808 State
Gorgeous

Compact Disc Double

SALVO MUSIC(SALVOMDCD08)


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In 1992, 808 State returned to Manchester from their first world tour, streamlined their lined-up and rebooted their universe as they began to record their fifth album, Gorgeous. The UK dance scene they’d helped to pioneer hadn’t paused for breath while they were away in the US. The underground was overground and the resulting commercial landscape – from one-hit-wonder novelty rave tunes to S’Express on the front cover of Smash Hits – made them even more determined to plough their own furrow. And since they now had their own studio, they had more time to work on their music and were able to be more expansive with it. “There’s a more ambient sensibility about Gorgeous, I think” says founder member Graham Massey, pointing to a deep, downtempo, almost organic thread that started emerging in the band’s music on this album; Black Morpheus, Southern Cross, Europa and Orbit being prime examples. Of course this didn’t mean that expansive, up tempo dance anthems were no longer the order of the day. 10x10, a proto-mash-up, proto-big beat confusion of The Beatles via The Jam was the sort of hook-filled epic with which they made their name. While One In Ten sounded like a forerunner to early 00s mash-up scene, pitting UB40’s reggae original against a brand new synthesized backing. It quickly became a hit in the clubs (while Gorgeous was still being finished, in fact) which guaranteed it a place on the album and, when it was released as a single, it became the band’s biggest hit, at least in terms of units shifted as opposed to chart position (it made No. 17). Other tracks increasingly steered 808 State into new territory, notably the highly rhythmic, increasingly percussive - though pre-drum and bass - vein heard on tracks like Bombadin, Marathon and Insane Lover. It was a new take on dance music - twisted folktronica that still lived under the tyranny of the beat. The music was getting more and more experimental but the people still danced. When you factor tracks like Mondonet and Freak into the mix, Gorgeous is the sound of a band taking new threads and new ideas and knotting them into something completely different. It was always going to buck against the mainstream, but by this stage there was no turning back…

TRACK LIST

CD1: ex:el REMASTERED

1. PLAN 9 2. MOSES (featuring Ian McCulloch) 3. CONTRIQUE 4. 10x10 5. ONE IN TEN (featuring UB40) 6. EUROPA (featuring Caroline Seaman) 7. ORBIT 8. BLACK MORPHEUS 9. SOUTHERN CROSS 10. NIMBUS 11. COLONY 12. TIMEBOMB 13. STORMIN NORMAN 14. SEXY DANCER 15. SEXY SYNTHESISER

 

CD2: 808 ARCHIVES, PART II

1. FREAK (Astrobahn Mix) 2. LEMON (Oberheim 4 Mix) 3. LA LUZ (Acid Mix) 4. ICECREAM ON ELM STREET (Sex Synth) 5. MONDONET 6. REAPER REPO (12” Mix) 7. BOMBADIN (Unreleased Edit) 8. MARATHON (Original 2 Four Pub Mix) 9. INSANE LOVER (Analogue Mix) 10. THE JACKSON FRACTION (Jaco Taco Mix) 11. TIMEBOMB (Oldham Mix) 12. 10x10 (Vox) 13. PLAN 9 (Memory Moog Mix) 14. NBAMBI (March Hare Mix)

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