Wednesday, May 20, 2015

V/A - Westside: Best Of (Import CD / 2004)

01 Axodry - Feel It Right 3:58
02 Two Of China - Telk Me 4:44
03 Curare - Visions & Dreams 6:48
04 Moskwa TV - Techno Talk (Bombing Mix) 6:34
05 Moskwa TV - Generator 7/8 6:20
06 MCL - Communicate (Bonus Mix) 2:35
07 Orient Affair - Classic Dance 5:57
08 Central Unit - Computer Music 5:12
09 Voyou - Houseman 3:26
10 Okay - O.K. 3:40
11 Camouflage - The Great Commandment 5:30
12 Deborah Sasson & MCL - Danger In Her Eyes 3:58
13 Oh Well - Oh Well 3:52
14 Celebrate The Nun - Will You Be There 3:30
15 Dux Dux - This Is A Sound 3:36
16 MCL - Don't Blame It On The Samba 3:35

I have previously posted some Westside Records in their 12 inch form. What we have today is the lovely German 20th Anniversary compilation CD. It's a superb crosscut of the labels pressings from 1984 through 1990. There are a couple keys pieces on here, not to mention edits of the greats. I would have preferred a box set with all the releases or at least a double CD with full on 12 inch mixes, but hey...I bought it anyway. The liner notes are in German so good luck reading it if you aren't versed in Deutch. The better inclusion here (in the liner notes) is the complete catlogue of releases. I have photocopied the entire release for your 'complete' interest. The recording is directly from the CD. Enjoy!

Westside Best Of: 1984-1990

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The J.A.M.M.S. / KLF - Shag Times (Import CD / 1989)

01 All You Need Is Love 5:01
02 Don't Take Five (Take What You Want) 4:06
03 Whitney Joins The JAMS 7:09
04 Downtown 4:28
05 Candyman 3:28
06 Burn The Bastards 6:30
07 Doctorin' The Tardis 3:37
08 Whitney Joins The JAMS (Remix) 6:38
09 I Love Disco 2000 5:29
10 Downtown (Remix) 6:30
11 Burn The Beat (Club Mix) 4:58
12 Prestwich Prophet's Grin 4:17
13 The Porpoise Song (Instrumental Remix) 5:14
14 Doctorin' The Tardis (Minimal) 4:32

Here's the other early release I was talking about in my previous JAMMS/KLF post. I find this one to be a bit more cohesive as an entire CD. It was/is still a very rare and expensive CD. It includes the 'Whitney Joins The Jams' and 'All You Need Is Love', which the band was sued over regarding full on sample stealing! 'Burn The Beat' and 'I Love Disco 2000' I have on 12 inch singles...somewhere. Most recognizable will be the moderate to heavily played club hit 'Doctorin' The Tardis'. There are two versions here, both are a great listen compared with the 1988 glossy double 12 inch releases featuring Gary Glitter and 'Ford'. Either way, if you don't know this, now you will. It's a fine example of where the boys were headed to in future releases.

Doctor: Who

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The J.A.M.M.S. / KLF - 1987 (Import CD / 1987)

01 Me Ru Con 2:27
02 The Queen And I 4:46
03 All You Need Is Love 7:44
04 Next 7:14
05 Hey, Hey We Are Not The Monkees 6:08
06 Don't Take Five (Take What You Want) 5:08
07 Rockman Rock (Parts 2 & 3) 7:13

Some early KLF here today, when the boys were running around as the sample stealing hooligans of the UK under the name of The J.A.M.M.S. This is an acquired listening, as it is not smooth, but often just a radical and straight up rip off of tracks and back beat. Obviously the controversy did them well. It shed light on the subject of sample stealing, which to this day is so blatantly used in many of the current R&B / Top 40 U.S. hits. I was never a fan of early JAMMS material, but it is a testament of what was to come...and quite honestly, they (the CD's or vinyl) are usually expensive to come by or were at one point. On another level, this is just a place holder and a novel addition to my blog. I do have another JAMMS release to post as well! The real posts, the ones I was referring to a few days ago on the facebook site...yeah, they are coming up! Thanks all, enjoy!

Just a quick update to this post. About two weeks ago I sold this actual CD to a UK buyer. It was purchased via the discogs site. Here's how the buyer received it. I'm uncertain if I can claim that it was the U.S. Post or the U.K. Post that is responsible. Just sad....

