Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - The Message LP
The Message was released in October 1982 by Sugar Hill Records. It was the only album released while the group''s original line-up was together. The album charted at number 53 in the United States and at number 77 in the United Kingdom. Music journalist Robert Christgau gave it an "A‰ÛÒ" and said that, although "She''s Fresh" is the "only instant killer", each song''s attempt to experiment and "touch a lot of bases with a broad demographic ... justifies itself". He named it the 21st best album of 1982 in his dean''s list for the Pazz & Jop critics'' poll.