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Outpost Transmission [VINYL]

808 State Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (2 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00007ESHH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,471,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 606
2. Chopsumwong
3. Wheatstraw
Disc: 2
1. Boogieman
2. Roundbum Mary
3. Lemonsoul
4. Suntower
Disc: 3
1. Dissadis
2. Bent
3. Souflex
4. Crossword
Disc: 4
1. Lungfoo
2. Slowboat
3. Yoyo

Product Description

808 STATE Outpost Transmission (2002 UK limited edition Simply Vinyl 17-track 2-LP set pressed on 160g Virgin Vinyl picture sleeve with picture inners - still in opened stickered shrinkwrap S160005)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return. 29 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long time since we've had an album from 808 but it's definitly been worth the wait. Ever since I first heard the sounds of Pacific State I was hooked to the 808 sound and Outpost Transmission is definitly more the electronic sound of the old 808 State, tracks like 606, Chopsumwong, Wheatstraw, Suntower, Dissadis and Souflex all have the unique melodies in there. 808 State were one of the first electronic bands from the UK and 14 years on they are still here releasing excellent music when most other artists have got stuck with the latest trends 808 State always produce something unique and here is a perfect example of this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm obsessed 13 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
808 State have really gone beyond the call of duty with Outpost Transmission. Although you can dance to it, this is not your typical "dance music." The whole album is an ornate, sophisticated, jumble sale of peculiar electronic gizmos no one else knew existed or had a use for. The 808 have always been rhythm-obsessed. Here, they often use more than one completely different rhythm per track, starting and stopping them frequently to make room for a menagerie of aural curiosities.
Several tracks have an Oriental motif happening, like Slowboat, a cheery little melody, Dissadis which sounds like a soundtrack for a movie about samurai warriors, and Souflex which starts with cheesy scales then unexpectedly shifts to spy movie strings. Cool. Chopsumwong and Suntower are meandering and ‘experimental-sounding', the latter has you flying through a magenta sky overlooking an alien landscape of bright orange trees and fluorescent green sand dunes (visual impressions may vary by listener). Lungfoo employs sax, flute, vibraphone (I think), and gongs. Yoyo is Orb-ish – with a fast fluttery rhythm, synth washes . . . plus electric guitar. Right now my fave is Bent with its truly wicked drum corps / hip-hop rhythm & timpani thing. Some rapper could have had a huge hit with this as the backing track, though it's very good such a thing did not actually occur.
Three tracks have vocals (if you don't count Boogieman which samples someone saying "boogieman boogiewoman"). 606, featuring Simian, has a bouncy bassline and a dramatic tone to kick it off. Lemonsoul starts out like a Depeche Mode track but then pensive keyboard playing and sleepy vocals (supplied by Guy Garvey) break through. Crossword's got beat poetry courtesy of Rev. D. Wayne Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 808 Back with a bang 28 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
808 State are back in 2002 with thier eagerly awaited new album Outpost Transmission. Featuring sublime guest vocals from Alabama 3, Simian and Guy Garvey of Elbow. This album continues the dance pioneers' tradition of producing some of the best music around and keeps them at the forefront of the dance world. Whilst it sticks close to the 808 formula, it still has enough new touches to be something different and unique, and as with all of thier work you never quite know whats coming next. Superb tracks 606, Crossword and Suntower could easily be single hits, whilst the rest of the album is as elaborate and sophisticated as you would expect for a band of 808 State's calibre. Touches of breakbeat, acid and ambient mix in with intricate melodies and strings, which make it a varied affair, parts of the album have an overall japanese feel to them. (as well as some of the track titles) The Japanese version boasts the superb bouns track Quincy's Lunch and the US version has 4 different tracks including the exhilirating Long Orange.
