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Blueprint - The Best Of 808 State [Original recording remastered, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks]

808 State Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B005D6T0ZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flow Coma (AFX remix by Aphex Twin)
2. Pacific State (origin)
3. In Yer Face (revisited)
4. Cübik (Monkey Mafia Mix)
5. Timebomb (808 Tape Mix)
6. Cobra Bora (revisited)
7. Olympic (Word Production Mix)
8. Nimbus (revisited)
9. Nephatiti
10. Firecracker (edit)
11. Plan 9 (radio edit by Trevor Horn)
12. Lopez featuring James Dean Bradfield (Radio Mix by Brian Eno)
13. Lemonsoul featuring Guy Garvey
14. Qmart featuring Björk
15. 606 featuring Simian (revisited)
16. Spanish Ice
17. Metaluna/Compulsion (revisited)

Product Description

BBC Review

It's impossible to underplay the importance of 808 State. Arriving at a time when acid house was starting to infiltrate the hipper enclaves of UK clubland, the original trio of Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson took the hard sound of Chicago house and lashed it to industrial grooves and experimental music. Late-80s floor-fillers like Flow Coma and Pacific State were hugely influential on a new generation of techno-heads, chief among them Aphex Twin, Autechre and Orbital.

Indeed, it's Aphex Twin's 2001 remix of Flow Coma that kicks off this terrific retrospective. A star-stuffed one it is too, including collaborations with Brian Eno, Bj�rk, Simian, James Dean Bradfield, Guy Garvey and onetime ZTT labelmate, Trevor Horn. What's particularly fascinating is just how far ahead of the curve 808 State clearly were. Sharp-edged rave classics like C�bik and In Yer Face pre-date the whole superstar DJ/superclub boom of the 90s. But by the time The Chemical Brothers and Cream had become steady fixtures on the new dance scene, 808 State were already moving away from the kinetic thump of techno-funk and were investing the music with more tranquil, ambient tones. Theirs was music for both mind and feet, highlighted here by the luminous Bj�rk set-to, Qmart. And those still lamenting the demise of 90s yoof-TV Friday-nighter The Word (look, you never know) will be buoyed by the appearance of Olympic, its theme tune.

The latter is one of several exclusive (re)mixes on this set. Others given a fresh facelift are C�bik (Monkey Mafia), Plan 9 (Trevor Horn) and the "808 tape mix" of the wonderful Timebomb. The weird'n'glitchy stuff still sounds great (especially a revamped 606, with Simian) but Guy Garvey's turn on Lemonsoul proves they were always capable of delivering a swoonsome mood piece. Avid followers will be especially intrigued by two spanking new arrivals: Spanish Ice and Metaluna. The latter brings everything around full circle by smartly segueing into Compulsion, the closing track on 1988 debut LP Newbuild.

It's testament to 808 State's lasting excellence that there's no room here for Lift, Open Your Mind or Ooops. Nor is there space for hi-calibre guests like Ian McCulloch, Bernard Sumner or Lou Rhodes. "808 State will return," claim the liner notes. In the meantime this'll do very nicely.

--Rob Hughes

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CD Description

•    The definitive ‘Best Of’ from one of the great British dance acts

•    Covers over 20 years of cutting edge music from their first (late 80s) releases to date

•    Includes the Top Ten singles Pacific State, In Yer Face and Cübik  and nine previously unavailable recordings

•    Rare remixes by Aphex Twin, Monkey Mafia and Brian Eno, plus vocal contributions from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers),  Guy Garvey (Elbow) and Björk

•    Digitally remastered by Fine Splice for the finest sound quality

•    Deluxe digipack comes with full colour 20-page booklet containing detailed history of 808 State from comprehensive interviews with the group members

808 State are... ‘masters of their art’ (Q), ‘pioneers’ (Future Music), ‘for sonic trailblazing and inestimable influence, among our most important groups’ (Record Collector) and ‘Godfathers’ (Nude), who ‘sketched the blueprint for British techno as we know it’ (Mixmag).

Indisputably one of the most important UK acts of the late 80s and 90s dance music explosion, 808 State’s influence will reverberate in the genre for years to come. They were that particularly rare beast: an accomplished singles outfit that was also taken very seriously as an albums act.

Salvo takes great pride in presenting their “Greatest Bits”, from 1988 to the present day. The very best of the psychoecstatic, trance-inducing, groove-riding, techno-funkalogical sound of 808 State!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Blueprint. What to include, what to exclude? Upon reading the track listing many would question as to why certain tracks made the cut and others omitted, but upon listening it becomes clear that as a history of electro and of 808 State, every track belongs.

Spanning all seven albums and featuring highlights from each, Blueprint is much more than a lazy 'trawl the archives and copy it to CD' release. Tracks have been reworked exclusively for this CD, while others contain mixes never heard before, and just as euphoric as the original.

