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Derrick May Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2003)
  • ASIN: B00009PAVN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh, sounds like no-one else 29 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is pounding, joyful, melodic, electronic dance music created at a time when there was hardly anything else like it out there (Except for a few rare acid tracks and of course the work of Juan Atkins as Model 500, also on this series)...For me, what is just so f-ing cool about this music is the fact that it's just one dude in the 80s going crazy with battered old synths, sequencers and drum machines in his bedroom - not like today where you can almost hear what music programs are being used to create your average boring over-produced laptop house. It's just my opinion, but speaking as a producer/DJ, my laptop just doesn't feel as rock n' roll as the dusty old 808 equipment which these guys famously salvaged from pawn shops at affordable prices all those years ago - and I'm constantly trying to recreate the feel of this music using modern programming, which says A LOT.

But I digress - referring to some of the negative reviews on here - If you love your modern post-daft punk/deadmaus/commercial house, electro or minimal stuff and you've never had a history lesson in original 80s house, acid and techno music, then yes, on first listen you might spit your coffee over your apple mac in juvenile protest at the sound of quirky little synth lines and comparatively thin bass sounds to what's happening today. But if you would approach this with an open mind and put it into context, this is just sublime music, and it HAS aged well, because it still pumps the speakers and there is nothing out there that sounds like this today (other than the likes of retro acid-heads LONE or KiNK of course...)

Giving this awesome entry-level techno album a crappy review would be like an English student doing the same for Shakespeare.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The collected works of a true genius 4 Nov 1999
Format:Audio CD
This package contains all of May's major releases as well as unreleased mixes of old tracks. Worth mentioning are classics such as 'Strings of Life', 'Nude Photo' and 'R-Theme', which are all good examples of May's ability to blend machine-driven funk with melancholic chords and catchy pieces of melody. Blissful ambient is placed next to genuine four-to-the-flour techno tracks to form an essential album for both the homelistener and the DJ.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars derrick may is techno 13 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Derrick May and his 2 friends developed a new form of electronic music, their influences were varied, German electronica and the new house sounds from Chicargo, this new music was Techno. I have never left a review on Amazon but the reviewer who says Derrick May doesn't know how to make techno really needs to look at the history of the music. You are clearly a fool! Derrick May is the man!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovator 28 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
exellent melodic techno from early nineties. takes a while to get into from a 2011 point of view. if you went to a rave between 89-92 some of these classics will be very familiar, one track uses a vocal sample from alison moyet. If you like galaxy 2 galaxy or orlando voorne's really earlly stuff you will be in heaven.
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