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  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0006V5QB6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sync/Swim
  2. Flow Coma
  3. Dr Lowfruit
  4. Headhunters
  5. Narcossa
  6. E Talk
  7. Compulsion

Product Description

Product Description

This was 808 STATE's first ever album released on CREED in 1988. At the time it only was available as a single piece of vinyl. Back then, the members of the band were GRAHAM MASSEY, MARTIN PRICE and GERALD SIMPSON aka A GUY CALLED GERALD.

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Format: Vinyl
May be primitive but I love it. In 88 this record had a profound effect.
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Format: Audio CD
I don't necessarily judge something on the quality of it's age, but this is very very primitive sounding dance music. Most of the songs sound so basic they are unforgetable and lack any sort of character- basic to the extent that it sounds like something a 12 year old could knock up on a DJ basic programme downloaded from the web, or within a few clicks of a standard sythesizer from a catalogue shop. At best, it's a very very rough draft for the band's overall sound, but not one that is enjoyable to listen to. Sounds bloody ancient really, lol. You can downoad it quite easily, but don't buy it.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars I AGREE!!! 16 Jan. 2004
By Joseph Geni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with everything that's been said below. This is a classic album. It's energetic and fun. It's not an accessible album, it's lo-fi, and full of flaws. When I first got it, I agreed with the reviewer who gave it 1 star. (Nice to have, not to listen to.) A yaer later, I listen to it all the time. It's charmingly old-school, and right at the forefront of the creation of acid house as a genre. This is a fresh sound brewed with cheap, second-hand electronic boxes that, as the liner notes say, wants nothing to do with guitars. Yeah, it's dated, but so's Public Enemy and the Eurythmics and a lot of other stuff from the '80s. Good music can be flagrantly dated but still hold up and impress years later. This album is like that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive acid house album 3 Dec. 2009
By Colin McCartney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
LIFE IN A SCOTCH RECORD SHOP VOLUME 2

[DATE: Saturday 28 January 1989, late afternoon]

ME (tentatively, hoping for "Voodoo Ray", not knowing it was called "Voodoo Ray" at that point): "D'ye have anything by A Guy Called Gerald"?

FAT BOB: "Naw, but we've got State 808 FEATURING A Guy Called Gerald?"

ME (tentatively, noting the £5.69 price tag is marginally over-budget): "Aye, alright then, looks pretty cool, I'll take it"

LATER back at home...

Miraculously I've ALSO managed to acquire a copy of New Order's "Technique" a whole 48 hours before its official release (a big deal that, pre-internet) via my brother who worked in a record shop (a big deal that, pre-internet) and its cost me another £4 (brother's staff discount though I'll have to skip lunch for the rest of the week as I'm way over my record budget for the first quarter of 1989).

Naturally, as New Order are my favourite band I put Technique on first. "Fine Time" sounds groundbreaking and a bit mad but I'm underwhelmed by the Balearic-Smiths sound of the remainder...

Then I put on "Newbuild"...and it sounds like the best music I've ever heard. Every track sounds like "Fine Time". A life-changing record.

THE RESULT: I don't buy a non-electronic record for another 5 years (seemed like a long time then - but back then some people only bought one record every 5 years).

Section 25 and Bernard Sumner discovered the sound, and Phuture refined it and gave it a name, but Messrs. Simpson/Massey/Price saw the potential to use "acid" to create a work of modern art that ultimately defies any sort of categorisation. Newbuild should stand proudly in everyone's record collection (remember those?) - filed in between Circuses and Bread (Remastered) and Mozart: Symphonies Nos.35 "Haffner", 36 "Linzer", 38 "Prager", 39, 40, 41 "Jupiter".

All you really need to know is that Newbuild was the only album outing for the original line up of 808 State and within that line-up you have the meeting of minds of two geniuses in Graham Massey and Gerald Simpson. If your perception of 808 State is "Pacific", "Cubik", "In Yer Face" etc - well, whether you like those tracks or not Newbuild is a COMPLETELY different animal.

No further explanation is possible (at least, not from me) or required. You just have to listen.

An all-time classic. Doesn't have "Voodoo Ray" on it though.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlighting awesome transformation 9 Sept. 1999
By sean@inreview.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was shocked and amazed to find this title at my local dealer last night and picked it up. I have been an avid collector and fan of 808 State since 1990 with the release of the Utd. 90 album and just missed picking this up nearly 10 years ago. Now, having finally heard what I missed so long ago, I'm am just impressed with the progressive style of music coming from the 808 State group. This album, although it only has 7 tracks, contains examples of their early work which range from poor conglomerates of MIDI sound to electronica comparable to sounds heard even in TODAY's underground scene. 808 State is a group of visionary leaders, and they have my unending gratitude and respect for opening my mind to new possibilities. Peace - Love - Unity - Respect, All.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get up and trance 22 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was actually released first in 1988. So it's not a new album from them as some people think. I suggest getting now while it is back in print. I got into techno in the last year but even so I recomend this if you liek any type of techno. A landmark is the history of house I think
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heliumoverdrivecstaticsleeptalk...with a groove in it 11 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
the original over deep sound of acid house. 808 with A Guy Called Gerald mix techphunk deep plunk and pound. this is a sound system of tone organization. check the liner notes of Warp's AI 1 for a nod from The Diceman (aka R.D. James) to "flocoma"; absolute all time best use of the 303.
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