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  • Audio CD (23 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005KB4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Fluke Progressive History X

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This Progressive History X retrospective has been prompted by the use of a 1997 Fluke tune for the opening credits of Tomb Raider. Active throughout most of the 1990s, the trio set out to merge house, rock and electro-funk, pioneering chemical beats, as well as being early champions of a return to 1980s values. They continued the lineage started by Yello, and were surely instrumental in spawning the Propellerheads. Fluke released their debut single, "Thumper", back in 1989, here opening what appears to be a chronological sequence. It's a deliberately cheesy stomp, marshalled synth oscillations overlaid with flute trills and brass bursts, shouts and whispers exchanged by male and female vocalists. Heard all together, in a decade's rush, this turns out to be fairly typical of Fluke's future direction, always working around intense tribal beats, mincing fragmented guitar riffs into the sequenced texture, giving prominence to their darkly comic chanting, intoning repetitive phrases in a sinister vein. They reach their most deranged pitch during the heavy-duty warping of "Atom Bomb", or maybe "Bubble", with its almost-Afro pulse, flooded with garbled, drooling gabbles. --Martin Longley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Talk about under rated .Fluke were a dance band who never quite caught on with the rave generation to the degree that bands like Orbital, Leftfield and Underworld did , yet for me Fluke have a back catalogue that easily eclipses anything by any of those bands.
"Progressive History X" is really a collection of the various twelve inch singles they have released over the years and appear to be in strict chronological order. To be truly representative they would have to include every disparate mix (Fluke tend to put four or five different versions of the same track on every release) but that would stretch this collection out to quadruple album length. And there is an extended version of this album as well for those who want something more definitive.
The music is based around fluid funky rhythms that are often so graceful yet danceable they achieve some form of orgasmic organic grace. Best here is "Electric Guitar" which weaves euphoric tribal chanting into the syncopated beats and fluent burbling textures. Sci Fi keyboards usher the glorious "Groovy Feeling" which is that rarity-a song with groovy in the title that ...well it is actually groovy- while the deep bubbling bass of "Slid" reveals the band are capable of putting an elegant spine into the gyrating carapace of their music. "Bubble" is all vocoded utterances and glistening assibilating synths while "Atom Bomb "has a sinuous variegated grace like a graceful but great serpent shedding it, s dry scaly outer skin.
My advice is to track down the magnificent "Techno Rose Of Blighty"-represented here by the headily superb "Philly"- and then buy one of the "Progressive History X" compilations, depending on your budget as to how comprehensive the one you buy is.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Skip this, get the box set 24 Oct 2002
By C. G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me just say this first: I love Fluke. However, I have a problem with Fluke's U.S. representaion on Astralwerks. This comp of their work is so unbelievably shallow, Astralwerks should be ashamed at having it in their catalogue. This disc is actually a cut-down compilation from a 3 cd compilation called "Progressive History XXX" that was released in Great Britain. You can probably guess which one is worth buying. The box set has a total of 32 songs on it, ranging from early "Blighty" and "Peel Sessions" works, to some tunes from "6 Wheels", "Oto", and "Risotto". The real gem on the 3 disc set is the disc of remixes...most have been unavailable for years. To be honest, I only gave this disc 3 stars because it has Fluke's name on it...seek out the import, and you will be rewarded.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An index of metals 15 Oct 2001
By loteq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While many of the trio's contemporaries, for example, Underworld, Chemical Brothers and 808 State, have crossed over into commercial territory, with records in the pop charts all around the world and interviews in the press, Fluke remain very much a mystery. Maybe they shouldn't have hidden themselves behind their brilliantly designed cover artworks, maybe their singles suffered from bad promotion, distribution and missing radio airplay - two things are for sure: Fluke have released a string of great dance tracks throughout the '90s, and their 1997 outing "Risotto" is regarded as one of the best electronica albums of the decade. And now, just when I expected to hear some new material from the band, their label decides to release "Progressive history X", a compilation of singles, album tracks, alternative versions and remixes. It's obviously a collection for the newly interested more than anyone else - if you want to have a convenient introduction to the band, then this disc is the best place to go. It opens with the previously unavailable "Thumper!", a fairly laid-back and pop-oriented piece with funky, almost Caribbean-type rhythms and childish vocal samples. Nice, but not exactly indispensable. One of the most interesting pieces of this compilation and still Fluke's most progressive track is the 7-minute arena-rock/acid house masterpiece "Philly", originally released in 1990. Now look, where would Underworld be without Fluke's influence? Still playing ponderous pseudo-blues rock like "Change the weather" or "Underneath the radar"? By the time Fluke released their second proper album, "Six wheels..", however, the trio's approach had shifted away from their early cross-over sound to a straighter and more simple approach - clean and clinical and perfect for the dancefloor, as "Slid", "Electric guitar" and "Groovy feeling" prove. With their third album, "Oto", Fluke thankfully began to branch out again and to adopt various other styles, ranging from dubby basslines to eerie ambient sounds, but most importantly, they added some memorable vocals and intriguing lyrics to their music. The three tracks from this era which are included here - "Bubble", "Bullet" and "Tosh" - were extensively remixed for their single/EP appearances and do not have much in common with the original album versions. "Bullet" comes up with much more powerful and rougher beats, but the real highlight and one of my all-time favorite dancefloor tunes is the remix of "Tosh", which is built on a fluid layer of incredibly forceful, arpeggiated sequencer riffs and equally driving techno beats. If you thought Underworld's "Cowgirl" was engaging enough, then this will blow you away. Finally, we have a selection of tracks and remixes from Fluke's most recent and overall most consistent album, "Risotto": "Atom bomb" introduces the quite hard-edged sound of the band's late-'90s output, not too dissimilar from the material released by other "big-beat" outfits at that time. While these latter-day cuts are quite suitable for single release as well, they really should be enjoyed as part of the album "Risotto", where one track seamlessly segues into the next and makes for a continuous and fascinating listening experience. Overall, it would have been nice if this disc would sport a few more tracks from Fluke's early days, simply because many of their early-'90s albums, singles and EPs have gone out of print. Given the fact that little information ever appears on the group, the booklet unfortunately doesn't provide any comments on what Fluke achieved in the eyes of each member, how the trio came together, or what the tracks/lyrics the band composed were about. Despite these flaws and the rather pedestrian packaging of the album, it really is essential for anyone with a genuine interest in UK dance music and, as such, comes highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Compilation 26 July 2001
By Reticuli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Progressive History X includes one very old track (Philly), one brand new track (Thumper!), 2 tracks strait off of Six Wheels (Electric Guitar & Groovy Feeling), a slightly extended version of Risotto's "Atom Bomb", and six remixes, including the best versions of "Absurd" and "Squirt". Each of these six remixes can only be found on separate disks elsewhere, and one would likely experience difficulty in tracking some of them down in the U.S. "Squirt (Risotto Vox)" is the famous version performed live during the Risotto-era tours. The only must-have track which isn't on this CD is "V Six" from the Wipeout XL various artists compilation. If you're a fan but don't already have all of Fluke's remixes and import albums, then Progressive History X is worth purchasing. If you're new to Fluke, this is the best of the group's work and the place to begin.
Update: "Thumper!" is actually from the 1994 Peel Sessions EP. Thanks Allen Cheung!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best Cuts for EDM Fans 22 April 2005
By SRFireside - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm going to have to disagree with the previous reviewer on this one. Progressive History X is very different from the British import Progressive History XXX (I should know... I have both). There is only one song that is on both compilations. The rest are either completely different tracks taken from the different albums or very different sounding remixes. As a matter of fact if you get both (like I did... didn't originally intend to... long story) you can almost get complete coverage of the best of what Fluke has to offer.

