In early 2009, WIDEawake Entertainment purchased the 1990s glory and notorious mess that was Death Row Records, and wasted no time in releasing a snazzy re-mastering of the label's lynchpin, Dr. Dre's THE CHRONIC. Building upon that success, the folks at WIDEawake dug through unreleased recordings by Dre's one-time protg and fellow superstar Snoop Dogg. Maybe it's a testament to just how spectacularly poorly the label was run during its heyday, but unlike many "from the vaults" hip-hop collections, DEATH ROW - THE LOST TAPES, VOL. 1 contains very little chaff; the majority of the album showcases a supreme performer at his prime. After Snoop sets the scene with a mournful intro chronicling the exit of Dre, followed by the death of 2Pac, the program begins with the steamy funk of "Doggystyle," a sparse-but-fun track featuring some top-shelf George Clinton cameo moans. "Fallin' Asleep on Death Row" ups the ante with some vintage acrobatic Snoop rhymes over the perfectly swirling D.R. beat. Another high-level highlight comes on the original cut of "O.G.," with its alternate flows and requisite Dogg Pound luminaries.
Release Date: 13 December 2010