Justified Ancients Of: Mu Mu

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

V/A - Volume 4 (UK CD & Book / September 1992)

It's been roughly 5 months since I last posted a 'UK Volume' release, so with that in mind and the great suggestion from a fellow blogger, PPSHH, I begin again. Here's the Discogs link for any further information on this release. Outside of that, I want to thank all the readers and visitors to my blog. I recently moved past the 300, 000 mark (visits)! This is something I never expected (well, a bit) when I began this back in the fall of 2010. I hope that my delay in posts doesn't negatively affect your viewership. As for the 200+ posts I've added, only a few have had to be removed due to 'blogging restrictions', one just recently. My blogger friends know exactly what I speak of. OK.....just a thank you again for your patience and loyalty. Keep the requests coming. I do have a Facebook page for all that and I do try to get at them if I actually have the releases. (RA)


Monday, March 23, 2015

The Pool - Where Did We Go Wrong (US 12 Inch / 1984)

01 Where Did We Go Wrong (Extended Mix) 5:05
02 Place In The Sun 4:13
03 Where Did We Go Wrong (Album Mix) 3:43

I recently picked up The Pool's '333+' remaster from 2014. I had no idea it was out! I'm quite happy to finally have an abundance of their tracks in remastered form, from the mid 80's. I was heavily into the Enigma records catalogue back then, so this will be a nice addition to my files. This brings me to my post for today. I originally heard this track on the Enigma Variations sampler from 1985 and I was able to locate the 12 inch version of it. All the art is from my actual 12 inch, but all the recordings are taken from the remastered CD. The tracks sound great and weren't 'brick-walled' in the remastering process! 

Where Did We Go: Wrong

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

V/A - Art Of Mix 911 (CD / 1993)

I was in the process of looking for some lost 'Art Of Mix' CD's when I ran across this compilation. It was out of place with the others and I nearly forgot that I had it. After some further Discogs research, I see that it is an 'Art Of Mix' compilation. Yeah for me, lucky for you. Unfortunately, I do not have the CD 2 of this set for some reason. Damn for me. As for my overall review of the 'AOM' series...ah, I don't know. I didn't use the remixes when I was djing. I found them a bit repetitive. I was always partial to anything 'Razormaid'. I, like you, am going to go back in and revisit these...just to be sure. (Insert winking smiley face).

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thompson Twins - Sugar Daddy (US 12 Inch / 1989)

01 Sugar Daddy (Sweet N' Low Mix...aka 12 Inch Remix) 5:37
02 Sugar Daddy (Big Daddy's Dub) 5:14
03 Sugar Daddy (7 Inch Remix) 3:37
04 Sugar Daddy (Velvet Rail Mix...aka Sugar House Mix) 7:41
05 Sugar Daddy (Velvet Rail Dub...aka Sugar House Dub) 5:49
06 Monkey Man 3:33

I recently found this twelve inch for one dollar. I bought it to photograph the artwork. I already have the tracks on file. They were recorded by a good facebook friend, (Petee)! The recordings are excellent and will work perfectly with this post. You may notice that a few of the tracks have multiple titles. I don't doubt that all the TT fans out there will confirm this and adlib regarding the content. I'm all ears for comments! I needed to do a double check to see if any of my other fellow bloggers have covered this and I found that it was still open for a (recent and self recorded) posting. All artwork was taken from this twelve inch. Thanks to all of you readers for patiently awaiting my blog updates. If I actually had a 'Sugar Mama' (kind of do already), then I wouldn't need to hold down my recent taking of a part time job. Hell, we all need to pull our weight, right? Enough personal hoodoo....Enjoy!

Sugar: Daddy

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thomas Dolby - Blinded By Science (5 Song Mini LP / 1982)

01 She Blinded Me With Science 5:09
02 One Of Our Submarines 7:15
03 Windpower 5:57
04 Airwaves 5:20
05 Flying North 5:41

This is the incredible Thomas Dolby and one of his earlier works following his involvement with bands previous. This also was the first record I ever purchased by Dolby. His tracks were all over modern rock radio back in 1982 specifically 'She Blinded Me With Science' and 'One Of Our Submarines'. The tracks were so different from anything else, well, outside of Planet P which I bought roughly at the same time. Eventually, as most of us know, 'She Blinded Me With Science' went on to become an MTV favorite and achieve a peak #5 position with the Billboard Top 40 back in the late spring of 1983.

All of the songs from this LP are extended versions of the originals. I have decided to use the tracks from the 1999 CD compilation release '12X12'. The only track I recorded from this LP was 'Airwaves'. I hope to hear your feedback regarding it, as I was beside myself in making the decision not to record the entire mini LP. Perhaps some of you will like and or dislike that. Let me know and I can go back and record it in full. All the art is from my copy of the vinyl. Thanks!

One Of Our: Submarines   

Friday, January 30, 2015

V/A - Acieed Inferno 2 (Import CD / 1989)

This is Volume 2 of the Acieed House series on the BCM Records label. I think that you'll find it to be an obvious compliment to the first volume I posted previously. Here is the Discogs link to further provide you with any additional information. This CD is still selling for a fair amount. All art and recordings are from my original CD that I bought 'years' ago!

Acieed: Inferno 2

Thursday, January 29, 2015

V/A - Acieed Inferno (Import CD / 1988)

These next few posts are going to draw from the late 80's European Acieed House craze. I have a series of CD's that are rather expensive to come by, well perhaps they used to be. Here's the Discogs link for some background information on this one. Most consumers out there are clueless as to 'the classics', so this is a little treat is for all my readers who were in the know back then. If you didn't know, you will be brought up to speed about the real Acid House history. For the most part, I absolutely hated Acid House back in the day, but what it morphed into made me all the more curious. All art & recordings are from my original CD I purchased 'years' ago! There was a time... 

Acieed:  Inferno