All in all this ranks as one of 808 State's best works and in my opinion only reinforces the argument that they are perhaps the best electronic artists of the last 15 years. My advice? try it, you WILL like it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 808 State back at full throttle! 29 Dec 2003
By Cesar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are few electronic musicians in the world that have reached the level of superstardome that 808 State has. They are responsible for producing some of the most forward thinking music in electronic music history and are pioneers of the legendary sound conceived as "acid house."
From early beginnings, 808 State has managed to push the envelope of conventional music and contributed to shaping the evolution of electronic music.
Their music inspired a new breed of artists and pioneered a wave of UK-techno crossover acts such as Orbital, The Prodigy, Leftfield, Underworld, Fluke, The Chemical Brothers, and stood at the forefront as a founding figure of the electronic music world.
Among many accolades, in February 2000, 808 State's album Ex:el, was recognized by URB Magazine as one of "URB's best dance and hip hop albums of the decade".
After many years of touring the world, the band headed back to the studio for what would be 4 years of spiritual and musical solitude.
808 State finaly released "Outpost Transmission" in 2003 priced as a novelty album for their dedicated cult fan base. Many uneducated listeneres may expect to hear conventional dance beats. But the fact of the matter is that Outpost Transmission is a master piece beyond any simple and repetitive production.
From hard punching break beats,(roudbum mary, Boogieman) to mind bending acid house riffs (crossword, 606, wheatstraw), to melodic serenades (lemonsoulm) this album is truly a rollercoaster ride!
The boys truly reach down to their roots, even though the sound has evolved, they maintain their integrity of experimentation and in all together have created a timeless master piece.
This album is recomended for those who are truly electronic music lovers and for those who wish to truly understand what electronic music is and was all about. The album fills the gap between mainstream music and sits bold as a now rarity and a true "underground music" album!
It is known also that 808 State shares a passion for the progressive house genera as they perform and produce much of it. It is unoffisial, but it is rumored that a full progressive house production is on its way for 2004. It is also rumored that 808 State is currently plannig their return to the united states after 7 years since their last visit, which personaly i belive is genious and have awaited for their return for to long!
I give this album 5 stars and recommend that you check it out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars patchy return from a great band 26 Dec 2003
By Davey Magoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
""If you have a problem with this release and you already enjoy 808's past work...there is definetly something wrong with you.""
whoever said that...it made me laugh. I'm a huge fan of the band, have been for a number of years. The band were peerless from 89-91. Ex:El was genius, although the next album Gorgeous was mediochre....but then a 3-4 year break and they return with the STUNNING Don Solaris. Another 6 years, and we have Outpost Transmission....and im not at all thoroughly satisfied. I didnt like any of the vocal tracks, its not a sound i can relate to....and there are a number of tracks on there (Boogieman, Crossword, Roundbum Mary) which i consider to be just fairly unintelligible noise. This is concurrent with tracks like 1999's 'Invader', and some of the material on their "State To State 2" release [The Ten Ten, Villians & Nerds, Relay, Fuzz Nasty]. I dont like these heavy, noisy almost industrial Tracks, they hold the wrong emotions, and seem to make up the majority of the band's material nowadays....their worst since 1988's 'Newbuild' [ive never liked raw acid house]. At least in the early 90's, the hard tracks [Leo Leo, Cubik, In Yer Face,....] sounded interesting and held some emotion within their noise.
The bonus tracks arent much different either....after waiting for so long to hear "Quincy's Lunch", i was quite frankly disappointed. Tracks like Suntower, Wheatstraw, Slowboat restore some faith in the album, they have some real energy, some atmosphere. but it sadly stays on the shelf in favor of Don Solaris almost every time. Listen to a track like "Kohoutek", paying particular attention to the last 90 seconds....then stick on anything from Outpost. Theres just no comparison. The new album just doesnt have nearly enough of the same warmth. 3 stars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm obsessed 13 Jun 2003
By R. Goldstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
808 State have really gone beyond the call of duty with Outpost Transmission. Although you can dance to it, this is not your typical "dance music." The whole album is an ornate, sophisticated, jumble sale of peculiar electronic gizmos no one else knew existed or had a use for. The 808 have always been rhythm-obsessed. Here, they often use more than one completely different rhythm per track, starting and stopping them frequently to make room for a menagerie of aural curiosities.
