Acid Rain: Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985-1991 Box set
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It was 25 years ago in 1988 when the Acid House sound created a musical revolution in the UK following the success of London’s Shoom and Hedonism, whilst, at the same time, Manchester was kick starting the movement in the North of England with the Hacienda’s Hot and Nude nights. Acid House continued its corrosive effect on the late 80’s party crowd with new clubs opening up almost every month throughout 1988 – R.I.P., Spectrum, Zoo, The Trip, Apocalypse Now, Legends, the State, Rage, Sunrise to name a few.
By the summer of 1988 aka ‘the second summer of love’, Acid House was something of a national sensation in the UK with the political establishment seeing the movement as a threat to law and order and the tabloid press vilifying the movement and its main symbol, the smiley face.
But what exactly was Acid House? Internationally renowned DJ and House expert, Terry Farley has painstakingly compiled 5 CD’s which trace the movement’s beginnings and the incredible 6 years when this underground music from Chicago dominated the UK dance floors and spread throughout the world. To accompany this furious aural assault is a 32 page booklet written and curated by Miles Simpson, founder of the influential House Music blog, ‘Beyond the Stars’, interrogator of legendary DJ’s and all-round House expert. Plus, of course, pages of scans, flyers and key photos from the period from the Terry Farley archives.
The repercussions of the original movement are still being felt today, with a new generation of House Music DJ’s and Clubs taking their cues from the original Acid House sound, which is currently enjoying something of a cultural renaissance via the current European/UK Deep House and Techno scenes with a new generation of DJ’s both playing and making music from this incredibly innovative period with direct influences from many of the actual Chicago classics featured within this box set. Most of the original producers of these Acid and Deep classics are also now once again in big demand with names like Frankie Knuckles, Gene Hunt, Bam Bam, DJ Pierre, Jaimie Principle, Virgo 4, Marshall Jefferson and Derrick May among others, headlining gigs in London, New York, Berlin and Ibiza. Additionally a whole new generation of today’s major DJ’s are using the influences of early Acid and Deep House including, D.J. T, Kink and Jamie Jones among many others. The sound of ‘85/’91 never went away but is now massive again with a new generation of young club goers and young producers. Here is the source!
‘Acid Rain: Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985-1991’ is the ultimate must-have collection for anyone who is serious about their House Music history and the influences this genre has had over the subsequent 25 years.
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My disappointment is one that I'm sure Terry Farley can relate to. In the sleeve notes Farley himself expresses his frustration with the cul-de-sacs that he found himself in when trying to contact respective artists, or management, or label bosses. Some were no more, either passed away, moved on to different things or just had no contact number or address whatsoever. This is a great shame, because it seems very clear that with all of Farley's chosen tracks, this 5CD would've been far more consistent & a more comprehensive example of the quality Acid & Deep House music of the era.
This is not to say that the tunes on this set are bad - absolutely not. There are some great tunes, some favourites, some forgotten gems & some timeless tracks - big names on the scene too. It's just that, one can't help feeling that there are more fillers than one would've expected from such a venture. This is the only reason for the 4 stars instead of the 5.
Good on him for doing this though. REWIND!
61 Chicago acid tracks - they sound dated in a way, but played loud they still have that energy that made us fall in love with this genre.
I don't normally buy CDs but was attracted by this box set, and at this price it is an absolute bargain too.
A real gem.
I remember going to early nights like Outer Limits in '89 and hearing Eddie Richards playing amazing tracks and never knowing what they were - well here we have at least three that I've listened to on recordings of those nights over the past 20 odd years and now I know what the tracks are! Awesome - highlights for me include School Hall M.E - Let your body talk - Ace and the Sandman and It's you - Mr and Mrs Dale
Get it on!
I ordered the tracks in iTunes via 'Year' order in view settings... and follow the history unfolding... great stuff.. lovely package
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Memories, a must have for any Of the original Old school acidees
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