...contains a piece of dance music history in "Pacific State".
Originally more of a 12" EP than an LP, this Richard D James-sanctioned Rephlex re-issue, never before available on CD, expands the original "Quadrastate" into a 66 minute album with the inclusion of all the tracks from the "Deepville/Let Yourself Go" 12" single plus 4 previously unreleased tunes.
"Pacific State" is a legend in its own right - cited by Jeff Mills in the sleevenotes of his Azuli Records "Choice" compilation as the inspiration for Underground Resistance's "World 2 World". There aren't many white techno artists that can be said to have influenced black ones - that's a measure of just how influential 808 State were. Owners of "90" take note: this CD contains the ORIGINAL version of "Pacific State" NOT the more muzaky, sanitised version which got into the charts. Some may say that there's no difference between them, but the "90" version omitted what for me was the highlight of the track: when the percussion kicks in after the 40 second ambient intro.
The remaining 5 songs from the original album are (still) somewhat in the shadow of "Pacific State": "State Ritual" sounds like something from founder-member Graham Massey's more avant-garde (Factory Records) Biting Tongues outfit. "Fire Cracker" and "State to State" mark the transition between the more experimental sound of the "proper" band line up of Graham Massey, Martin Price and (A Guy Called) Gerald Simpson and the better known chart-tastic sounds of the post-Gerald line up which included local Manchester DJs Andrew Barker and Darren Partington.
Of the bonus tracks, the main point of interest is the inclusion of the aforementioned "Deepville" and "Let Yourself Go" (sadly omitting The Carpenters "On Top of the World" sample at the end of the original vinyl 12" version - no doubt for copyright reasons). Both of these tracks feature Gerald and if anything sound more like out-takes from the (superior) Newbuild LP. Disappointingly the bonus material does not feature any previously unreleased Simpson/Massey/Price compositions and the best of which is probably the ambient, Massey-composed "In Yolk".
For the sake of completeness it would have been nice if Mr Aphex could have seen his way clear to including Gerald's ultra-rare "Specific Hate" - Gerald's "revenge" in the much documented fall out between him and Messrs Massey & Price in the early 90s. There may very well be legal reasons why this could not be included since it was ultimately released on CBS around the time of AGCG's own major label project.
Overall this package falls somewhere between the "for the fans" compilation, "Prebuild", and the essential "Newbuild" - but if you like 808 State and haven't had the chance to get your hands on this LP before then you need to check it out.
on 11 May 2008
My vinyl copy has seen better days since I bought it new for £5.99 in Our Price.
I've been waiting for this to appear on CD for years and am pleased it's finally making an entrance.
All we need is to see their ZTT albums re-released with bonus tracks, the rumour is on 8th August 2008 (yep...080808)...