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5.0 out of 5 stars
Simply classic!!!, 28 Mar. 2006
What more can be said about The Hacienda (and Factory Records) that hasn't already been written? Well, pretty much nothing, so why not leave it up to the music to do the talking for once...and then some. This album sums up everything that was great about dance music back in the day and ebues the euphoric feelings created by this music and some other extra-curricular activities that made "Newsweek" magazine vote The Hacienda "Most Important Cultural Space 1990". The legends are many, the myths just as plentiful, but when it all came down to it, it was the magic of Messrs Park, Pickering, Haslam et al that really gave The Hacienda it's fame. The first club to really cotton on to the new and exciting sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit back in 1986, The Hacienda was at the forefront of the house revolutuion. Funky beats, accompanied by equally funky piano breaks, this was truly groundbreaking. I only experienced FAC 51 in it's death throes in 1997 but studied it at length for my History dissertation at University interviewing over 200 people. My ex-girlfriend and many of her friends were there in it's hey-day and all of them to a man talk about The Hac with a passion and fondness that's rare in this day and age. I own many DJ mixes live from The Hac and so this was just an addition to my Manchester collection. However, I implore you to check this out whether a newcomer to the dawn of house music or whether you're a seasoned collector...hey it's worth it for the case and sleeve notes alone! If you are new (which surely, can't be many of you) then you will find a treat in store. All I can do is quote from a well known film about Manchester "This is where it starts. You notice, they're not applauding a band, but the medium. The DJ and music. This is the beatification of the beat. This is where even the white man starts dancing. Welcome to Manchester!!!"