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The Haçienda Classics: World Are You Ready For Manchester! Box set

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  • Audio CD (1 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000EF7WGG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rhythm Is a Mystery - K-Klass
  2. Pump Up London - Mr Lee
  3. You're Gonna Miss Me - Turntable Orchestra
  4. Lack of Love - Charlie B
  5. What U Need - Softhouse Company
  6. Security (Midnight Club Mix) - The Beat Club
  7. Love Can't Turn Around - Farley Jackmaster Funk
  8. Hallelujah (Club Mix) - Happy Mondays
  9. Don't Scandalize Mine - Sugar Bear
  10. Pacific State - 808 State
  11. Alright - Urban Soul
  12. Voodoo Ray - A Guy Called Gerald
  13. Confusion/Walking On Sunshine - New Order
  14. Stakker Humanoid - Humanoid
  15. I Can Dance - Kenny Jason
  16. Ride On Time - Black Box

Disc: 2

  1. Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick
  2. Good Life - Inner City
  3. Salsa House - Richie Rich
  4. Hey! Hey! Can U Relate (Hard Rap) - DJ Mink
  5. Can You Feel It - Mr.Fingers
  6. Dreams of Santa Anna - Orange Lemon
  7. Carino - T-Coy
  8. Come Together - Primal Scream
  9. Belfast - Orbital
  10. Know How - Various Composers
  11. Baby Let Me Love You For Tonight - Kariya
  12. Do You Want It Right Now (King Street Mix) - Degrees of Motion
  13. Plastic Dreams - Jay Dee
  14. It Takes Two - Rob Base
  15. Let The Music Play (Original 12' Mix) - Shannon

Disc: 3

  1. Space Face - Sub Sub
  2. Weekend - Todd Terry
  3. Berry - TC
  4. Is There Anybody Out There? - Bassheads
  5. Juice (Know The Ledge) (Instrumental) - Eric B
  6. Hashim (The Soul) - Al Naayfish
  7. Everybody (All Over The World) - FPI Project
  8. Love Sensation - Loleatta Holloway
  9. Promised Land - Joe Smooth
  10. Ruined In A Day (K-Klass Remix) - New Order
  11. Papua New Guinea - The Future Sound of London
  12. Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino
  13. Back By Dope Demand - King Bee
  14. Strings of Life - Rhythm Is Rhythm
  15. It's Alright - Sterling Void
  16. You Got the Love - Candi Staton

Product Description

The Haçienda Classics - Label: Virgin VTDCD 790. Format: 3 × CD Compilation. Country: UK . Released: 2006. Comes in double-thickness fat jewel case. Each disc starts and ends with crowd noise. Booklet features photos of the Haçienda nightclub. CD1 Intro: Rob Gretton. CD2 Intro: Tony Wilson. CD3 Intro: Mike Pickering & Martin Hannett. Dedicated to the memory of Rob Gretton 15.1.53 - 15.5.99. Rest in peace Ian Curtis & Martin Hannett.

Customer Reviews

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By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
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!!!"
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I looked and laughed at this when I saw it. If you've been there, you'd know, the thing was, any track on any night could have been a classic. There's a few on here that were played every night, but a lot of these tracks are just club classics. But I saw it was mixed by hooky, so bought it. It's brought back a few memories, not all from the hac, also from quadrant park, shelleys etc. But there's a couple on here that take me back to swaying under the balcony on a friday night. not quite eclectic enough for a true representation of the hac. Mixing isn't great, but it never was, I've heard Pickering mix tracks and it sounded like he was falling down the stairs at the back of the booth, but when the music was that good, it never mattered.

If you've been there, you'll enjoy it, if you never experienced it, you may love it.
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As soon as it starts you know this is a cut above your average 'Rave Anthems' compilation. It begins with the nasal Mancunian drawl of the late great Rob Gretton; New Order's manager and the man who decided that "The Haçienda Must be Built"...as the sound of the infamous bassbins, thumping in the distance down Whitworth Street grows louder and louder...
Rather than ask a superstar DJ, the tracks are selected by New Order's bass-Viking Peter Hook. His approach is to include the cuts he enjoyed as a punter in his own club, so pretty much avoids the more esoteric stuff in favour of 3 discs of solid dancefloor favourites of the late 80s/early 90s. So expect loads of Italio piano breaks, handclaps, 303 Basslines and that reverbed, thumping bass kick. (Note that although the tracks are mixed or segued together they are pretty much played in their entirety)
You'll find a lot of these cuts naggingly familiar and its surprising how many Haç tunes became crossover chart hits too (music snobs beware...this includes Black Box 'Ride On Time'!), indeed had Factory cashed in at the time with a series of compilations like this the Haç might not have been the financial black hole that producer Martin Hannett eludes to at the start of disc 3.
To be fair some of these tracks haven't aged so well, but the likes of Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray' or Inner City's 'Good Life' still send shivers down the spine and tracks like Sterling Void's 'Its Alright' make me think that in years to come the original 12"s will be changing hands for megabucks like Northern Soul tunes do today.
You don't have to be a former 24 Hour Party Person on a nostalgia kick to enjoy this. If you're just interested in the history of the Haçienda, Factory Records or the Manchester music scene, or you just love the original Acid House sound this is essential listening. You'd be hard pressed to find a better overview of the music scene of the day than this.
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Anyone who was there in 89/90's should get this. I have bought a few old skool compilation CD's and they always contain several belters, but a lot of "not so good" tracks. This triple CD has most of the key tracks of the day and certainly brings back some great memories. Mixing is on the subtle side, but then again this is more of a straight forward compilation than a full on mix CD. Back in the day, you would have given right arm, to get a tape with all this on!
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I went to the Hacienda nearly every Friday night from 1989 to 1991 and it was massive. I bought this album dubiously and played it today on a four hour drive from Prague to Berlin. It is without a shadow of doubt the best album I ever bought. The tunes are all right from that era when Chicago house hit the shores of Manchester and everyone was coming back from Ibiza high as kites wanting more of that kind of music in our clubs. This album has everything and I was in shock listeining to it. Probably the greatest drive of my life today, wish it was Friday night in 1990 again. Anyone who experienced tha Hacienda should get this album, you will not regret it...
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