (in this case, Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island"). The group was founded in London in 1991 when concert promoter and jazz writer Geoff Wilkinson met Mel Simpson, who was writing music for television shows and ad jingles and had once played keyboards with John Mayall. The two produced an independent single, "Where Will We Be in the 21st Century?," which sold less than 250 copies. In 1992, their song "The Band That Played the Boogie" attracted the attention of Blue Note owner Capitol Records, which gave Simpson and Wilkinson free rein to sample anything from the catalog. The two immediately went to work, hiring several musicians and rappers Kobie Powell and Rahsaan Kelly, with Tukka Yoot joining later. The sessions resulted in the hit "Cantaloop" and the album Hand on the Torch. The group toured Japan and Europe, gradually weaning itself away from using samples in a live setting, and played a well-received show at the 1993 Montreux Jazz Festival. Hand on the Torch was ignored by most jazz publications, but was chosen Album of the Year by Japan's Swing Journal, and Us3 were named Jazz Musicians of the Year by Britain's The Independent. After a nearly three-year delay, Us3 returned in 1997 with Broadway & 52nd, an album that received positive reviews but failed to generate a hit. The band -- though it was mostly Wilkinson and guests at this point -- continued to release new material into the new millennium, however, including 2005's Questions and 2007's Say What!? A 20th anniversary edition of Hand on the Torch appeared in 2013, featuring a bonus disc of remixes and instrumentals. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Third Way (Hand On The Torch Vol II)

1. Never Go Back

2. Be Bop Thing

3. Gotta Get My Hustle On

4. I Want One Of Those

5. The Out Crowd

6. Wha' G'wan?

7. Beautiful

8. Keep Your Head Right (Keep Your Fist Tight)

9. Dance With Me

10. What Would You Do?

11. Are You Nuts?

12. If You've Got It Flaunt It

13. I'm Goin' (Come Along)

14. You'll Never Come Close

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Track List: Hand On The Torch - 20th Anniversary Edition

Disc 1

1. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (feat. Rahsaan & Gerard Presencer)

2. I Got It Goin' On

3. Different Rhythms, Different People

4. It's Like That

5. Just Another Brother

6. Cruisin'

7. I Go To Work

8. Tukka Yoot's Riddim

9. Knowledge Of Self

10. Lazy Day

11. Eleven Long Years

12. Make Tracks

13. The Darkside

14. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Instrumental)

Disc 2

1. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Goldfish Remix)

2. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Us3 Smokin’ Mix)

3. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Qubus Remix)

4. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Us3 House Remix)

5. Tukka Yoot's Riddim (Bu's Riddim)

6. Tukka Yoot's Riddim (Roberto's Riddim Remix)

7. Tukka Yoot's Riddim (Manasseh Vibe Tribe Mix)

8. Bud's Got It (I Got It Goin’ On Remix)

9. Blue's Got It (I Got It Goin’ On Remix)

10. Just Another Brother (Instrumental)

11. Cruisin' (Instrumental)

12. Make Tracks (Instrumental)

13. Brand New Thing

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Track List: Lie, Cheat & Steal

1. Ghost

2. Who Am I?

3. Lie, Cheat & Steal

4. Wild West

5. The Ring

6. Uptown

7. Pressure Bursts Pipes

8. I Feel You

9. You Can Run But You Can't Hide

10. Puppets

11. (You Are) So Corrupt

12. You Make Me Wanna

13. Invincible

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Track List: The Love Of My Life EP

1. The Love Of My Life (Feat. Brook Yung)

2. The Love Of My Life (Us3 Jazz Remix)

3. The Love Of My Life (Us3 Hip Hop Remix)

4. The Love Of My Life (Instrumental)

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Track List: Say What!?

1. Say You Belong To Me

2. Man On Top

3. ABC (Listen Up)

4. Afrodisiac

5. I Don't Care

6. VIP (Can You Hear Me Now?)

7. Truth & Lies

8. Intoxicated

9. The Day That I Died

10. How 'Bout It Baby?

11. If You Don't Know

12. I'll Be Right Back

13. Money On My Mind

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Track List: Schizophonic

1. That's How We Do It

2. Kick This

3. Was It Love?

4. Huff & Puff

5. What's Goin' On In The World Today?

6. Much 2 Much

7. Girls U Like

8. If Only

9. Don't Even Ask

10. Jobsworth

11. Get Busy

12. K.I.S.S.Y.O.U.

13. 1-2-3-4U

14. Round The Globe

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Track List: Questions

1. A New Beginning

2. Watcha Gonna Do?

3. Get It Together

4. What Does That Mean?

5. Believe In Yourself

6. Cantaloop 2004: Soul Mix

7. Can U Feel It?

8. When She's Dancing

9. Why Not?

10. The Truth

11. Goodbye

12. Give Thanks

13. The Healer

14. Cantaloop 2004: Bossa Mix

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Track List: An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Bonus Tracks Version)

1. An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 1)

2. Get Out

3. You Can't Hold Me Down

4. Let My Dreams Come True

5. India

6. Sittin' On My Park Bench

7. Dead End Street

8. Enough

9. Enough (Bonus Beats)

10. World No More

11. Pay Attention

12. Sugar Sugar (She She Wah Wah)

13. Why?

14. Shady People

15. An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 2)

16. Modern F**kin' Jazz

17. Your Love Is Life

18. Get Out (Us3 Bossa Remix)

19. You Can't Hold Me Down (Us3 Bossa Remix)

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Track List: An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place

1. An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 1)

2. Get Out

3. You Can't Hold Me Down

4. Let My Dreams Come True

5. India

6. Sittin' On My Park Bench

7. Dead End Street

8. Enough

9. Enough (Bonus Beats)

10. World No More

11. Pay Attention

12. Sugar Sugar (She She Wah Wah)

13. Why

14. Shady People

15. An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 2)

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Track List: Flip Fantasia: Hits & Remixes

1. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

2. Tukka Yoot's Riddim

3. I Got It Goin' On

4. Different Rhythms, Different People

5. Come On Everybody (Get Down)

6. I'm Thinking About Your Body

7. Cantaloop (Full Length) (Nellee Hooper Remix)

8. Tukka Yoot's Riddim (Roberto's Riddim Remix)

9. Come On Everybody (Get Down) (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)

10. I'm Thinking About Your Body (Brixton Bounce Remix Edit)

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Track List: Hand On The Torch

1. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

2. I Got It Goin' On

3. Different Rythms

4. It's Like That

5. Just Another Brother

6. Cruisin'

7. I Go To Work

8. Tukka Yoot's Riddim

9. Knowledge Of Self

10. Lazy Day

11. Eleven Long Years

12. Make Tracks

13. The Dark Side

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Track List: Cantaloop 2004 EP

1. Cantaloop 2004: Soul Mix (Radio Edit)

2. Cantaloop 2004: El Barrio Mix (By Us3)

3. Cantaloop 2004: J Rawls Remix

4. Cantaloop 2004: B47 Bid-De-Bop Refix (By Wajeed)

5. Cantaloop 2004: Soul Mix

6. Cantaloop 2004: Soul Mix Instrumental

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Track List: Get Out (Radio Single)

1. Get Out

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Does the guy in the profile pic for Us3 remind anyone else of Lew Ashby from Californicat i o n ?
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Cantaloop is the jam!
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Smack it up flip it and....rub it down boyyy!
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Yes!
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Cool cats!
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If there were more the one thumbs up I would click on it as many times as possible!!! Love this song!!! Dancing in my bathroom!!!
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Keeper!
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