From early beginnings and acid tweaks with 'Flow Coma' and 'Firecracker', 808 then showcase what the dance community had been waiting for.

The original 'Pacific State' gets a rare outing, 'Cubik' gets a glorified makeover from Monkey Mafia, while the other top ten hit which 'made' 808, 'In Yer Face', is given a 2011 inyerfacelift. The reworked `Timebomb' is relentless from start to finish, never losing its momentum. `Cobra Bora' merges the old skool rave with the subtle sax tones of `Pacific' to create a monster punch, surely the track of the decade. While `Nimbus' punctures the emotions and senses with breathtaking beauty. Instrumental music can be emotional.

But 808 don't rest on their dance laurels. Blissful collaborative efforts, most notably with the Manics James Dean Bradfield on the sumptuous 'Lopez', and Elbows Guy Garvey on 'Lemonsoul', give 808 the kudos of a dance act with the ability and talent to be able to crossover to ever more genres.

Hypnotic and addictive, Blueprint is a feast of musical flavours. 'Spanish Ice' enduces visions of gliding between the planets and Saturns rings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled 'Greatest bits' 27 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
After 21 years in the business 808 State release their second 'greatest bits' compilation, the first 808:88:98 being more of a single driven effort whilst this CD takes in some more obscure album tracks as well as singles appearing in different formats.

Foreword by Paul Hartnoll, the sleeve notes include some kind words by Luminaries such as Liam Howlett and Moby proving that 808 State were indeed a pioneering act and that their peers hold them in highest regard.

Some tracks are included in their original form, The sax-laden bird tweets of 'Pacific', and the otherworldly instrumental 'Nephatiti' are both supreme slices of dance. Whilst vocally, We find Guy Garvey in form on the blissful 'Lemonsoul' and Bjork duly appears lending her distinctive warble to 'Qmart'.

Others are given a facelift for 2011, 'In Yer Face' is dragged into the present and sounds fantastic, 'Cobra Bora' is bleeped up to the nines, turbo-rave monster 'Timebomb' is relentless, and '606' featuring Simian, from the heavily underrated 'Outpost Transmission' sounds so good it could easily have graced the charts had it been released.

Remixes (revisits) are also featured, Aphex Twin gets his hands on early track 'Flow Coma' producing some evil, chopped up acid meatiness, Monkey Mafia get the beats out and give 'Cubik' a big dirty groove, Brian Eno works his ethereal magic on the delicious 'Lopez' and 'Plan 9', 'Nimbus' and 'Olympic' appear in alternate versions of the originals.

New track 'Spanish Ice' is a glorious sweeping cinematic track proving that despite being old heads 808 can still bring something new to the plate, whilst one of their most recent efforts 'Metaluna' is mashed with one of their first 'Compulsion' to great effect causing a squidgy, banger of a number.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 26 Sep 2011
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A reminder of the Manchester dance music pioneers' elasticity, from ambient exotica of "Pacific State" and brutal techno of "Timebomb" to collaborations with Björk and Elbow's Guy Garvey. Several first-rate remixes, including Aphex Twin's pulverising version of "Flow Coma" and Monkey Mafia's look back at chunky acid house of "Cübik". Great album by a great band and a must have for any true 808 State fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A proper release 26 Sep 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
This is the first ever document of all eras of 808 State: from the seminally influential acid house releases on their own Creed label, to latterday collaborations with Guy Garvey and James Dean Bradfield. From their days as Haçienda DJs to headling the Manchester G-Mex, and touring the world with 'stadium rave'(at one point with an unknown Moby as support act).
Blueprint features the band's top 10 singles (including Pacific, Cübik, and In Yer Face), and their groundbreaking collaborations with Björk (1991's Qmart), Simian (2002's 606) and Brian Eno (1996's Lopez, with lyrics by Nicky Wire).
The whole thing kicks off with Aphex Twin's legendary remix of Flow Coma, one of the first ever 808 State tracks, which was released on Richard D. James' own Rephlex label as a 12" promo vinyl in the early 00s.
Other remixes - all exclusive to this set - come from Trevor Horn, Jon Carter/Monkey Mafia and the mysterious 808 Tape. Blueprint puts 808 State back on the map. Paul Hartnoll from Orbital writes the foreword to the CD's extensive booklet, which also features contributions from The Prodigy, Doughty, Moby, Simian and Future Sound of London. There's also an extensive archive interview with 808 State -- Graham Massey (Factory Records/Biting Tongues, Sisters of Transistors), Darren Partington and Andrew Barker -- by Paul Morley. Electronic instrument pioneers Roland have also pulled the original blueprints for the legendary TR-808 drum machine(from which the band took their name) out of their archives for the front cover and deluxe 'mini vinyl' packaging.
Two brand new tracks close out the set: Spanish Ice and Metaluna, which segues back into one of the band's first acid house hits, Compulsion, bringing the whole story full circle.
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