Think of it this way. Progressive History XXX is for the hard core Fluke collector who wants to hear the early works that never made it to CD, the artful album cuts and the rare remixes. Progressive History X is for the fan who first listened to Atom Bomb or some other song from the Risotto album on some dance floor and wants more of those infectious beats.

Basically X has tracks and remixes that run the gamut of Fluke's more popular dance tracks. Most of the music comes from the three albums Six Wheels on my Wagon, Oto and Risotto. But don't get discouraged if you already have any of these albums. PH X is still worth a look. Why you may ask? Because almost all of the songs are either extended cuts of the original music or remixes. Granted extended cut can mean just ten more seconds, but believe me it's nice to hear.

These are dance tracks. No doubt about it. If you ever wondered about what people have been talking about with Fluke having that "Underworld sound" this CD will let you in on it. Driving beats with interesting spurts of ambience and grooves woven all around. Some comments on some tracks:

THUMPER - This is the song you will find on both PH X and XXX. Identical on both. Not bad for a first cut in the late 80's. Fluke definitely had a more pop sound at this time.

PHILLY - Very different mix than XXX. This is the song that put Fluke on the map in England. It snappy and it's easy to see it be a club hit back in the day, but its age is definitely beginning to show.

ELECTRIC GUITAR and GROOVY FEELING - Some of the best songs from Six Wheels on my Wagon. Very addictive dance grooves on these. These cuts are the ones that are slightly longer than their album counterparts and mixed slightly different. In my opinion they are marginally better than the originals.

BUBBLE, BULLET and TOSH - Definitely remixes. Definitely Underworld style remixes. Definitely fun to dance or groove to. Can't say they are better than the originals (actually the Tosh remix IS better in my opinion), but I can say they I really like them.

ATOM BOMB (Atomix 1)- This is supposed to be a remix, but it sounds more like a remaster of the original cut. For all of you Risotto owners out there this is the one song on this compilation that won't give you much of anything different.

ABSURD (Whitewash) - The coolest remix you will find of this song. The album is almost worth buying for this one alone.

If you are completely new to Fluke and want more there are two albums you must have. Risotto and Progressive History X. This will get you maximum bang for your EDM buck with practically zero repeat tracks. Those of you who own Progressive History XXX and don't have Otto or Six Wheels on my Wagon I recommend getting X to fill out your collection as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Send new album please 27 Aug 2001
By lunaticsoul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album features chronologically (thumper was flukes first big 12",wasn't technically published till 2001) music from every area of fluke's carrer. Going all the way back to pre-hype times with tracks from 90-91, all the way up to the "atomic bombing" of risotto. The tracks are all great and all of them hold up to the test of time, suprisingly. The older stuff sounds much more like "dubnobasswithmy..." era Underworld. You can hear some cheap keyboard sounds here and there, but compared to other early 90's techno, even the earlier stuff sounds more 94 than 91, proving that stayed ahead of the times. As for how well it sound sright now, If your an ("american") fan of fluke the latter tracks are probably a must have. They are all pretty much imports, and unless your diehard just not worth importing all those cd's. The middle tracks are pretty good if you, but a little dated, like I mentioned early underworld fans should enjoy them. All the track included are of the more "single" vocal style, not much in the way of the more chilled out instrumentals like on risotto. I reccomend this mostly to fans of Risotto who just want a little more fluke in thier collection. here is the full track mix Thumper (Original Mix) Philly (Jamorphous) Slid (Glid) Electric Guitar (Humbucker) Groovy Feeling (Make Mine a 99) Bubble (Speechbubble) UBullet (Bullion) Tosh (Gosh) Atom Bomb (Atomix 1) Absurd (Whitewash) Squirt (Rissotto Vox)
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