In May 1988.

In May 1988, “Columbia” label released “Perfect Machine”, the thirty-seventh Herbie Hancock album. It was recorded in 1988, and was produced by Bill Laswell and  Herbie Hancock. It was the last Hancock’s album with the Rockit Band.


  • Herbie Hancock:piano, Fairlight CMI Series I & II, Rhodes Chroma, Apple/Mac Plus, Yamaha DX1, Yamaha DX7 and DX7IIFD, Kurzweil K250, Yamaha TX816, Oberheim Matrix-12, Akai S900, vocoder
  • Jeff Bova: synth programming
  • William “Bootsy” Collins:electric bass, vocoder
  • Sugarfoot:vocals
  • Nicky Skopelitis:Fairlight drums
  • Micro Wave:Minimoog bass, talk box, vocoder
  • S.T.:turntables, “FX”
  • Mixed byDave Jerden
  • Associate Producer: Tony Meilandt
  • Engineered byMartin Bisi, Mike Krowiak, Dave Jerden, Billy Yodelman and Bryan Bell
  • Mastered byHowie Weinberg

Track listing:

All tracks by Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, William “Bootsy” Collins and Bonner, except where noted.

  1. Perfect Machine – Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Nicky Skopelitis
  2. Obsession
  3. Vibe Alive – Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bonner, Micro Wave
  4. Beat Wise
  5. Maiden Voyage/P. Bop
  6. Chemical Residue – Herbie Hancock

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