Several tracks have an Oriental motif happening, like Slowboat, a cheery little melody, Dissadis which sounds like a soundtrack for a movie about samurai warriors, and Souflex which starts with cheesy scales then unexpectedly shifts to spy movie strings. Cool. Chopsumwong and Suntower are meandering and `experimental-sounding', the latter has you flying through a magenta sky overlooking an alien landscape of bright orange trees and fluorescent green sand dunes (visual impressions may vary by listener). Lungfoo employs sax, flute, vibraphone (I think), and gongs. Yoyo is Orb-ish - with a fast fluttery rhythm, synth washes . . . plus electric guitar. Right now my fave is Bent with its truly wicked drum corps / hip-hop rhythm & timpani thing. Some rapper could have had a huge hit with this as the backing track, though it's very good such a thing did not actually occur.
Three tracks have vocals (if you don't count Boogieman which samples someone saying "boogieman boogiewoman"). 606, featuring Simian, has a bouncy bassline and a dramatic tone to kick it off. Lemonsoul starts out like a Depeche Mode track but then pensive keyboard playing and sleepy vocals (supplied by Guy Garvey) break through. Crossword's got beat poetry courtesy of Rev. D. Wayne Love. Admittedly, I don't know who any of these people are.
A note regarding the UK and US track listings: both issues have Dissadis. I have the UK version and the 4 tracks it has that the US does not are Boogieman, Roundbum Mary, Slowboat, and Yoyo, while the US version has Quincy's Lunch, Brown Sauce, Long Orange, and Doctors & Nurses.
Is Outpost Transmission worth the price? Oh, yeah. It's PURE GOODNESS. Would it be worth it to get both the US and the UK issues with a total of 18 shiny new tracks? Yes - simply forgo the purchase of mediocre dance music that you know you'll soon be bored with and get the import instead. That's what I'd do. But at least get one or the other. 808 State compose their music for the joy of it, not to satisfy some esoteric criteria as the reviewer below would like. So enjoy!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potential of being overlooked 16 Jan 2004
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't see how the statement "If you like 808's earlier work...and you don't like this one..." is funny.
808 still keeps the "warmth" of the earlier albums, but are now looking for a much more edgey and colder sound..."Outpost Transmissons" is a step foward from "Don Solaris" in the sense of being less patchy and more consistent...but then at the same time, it's a step back toward the more darker, late-eighties flavored industrial sound that 808 and many other electronic artists have abandoned years ago.
Unlike "Outpost Transmissions", "Don Solaris" saw 808 heading toward a more radio-friendly terrain in sound. "Outpost..." drops the Pop, and re-visits the strangeness that 808 was so well at. I'm not trying to diminish "Don Solaris"...but I get the feeling that this release may be overlooked.
And lets not forget how far 808 has come...this release is very impressive in sound...much more "organic" then the earlier albums...a few of the tracks are meshed together, so during listening, one may be fooled...2 tracks sound as one whole track.
I'm not even sure if there was a single released...unfairly...this isn't looking good for 808 State.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 'Ol 808 28 Jun 2003
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry but you can't be critical about "Outpost..." because it's been years since 808 have put anything out, and that deserves much respect to this group...I've heard Outpost, and 808 state has picked up where they left off back in '96 with "Don Solaris"...and how many years ago was that???
Usually when bands/artists take a hiatus, their sound takes a different form when they return with a new project, leaving their fans to re-adjust their ears all over again (not implying that is a bad thing). To me "Outpost Transmissions" sounds just like the good 'ol 808 state I'm familiar with, so I have no complaints with this albulm...in fact It's so good, It may be my favorite now, I think. If you have a problem with this release and you already enjoy 808's past work...there is definetly something wrong with you.
...And who's labeling this "Intelligent ebm" anyway???
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